The Strategic Communications Lead provides senior level strategic communication support to the Assistant Secretary of Nuclear Energy and Chief of Staff (COS). The purpose of the position is to improve the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy’s (NE) capacity to effectively communicate information, analysis, and reporting to key audiences through multiple mediums, including comprehensive, data-drive websites, monthly reports and alerts, special publications and multimedia products, traditional and social media, and external briefings and events. It is required to provide the necessary assistance needed for a wide variety of communications and outreach activities, and association information management tasks through DOE systems, procedures, and processes. Activities will include public, media, and stakeholder communications services for various stages of the communications process that support the DOE NE mission and initiatives, and enable public understanding of complex technical, economic, and social issues related to nuclear energy. This support is essential to achieve success in the performance of the NE mission.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Responsible for the integration of CNI Core Competencies into daily functions, including: commitment to integrity, knowledge / quality of work, supporting financial goals of the company, initiative / motivation, cooperation / relationships, problem analysis / discretion, accomplishing goals through organization, positive oral / written communication skills, leadership abilities, commitment to Affirmative Action, reliability / dependability, flexibility and ownership / accountability of actions taken.
Sets guidelines for, monitors, and conducts strategic communications tasks, such as public information materials development, media outreach, public relations, multimedia and IT tool development, etc.
Ensures that plans, materials, tools, events, and other communications products and services support strategic communications goals to achieve the largest impacts.
Oversees or performs follow-up activities to evaluate the success of strategic communications projects, e.g., reviewing progress toward metrics; and establishes and evaluates lessons-learned and best practices.
Additional duties: supports the development and assists in the execution of the NE Outreach strategy; Technical Lead, Social Media Management; and Director of NE Video Productions.
Key responsibilities include:
Read, understand, and bring to management’s attention action items by priority
Gather and synthesize data from various sources to support the decision making process
Coordinate and support meetings, and arrange travel related to assigned activities and programs
Collaborate with other communications personnel in DOE HQ to meet the requirements of NE officials
Follow established department directives and office procedures for the work performed
Manage extremely difficult and/or complex, highly visible projects
Responsible for aiding in own self-development by being available and receptive to all training made available by the company.
Plans daily activities within the guidelines of company policy, job description and supervisor’s instruction in such a way as to maximize personal output.
Responsible for keeping own immediate work area in a neat and orderly condition to ensure safety of self and coworkers. Will report any unsafe conditions and/or practices to the appropriate supervisor and human resources. Will immediately correct any unsafe conditions to the best of own ability.
EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications, Journalism, Advertising, Graphic Design, Event Planning, Business, Information Technology, or other related fields and a minimum four (4) years of relevant experience working in communications or a related field.
CERTIFICATES / LICENSES / REGISTRATION
JOB SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE / SKILLS / ABILITIES
Skilled in SharePoint, Access, Publisher, Visio, Outlook, Canva, Lightroom, basic HTML, and social network analysis.
Excellent technical writing and editing skills
Knowledge and ability to support public affairs efforts for NE, reviewing program messages and materials and ensuring all messaging is consistent with the goals of NE, DOE, and the U.S. Government
Working knowledge of MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
Skilled in facilitating teamwork and coordinating efforts for the successful achievement of goals
Excellent verbal and written communications skills with solid presentation skills
Exceptional customer service and relationship-building skills
Ability to schedule, plan and lead meetings
Ability to work effectively, both independently and in a team environment
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.