Senior Health Communication Specialist

Rockville, MD
May 15, 2019
May 23, 2019
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.

Westat has an immediate opening for a qualified individual to join a dynamic program in public health-related social marketing and health communication. We are seeking a highly experienced professional with expertise in project management, communications, public health and social marketing campaigns, media relations, research dissemination, and business development.

Job Responsibilities:

· Develop and implement strategic communication and campaign plans and lead project teams to accomplish plan objectives.

· Plan and implement public outreach and education programs and events.

· Conduct research, identify, and engage partners (individuals and organizations) to support public health campaigns and health marketing initiatives.

· Draft accurate, compelling, audience-appropriate content for health marketing materials on chronic disease, reproductive health, infectious disease, immunization, and other public health topics.

· Direct and conduct media monitoring activities, including analysis and reporting.

· Provide leadership in maintaining client relationships, delivering strategic council, and troubleshooting project-related issues.

· Lead and participate in business development activities.

· Other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications:

· Bachelor's degree in communications, public health, or related field.

· 15 years of experience, including experience as a project manager overseeing planning and assistance to clients in public health communications and campaigns in an agency setting.

· Experience managing multiple sizable accounts and experience in serving as client contact.

· Experience leading and contributing to business development efforts.

Preferred Qualifications:

· Experience in with a range of public health topics, including cardiovascular and lung health, women's health, and tobacco regulatory science is highly preferred.

Candidates must be familiar with best practices in public relations, integrated marketing communications, digital marketing, partnership and stakeholder engagement, and event management and have demonstrated ability to lead the execution of these tasks. Proven ability to consistently make sound judgments and effectively motivate and manage project teams. You should be an innovative communications strategist with excellent organization and management skills and outstanding oral and written communication skills.

Westat offers competitive benefits with ESOP, 401k, Health, Dental, paid vacation, sick and holiday leave, professional development as well as other benefits.

Any offer of employment may be contingent upon receipt of acceptable results from a post-offer background screening, if required for the position, based on the specific position which may include, for example, identity verification, employment history, or criminal records history.

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

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