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Communications Specialist
R6138Business planning analysis
Washington, DCjob hours n/a

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The Office of Communications (NE-23) is responsible for the communications and engagement functions of the Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) within the Department of Energy (DOE). NE-23 oversees NE communications plans and strategies; manages NE digital communications and social media; provides messaging and brand guidance; works to advance environmental and energy justice; and supports a cohesive approach to community, Tribal, and stakeholder engagement. 

In support of this mission, NE-23 requires a Communications Specialist to support communications needs related to the spent nuclear fuel and programs within the Office of Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition (NE-8).


Essential duties and responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

The Communications Specialist supports communications needs related to the management of spent nuclear fuel and works closely with the Communications Program Lead for the Office of Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition (NE-8), other members of the NE-23 team, SMEs, and federal managers in NE-8. 


Ability to support public affairs efforts, review program messages and materials and ensuring all messaging is consistent with the goals of the organization.

Skilled in facilitating teamwork and coordinating efforts for the successful achievement of goals.

Provide ideas about content for education and outreach in order to inform the public about nuclear energy.

Assist with designing, collecting and analyzing market research, including reviewing and summarizing relevant market research.

Provide analysis: collecting and analyzing demographic data, gathering community, stakeholder, and outreach points of contact, and selecting and making recommendations on other viable information to ensure messages reach targeted audiences.

Develops web content. 

Develops milestone stories or articles. 

Contributes to communications plans. 

Develops responses to media or stakeholder inquiries. 

Supports virtual or in-person stakeholder events. 

Supports speaking events for leadership and develop presentations. 

Maintains talking points. 

Performs other tasks to support communications and engagement functions as needed. 

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 aiding in own self-development by being available and receptive to all training made available by the company. 


Responsible for keeping own immediate work area in a neat and orderly condition to ensure safety of self and co-workers. Will report any unsafe conditions and/or practices to the appropriate supervisor and human resources. Will immediately correct any unsafe conditions as the best of own ability. 


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.


Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance with all applicable rules (federal, state, local, Federal Acquisition Regulations, Code of Federal Regulations, Prime Contract requirements, etc.) for themselves and the company as a whole. Fosters an environment in which they will report any violations or reasonably suspected violation of CNI policy, FAR, and/or CFR and are comfortable discussing the myriad compliance, conflict, FAR, CFR, etc. issues that arise during the performance of a government contract.  


Bachelor's degree in Communications, Marketing, Business or a related field of study and a minimum of five (5) years’ relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education/experience.



Project leadership experience.

Experience with image-building processes.

Experienced in communication/coordination with Congressional member and/or staffers preferred.

Excellent technical writing and editing skills.

Working knowledge of MS Office Suite.


Ability to read, analyze and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups and/or boards of directors.


Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations.


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.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job. Work is primarily performed in an office environment. Regularly required to sit. Regularly required use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms to handle objects and operate tools, computer, and/or controls. Required to speak and hear. Occasionally required to stand, walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.  Exposed to general office noise with computers printers and light traffic. 


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

This position is contingent upon contract award. Salary and Job Requirements are subject to change upon award. 


 CNI offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
•    Medical
•    Dental
•    Vision
•    401(k)
•    Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
•    Paid Time Off (PTO)
•    Training and Development Opportunities


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