Health Communication Specialist

Rockville, MD
Jun 06, 2019
Jul 17, 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.

Job Summary:

Westat is seeking qualified individuals to join a dynamic program in public health-related social marketing and health communication. We are seeking an experienced professional with expertise in communication, public health and social marketing campaigns, partnership development, social media strategy, and business development. Experience in successfully targeting diverse populations, including children, young adults, and minority groups and working with public health clients with message about health topics is highly preferred.

Job Responsibilities:

· Support the development and implementation of strategic communication and partner engagement plans.

· Plan and implement 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 and social media on chronic disease, reproductive health, infectious disease, immunization, and other public health topics.

· Support the development and coordination of training and technical assistance to grantees and partners.

· Assist with planning and implementation of public outreach and education programs and events, including conferences.

· Maintain client relationships, deliver strategic counsel, and proactively identify and propose solutions for project challenges.

· Other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications:

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

· At least 3 years of experience overseeing planning and assistance to clients in public health communications programs.

Preferred Qualifications:

· A Master's degree.

You must be an innovative communications strategist familiar with public relations best practices, integrated marketing, partnership and stakeholder engagement, and event and grantee management and the have demonstrated ability to lead the execution of these tasks. Candidates should have experience supporting partnerships to disseminate campaign messaging related to a range of public health topics as well as contributing to business development efforts. Excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills is essential.

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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