Communications Specialist - Sandia National Labs
April 29, 2009 1:12 PM

Communications Specialist

The Media Relations and Communications department oversees internal and external communications at Sandia, involving a variety of audiences including employees and the news media. The department employs a variety of communications tools, including print products, internal and external websites, and new media. The department's products include Lab News, Lab News Interactive, Sandia Daily News, LeaderWire,, Morning Media Report, Annual Report, Sandia Technology, Labs Accomplishments, and the employee Feedback program. Department staff handle more than 1,000 media interactions a year, write and issue news releases, and serve as official Sandia spokespeople. The department also provides communications support to the Emergency Operations Center

An opening exists for a Communications Specialist. The ideal candidate will have a broad communications background, a passion for news and newswriting, and a strong interest in and knowledge of new electronic media such as the Internet, blogs and podcasts, and social media for communicating with Sandia's various audiences and stakeholders. The successful candidate will plan, write for, edit, and coordinate layout and production for a variety of communication products, including the Annual Report, Sandia Technology, Labs Accomplishments, and Sandia Daily News. The position also entails writing for other communications products as needed, including the Lab News, news releases, and the web, and the ability to write in a variety of styles suited for different media (publications, web, etc.). The successful candidate also will help plan, create, and integrate into Sandia's communications products, new electronic media such as podcasts. The job requires teaming with other department staff on a variety of communications projects and an absolute ability to meet hard deadlines. The successful candidate will be required to be certified as an emergency public information officer, which will entail completion of several classes taught on site and regular participation in occasional emergency drills and exercises.

Required: Undergraduate degree in communications, journalism, English or related area; or degree in a technical field with a demonstrated ability to write for a broad audience. Experience writing/editing professional publications, including corporate communications products, professional journals, or newspapers. Must provide samples of writing and editing abilities and may be required to take a writing test. Interest, and ideally, experience in use of social media tools, such as blogs, microblogging, podcasts, and social networking. Must meet strict publication deadlines and help ensure other writing staff and subject-matter experts meet their deadlines. Ability to prioritize work and work independently as well as in a team environment. Good negotiating skills, excellent project-management abilities, and be able to work with a variety of people at all levels inside Sandia.

Desired: Master's degree in a communications field, and a good understanding of Sandia's work, including its primary programs and mission areas. Experience in corporate communication planning, including the ability to develop and help implement communication plans and campaigns.

Sandia National Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V. If this position requires a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted security clearance, U.S. citizenship and employee eligibility for clearance processing will be required at the time of hire. If you hold dual citizenship and you accept a job offer for a position that requires a DOE-granted security clearance, you may be asked by DOE to renounce your foreign citizenship and retain only your U.S. citizenship.

They need to apply to under job number 62602 "Communications Specialist."

payscale: DOA
job type: full-time
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