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Rockville, Maryland, United States of America
JOB #R2000030

Research Specialist - Writer/Editor

ICF seeks a Research Specialist/Writer/Editor to support our National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) client. The National Institutes of Health, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research ( NHLBI provides global leadership for a research, training, and education program to promote the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, and blood diseases and enhance the health of all individuals so that they can live longer and more fulfilling lives (


The successful candidate for this position will be responsible for assisting in the review of documents and providing writing and editing support in the development and/or maintenance of policies, standard operating procedures (SOPs) and fact sheets.

Successful candidate my work from ICF’s Rockville office or remotely with in-person meetings in Bethesda, MD and Tyson’s Corner, VA as needed (no more than 1 per month).

Please submit a writing sample with your applications.

Key Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with NHLBI SMEs to implement the program framework across NHLBI’s resource inventory and provide training to SMEs/content owners throughout the development and update process
  • Conduct continued assessment of resource documents posted to the NHLBI Intranet; recommend content improvements based on assessment findings (i.e., retain, update, or retire documents).
    • Analyze complex internal documents (including policies, SOPs, delegations of authority [DOAs], information pages, fact sheets, checklists, and forms) to identify key attributes and find related content; apply consistent research methodology across documents.
  • Implement content improvements; in collaboration with stakeholder offices, develop new or updated guidance documents, or a mechanism to redirect users to the appropriate resources.
    • Provide writing support by synthesizing relevant parts of existing resources and policies to create first drafts of clinical research SOPs; create accurate, succinct, and consistently written drafts by adhering to an SOP template and extracting key points of existing resources for inclusion in the SOP.
    • Provide editing support by working collaboratively with the Technical Lead, NHLBI staff, and other team members, both in person and remotely (using the shared file system, Microsoft SharePoint), to collect, interpret, and integrate comments on SOP drafts.
  • Coordinate resource development process with NHLBI SMEs/content owners (e.g., scheduling brainstorming meetings, preparing first drafts, providing editorial assistance, and drafting roll-out communication).
  • Contribute to ongoing Intranet program initiatives to ensure coordination across project teams (i.e., NHLBI content management strategy, content maintenance plan, role-based training).
    • Recommend and implement enhancements to the NHLBI Intranet to better support the policy/SOP lifecycle.

Basic Qualifications & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in English, Journalism, Communication, Management, a biomedical science, public health, or related discipline with at least 4 years of professional experience.
  • At least 2 years professional experience in research, writing, and editing (writing sample required).
  • Experience analyzing complex information gathered from different sources into a clear and logical policy or SOP.

Required Skills/Experience

  • Meticulous attention to detail and excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent communication, client interaction, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to identify, communicate, and resolve content inconsistencies or inaccuracies
  • Able to work independently/exercise independent judgement
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and shift priorities as needed
  • Intermediate to advanced-level proficiency in MS Word
  • Proficiency in MS Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint
  • Familiarity with MS SharePoint. 

Preferred Professional Skills

  • Previous federal experience (e.g., writing policies/SOPs or performing administrative research at NIH, CDC, FDA, or other federal agencies) is a plus.

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE – Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity)

Reasonable Accommodations are available for disabled veterans and applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination:  EEO is the law and  Pay Transparency Statement.

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Who is ICF?

A consulting services company of over 5,000 experts across 67 countries, but not your typical consultants

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