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Scientific & Public Health Communications Strategist - NIH - Bethesda, MD

Kelly Services
Bethesda, MD 20814
Scientific & Public Health Communications Strategist ** NIH ** Bethesda, MD

Kelly Government is a strategic supplier and business partner to the federal government and its key suppliers. Through our partnership with the National Institutes of Health, Kelly Government offers administrative, IT, engineering, scientific, and healthcare professionals the opportunity to work with one of the most prestigious research organizations in the world. We are currently seeking a Scientific and Public Health Communications Strategist to work on-site with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in Bethesda, MD.

This is a long-term contract position which offers:

- Competitive salary with comprehensive benefit package

- Opportunity to work at NIH, world's foremost medical research center

- Learn more about what Kelly can do for you at at

**TASKS/SERVICES:** The contractor shall:

(1) Serve as a strategic advisor to various leaders and staff in the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Divisions, Offices and Centers (DOC) about effective communications and outreach strategies and tactics and how Office of Science Policy, Engagement, Education, and Communications (OSPEEC) can support these efforts.

(2) Serve as a Communications Liaison/Lead and clarify and define new projects that come to OSPEEC, work across OSPEECs three branches with various staff as team members, manage project timing, next steps and coordinate Institute projects, events, launches, etc.

(3) Plan, develop, and implement innovative strategic communications and outreach plans to consider appropriate strategies and communicate information and messages about heart, lung, blood, and sleep (HLBS) research initiatives and public health issues to ensure that new discoveries, clinical trials and HLBS research initiatives are disseminated to NHLBIs multiple and diverse audiences and stakeholders.

(4) Develop and implement strategies to ensure that accurate and timely HLBS messages reach NHLBIs key constituents and audiences: Congress and other Federal and state government health officials, researchers and health professionals, the media, HLBS-related organizations and associations, advocacy groups, and the public, as appropriate.

(5) Collaborate with assigned NHLBI Divisions, Offices, and Centers serving as their first point of contact, an issue-spotter, and clearance-coordinator when necessary.

(6) Serve in the bridge between assigned DOC and OSPEEC branches and sub-offices to ensure that key discoveries in NHLBI-supported laboratories and clinical trials are disseminated to health professionals and the public.

(7) Track initiative, and scientific publications and become well versed in issues relating to the assigned NHLBI Divisions, Offices and Centers to be able to flag those that become or have the potential to become promotion-worthy or might have policy considerations.

(8) Work across OSPEEC and advise staff on key priorities and messages with specific DOC initiatives.

(9) Serve as the primary point-of-contact for assigned DOCs and provide them assistance to navigate the OSPEEC and its services.

(10) Form teams, hold kick-off or follow-up meetings, arrange and lead meetings within OSPEEC and externally, meet with senior-level NHLBI program leads to discuss and plan for projects as appropriate.

(11) Provide expertise in the development and coordination of strategic communications plans and creative briefs related to specific priorities, scientific findings or programs;

(12) Write communication plans, get approval from DOC and lead overall coordination/implementation across OSPEEC.

(13) Coordinate with and advise the OSPEECs Engagement and Media Relations Branch in recommending specific research projects or study results for promotion via a press release or other media materials.

(14) Provide counsel on the appropriateness of interviews and the selection of individuals to be interviewed.

(15) Collaborate to track media inquiries and coverage (including major national and international television, radio, and print outlets) of research to inform future direction of media planning.

(16) Participate as a team member in OSPEEC related meetings (all-hands, branch meetings, editorial team meetings, etc.) and in critical meetings of assigned DOC (all hands, retreats, scientific forums, etc.)

(17) Attend meetings and seminars to identify new research developments and activities, including publication/announcement of research results, launching of clinical trials, launching initiatives involving new technologies, and others. Must identify self as a contractor.

(18) Prepare weekly and/or monthly reports detailing status of communications activities with Divisions, Offices and Centers.

**REQUIREMENTS:** The contractor ideally would have:

(1) Ph.D. in a science related field. Three (3) years of specialized experience plus a Masters Degree is equivalent to a Ph.D. Five (5) years of specialized experience plus a Bachelors degree is equivalent to a Ph.D.

(2) Minimum of four (4) years of experience in a related field.

(3) Knowledge and understanding of the field of communications and best practices

(4) Experience in planning and supporting communications activities, with special emphasis on providing guidance in the area of topics related to heart, lung, blood, and sleep.

(5) Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in interpersonal and formal settings, including oral and written communication.

(6) Ability to work and interact with individuals at various levels of the organization, including senior leadership.

(7) Project management skills and ability to set priorities, develop work plans, and monitor progress.

(8) Knowledge and understanding of operational planning for an organization

(9) Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple projects, turn around projects quickly, and meet deadlines

(10) Skill in monitoring relevant issues that may impact the organization and analyze and evaluate all available information and apply seasoned judgment to recommend a plan of action

(11) Knowledge of the health and medicine and the resources.

(12) Ability to work across OSPEEC fluidly as a team member in a collaborative capacity when approaching work.

(13) Ability to apply a proactive approach in a deadline-oriented workplace in managing multiple and often high-priority projects with similar launch timing (e.g. website releases, division exhibit presence at conferences).


Note that the phone number for our NIH branch is not listed. Due to the high volume of inquiries, we regret that we cannot accept phone calls. All qualified candidates will be contacted.

**AboutKelly Services** ****

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Kelly Services is an equal opportunity employer including, but not limited to, Minorities, Females, Individuals with Disabilities, Protected Veterans, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and is committed to employing a diverse workforce. Equal Employment Opportunity is The Law. at


Posted: 2019-11-06 Expires: 2019-12-16

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