Executive Communications Specialist, Operations Division

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Berkeley Lab is recruiting for an Executive Communications Specialist to join our Communications team in support of the Operations Division. Reporting to the Deputy Chief Operating Officer and matrixed to the Chief Communications Officer, you will work with the Lab’s top leadership to develop messages, presentations, reports, web content, and other communication products for key Lab stakeholders based on Berkeley Lab’s strategic priorities. You will be responsible for learning the voice, communication style, and presentation preferences of the Lab’s Deputy Lab Director for Operations and turning ideas into engaging communication products using a variety of communications tools.


You will use your communications skills to research and understand key issues as directed by senior staff; develop and negotiate crisp key messages that reflect an understanding of the Lab’s scientific mission, operations, and culture; coordinate on communication planning efforts with the Lab’s Strategic Communications group; and provide sound advice on best communications channels and messages. You will continually seek to improve and innovate, drawing from your resourcefulness and professionalism to enhance the quality and impact of communication materials. You will collaborate extensively with operations, human resources, and legal leadership and staff and other subject matter experts to develop content and products regarding Lab scientific, institutional, and administrative priorities. You will provide counsel to senior leaders and colleagues and advocate for the most impactful communications approaches, practices, technologies, and outcome measures.


You will:

  • Working with Lab executives and their teams, provide leadership in designing and implementing an effective program for communicating the thoughts and goals of top leadership, and the strategic priorities of the Lab, in an integrated way with other internal and external communication efforts.
  • Coordinate with the Strategic Communications Department and the Lab Directorate.
  • Plan, research, write, edit, prioritize, schedule, curate, and assist in the distribution of messages, presentations, reports, and other communication products for a variety of stakeholder audiences.
  • Conceptualize, research, write, negotiate, edit, and finalize compelling, accurate, and impactful executive talking points and speeches, op-eds, news media statements, and other materials.
  • Provide strategic and tactical counsel and guidance to Lab leadership, subject matter experts, and communications partners around the Lab.
  • Define measurement approaches, conduct regular measurement of communications tool effectiveness based on contemporary best practices, and report these results.
  • Develop and maintain new channels of communication.
  • Support and/or lead special communication projects as needed.
  • Assume responsibility for your continuing professional growth through participation in professional meetings, membership in professional organizations, enrollment in advanced courses, and professional journals and other publications.


What is Required: 

  • Bachelor's degree plus five (5) years of directly related experience, or advanced degree plus three (3) years of directly related experience providing executive communications support in a large, complex organization, especially one focused on science and technology.
  • Demonstrated ability to listen to and understand senior leaders and subject matter experts and gain collaborative support for communication strategies, plans, and products.
  • Experience in researching issues and developing clear, concise messages that explain an issue and the intended strategic direction, and articulating how it may impact the stakeholder.
  • Experience in producing PowerPoint presentations, speech writing, web writing and production, and internal announcements for senior leaders.
  • Experience in designing and executing live events, such as town halls, speeches, and employee meetings.
  • Track record of working with confidential information.
  • Ability to work calmly and maintain good judgment in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
  • Ability to work independently and within cross-functional teams to achieve desired outcomes, including working effectively with diverse individuals and groups.
  • Experience working in an environment that acknowledges and encourages diversity.
  • Access to a knowledge base of best-in-class trends, tools, approaches, resources, and peers through professional society engagement and professional networks.
  • Effective at time- and project management skills with the ability to prioritize work assignments, work collaboratively with others, and adjust schedules based on changing requirements.
  • Ability to be available after hours and on weekends as needed.

Additional Desired Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, communications, public relations, or a field of science or engineering relevant to LBL’s research.
  • A portfolio of work demonstrating expertise and experience in the application of contemporary approaches relevant to executive communications, including evidence of successful support to executives.
  • The ability to take abstract thoughts and ideas and turn them into compelling visual communications.
  • Experience within a national laboratory or other science-based organization.
  • Demonstrated success consulting and working effectively with senior leadership within a large organization.
  • Familiarity with project management principles and tools.
  • Active membership in professional and communications societies and forums.


  • This is a full-time career appointment.
  • Work Schedule: Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
  • Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.


Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. Berkeley Lab is in compliance with the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4.  Click here to view the poster and supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law."

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