Media Relations Coordinator

Argonne National Laboratory Lemont , IL 60439

Posted 1 week ago

Argonne National Laboratory is searching for a talented Media Relations Coordinator to join the Communications and Public Affairs (CPA) Division.

Under the direction of the Head of Media Relations, the Media Relations Coordinator is responsible for supporting and executing public relations initiatives to secure positive media exposure in local, national and trade media, and enhance the image of Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). This includes tracking and monitoring Argonne's press activity and pipeline of stories; maintaining accurate representation of Argonne news and activity on the Department of Energy's (DOE) website; collecting media metrics and a regular basis; and supporting proactive pitch efforts as assigned.

A successful Media Relations Coordinator will demonstrate a desire to learn everything about the agency's business, the ability to manage several projects at once, the ability to anticipate and rapidly respond to the needs of the client and the account team and display a positive, team-oriented attitude.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support execution of Argonne's PR strategy in collaboration with other staff to achieve significant increases in awareness of Argonne National Laboratory and support for our mission.

  • Maintain DOE story tracking spreadsheets on a weekly basis and provide additional information and updates on Argonne activity to stakeholders in DOE.

  • Monitor media coverage and measure the results of PR efforts.

  • Field incoming media requests, validate and forward for handling as appropriate.

  • Research and find new influencers, including news media, to help elevate Argonne.

  • Monitor and analyze daily news coverage - specific to ANL, industry and business news.

  • Coordinate closely with digital team to ensure proper classification and posting of laboratory news to social media,, and the ANL intranet.

  • Provide thoughtful research that supports and/or informs PR and marketing campaigns, product news announcements or other team assignments.

  • Support timely PR, corporate communication or marketing campaigns as they arise.

  • Develop press materials on behalf of clients, including press kits, press releases and pitches.

  • Distribute press releases and pitches on behalf of ANL to local media.

  • Ensure all reporter deadlines are met.

  • Prepare and maintain clip reports and live-time clip distribution, monitoring digital, broadcast, print and social media coverage.

  • Maintain complete and accurate digital and hard copy files on all media lists, pitch documents, press releases, outreach, marketing and media plans, and client correspondence.

Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:

  • Demonstrated excellence in public relations and media.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic work setting.

  • Excellent time management, organizational, and project management skills.

  • Skilled at Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Able to learn new software and tools.

  • Ability to collaborate with cross-functional teams.

  • Bachelor's degree required in communications, marketing, public relations, advertising, or allied discipline.

  • Basic knowledge of SEO is preferred, but not required.

  • Basic knowledge of social media is preferred, but not required.

  • Ability to work independently, as well as set and adhere to deadlines to ensure timely completion of tasks and projects.

  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously with flexibility to adapt as priorities change.

  • Strong attention to detail; able to keep track of work flowing through the department.

  • 2 years' experience in marketing, journalism, public relations or communications.

  • At least 1 year public relations experience, preferably with a B2B communications or media agency, preferably with technical, scientific content.

  • Equivalent combinations of education and work experience will be considered.

  • Experience with Google Analytics, Cision and/or Meltwater Media Monitoring/Tracking Software preferred.

  • Passion for the mission of the national laboratory.

  • Ability to model Argonne's Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork.

Argonne is a multidisciplinary science and engineering research center, where talented scientists, engineers, and business professionals work together to answer the biggest questions facing humanity, from how to obtain affordable clean energy to protecting ourselves and our environment. Ever since we were born out of the University of Chicago's work on the Manhattan Project in the 1940s, our goal has been to make an impact from the atomic to the human to the global scale.

At Argonne, we explore the world together in order to build a better one!

The world's best and brightest minds come to Argonneminds that are curious and bursting with new ideas. Minds that have a passion for excellence and innovation. Whether it be for premier research opportunities, a chance to blend work and home life, a diverse community of colleagues or a place where others genuinely care about the planet, Argonne offers something for you. We offer work-life balance, professional development opportunities, and a culture of innovation that embraces diversity, inclusion, flexibility, collaboration, and career growth. Argonne also offers a comprehensive array of exceptional benefits to meet a variety of needs. In addition to medical, dental, life and disability coverage, you'll have access to paid time off, a retirement plan with a generous match and a number of other benefits, such as onsite wellness facilities, an on-site child care center and auto and homeowners' insurance.

At Argonne National Laboratory you will have the opportunity to contribute to and support research that addresses our nation's challenges and advances the frontiers of science and technology. Our science impacts the world and you can be a part of that! Whatever your rolescientist, engineer, or support staff--there is a path for you here at Argonne.

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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