Communications Manager (829-679)

Rockville, Maryland, United States
Jan 24, 2017
Apr 03, 2017
Full Time

The Communications Manager role is a non-supervisory position in the Global Communications department and will manage the communications needs of the Global Public Health (GPH) department and design and implement communications strategies to generate awareness and support for USP’s overall work in global health. This role will partner with staff in GPH and the Promoting of Quality Medicines (PQM) program to plan, develop and implement communications campaigns that will showcase program successes and focus attention on important global health issues such as access to quality medicines, counterfeit medicines, antimicrobial resistance, universal health coverage and others. The Communications Manager will implement campaigns in close partnership with all communications functions at USP including creative, digital and promotions and will assist in recruiting and managing appropriate vendors for select projects. S/he will build effective relationships with USAID, other global health organizations and the media to promote GPH initiatives and accomplishments. Additionally, this position will research, write, review, and edit a wide range of communications materials, and reports; and will also assist with development of promotional materials for USP’s global health work.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Partner with GPH leadership to develop, write and execute a strategic communications plan for USP-GPH, PQM and other priority programs to increase awareness of the impact of USP’s work and strengthen relationships with important audiences.
  • Plan and implement communications campaigns on priority global health issues working with global communications and global public health teams.
  • Cultivate and enhance relationships with relevant reporters, producers and editors across media platforms such as, broadcast news, public health publications, international press, consumer publications, trade press, and online equivalents; develops and enhances relationships with press offices of relevant government agencies and stakeholder associations as necessary.
  • Assist with the preparation and editing of speeches and public remarks.
  • Research, write and edit press releases, media advisories, story pitches, blog entries, social media posts, op-ed articles and other materials for distribution to reporters, media organizations and the public on PQM activities.
  • Develop prompt responses to inbound media inquiries and expand outreach to local, national and international reporters in conjunction with the pitching of GPH initiatives and accomplishments.
  • Work closely with the PQM editorial team and reviews final technical reports to ensure customer specifications are met; Ensures documents adhere to standards for quality, graphics, format and style.
  • Effectively communicate scientific and technical information to a diverse and wide audience.
  • Develop communication materials to promote GPH activities in USP publications and on USAID, PQM, and other appropriate websites.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 
Required Skills
  • Passion for global health issues and knowledge of the global health and development community is critical as is an understanding of global health issues
  • Expertise in communications campaign planning, development, execution and measurement
  • Extensive knowledge of researching, writing, editing and reviewing scientific and/or technical documents and translating this into accessible messaging and materials for various audiences
  • Message development, communications campaign development, stakeholder communications
  • Strong writing and editing skills. Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience working with USAID, international non-governmental organizations and/or large donor organizations in global health and development
  • Demonstrated progression in career with increasing responsibilities.
  • Results driven with demonstrated successful outcomes.
  • Must possess ability to handle multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
Required Experience


  • Bachelor's degree in Communications, Journalism or Science.


  • At least five years of relevant work experience in healthcare communications.

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. USP’s drug standards are enforceable in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration, and these standards are used in more than 140 countries.

Being a part of USP means belonging to a diverse culture made up of more than 1,000 talented professionals working together at five international locations. We share our expertise in science, IT, human resources, quality assurance, communications, administrative management, and more...all to support an overall mission dedicated to making a difference by providing standards and programs that help improve the quality of medicines, dietary supplements, and foods worldwide.

USP is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOE) and affirmative action employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.

USP does not accept unsolicited resumes from 3rd party recruitment agencies and is not responsible for fees from recruiters or other agencies except under specific written agreement with USP. 

Job Location Rockville, Maryland, United States Position Type Full-Time/Regular

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