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Rockville, Maryland, United States of America
JOB #R2102413

Senior Manager, Health Communications

ICF is a mission-driven company filled with people who care deeply about improving the lives of others and making the world a better place. Our core values include Embracing Difference; we seek candidates who are passionate about building a culture that encourages, embraces, and hires dimensions of difference.

@ ICF Next, we are fearless in finding new ways to solve problems, relentless in making sure it pays off for our clients and committed to making a positive change in the world.

Join our community of mission-driven creatives, communicators, strategists, and technologists to challenge the status quo.

We’re currently hiring for a Senior Manager, Health Communications.

ICF seeks a Senior Health Communications Manager to join our Social Marketing team and lead a fast-paced strategic communications and media relations contract for a National Institutes of Health (NIH) client. In addition to project leadership, this individual will play an important part in business development for the Social Marketing team. This is a great opportunity to support a team that is working on meaningful projects that help communities and individuals live health lives. 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 dynamic work on some of the most pressing health challenges facing Americans today.

As a Senior Manager, Health Communications, you will:

  • Lead a large, high-profile health communications and media relations project for a federal agency. This will include:

  • Directing, planning, and creating effective communications across multiple communications touchpoints including media relations, digital media, social media, and special events and exhibits.

  • Leading a team of three onsite employees and at least two other supporting team members at ICF.

  • Working collaboratively with NIH employees to propose functional communications approaches, counsel leadership on strategies and tactics, and develop messaging.

  • Develop and execute multichannel communication plans to promote NIH-funded science.

  • Use evidence-based research to develop public-facing communication

  • Create and review all communication material, including overseeing or developing all copy and messaging intended for public consumption to ensure its alignment with the client’s strategic vision.

  • Help manage client team and acts as liaison between NIH communication professionals and ICF’s internal support teams (e.g., creative, paid media).

  • Provide audience-centric support for partnership programs, earned media activities, social media engagement, and paid media efforts.

  • Identify, lead, and provide strategic support for new business efforts, including proposal and capture efforts.

  • Meet weekly with internal teams as a group and on an individual basis to help set short- and long-term goals that will enhance client services.

As a Senior Manager, Health Communications, you will have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, Advertising, or related majors. Master’s degree in Communications, Public Health, or related fields is a plus.

  • At least 8 years of directly applicable experience, preferably in a communications or PR agency setting.

  • Demonstrated experience working with federal health agencies, such as the NIH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among others.

  • Project leadership and management experience with federal health communications projects, including experience developing and managing budgets.

  • Excellent verbal, written, organizational skills, and ability to interface effectively with all levels of the company and client.

  • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse teams and team members.

  • Ability to recognize potential communications challenges and develop solutions based on best practices and research.

  • Demonstrated experience in new business development, including proposal writing, for federal health agencies.

  • Experience in developing/conducting project planning activities to include collecting requirements and defining scope, developing project plans and timelines, and determining resource requirements.

Professional Skills:

  • Superior verbal, written, organizational, and time management skills, as well as attention to detail.

  • Ability to think creatively (independently or in a group setting) and provide unique solutions and rationale for solutions to clients’ communications challenges/problems.

  • Ability to quickly understand problems, synthesize large amounts of information, and provide succinct recommendations that tie back to overall account communication strategies and tactics.

  • Ability to “connect the dots” across other tasks within the contract and see “big picture” opportunities for contract enhancements.

Job Location(s): Within the current landscape, this role will be supported remotely. This role optionally may 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 to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

We can only solve the world's toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring regardless of any protected characteristic, such as race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability status, or military/veteran status. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals. 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.

Rockville, MD (MD18)

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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