Communications Specialist (Writer/Editor)

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA 94550

We have an opening for a Communications Specialist (Writer/Editor) to support the Laboratory's wide-ranging research and skilled researchers. You will be working in multiple scientific areas (such as physics, weapons, engineering, chemistry, and computer science), with a variety of communication vehicles (such as reports, white papers, websites, social media, technical posters, brochures and other marketing materials), and for a wide range of audiences (from high school students to Congressional staffer to senior scientists).

This position will support one of many different areas of the Laboratory, such as Computing, Global Security, Engineering, National Ignition Facility, Operations & Business, Physical Life Sciences, or Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Directorates, where teams of experts from diverse fields work together to solve complex problems of national importance. In our uniquely multidisciplinary environments, you will work with scientists, technical staff, and engineers who are respected for their excellence in research and for their commitment to our national security mission. You will have many opportunities to interact with all levels of administrative, management, and scientific/technical staff at the Laboratory to communicate highly complex science and technology information to a wide range of technical and non-technical audiences. This position is in the Technical Information Department and may support either the recharge or matrix division.

This position will be filled at either the G04.2 or G04.3 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

In this role you will…

  • Provide comprehensive writing and editing services for large and/or complex projects, potentially involving Web and other media platforms.
  • Work with authors, project groups, divisions, or departments to coordinate communications projects; tasks include assessing incremental input and multiple manuscript iterations and developing communication styles for technical and possibly sensitive material.
  • Interpret complex technical information and translate into various forms (e.g., Web copy, online newsletters, flyers, slide presentations) of easily understandable and non-technical communications.
  • Coordinate complex production jobs, often with a publication team of editors, designers, animators, web developers, and/or printers.
  • Coordinate, direct, and evaluate the progress of multiple, simultaneous projects and results achieved, often guiding the work of other professionals.
  • Serve as a final quality check for all production assignments through interactions with the Print Plant, designers, website developers, or multimedia professionals on complex production jobs.
  • Develop and implement project plans and schedules for moderately complex projects; make and fulfill commitments on cost, schedule, and quality for communication products; lead ad hoc planning and status meetings.
  • Work effectively with LLNL staff members of all levels to support the Laboratory and its communications needs.
  • May perform basic HTML editing using text editors and content management systems such as Dreamweaver, Drupal, Liferay, and WordPress, and develop UX based information architecture for complex websites, and work with designers to integrate content.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

In addition at the G04.3 Level

  • Develop and create original complex technical content, provide writing and editing services, and/or coordinate the full spectrum of editorial and communication services (e.g., conducting interviews with scientists and writing articles, writing and editing content for reports, presentations, Web-based projects, and social media).
  • Serve as project manager by defining technical communications strategies, messages, audiences, and key deliverables for a variety of complex and specialized products/projects; coordinate all aspects of development, schedule and lead planning and status meetings, and review work of team members.
  • Partner with web administrators on the development, navigation, content, and functionality of websites, including information architecture, quality assurance testing and release to production.

  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship.
  • Bachelor's Degree in English, communications, journalism, engineering or scientific area, or the equivalent combination of education and experience in the area of technical communication.
  • Experience as a technical writer/editor, planning, developing, organizing, and writing content effectively across various types of communication platforms, including web and digital copywriting, across multiple scientific and/or technical communication areas.
  • Experience using effective professional writing/editing techniques for a variety of media including comprehensive knowledge of technical language, usage, and style conventions.
  • Advanced knowledge of and experience using style conventions, professional principles, and technical communication practices and standards.
  • Significant experience with Microsoft Office and Adobe software tools, particularly with templates, charts, and various presentation formats Knowledge of content management systems (WordPress and Drupal) and experience modifying HTML with Dreamweaver or similar html editor tools.
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills, including ability to work both independently and within a demanding team environment in order to meet tight deadlines while managing competing priorities.
  • Experience leading production and technical writing and editing assignments. Understands the costs, processes, timelines, and specifications involved in various print and electronic delivery methods.
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills.

In addition at the G04.3 Level

  • Significant writing and editing experience in a wide variety of scientific areas or technical areas.
  • Project management experience leading complex multi-functional technical communication projects and teams with multiple technical groups in order to translate and develop communication materials that are easily understood by business-oriented customers including establishing team commitments of cost, schedule, and quality.
  • Experience collaborating with senior managers, clients, team members, peers, and stakeholders to meet organizational/ programmatic objectives.

Qualifications We Desire…

  • Advanced degree in English, Communications, Journalism, Engineering, or in a related technical scientific area.
  • Experience working on and developing content for websites; experience with HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, XML/XSL, WordPress, and/or Drupal. Familiarity with UX principles, user research and user testing.
  • Experience in journalism, marketing/branding and/or social media.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2021 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site.

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

LLNL demonstrates its commitment to public safety by requiring that all new Laboratory employees be immunized against COVID-19 unless granted an accommodation under applicable state or federal law. This requirement will apply to all new hires including those who will be working on site, as well as those who will be teleworking.

Security Clearance

LLNL is a Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Laboratory. Some positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please reference Security Clearance requirement above). If you are selected and a clearance is required, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. An L or Q clearance requires U.S. citizenship. For additional information please see DOE Order 472.2.

