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Communications Manager

Job ID: 9714
Job Views: 2808
Location: Berkeley, California, United States
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Job Category: Other
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: 114156-142668 USD per year
Posted: 05.24.2024

Job Description

Communications Manager - 101375
Division: AL-Advanced Light Source

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab’s (LBNL) Advanced Light Source (ALS) Division has an opening for a Communications Manager to join the team.

In this role, you will establish the ALS’s communications priorities and lead their execution. As a member of the ALS management team supervising a small team of communications professionals, you will manage the development and delivery of communication products and outreach activities to highlight the facility’s capabilities and amplify high-impact research carried out by ALS scientific users and staff. You will be responsible for promoting ALS activities to a diverse set of audiences, including the international research community, the Department of Energy, other light source facilities, and the general public. You will also coordinate with communications staff from other parts of Berkeley Lab, as well as counterparts at other DOE user facilities and light sources around the world.

The Advanced Light Source is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national scientific user facility whose excellent scientific reputation, expert staff, and capabilities in the soft x-ray, hard x-ray, and infrared regimes attract over 1,600 academic and industrial users each year in disciplines spanning physical, chemical, materials, biological, energy, and Earth sciences. It is one of five Berkeley Lab user facilities that serve a combined 11,000 users annually. The co-location of these user facilities – including the Molecular Foundry Nanoscale Science Research Center and the NERSC scientific computing center, as well as Berkeley Lab's outstanding programs in materials and chemical sciences, among others – offers a prime environment for collaborative science. The ALS has been a global leader in soft x-ray science for more than two decades and is currently undergoing a large-scale upgrade (ALS-U) that will endow the facility with state-of-the-art x-ray capabilities. It's an exciting time to join our growing team!

What You Will Do:

  • Supervise and mentor the ALS Communications Group staff, setting operational objectives, delegating assignments, and managing resources and budget.
  • Manage the development of various communication products including science highlights, articles, multimedia, printed materials, newsletters, and social media posts to disseminate scientific achievements, operational updates, and plans to diverse audiences.
  • Develop and execute communication initiatives to promote the ALS’s mission, capabilities, and accomplishments.
  • Oversee the content, development, and maintenance of ALS websites, including public-facing sites, intranet, and programmatic sites.
  • Collaborate with the ALS User Office to develop and execute outreach initiatives for existing and potential new users, including overseeing communications for the annual User Meeting.
  • Represent the ALS and articulate its achievements and capabilities in tours, meetings, conferences, and outreach events.
  • Support ALS leadership in communications needs, including advising on messaging to key stakeholders and preparing materials for high-level meetings and visits.
  • Manage the production of large-scale proposals, reports, and review materials, coordinating content development, editing, and design.
  • Regularly engage with ALS leadership, staff, and external scientific users to stay updated on scientific outcomes and facility updates.
  • Coordinate with Berkeley Lab Strategic Communications and relevant counterparts across the Laboratory to promote ALS capabilities and accomplishments.
  • Engage with counterparts across the Laboratory and in cross-light source collaborations to coordinate efforts and share best practices.

What is Required:

  • 10 years of relevant professional work experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience, preferably in a science research setting.
  • Significant knowledge and understanding of contemporary communication tools and tactics, preferably applied in a government or science research context.
  • Understanding and appreciation for publicly supported scientific research with the ability to translate complex science into lay language.
  • Ability to work independently, creatively formulate and execute goals, and solve problems effectively.
  • Experience in effectively supervising, mentoring, and guiding employees to produce timely, high-quality outcomes.
  • Ability to manage competing priorities, from complex, long-term projects to daily duties and urgent requests with tight deadlines.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Professional presence and highly effective interpersonal skills enabling communication with a diverse community of scientists, technical, and administrative staff.


  • For full consideration, please apply by May 13th, 2024. This position will remain open until filled.
  • This is a full-time career appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
  • This position is expected to pay $114,156- $142,668, which fits within the full salary range of $114,156- $192,612 for the P40.2. Salary for this position will be commensurate with the final candidate’s qualification and experience, including skills, knowledge, relevant education, certifications, and aligned with the internal peer group.
  • This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
  • This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule, at least 3 days per week on site at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA. Work schedules are dependent on business needs. Individuals working a hybrid schedule must reside within 150 miles of Berkeley Lab.

How To Apply
Apply directly online
and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.

Learn About Us:
Berkeley Lab (LBNL) addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 16 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

The core values of the ALS reflect a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We seek candidates who will support a culture in which each member of the community feels welcomed and valued. An ongoing commitment to recruiting and retaining a vibrant, diverse, and talented workforce is paramount to promoting a strong and successful lab community. For more information refer to the LBNL core values and the ALS mission statement and core values.

Working at Berkeley Lab has many rewards including a competitive compensation program, excellent health and welfare programs, a retirement program that is second to none, and outstanding development opportunities. To view information about the many rewards that are offered at Berkeley Lab - Click Here.

Berkeley Lab is committed to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) and strives to continue building community with these shared values and commitments.

Berkeley Lab is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We heartily welcome applications from women, minorities, veterans, and all who would contribute to the Lab’s mission of leading scientific discovery, inclusion, and professionalism. In support of our diverse global community, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status.

Equal Opportunity and IDEA Information Links:
Know your rights, click here for the supplement: "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law" and the Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision under 41 CFR 60-1.4.

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