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Los Alamos National Laboratory Communications Specialist 3/4 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Communications Specialist 3/4 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

Communications Specialist 3 ($85,400 - $139,600)

Are you a strategic and savvy communicator looking for the perfect opportunity to display your talents? Do you want to be part of a world-class research and development institution solving some of the nation’s toughest national security challenges? If the answer to these questions is “yes” then we invite you to learn more about our opening for a communications position to support the Communications and External Affairs division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL).

Our Communications Specialists further the mission of LANL by delivering on strategic communications programs designed to inform, engage, and inspire employees and foster a knowledgeable and motivated workforce. In this role, you will plan and execute program-specific communications for targeted internal and external audiences. These include management and leadership inside and outside of the organization, and other strategic partners and customers – all designed to enhance the organization’s effectiveness, impact, reputation, and accomplishments. In this role you will use effective communications strategies to drive organizational change toward a strong safety culture. This is an amazing opportunity to do something great and leave your mark!

Communications Specialist 4 $113,100 - $190,900

In addition to duties outlined above, the Communications Specialist 4 will be expected to manage and lead projects and coach or mentor junior team members. In this role, you will be expected to develop and maintain strategic partnerships with key customers and stakeholders to help them achieve their communication goals. As a level 4, you will lead efforts to develop new outlets, digital platforms and techniques for reaching key audiences.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

Subject Area Knowledge

We are looking for someone with experience in communicating sensitive and technical information as well as previous experience and interest in environmental, health, and safety communications.

Communication Planning & Execution

We are looking for someone who has extensive experience developing and executing comprehensive communications plans for organizations, and knows how to do everything from news writing, features stories, presentations, and talking points.

Organizational Communication

This position will require you to translate an organization’s mission, strategy, and plans into key messages and communications products that connect with employees, stakeholders, and customers emphasizing a strong safety culture.

Social Media

We are looking for someone with experience executing social media initiatives, including writing content, developing visual design concepts, and generating ideas for campaigns.

Web-Based Content

This position requires the ability to produce multimedia content for web-based stories and basic familiarity with a web-based content management systems used to post that content.

Editorial Acumen

You will need experience in assessing the newsworthiness of content before publication in communications channels. You will also need experience in managing all parts of the story development cycle and securing approvals in a complex, multifaceted review environment.

Audience-Centered Communication

You will need experience in communicating technical and sensitive information with diverse audiences (gender, age, experience, background, etc.)

Stakeholder Management

To succeed in this role, you will need to listen to and coordinate with multiple stakeholders and suggest best-in-class communications solutions.


Level 3: You will need abachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or related field and a minimum of 8 years relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Additional Job Requirements for Communication Specialist 4:

In addition to the requirements outlined above, qualification at the higher level requires extensive experience leading complex communications projects and initiatives.


You will need abachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or related field and a minimum of 12 years relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Desired Qualifications:


It would be a bonus for us if you have experience working at a national laboratory or with government at the federal or state level.


Another plus would be experience using readership metrics and the ability to propose better ways to get employee engagement in key areas.

Note to Applicants: Please attach a cover letter that addresses how you meet the requirements of this position.

Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos, NM.

Position commitment: Regular appointment employees are required to serve a period of continuous service in their current position in order to be eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the time required, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. The position commitment for this position is 1 year.

Where You Will Work

Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes:

§ PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network

§ Dental and vision insurance

§ Free basic life and disability insurance

§ Paid maternity and parental leave

§ Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually)

§ Learning opportunities and tuition assistance

§ Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays)

§ Onsite gyms and wellness programs

§ Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius)

Additional Details

Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2 . Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A.

Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements

  • for access to classified matter.

  • Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. SeeDOE Order 472.2for additional information.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served the required period of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the required period of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to PolicyPolicy P701for applicant eligibility requirements.

Incentive Compensation Program: The Level 4 Position is eligible to participate in the Triad Incentive Compensation Program.

Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

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Contact Details
Contact Name Salyer, Reyna Linda
Email reyna@lanl.gov
Work Telephone
Vacancy Name: IRC84455
Organization Name CEA-PA/Public Affairs
Minimum Salary
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Req ID: IRC84455
Category: Marketing & Comm