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Communications Manager

Mid-Senior Level | Full-time
Public Affairs/Communications | livermore, CA | 11/02/2021

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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 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.

Job Description

We have an opening for a Communications Manager to support the Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Program within the Deputy Director Science & Technology (DDST) Office. 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 DDST.

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.

In this role you will…

  • Coordinate development of complex documents and contract deliverables (e.g., program reports, program plans, call for proposals) with multiple authors and technical reviewers. Collaborate with senior managers, technical team members, financial team members, database experts, and the NNSA Livermore Field Office to meet programmatic objectives and DOE/NNSA requirements.
  • Define communications strategies, messages, and key deliverables for a variety of projects and key audiences; 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; serve as the final quality check for all production assignments.
  • 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.
  • 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 stakeholder briefings, reports, news articles, and web-based content). Direct the work of print and web design experts.
  • 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.
  • Develop and enhance training material aimed at helping scientists develop competitive proposals and manage funded projects (e.g. workshops, fact sheets, and institutional training).
  • Coordinate the use of platforms that enable efficient review of technical information provided by multiple authors. Interface with the team’s database expert to ensure that content is ready for editing and review, and that the database interface web pages provide clear guidance to users (e.g., principal investigators of LDRD projects).
  • Collaborate with Derivative Classifiers, Directorate Reviewers, and the LLNL Office of Classification and Export Control to evaluate and determine the classification level of publications and coordinate review and release of complex documents that involve multiple S&T areas, authors, etc.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

In addition, at the G04.4 level:

  • Provide advice and strategic planning support to the LLNL LDRD leadership team, Laboratory management, and subject matter experts in the development of communication materials and presentations that recognize the viewpoint of stakeholders and ensure that communications products are consistent with the LDRD Program goals and strategies. Lead and evaluate the progress of multiple, simultaneous projects, and direct the work of other professionals.
  • Serve as project manager on major projects of strategic importance to LDRD by defining technical 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; and serve as the final quality check for the most complex, technical and/or highly visible communications.
  • Represent LLNL and work within the National Nuclear Security Administration LDRD team to respond to questions and requests from NNSA headquarters, and to ensure that joint publications accurately represent the collective voice of LLNL, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and the Nevada National Security Site.


  • 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, media relations, or a scientific area, or the equivalent combination of education and experience in the area of technical communications.
  • Experience as a technical editor/writer in multiple areas of scientific and technical communications with ability to work with Science & Technology subjects and language.
  • Experience in strategic and executive communications, as well as in planning, developing, organizing, and writing technical content effectively across various types of communication platforms. Experience developing web-based content, managing web publishing, and optimizing web platforms for usability.
  • Experience working independently and within a team environment; ability to multitask while meeting strict deadlines and responding to tight, shifting schedules effective interpersonal skills.
  • Advanced knowledge of and experience using style conventions, professional principles, and technical communication practices and standards; experience with web production tools usability, and web analytics.
  • Experience analyzing complex documents to ensure that all guidelines are addressed and reports are compliant with all requirements.
  • Advanced experience with Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Cloud software suite, Confluence, web content management systems, Microsoft Teams, and SharePoint.
  • 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.

In addition, at the G04.4 level:

  • 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.
  • Significant experience leading complex multi-functional technical communication projects and teams with multiple technical groups including establishing team commitments of cost, schedule, and quality.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Advanced degree in English, communications, journalism, media relations, or in a scientific area.
  • Experience working in proposal development roles or proposal review and evaluation; including knowledge of the call for proposal process, roles and responsibilities of principal investigators, and the roles and responsibilities of review committee members. Experience developing and/or delivering training programs.
  • Thorough understanding of LLNL’s primary mission of ensuring the safety, security and reliability of the nuclear stockpile.

Additional Information

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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