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Communications Specialist (Writer/Editor)

Associate | Full-time
Public Affairs/Communications | livermore, CA | 05/07/2021

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

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 looking for individuals that demonstrate an understanding of working in partnership with team peers, who engage, advocate, and contribute to building an inclusive culture, and provide expertise to solve challenging problems.

Job Description

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, 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 is in the Technical Information Department.

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.
  • 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 obtain 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.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and Adobe software 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

  • Advanced 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, XML/XSL, WordPress, and/or Drupal.
  • Experience in Marketing/branding and/or social media.

Additional Information

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2020 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

Security Clearance

LLNL is a Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Laboratory.  Most positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please reference Security Clearance requirement).  If you are selected, 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.  If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.  For additional information please see DOE Order 472.2.

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.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please submit a request via our online form

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