Senior Communications Specialist

Location US-MD-Columbia
Requisition Post Information* : Posted Date 4 months ago(2/7/2023 4:59 PM)
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General – Green Earth – Safer World

At UL, we know why we come to work.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Communications Specialist at UL Research Institutes.


The Senior Communications Specialist expertly supports the communication and amplification efforts through content and campaign development for the Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI), an UL Research Institute (ULRI). This position manages agency partner relationships to develop and distribute integrated content that amplifies reach, engagement, and impact of FSRI public safety education programs and initiatives with both consumer and professional stakeholder groups, driving clarity and efficiency in go-to-market execution. The Senior Communications Specialist will work closely with all members of the amplification team, Public Safety Advisory Committee and researchers to support translation of research outcomes to public safety education messaging, tactics and content deliverables that advance FSRI’s engagement strategy.


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At UL Research Institutes, we wake up every day with a common purpose: to make the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place. Science is in our DNA; we are endlessly curious and passionate about seeking and speaking the truth. We take delight in knowing that our work makes a meaningful contribution to society, and we are proud that our culture is centered on integrity, collaboration, inclusion and excellence. UL stands at the forefront of technological advancement, and we are continually challenged to find new ways to foster innovation and positive change. Satisfying? Yes. Exciting? Absolutely!


Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI)

UL’s Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI) advances fire safety knowledge to address the world’s unresolved fire safety risks and emerging dangers. As part of UL Research Institutes, we are committed to sharing our fire safety insights with everyone to advance UL’s public safety mission of providing safe living and working environments for people everywhere. Through advanced fire science, rigorous research, extensive outreach and education in collaboration with our international network of partners, we impart stakeholders with the information, tools and resources that enable them to make better, more fire-safe decisions that ultimately save lives and property. To learn more, visit

What you’ll learn & achieve:

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

  • Expertly develop and execute integrated marketing and communications campaigns and monitor their progress.
  • Develop content for distribution to applicable audiences and digital platforms – website, social media, email marketing, etc. in collaboration with FSRI team.
  • 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.
  • Achieve performance through data analytics for campaign tactics to inform opportunities for improvement.
  • Collaborate with FSRI communications team to collect and evaluate website data, compile detailed reports and translate findings into actionable insights.
  • Ensure communications align with brand guidelines and resonate with target audiences.
  • Work closely with FSRI leadership, researchers and other members of the research amplification team to best communicate programs and initiatives and customize messages for various on audiences.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

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, public relations, education, marketing or related field or equivalent years of experience.
  • Minimum six years of related professional experience in communications and marketing.
  • One or more years supporting a nonprofit, scientific or research organization.
  • Experience in developing integrated 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 organization 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.

To learn more, visit our websites


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