Head of the Office of Communication

Batavia, IL 60510

Employment Type: Permanent Job Category: Executive/ Management Job Number: Na89955551 Compensation: $200000-250000 / year

Job Description

Title: Head of Office Communication 

Location: Batavia, IL

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Job Summary:
The Head of the Office of Communication partners closely with Laboratory leadership to create and execute a strategic communication plan, working towards a coordinated and effective approach to communication throughout the laboratory. They also provide advice to the Laboratory Director and senior management regarding a wide range of internal and external communication matters.
In addition, the Head of the Office of Communication collaborates with partners, including the Department of Energy, the University of Chicago, and the Universities Research Association.

Job Duties:
  • Provide strategic leadership to deliver outstanding external and internal communications and marketing to advance the Laboratory’s brand, reputation, and mission on a national and international scale; develops and executes a Lab-wide strategic communications plan. 
  • Research, develop, plan, design, maintain and implement policies and programs that enhance the Laboratory’s public relations and reputation with key stakeholders.
  • Direct Lab's external communication activities on a wide range of platforms: web-based and print publications, social media, media relations, and press releases; ensures that external communication activities are proactive, accurate and effective, and that they help the Laboratory carry out its mission with support from stakeholders.
  • Direct Lab's internal communication activities on varying platforms to ensure alignment and efficient functioning and engagement across the Laboratory in support of the mission.
  • Oversee Creative Services to support communication strategies utilizing graphic standards, photography, video and multimedia, duplicating and audiovisual services and support for meetings, conferences and lectures.
  • Coordinate with Office of Education and Public Outreach and laboratory leadership in support of community relations, outreach, VIP visits, and events.
  • Provide communication expertise and support to particle physics groups and funding agencies nationally and internationally and serves as a liaison between Lab and the Department of Energy for communication-related matters.

  • Minimum Required Education and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree and 10+ years of experience or equivalent. Desired but not required: Scientific background acquired through education or work experience; advanced degree; work experience in a laboratory, university, and/or government context; experience in managing a communications staff.
    Applicable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
    • Demonstrated ability to develop communication and marketing strategies on complex and technical topics and issues; preferably experience in a scientific, academic, or government environment.
    • Demonstrated ability to lead a high-quality communications program from needs analysis to conception, design, writing and production.
    • Knowledge of a wide range of effective communication methods including social media platforms.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication.
    • Creative and strategic leadership ability to manage and develop people and resources.
    • Demonstrated ability to build internal and external relationships with a diverse set of stakeholders.
    • Effective project management skills and budget planning.
    • Media relations skills are highly desirable.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information. 


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