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Bethesda, Maryland, United States of America
JOB #R2100507

Senior Communication Specialist, Health

ICF is a purpose driven company with a strong culture and underlying values that prize diversity, opportunity, equality, and respect. Our core values include Embracing Differences, and we seek candidates who are passionate about building a culture that encourages, embraces and hires dimensions of differences.

ICF seeks a Senior Health Communications Manager to work onsite at the National Institutes of Health supporting media and press relations.

This is a great opportunity to support a team that is working on meaningful projects that are affecting lives every day. ICF delivers all the strategic communications and marketing services of a top-flight marketing agency, plus the expertise and resources of a leading international consulting firm. This is an exciting role offering excellent opportunities for growth and the chance to work in a dynamic and collaborative organization.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with Project Director, Deputy Project Director, and client to triage incoming media inquiries; press duty may require non-traditional work hours, depending on the news cycle, reporter deadlines, and topics.

  • Respond to internal and external media inquiries related to disseminating findings on cardiovascular science, blood and lung diseases, and sleep disorders.

  • Coordinate media relations activities on behalf of the institute within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including managing interview requests, managing internal clearances, tracking media inquiries, and capturing news articles.

  • Prepare materials to support media relations activities, such as briefing materials, FAQs, talking points, speeches, crisis communications, and responses to reporters’ inquiries.

  • Support special events for the media at NIH, conferences, and in virtual settings.

  • Own project tasks, with oversight from the client and senior team members, and complete key deliverables on time and with high quality. 

  • Develop/conduct project planning activities to include collecting requirements and defining scope, developing project plans and timelines, and determining resource requirements.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with reporters, media partners, subject matter experts (e.g., researchers and scientists), and other NIH contractors.

 Basic Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, health communications, public relations, social sciences, or equivalent required.

  • 7+ years of communications experience, federal government experience preferred; media relations experience and federal crisis communications experience a plus.

  • Experience developing communication materials or resources for the media, researchers, and the public.

  • Experience working with local media and partners across the public health community (e.g., healthcare teams and community health workers) to develop story angles and pitches.

  • Advanced Spanish language skills a plus.

Location: Within the current COVID-19 landscape, this role will be supported remotely. This role will ultimately sit onsite at our client’s Bethesda, MD office.



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). For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

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.

Maryland Client Office (MD88)

Who is ICF?

A global consulting services company with +7,000 people across +70 countries, but we are not your typical consultants.

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