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Senior Communications Specialist
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We’re currently hiring for a Senior Communications Specialist – Scientific Workforce Diversity.
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 www.icf.com/careers to find your next career.
ICF seeks a Senior Communications Specialist to support scientific workforce diversity work at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through strategic communications planning, implementation, and project management. The Senior Communications Specialist will lead integrated communications efforts to support the NIH Office of the Director (OD) and help increase awareness and engagement with scientific workforce diversity among key internal and external audiences. This is a great opportunity to support a team that is working on meaningful projects that ultimately improve public health and deliver on the NIH mission.
This role will work within a highly matrixed, creative, fast-paced environment with seasoned communications professionals and renowned NIH researchers and public health professionals. The ideal candidate will have a broad understanding of science communications and be an excellent relationship manager with the ability to respond quickly to client requests, which may include queries from across the NIH’s 27 Institutes and Center (ICs).
As a Senior Communications Specialist – Scientific Workforce Diversity, you will:
Be the day-to-day client contact for communications with oversight from the Program and Deputy Program managers, and respond to internal and external client requests by triaging and tracking them from start to finish.
Lead all internal and client-facing communications meeting by preparing agendas, ensuring meeting notes are accurately recorded, updating client tracking tools (e.g., excel spreadsheets or Smartsheet), and other important administrative tasks.
Work collaboratively with federal staff team, subject matter experts, ICF teams, and other contractors.
Work hand in hand with trans-NIH program lead (e.g., diversity and inclusion program) and ensure continuity of communications between special programs and the NIH OD.
Work with the media relations lead to coordinate interview requests and manage internal clearances.
Prepare materials to support scientific workforce diversity activities, such as tool kits, messaging, PPT presentations, talking points, FAQs, and other science communications.
Support special events, conferences, and high-level meetings along with the special events lead.
Synthesize scientific information and data (e.g., from peer-reviewed journal articles or open data sources) to provide NIH staff and external audiences with accurate, timely, and relevant information.
Own project tasks, with oversight from the client and senior team members, and complete key deliverables.
As a Senior Communications Specialist – Scientific Workforce Diversity, you will have:
Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Public Affairs, Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, Advertising, or related majors. Master’s degree in Public Health or related field is preferred.
8+ years of communications experience, federal government experience preferred.
Experience creating and implementing communication plans and developing materials or resources for multiple audiences, including the media, researchers, scientists, NIH partners, and the general public.
Have an understanding of diversity and inclusion and how to communicate the importance of diversity as a driver of scientific discovery.
Experience in supporting campaigns and programs that are designed to reach and engage underrepresented groups in science.
Native proficiency in Spanish a plus.
Ability to maintain high-quality work while managing multiple priorities and deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
Excellent verbal, written, organizational, time management skills, and attention to detail.
Strong writing skills.
Ability to think creatively and provide innovative solutions to clients’ communications challenges/problems.
Ability to work collaboratively with diverse teams and team members.
Experience in quality control and proofing of strategic communications documents.
Job Location(s): Within the current landscape, this role will be supported remotely. This role will ultimately sit in Rockville, MD, when remote working guidelines are lifted.
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 www.icf.com/careers to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.
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Rockville, MD (MD18)