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[Communications Technician] Communications Specialist

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Position Summary

On behalf of the Department of Energy, client cleans up the legacy waste left in the environment from the Manhattan Project through the Cold War due to operations at Los Alamos National Laboratory. We address radiological and hazardous waste left in the soil, monitor and address contaminants in the water, and ship waste offsite for permanent disposal.

Communications Specialists play an important role in cleanup. It is critical to a successful cleanup program that stakeholders understand the program, believe in it and have had an opportunity to weigh in on values and priorities in cleanup. Communications specialists must be able to convey information about the cleanup to a wide variety of stakeholders and in a wide variety of media – including via press releases, presentations, social media, fact sheets and public meetings. Stakeholders include members of the public, elected officials, community leaders and activists, the industry, corporate parents and our customer.

We are looking for someone who works well on a team and with our subject matter experts, can project manage events, translate complicated technical information for the general public, and produce well-written copy.

We’re proud of the work we do cleaning up the environment and protecting our future.

While working to achieve objectives, the communications specialist will ensure all his or her activities and operations are performed in a safe and deliberate manner; will maintain required safety, security and operational training; assure procedural and regulatory compliance; and make safety, security and quality an integral part of every task; including taking the necessary steps to stop work if continuing the job is unsafe or compromises security.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities (may include, but are not limited to):

Develops, plans, and conducts public relations and public affairs programs, both domestic and/or global, to improve and support company business objectives with the media, public, industry, and other external stakeholders.
Develops communications, international relations and marketing materials by writing and editing press releases, media materials, speeches, scripts, articles and business presentations.
Influences public opinion, corporate ranking, and policy decisions through strategic communications activities. Corrects inaccuracies, anticipates and manages crisis communications, acts as company's spokesperson, and develops relationship with media and advocacy organizations.
Plans, creates and disseminates information using appropriate social media to drive business strategies for products.
Identifies, secures and prepares key opinion leaders and internal spokespeople to provide perspective and insight to the media.
Ensures all advertising and notices uphold the company's reputation. Ensures all company compliance and ethics standards are met.
May represent the company at press conferences, briefings and presentations on company issues.
May participate and support advertising campaigns, and/or edit material for organization publications.
May supervise work of outside consultants, including public relations agencies.
Provide public affairs communication including press releases, website design and maintenance and newsletters.
Support preparation, printing, and distribution of presentations and other public information.
Serves as coordination lead for Community Commitment with colleges, K-12 schools, charitable contributions and volunteer support.
Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities):

Advanced skill and demonstrated experience in writing press releases, fact sheets, media articles and presentation materials.
Comprehensive knowledge and experience in developing and applying highly advanced principles, concepts and techniques in communications and public affairs.
Effective interpersonal skills (e.g., ability to work as part of a team, communicate effectively, work/interact effectively and amicably with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures and with diverse personal attributes).
Experience in developing and leading medium-sized projects, including defining scope, objectives and methods.
Experience in training and mentoring others.
Level of language skills, writing skills, communication skills, reasoning ability and computer skills necessary to perform essential functions of the job.
Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) required.
Education and Experience Required:

Bachelors' degree in appropriate discipline and at least 6 years of experience; however, a combination of education and relevant experience wherein the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the position’s duties and responsibilities have been adequately demonstrated is acceptable.

Education equivalency: 2 years of relevant experience for 1 year of college.

Fluency in both English and Spanish is desirable.

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