Senior Communications Specialist

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General – Green Earth – Safer World

At UL, we know why we come to work.

The Office of Research Experience and Education (OREE), a Research Institute of Underwriters Laboratories Inc. has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Communications Specialist at UL Research Institutes.


The Senior Communications Specialist supports communications and amplification efforts through web communication and social media campaigns for the Office of Research Experiences and Education (OREE), an office of UL Research Institutes (ULRI). This position manages agency partner relationships to develop and distribute integrated content that amplifies reach, engagement, and impact of OREE programs and initiatives with multiple education stakeholder groups, driving clarity and efficiency in go-to-market execution. The Communications Specialist will work closely with OREE director and program managers, and ULRI central communications team, to support communication of research topics, goals and outcomes that advance OREE’s communications strategy.

What you’ll learn & achieve:

As the Senior Communications Specialist you will play a key role in the rapid growth of UL as you:


  • Develop content for distribution to applicable media audiences and digital platforms – website, social media, email marketing, etc. in collaboration with OREE teams.
  • Identify and implement tools, processes and systems that enable the organization to deliver a consistent brand experience while continuously improving execution, with insights into the entire engagement cycle.
  • Monitor performance through data analytics for campaign tactics to inform opportunities for improvement.
  • Support the execution of communications campaigns and monitor their progress.
  • Collaborate with central communications team to collect and evaluate website data, compile detailed reports and translate findings into actionable insights.
  • Ensure communications align with brand guidelines and catered to target audiences.
  • Work closely with OREE leadership and staff to best communicate programs and initiatives and understand how messages may change depending on audiences.
  • Support conference and sponsorship needs (pre, during and post event) through coordinated digital communication efforts.
  • As needed, support management of distribution lists and CMS with updated contacts and applicable science/sustainability education publications, associations, etc.
  • Contribute to organizational success by performing other tasks as required

What makes you a great fit:

While no one candidate will embody every quality, the successful candidate will bring many of the following professional competencies and personal attributes:


  • Expert and disciplined communicator, with demonstrated ability to translate technical information into meaningful content for audiences in educational spaces and non-technical audiences.
  • Demonstrated experience and capability across a variety of marketing and communications disciplines; solid understanding of earned, owned, and paid media and the types of content that would be utilized across each.
  • Knowledge and experience utilizing different types of market research tactics to inform content development and distribution.
  • Strong facilitation, project planning and management.
  • Strong collaboration skills and ability to work with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong analytical and strategic thinking skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail and proactive time management.
  • Demonstrated experience managing agency and outside vendor relations.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications.

Professional education and experience requirements for the role include:

  • University degree in communication, marketing or related field.
  • Minimum six years of related professional experience in communications and marketing
  • One or more years supporting a nonprofit, scientific or research organizationpreferably focused on STEM education and sustainability
  • Experience in digital communications and social media campaigns.  


UL has COVID-19 protocols and policies in place to ensure the safety of our employees, customers and clients. Effective November 1, 2021, the company mandates that employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment (except where prohibited by law), subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law.

What you’ll experience working at UL:

  • Mission: For UL, corporate and social responsibility isn’t new. Making the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place has been our business model for the last 128 years and is deeply ingrained in everything we do.
  • People: Ask any UL employee what they love most about working here, and you’ll almost always hear, “the people.” Going beyond what is possible is the standard at UL. We’re able to deliver the best because we employ the best.
  • Interesting work: Every day is different for us here as we eagerly anticipate the next innovation that our customers’ create. We’re inspired to take on the challenge that will transform how people live, work and play. And as a global company, in many roles, you will get international experience working with colleagues around the world.
  • Grow & achieve: We learn, work and grow together with targeted development, reward and recognition programs as well as our very own UL University that offers extensive training programs for employees at all stages, including a technical training track for applicable roles.
  • Total Rewards: All employees at UL Research Institutes and UL Standards & Engagementare eligible for bonus compensation. We offer comprehensive medical, dental, vision, and life insurance plans. a generous 401k matching structure of up to 5% of eligible pay. Additionally, we invest an additional 4% into your retirement saving fund after your first year of continuous employment. Depending on your role, you can work with your manager on flexible working arrangements. We also provide employees with paid time off including vacation, holiday, sick and volunteer time off.

Learn More:

About UL Research Institutes


UL Research Institutes is a nonprofit organizations dedicated to advancing safety science research through the discovery and application of scientific knowledge. We conduct rigorous independent research and analyze safety data, convene experts worldwide to address risks, share knowledge through safety education and public outreach initiatives, and develop standards to guide safe commercialization of evolving technologies. We foster communities of safety, from grassroots initiatives for neighborhoods to summits of world leaders. Our organization employs collaborative and scientific approaches with partners and stakeholders to drive innovation and progress toward improving safety, security, and sustainability, ultimately enhancing societal well-being.

Our wholly owned subsidiary, UL Solutions, advances our shared public safety mission. We fund our work through grants, the licensing of standards documents and the business activities of UL Solutions, which conducts testing, verification and certification, and provides training and advisory services, along with data-driven reporting and decision-making tools for customers around the world.

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