Health Communication Specialists - Remote

Atlanta , GA
May 19, 2022
May 26, 2022
Analyst, Research
Healthcare, Research
Full Time
Westat is an employee-owned corporation providing research services to agencies of the U.S. Government, as well as businesses, foundations, and state and local governments. Westat's research, technical, and administrative staff of more than 2,000 is located at our headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, DC.

Job Summary:
Westat is seeking Communication Specialists to join our dynamic, award-winning health communication team. We are seeking a professional with experience in public health and/or social marketing campaigns and programs. The successful candidate should understand content creation and materials development processes, partnerships, event planning, and social media strategy. Experience in successfully engaging diverse populations, including children, young adults, and underserved populations preferred. Excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills are essential. 

Job Responsibilities:
•    Participate in research, writing, and strategy development for health communications projects.
•    Conduct research, identify, and engage partners and support outreach activities, including planning and implementation of partner events.
•    Coordinate with designers, writers, digital strategists, and quality assurance staff to develop a variety of creative and digital assets.
•    Support social and traditional media outreach, including strategy, content development, and tracking.
•    Schedule project meetings, prepare agendas, and provide meeting summaries.
•    Other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications:
•    Bachelor's degree in communications, marketing, public relations, journalism, public health, or related field. 
•    2-3 years of experience providing communications and partnership engagement support for public health/healthcare agencies. 
•    Experience implementing social media strategies on current and emerging social platforms.

Preferred Qualifications:
•    Communications or PR agency experience.
•    Experience in multicultural marketing and communications.
•    Experience in successfully engaging diverse populations, including children, young adults, and underserved populations preferred. 
•    Familiarity with public health, community-engaged research, health disparities, and/or health equity.
•    Experience supporting NIH or federal public health clients.

Minimum Qualifications: 
•    Excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills. 
•    Self-motivated problem-solver who is organized, detail-oriented, and able to multitask.

Westat is committed to building a diverse workforce and a culture of inclusivity, belonging and equity for all. We believe that our greatest strength draws on the different backgrounds, cultures, perspectives and experiences of our employees.

Westat offers a well-rounded and comprehensive benefits program focused on wellness and work/life balance. Eligible employees may participate in:
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Holiday Leave
  • Professional Development
  • Health Advocate
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account

Protecting the health and safety of our employees and survey participants is a top priority for Westat. As a federal government contractor, Westat will require Westat staff, regardless of work location, to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon hire and to follow all safety protocols, subject to approved accommodations under applicable law.

Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other protected status under applicable law.