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Science Writer/Editor 4

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Administrative/Management
Job ID: 103346
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Science and Technology on a Mission!

For more than 60 years, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has applied science and technology to make the world a safer place.

We have an opening for a Science Writer/Editor to be the communications consultant for the Laboratory’s National Ignition Facility& Photon Science (NIF&PS) Principal Directorate. You will clearly and effectively communicate highly complex science and technology information to a wide range of internal and external audiences througha variety of highly specialized communication products. This position is in the Technical Information Department (TID) matrixed to NIF&PS.
Essential Duties
- Serve as a Directorate communications subject matter expert (SME), planning, writing and editing highly visible and highly complex classified and unclassified scientific material and coordinating a full spectrum of editorial and communication services. Provide direction and assistance to less-experienced technical editors and writers, and serve as the final quality checkpoint.
- Collaborate with Derivative Classifiers, Directorate Reviewers and the Office of Classification and Export Control to evaluate and determine the classification level of publications.
- Manage technical information communications and guide TID management, writers/editors, graphic artists, photographers and videographers, and others to ensure high-quality products. Maintain and utilize a valuable network of professional contacts. Represent NIF&PS at Laboratory Communicators’ meetings.
- Design, lead and evaluate progress on multiple simultaneous communications projects, including content and production decisions. Oversee and manage projects from concept to completion, coordinating the work with scientific content providers, other editors, designers, photographers, and compositors, and set production schedules.
- Partner with the NIF&PS Communications Director and the LLNL Public Affairs Office, write and edit unclassified professional-quality articles, scripts, and presentations that explain the National Nuclear Security Administration Stockpile Stewardship Program, the NIF&PS National Security Applications Program, the NIF High Energy Density Program, and the various aspects of the Directorate’s advanced laser and photon science programs to internal and external audiences.
- Collaborate with the NIF&PS Communications Director to develop, implement, and manage a communications plan for the internal and external Directorate websites, and develop and update content for internal and external websites as well as postings on social media sites.
- Provide advice and strategic direction to the senior management team in the development of communication materials and presentations that recognize the viewpoint of stakeholders, and ensure that communications products are consistent with Laboratory and NIF&PS goals and strategies.
- Interact and guide senior management, design and execute technical communications products and services that set exceptional quality standards for technical communications.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- BA/BS degree in communications, journalism, engineering or scientific area or the equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Advanced formal communication skills, both verbal and written, necessary to explain, present, direct, negotiate and influence others effectively. Advanced interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to effectively interact with all levels of personnel, both internal and external to the Laboratory.
- Demonstrated advanced problem-solving, analytical and decision-making skills which significantly affect the ability of the organization to achieve its overall objectives and long-range goals.
- Experience managing and producing scientific and technical communications within multidisciplinary teams.
- Experience managing multiple, large technical writing and production assignments for the Laboratory and other scientific/governmental organizations.
- Demonstrated ability to work under minimal direction with significant latitude in determining and planning activities to reach objectives.
- Experience using professional editing/writing skills in a wide variety of scientific areas and experience working with highly visible and sensitive technical content. Ability to handle classified, unclassified, sensitive and confidential issues with tact, diplomacy and discretion.
- Demonstrated ability to successfully work multiple tasks concurrently in a rapidly changing environment, and attend to intense details with high consequence of error.
Desired Qualifications
- Thorough understanding of LLNL’s primary missions of enhancing national security, ensuring the safety, security and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, and pursuing advanced scientific and technological programs to further the national interest.
- Familiarity with website design and content management, including experience with Dreamweaver, HTML, Drupal, and Photoshop/Fireworks.
- Ability to promptly and knowledgeably respond to requests for information from Directorate stakeholders and the general public.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.

Security Clearance:  This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.

If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.

Note:   This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $1.8 billion, employing approximately 6,500 employees.

LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.