Media Relations Specialist

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, Tennessee)

Posted 8 months ago

Requisition Id 2268 

The Communications Division at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory seeks a media relations professional whose talent and experience will help to position the Lab among the world’s premier research institutions. The successful candidate will tell compelling stories about ORNL science and technology to reach diverse audiences through channels including news releases, feature stories, social media, and earned media in external publications, broadcasts, and strategic campaigns.

Major Duties/Responsibilities:

Inform local, national, and international audiences about noteworthy ORNL accomplishments, highlighting the Laboratory’s outstanding staff and its leadership in diverse fields of science.

Develop and implement plans to promote the Laboratory’s research, activities, services, programs, and events.

Cultivate relationships with local, trade and national media outlets and identify opportunities to pitch stories about ORNL activities. Respond to media requests, facilitate interviews with lab experts and manage media visits. Assist in distribution of news content.

Prepare staff members to communicate effectively with media and other external audiences.

Develop reports and metrics that demonstrate the value of earned media to leadership and other stakeholders.

Assist in the production of video and multimedia presentations. Coordinate activities with audio/visual specialists, graphic artists, digital media staff, and others to support multiplatform storytelling.

Provide other writing and event support to the Communications Division.

Qualifications Required:

Bachelor’s degree in journalism, mass media communications, public relations, advertising, marketing, or a science-related field, as well as 5 years (minimum) experience in the communications field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Qualifications Preferred:  

Familiarity with layout and photography, web content management systems, and web analytics is a plus, as well as writing samples on scientific or technical topics for both technical and non-technical audiences. DOE or national laboratory experience also a plus.

The successful candidate must be self-motivated, self-directed, results-focused, and committed to achieving goals. Creativity and attention to detail are essential, as is knowledge of planning, coordinating, and implementing effective public information activities. The successful candidate will have excellent written and interpersonal skills, familiarity with word-processing and presentation software, and proficiency in the use of social media and content management systems. The ability to balance multiple demands and perform professionally and capably under pressure is required.

Benefits at ORNL: UT-Battelle offers a quality benefits package, including a matching 401(k), contributory pension plan, paid vacation, and medical/dental plan options. Onsite amenities include a credit union, medical clinic, cafeteria, coffee stands, and fitness facilities.   

Relocation:  Moving can be overwhelming and expensive. UT-Battelle offers a generous relocation package to ease the transition process. Domestic and international relocation assistance is available for certain positions. If invited to interview, be sure to ask your Recruiter (Talent Acquisition Partner) for details.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify Employer.

This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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