Communications Specialist

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Communications Specialist

Roles and responsibilities
Must be a US Citizen
Some travel may be required

Columbus Technologies and Services Inc. is a strategic supplier and business partner to the federal government and its key suppliers.  Through our partnership with the National Institutes of Health, Columbus offers administrative, IT, engineering, scientific, and healthcare professionals the opportunity to work with one of the most prestigious research organizations in the world.  We are currently seeking a Communications Editor to work onsite with the National Institutes of Health in Rockville, MD.

This is a long-term contract position which offers:
 - Competitive salary 
 - Tremendous growth opportunity
 - Opportunity to work at NIH, the world's foremost medical research center
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Job Description:
•Plan, develop, and implement innovative strategic communications plans to communicate information about cancer research initiatives and public health issues to ensure that new discoveries, clinical trials and National Cancer Institute research initiatives are disseminated to National Cancer Institute audiences: researchers and health professionals, cancer-related organizations and associations, cancer advocacy groups, Congress and other federal government health officials, and the public, as appropriate. 
•Serve as a strategic advisor to various leaders and staff in National Cancer Institute’s Divisions, Offices and Centers (DOCs) about effective communications strategies and tactics and how Office of the Communications and Public Liaison can support these communications initiatives.
•Function as a Communications Lead and clarify and define new projects that come to Office of the Communications and Public Liaison, work across Office of the Communications and Public Liaison’s three offices with various staff as team members, manage project timing, next steps and coordinate National Cancer Institute launches.
•Collaborate with assigned National Cancer Institute DOCs, and Office of The Communications and Public Liaison offices and branches to ensure that “discovery” in National Cancer Institute-supported laboratories and clinical trials are disseminated to health professionals, the public and other audiences.
•Track and become well versed in issues relating to the assigned National Cancer Institute DOCs to be able to work across Office of the Communications and Public Liaison and advise staff on key priorities and messages with related initiatives. 
•Serve as the primary point-of-contact for assigned DOCs and provide assistance to navigate Office of the Communications and Public Liaison and its services.
•Collaborate across Office of The Communications and Public Liaison with staff members; form teams, hold kick-off or follow-up meetings, arrange and lead meetings within Office of the Communications and Public Liaison and externally, meet with senior-level National Cancer Institute program directors to discuss communications planning.
•Apply a proactive approach in a deadline-oriented workplace in managing multiple and often high-priority projects with similar launch timing.
•Provide expertise in the development and coordination of strategic communications plans and creative briefs related to specific priorities, scientific findings or programs; write communications plans, get approval from DOCs and lead overall coordination/implementation across Office of the Communications and Public Liaison.    
•Coordinate with and advise Office of the Communications and Public Liaison’s press officers, writers, social media team and others in recommending specific research projects or study results for promotion via a press re-lease, social media, web content, event, or other method.
•Provide advice on the appropriateness of media interviews and the selection of DOC individuals to be interviewed; collaborate to track media inquiries and coverage (including national and international television, radio, and print outlets, and trade publications) of research to inform future direction of media planning. 
•Prepare weekly reports detailing status of communications activities with assigned DOCs.
•Attend scientific meetings and seminars to identify new research developments and activities, including publication/announcement of research results, launching of clinical trials or initiatives involving new technologies, and others. Must identify self as a contractor.

Must have skills:
•Master’s degree in a related field. Two (2) years of specialized experience plus a BA/BS degree is equivalent to a Master’s degree.
•Ten (10) years of experience in a related field.
•Knowledge and understanding of the field of communications and best practices.
•Experience in planning and supporting communications activities.
•Ability to communicate clearly and effectively 
•Ability to work and interact with individuals at various levels of the organization, including senior leadership.
•Project management skills 
•Knowledge and understanding of operational planning for an organization.
•Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple projects, turn around projects quickly, and meet deadlines.
•Skill in monitoring relevant issues that may impact the organization and analyze and evaluate all available information and apply seasoned judgment to recommend a plan of action.
•Knowledge of the National Cancer Institute, its mission, and the functions of its Divisions, Offices and Centers.

Preferred skills:
•Mater's degree or equivalent
•Knowledge and understanding of the field of communications and best practices
•Knowledge of the National Cancer Institute 

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