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Pre-Placement Medical Exam

A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

LLNS is committed to offering reasonable accommodations during the application and recruiting processes due to a disability. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please submit a request via our online form.

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The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) grants privacy rights to all California residents. The law also entitles job applicants, employees, and non-employee workers to be notified of what personal information LLNL collects and for what purpose. The Employee Privacy Notice can be accessed here.


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Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States' security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory's mission.

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We have an opening for a Communications Specialist (Writer/Editor) to support the Laboratory's wide-ranging research and skilled researchers. You will be working in multiple scientific areas (such as physics, weapons, engineering, chemistry, and computer science), with a variety of communication vehicles (such as reports, white papers, websites, social media, technical posters, brochures and other marketing materials), and for a wide range of audiences (from high school students to Congressional staffer to senior scientists).

This position will support one of many different areas of the Laboratory, such as Computing, Global Security, Engineering, National Ignition Facility, Operations & Business, Physical Life Sciences, or Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Directorates, where teams of experts from diverse fields work together to solve complex problems of national importance. In our uniquely multidisciplinary environments, you will work with scientists, technical staff, and engineers who are respected for their excellence in research and for their commitment to our national security mission. You will have many opportunities to interact with all levels of administrative, management, and scientific/technical staff at the Laboratory to communicate highly complex science and technology information to a wide range of technical and non-technical audiences. This position is in the Technical Information Department and may support either the recharge or matrix division.

This position will be filled at either the G04.2 or G04.3 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

In this role you will…

  • Provide comprehensive writing and editing services for large and/or complex projects, potentially involving Web and other media platforms.
  • Work with authors, project groups, divisions, or departments to coordinate communications projects; tasks include assessing incremental input and multiple manuscript iterations and developing communication styles for technical and possibly sensitive material.
  • Interpret complex technical information and translate into various forms (e.g., Web copy, online newsletters, flyers, slide presentations) of easily understandable and non-technical communications.
  • Coordinate complex production jobs, often with a publication team of editors, designers, animators, web developers, and/or printers.
  • Coordinate, direct, and evaluate the progress of multiple, simultaneous projects and results achieved, often guiding the work of other professionals.
  • Serve as a final quality check for all production assignments through interactions with the Print Plant, designers, website developers, or multimedia professionals on complex production jobs.
  • Develop and implement project plans and schedules for moderately complex projects; make and fulfill commitments on cost, schedule, and quality for communication products; lead ad hoc planning and status meetings.
  • Work effectively with LLNL staff members of all levels to support the Laboratory and its communications needs.
  • May perform basic HTML editing using text editors and content management systems such as Dreamweaver, Drupal, Liferay, and WordPress, and develop UX based information architecture for complex websites, and work with designers to integrate content.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

In addition at the G04.3 Level

  • Develop and create original complex technical content, provide writing and editing services, and/or coordinate the full spectrum of editorial and communication services (e.g., conducting interviews with scientists and writing articles, writing and editing content for reports, presentations, Web-based projects, and social media).
  • Serve as project manager by defining technical communications strategies, messages, audiences, and key deliverables for a variety of complex and specialized products/projects; coordinate all aspects of development, schedule and lead planning and status meetings, and review work of team members.
  • Partner with web administrators on the development, navigation, content, and functionality of websites, including information architecture, quality assurance testing and release to production.
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  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship.
  • Bachelor's Degree in English, communications, journalism, engineering or scientific area, or the equivalent combination of education and experience in the area of technical communication.
  • Experience as a technical writer/editor, planning, developing, organizing, and writing content effectively across various types of communication platforms, including web and digital copywriting, across multiple scientific and/or technical communication areas.
  • Experience using effective professional writing/editing techniques for a variety of media including comprehensive knowledge of technical language, usage, and style conventions.
  • Advanced knowledge of and experience using style conventions, professional principles, and technical communication practices and standards.
  • Significant experience with Microsoft Office and Adobe software tools, particularly with templates, charts, and various presentation formats Knowledge of content management systems (WordPress and Drupal) and experience modifying HTML with Dreamweaver or similar html editor tools.
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills, including ability to work both independently and within a demanding team environment in order to meet tight deadlines while managing competing priorities.
  • Experience leading production and technical writing and editing assignments. Understands the costs, processes, timelines, and specifications involved in various print and electronic delivery methods.
  • Advanced written and verbal communication skills.

In addition at the G04.3 Level

  • Significant writing and editing experience in a wide variety of scientific areas or technical areas.
  • Project management experience leading complex multi-functional technical communication projects and teams with multiple technical groups in order to translate and develop communication materials that are easily understood by business-oriented customers including establishing team commitments of cost, schedule, and quality.
  • Experience collaborating with senior managers, clients, team members, peers, and stakeholders to meet organizational/ programmatic objectives.

Qualifications We Desire…

  • Advanced degree in English, Communications, Journalism, Engineering, or in a related technical scientific area.
  • Experience working on and developing content for websites; experience with HTML, CSS, Bootstrap, XML/XSL, WordPress, and/or Drupal. Familiarity with UX principles, user research and user testing.
  • Experience in journalism, marketing/branding and/or social media.

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