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Corporate Communications Specialist (Early/Mid-Career)

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, NM
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Job ID: 658271
Company: Sandia National Laboratories
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Job Title:Corporate Communications Specialist (Early/Mid-Career)


We are seeking a Corporate Communications Specialist

On any given day, you may be called on to:

+ Be responsible for a wide range of writing and editing projects, including news releases, stories for the award-winning Sandia Lab News and Sandia Research magazine, employee messages, media strategies, web content and a variety of other communications products and publications that portray technical work or Sandia messages to a broad audience.
+ Work closely with communicators throughout Sandia and may be called upon to provide internal communications support to employees and to assist with developing media strategies for crisis communications.
+ Serve in an on-call capacity in Sandia?s Emergency Operations Center. They will be required to gain certification as an emergency public information officer, which will entail completion of on-site training, sharing of on-call responsibilities and participation in regular emergency drills and exercises.
+ Demonstrate science writing ability and experience either in journalism or as a public affairs specialist.
+ Utilize proven interviewing and writing skills, knowledge of media practices and trends and the professionalism needed to respond to inquiries from the media accurately, quickly and honestly.
+ Utilize experience writing and editing technical content for publications aimed at broad audiences (including newspapers, magazines, websites, journals or corporate communications products) and with media campaigns and communications planning projects.
+ Work both independently and collaboratively as a member of a multi-talented communications team, and with a variety of people at all levels at Sandia, news media, Sandia customers, federal agencies and other stakeholders.


+ Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, English, science, technical writing, humanities or science, such as physics, chemistry, biology, engineering or other relevant discipline
+ Applicants considered for interviews will be required to provide a writing sample to the hiring manager


+ Demonstrated ability to write clearly, concisely and effectively for a public audience;
+ Proficiency in Microsoft Office and other computer-based tools;
+ A self-starter and a team player who can find newsworthy topics in a large organization, figure out the best way to tell the story and successfully pitch the story to media outlets for results.
+ Three years or more of journalism or public affairs experience, particularly with a focus on science or technology;
+ Master?s degree in science or technical writing or other communications field;
+ Experience working with U.S. government agencies;
+ Experience working with media, particularly national media or science and technical publications that serve general audiences either as a public information officer or as a media representative;
+ Knowledge of AP style
+ Demonstrated ability to meet strict deadlines and prioritize work, both independently and in a team environment; good negotiating skills, project-management abilities, and an ability to work with a variety of people;
+ Experience in corporate communication planning, including the ability to develop and help implement communication plans, campaigns, organize media events or branding strategies;
+ Knowledge of media metrics and measuring results
+ Crisis and emergency communications experience a plus;
+ Desire to grow in their career and excel in order to take on increasing levels of responsibility and challenges over time; and
+ Willingness to continuously learn from on-the-job experiences and share those career lessons and successes to benefit of the team.

Media Relations and Emergency Communications provides timely, proactive and regular communications to local, national and international media about Sandia's mission, technical and programmatic achievements and the lab?s role in its communities and as a preferred employer. Key responsibilities are to enable positive local and national media coverage; promote Sandia as a premier national security lab; and protect and enhance Sandia?s reputation. Media relations staff serve as official Labs spokespersons and provide content for news releases, Lab News, Sandia.gov and social media, fact sheets, and other products. Media Relations and Emergency Communications also complies with DOE and Sandia direction governing how Sandia disseminates information to the public in an emergency. Additional products include strategies for responding to negative media issues, talking points, communication plans and planning for news conferences and media visits. Media relations staff work with Sandia employees, management and stakeholders to provide timely responses to media inquiries and minimize negative publicity.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation?s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

+ Challenging work withamazingimpact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide
+ Extraordinary co-workers
+ Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
+ Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
+ Flexible schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

_World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers._ Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT

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