Head of Communications for Nuclear Technologies and National Security

Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne, IL

Job posting number: #7099506 (Ref:413159)

Posted: May 6, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Argonne National Laboratory is hiring a strategic communications leader for the lab’s Nuclear Technologies and National Security directorateunit.

We’re looking for a talented and experienced communications professional who is passionate about science and technology and their role in creating a more secure and resilient society. The Head of Communicationssuccessful candidate will lead Argonne’s communications efforts around topics critical to the future of our nation including advanced nuclear power, nuclear nonproliferation, infrastructure resilience, intelligence analysis, and emergency and disaster preparedness.

Candidates should have demonstrated experience in working closely with organizational leaders to develop and execute strategic communications that support scientific and operationalorganizational goals.

The Head of Communicationscommunications director will manage a small team of communications professionals (1-2 full-time employees plus contractors) dedicated to the needs of the lab’s nuclear science and engineering, strategic security sciences, chemical and fuel cycle technologies, decision and infrastructure sciences, and experimental operations and facilities divisionsareas.

Working under the laboratory’s Head of Scientific & Technical Communications, they will partner with peers representing other Argonne science and technology areas to execute communications for activities and initiatives that reach across laboratory areas, from the fight against climate change, to building communities resilient to the effects of natural disasters, to the use of radioisotopes to treat cancer.

The successful candidate will lead, plan, coordinate and set priorities for a wide range of communication products and services, including both external and internal communications. They will promote a steady stream of integrated marketing communications and content for key internal and external audiences that represents the directorate’s science, scientists, engineers, technologists, business professionals, operations and facilities. They Head of Communications will develop goals and objectives to enable the success of communications within the directorateunit; implement innovative strategies for providing services; execute communications initiatives within the directorate; and advise stakeholders inside the directorate. 

Experience working in a scientific or technical organization, such as a research laboratory or academic institution, is preferred. Knowledge and expertise in communications related to nuclear energy, nonproliferation, security sciences, and/or emergency preparedness is desired.

    Position Requirements

    • Demonstrated ability to translate the needs of large, complex organizations into communications solutions that meet business goals.
    • Ability to develop and maintain excellent relationships with organizational leaders, leveraging excellent listening and communications skills to understand, anticipate and represent management’s point of view on a wide variety of substantive issues and to various audiences.
    • Ability to identify organizational priorities and proactively design, implement and update communication strategies and tactics to support those priorities as they shift and change over time.
    • Develop and maintain in-depth knowledge of the subject matter and trends applicable to the ’s science and partnerships. Able to skillfully translate scientific and technical content for both basic and sophisticated audiences.
    • Lead a high-performing team of communications professionals: setting objectives, evaluating, supporting and developing team members.
    • Ability to define target audiences, set goals for communications efforts and prepare information products that convey specific types of scientific, business, marketing, and news information to those audiences.
    • Knowledge of fundamental facts and principles of the basic sciences, scientific and engineering terminology and R&D practices. 
    • Ability to cultivate and maintain productive working relationships with internal and external customers at all levels.
    • Demonstrated skill in team-building, negotiation, and working effectively in a collaborative team environment.
    • Demonstrated excellence in project management, planning, strategy, and driving projects to successful outcomes by facilitating the action of others.
    • Innovative problem solving. 
    • Knowledge of characteristics of audiences for scientific and business information. 
    • General management and business principles (finance, personnel, operations).
    • Client service mindset, able to take in and clarify objectives and goals of clients.
    • Ability to be highly responsive, meet demanding deadlines, and prioritize and handle a large number of diverse projects and issues within budget.
    • Flexible and adaptable with highly fluid situations and strong personalities.
    • Conscientious budget manager and steward of laboratory resources.
    • Ability to model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork
    • Bachelor's degree in communications, marketing, English, journalism, or a related scientific/technical discipline, and 10+ years’ experience, or equivalent.
    • Experience supervising full-time employees preferred.
    • Experience working in a scientific or technical organization preferred.
    • Experience in communications related to nuclear energy, nonproliferation, security sciences, and/or emergency preparedness desired.

    Selected candidate will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance and must be a U.S. citizen. Please see  https://www.state.gov/security-clearances for more information about requirements for obtaining a security clearance process.

    Job Family

    Professional Administrative (PA)

    Job Profile

    Communications/Marketing Leader 1

    Worker Type

    Regular

    Time Type

    Full time

    As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and in accordance with our core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity and teamwork, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

    Argonne employees, and certain guest researchers and contractors, are subject to particular restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Sponsored or Affiliated Activities, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1A. You will be asked to disclose any such participation in the application phase for review by Argonne's Legal Department.  

    All Argonne offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes an assessment of criminal conviction history conducted on an individualized and case-by-case basis.  Please be advised that Argonne positions require upon hire (or may require in the future) for the individual be to obtain a government access authorization that involves additional background check requirements.  Failure to obtain or maintain such government access authorization could result in the withdrawal of a job offer or future termination of employment.

    Please note that all Argonne employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. All successful applicants will be required to provide their COVID-19 vaccination verification as a condition of employment, subject to limited legally recognized exemptions to COVID-19 vaccination.



    Argonne is an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity in our workforce. As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne prohibits discrimination or harassment based on an individual's age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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    Job posting number:#7099506 (Ref:413159)
    Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
    Employer Location:Argonne National Laboratory
    Argonne,Illinois
    United States
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