Health Communication Specialist -Remote Eligible

Rockville, VA
Jul 22, 2021
Aug 26, 2021
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 has an immediate opening for a dynamic, creative, solution-oriented Project Director to oversee a multi-faceted public health communications and outreach program.  We are seeking a highly experienced professional with the ability to inspire a team and engage diverse stakeholders to deliver evidence-based prevention messages. The successful candidate will have expertise in project management, communication planning, and print and multimedia materials development, partnerships, and outreach using social media platforms and paid, earned, owned, and shared web properties. Public health experience is essential. This position is remote eligible.

Job Responsibilities:
•    Establish and execute communications and marketing efforts, inspire teams, and provide oversight of project tasks.
•    Develop and deliver strategic communication plans and lead project teams to accomplish plan objectives.
•    Lead creative teams in developing accurate, compelling, audience-appropriate content for print and electronic health marketing materials on a range of public health topics, including surveillance, epidemiology, and workforce development.
•    Identify and engage partners (local, state, and Federal agencies; individuals; and organizations) to support public health campaigns and health marketing initiatives. 
•    Direct and conduct social media monitoring activities, including analysis and reporting. 
•    Provide operational support, overseeing and monitoring project costs as well as contract financial performance.
•    Manage client relationships, delivering strategic counsel and troubleshooting project-related issues.
•    Other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications:
•    A  Bachelor's degree in public health, communications or related field.
•    10+ years of experience, including experience overseeing planning and assistance to clients in public health communications. 

Preferred Qualifications:
•    Master's degree in public health or related field.

Candidates must be familiar with best practices in integrated marketing communications, digital marketing, and partnerships with demonstrated ability to lead these tasks. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills as well as the ability to make sound judgments and effectively motivate and manage teams is essential.

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

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.

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