DP/WPD Communications Manager

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, CA 94550

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Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where we apply science and technology to make the world a safer place; now one of 2020 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have an opening for a Communications Manager to support the Design Physics (DP) Division and the Weapon Physics & Design (WPD) Program within the Laboratorys Weapons and Complex Integration (WCI) Directorate. As part of the management team, you will work closely with all levels of management, program leaders, scientists, and administrative staff to communicate programmatic strategies, highly complex science research, and technology information to a wide range of technical and non-technical audiences. This position is in the Technical Information Department (TID) and will be matrixed to the WCI Directorate.

This position will be filled at either the G04.3 or G04.4 level depending on your qualifications. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if you are selected at the higher level.

Essential Duties

- Define communications strategies, messages, and key deliverables for a variety of projects; coordinate all aspects of development, and review work of team members. Participate in and oversee all aspects of publishing from concept through writing, review, production, and distribution.
- Contribute to the evaluation and implementation of new tools, technologies, and processes; help develop metrics and process improvement methods; may represent organization on working groups or committees.
- Provide strategic communications planning for short- and long-term projects by developing and implementing key deliverables for high-level strategic communications, managing complex project schedules, tracking production costs, and coordinating the work of others.
- Coordinate complex documents/projects with multiple authors who may be affiliated with other government, international, or commercial entities. Collaborate with senior managers, team members, and peers to meet project and programmatic objectives.
- Develop original technical content, provide writing and editing services, and/or coordinate the full spectrum of editorial and communication services (e.g., editing and writing for external reviews, stakeholder briefings, reports, news, and multimedia assets, including web-based content).
- Interpret complex technical information and translate into clear, accurate, relevant, and compelling products appropriate to the targeted audience(s) and into various forms of easily understandable communications.
- Collaborate with Derivative Classifiers, Directorate Reviewers and the Office of Classification and Export Control to evaluate and determine the classification level of publications.
- Perform other duties as assigned.

In addition, at the G04.4 level

- Provide consultation and strategic planning support to the DP and WPD senior management teams in the development of highly complex communication materials and presentations that recognize the viewpoint of stakeholders and ensure that communications products are consistent with DP Division and WPD Program goals and strategies.
- Work with Laboratory management and subject matter experts to devise and lead tactical communication plans and projects, which may require working with individuals affiliated with other government, academic, or commercial entities.
- Serve as a resource to programmatic staff, subject matter experts, authors, and technical reviewers regarding technical communications techniques, processes, and cost-effective alternatives to producing a variety of products, including manuscripts, presentations, social media, and web-based content.


- Bachelors Degree in English, communications, journalism, media relations, or a scientific area, or the equivalent combination of education and experience in the area of technical communications.
- Experience in strategic and executive communications, as well as in planning, developing, organizing, and writing technical content effectively across various types of communication platforms.
- Self-starter, comfortable multitasking with ability to work to deadlines and respond to tight, shifting schedules, including effective interpersonal skills and ability to work both independently and within a team environment.
- Experience collaborating with senior managers, clients, team members, peers, and stakeholders to meet organizational/ programmatic objectives.
- Advanced knowledge of and experience using style conventions, professional principles, and technical communication practices and standards; may have experience with web production tools.
- Significant experience leading complex multi-functional technical communication projects and teams with multiple technical groups including establishing team commitments of cost, schedule, and quality.
- Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Cloud software suite, and Confluence.

In addition, at the G04.4 level

- Advanced written and verbal communication skills and experience managing multiple, large technical writing and production assignments and collaborating and communicating with all levels of an organization, including senior managers and other technical contributors.
- Advanced knowledge of and experience using style conventions, professional editing/writing skills in a wide variety of scientific areas and experience working with highly visible and sensitive technical content.
- Expertise in the theory and techniques of high-quality technical communication for both printed and web-based publications.

Desired Qualifications

- Advanced degree in English, communications, journalism, media relations, or in a scientific area.
- Journalistic writing experience.
- Thorough understanding of LLNLs primary mission of ensuring the safety, security and reliability of the nuclear stockpile.

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.

Security Clearance: This position requires an active Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance or active Top Secret clearance issued by another U.S. government agency at time of hire.

Note: This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE). LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applyingcutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance. The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 employees.

LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. 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, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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