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Senior Communications Specialist - Level II (OMHRC)

Location: Rockville, MD

Summary:

At the Office of Minority Health Resource Center (OMHRC), we are dedicated to advancing health equity. The Senior Communications Specialist, Level II is a key member of a team supporting the communications and outreach efforts of the HHS Office of Minority Health. The ideal candidate has experience in mass communications, media relations, and communications on behalf of a government agency, and the ability to develop persuasive and compelling content to drive engagement for a variety of audiences. The Senior Communications Specialist, Level II is responsible for working closely with the Project Director, Deputy Project Director, and Communications Manager to develop and execute integrated communications strategies, programs, and activities for the HHS Office of Minority Health.

This position supports a federal contract and is temporary through March 2020.

Essential Functions:

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Identifies opportunities to support the agency's mission of advancing health equity through strategic integrated communications.
  • Manages communications campaigns, projects, products and events from start to finish, working independently as well as collaboratively with the team.
  • Supports and participates in the development and implementation of internal and external communications strategies, programs and initiatives.
  • Plan, organize and coordinate various writing and editing projects.
  • Authors a variety of communications including PowerPoint presentations, speeches, news releases, feature articles, blogs, fact sheets, and talking points.
  • Prepares communications materials tailored to audiences having different levels of education, interests, and points of view.
  • Provides tracking and strategic analysis of news coverage of relevant issues with an emphasis on minority health and health equity in the news.
  • Provides technical assistance in social and digital media and other areas of communications and marketing expertise to internal and external constituents and partners.
  • Drafts communications plans and work collaboratively across divisions to identify opportunities to highlight the efforts of the HHS Office of Minority Health.
  • Manages a variety of internal, external and communications tasks to support leadership, including preparation of a range of communication strategies, presentations, reports, and other materials.
  • Builds relationships and collaborates with leadership, staff, partners, and others to amplify agency messages and engage audiences in the mission.
  • Expands visibility by cultivating new and existing partners with federal and non-federal agencies.

Required Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field (journalism, communications, public health, public policy, etc.).
  • Five (5) years minimum direct communications related experience, including media relations and communications campaigns and projects in a public sector, health, or nonprofit environment.
  • Possesses experience working with news organizations, online, print, and broadcast media outlets, and successfully securing media coverage.
  • Knowledge of the production, communication, and dissemination of information and ideas to inform via written, oral, electronic, and visual media.
  • Skilled in content creation using tools to include, but not limited to, Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • Commitment to working on issues related to minority health and public health.
  • Has excellent writing, speaking and editing skills, including the ability to effectively communicate complex and technical information to different audiences.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Organize, express, and communicate ideas clearly in writing.
  • Excellent organizational and presentation skills.
  • Proven ability to be innovative and creative.
  • Ability to effectively and efficiently manage multiple priorities and projects in a fast-paced and collaborative environment.
  • Sets, commits to, and maintains high standards for quality work and responsiveness in providing communications support; readily re-adjusts priorities to respond to pressing and changing demands.
  • Capable of meeting tight deadlines, managing multiple projects and prioritizing workload.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in communications or health-related discipline.
  • Prior experience working as a writer, journalist, reporter or blogger.
  • Knowledge of digital and social media strategies.
  • Project management skills.

Work Conditions: 

  • Work is primarily performed in an office environment.

 

This document is not intended to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of all job-related activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Due to the nature of the industry, job tasks may be changed as necessary to meet the needs of the customer.

Unified Strategic Resources is an equal opportunity employer providing equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.