Sandia National Laboratories Emergency Public Information Specialist (Experienced) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking a highly motivated Corporate Communications Specialist to perform work as an Emergency Public Information (EPI) specialist. You will ensure Sandia provides high quality emergency communications that aligns with all requirements. You also will work as a media relations specialist, writing news releases and partner with media representatives to interest them in Sandia’s national security work.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Serve as an expert for our emergency communications team and on-call EPI officer.
  • Position the team to quickly and effectively handle emergency communications.
  • Ensure Sandia's EPI program is in alignment with requirements by collaborating with Emergency Management (EM) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) partners.
  • Make sure EPI officers maintain training requirements and are prepared for drills and exercises. Write corrective action plans, if needed.
  • Optimize emergency information operations and help build drills and exercises to prepare for real-world incidents.
  • Work with the City of Albuquerque EM officials and NNSA to ensure a Joint Information Center is ready for emergency exercises and real events.
  • Work with state, county and municipal agencies on emergency preparedness initiatives.
  • Write compelling news releases on topics ranging from scientific research to human interest features.
  • Maintain positive relationships with media representatives nationwide to promote Sandia’s work for the nation and in the community to a general audience.
  • Host media visits and interviews and handle crisis communications.
  • Consult with executive management to ensure communications are effectively and strategically aligned to mission goals.

Applicants considered for interviews will be required to produce writing samples and successfully complete a writing test.


  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, English, science or technical writing.
  • Five years of journalism experience, including freelance writing, or experience working with media as a public information officer.


  • Experience working for an organization that regularly handles emergency or crisis communications.
  • Ability to work effectively with emergency management officials at Sandia and in the community.
  • Proven ability to write clearly, concisely and effectively to employees in a large organization and to a public audience in a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience training small teams.
  • Proven ability to meet strict deadlines and prioritize multiple projects.
  • Bachelor’s degree in emergency management or public safety.
  • Master’s degree in communications field.
  • Experience working with U.S. government agencies or using the National Incident Management System.
  • Experience in corporate communication planning, including the ability to develop and help implement communication plans, campaigns, organize media events or branding strategies.
  • Knowledge of AP style.
  • Willingness to continuously learn from on-the-job experiences and share those lessons to benefit the team.

Department Description:

Media Relations and Emergency Communications provides timely, proactive and regular communications to local, trade, national and international media about Sandia's mission, scientific and technical achievements, role in our communities and role as a preferred employer. Media relations staff serve as official Sandia spokespersons and provide content for news releases, talking points, the Sandia Lab News,, the media, social media and fact sheets. Media relations specialists write communication plans, strategies for responding to negative media issues and plan for news conferences and media visits. We comply with DOE/NNSA and Sandia direction governing how Sandia disseminates information to the public in an emergency.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

  • Challenging work withamazingimpact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide
  • Extraordinary co-workers
  • Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
  • Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
  • Flexible schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at:

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted L-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.