Battelle Memorial Institute Communications PR Specialist (Researcher) in Crystal City, Virginia

Battelle is guided by a founding mission. We invest our knowledge, talents and resources, helping our customers achieve their most important goals. We apply scientific rigor and creativity, succeeding where others may fail, and we invest in our communities, making the world better for generations to come. All of us share a common purpose: to solve the greatest challenges of today and tomorrow.

Our 22,000 employees work at the forefront of scientific innovation to tackle critical challenges in security, human health, manufacturing, energy and environmental management. Battelle’s work is grounded in the belief that science, technology and a passion for excellence can make industries more competitive and the world a better place.

Primary Function

Battelle’s Communication & Involvement group based in Crystal City (Arlington), Va., helps federal government clients build positive relationships with their stakeholders. Most of our clients have a role in national defense and homeland security and are based in the DC Metro area.

Major Responsibilities

  • Plan, implement, and evaluate communication programs for government clients.

  • Identify and research audiences, develop communication plans, craft messages, create outreach products, coordinate product distribution, track outreach metrics, and report on communication effectiveness.

  • Write, edit, and provide design input for a variety of media including press releases, brochures, newsletters, fact sheets, social media, websites, and multi-media presentations.

  • Prepare final products for client delivery.

  • Interact with government clients ranging from junior to senior level to understand tasks goals, gather input to complete tasks, and review draft and final deliverables.

  • Serve as a technical editor for a wide range of written products.

  • Communicate about specialized homeland security subject matter that will include nuclear nonproliferation and arms control, emergency response, and other homeland security-related topics.

  • Limited travel (less than 10% annually) may be required, based on client needs.

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with an emphasis in communication, public relations, marketing communication, or related field and coursework in political science-related field.

  • 5 years’ experience supporting business/government outreach programs.

  • Experience communication planning, setting outreach goals and objectives, developing messages, implementing communication programs, and evaluating communication outcomes.

  • Experience communicating complex ideas related to specialized subject matter that could include emergency preparedness and nuclear nonproliferation.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products (MS Word, MS Outlook, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint), Internet Explorer, and Adobe Reader.

  • Experience identifying, learning, and using social media and new electronic media and tools, such as survey tools, mass e-mailing tools, content management systems, and tools for tracking metrics.

  • U.S. Citizen with the ability to obtain and maintain a government security clearance.

  • References required.


  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university with an emphasis in communication, public relations, marketing communication, or political science.

  • Experience communicating within a government public affairs office.

  • Experience communicating about topics related to nuclear nonproliferation, homeland security, emergency response, and/or arms control.

  • Experience developing government proposals, including strategizing, pricing, and writing.

  • Possess a current Department of Defense Secret clearance or Department of Energy Q clearance.

Legal Disclaimer

The above statements are intended to describe the nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, activities and skills required of staff members. No statement herein is intended to imply any authorities to commit Battelle unless special written permission is granted by Battelle's Legal Department.


Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.

Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.

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