Job Opportunity: Health Science Communications Coordinator, Kelly Government Solutions, Rockvale, MD

Rachel Howell
July 30, 2014

Kelly Government Solutions is a strategic supplier and business partner to the federal government and its key suppliers. Through our partnership with the National Institutes of Health, Kelly Government Solutions 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 Health Science Communications Coordinator to work with the National Institutes of Health in Rockville, MD.

This is a long-term contract position which offers: 

  • Competitive salary with comprehensive benefit package
  • Free training and tremendous growth opportunity
  • Opportunity to work at NIH, world's foremost medical research center
  • Learn more about what Kelly can do for you at

TASKS/SERVICES: The contractor shall:
(1) Develop strategic plans for science communications using state-of-the-art digital and traditional channels, including media, social media, web, video, mobile applications, online networks and other emerging platforms. Plans will define clear goals, messages, target audiences, dissemination methods, and metrics for monitoring implementation and/or impact.
(2) Oversee project teams and ensures that all communications activities outlined in strategic plans are tracked, coordinated, and implemented, and that milestones are met and goals achieved per established timeline(s).
(3) Research and develop a variety of materials as background information to be used in preparing written and oral communication documents and presentations for the Institute Director.
(4) Assist the Senior Content Strategist in defining, implementing, and coordinating the overall NIMH enterprise content presentation strategy across all print and digital channels, including NIMH print publications, websites, and social and new media channels.
(5) Oversee and manage web content, including accuracy and relevancy of posted scientific content and new web updates as directed; periodically review web site and make recommendations for improved user experience and information architecture.
(6) Research, fact-check, edit, author and disseminate statements, press releases, reports, articles, speeches, presentations, and other materials about complex scientific information.
(7) Provide support for media relations operations, including conducting background research on journalists, pitching reporters as directed, writing talking points, clearing interview requests, gathering background materials, attending interviews and analyzing coverage.
(8) Serve as the NIMH liaison to the editorial board by attending regularly scheduled meetings, providing guidance on content, and drafting and editing blogs for the site.
(9) Develop the agendas, takes minutes, and track goals and action items for the Behavioral Health Coordinating Committee (BHCC) Communications Subcommittee and other ad hoc workgroups as assigned.
(10) Design, produce and evaluate information materials to reach national and international audiences through the media and intermediaries such as advocacy and professional organizations; disseminate this material to relevant audiences as directed.
(11) Prepare major reports and documents for publication from development through concept clearance; edit and rewrite material prior to publication; coordinate with layout and graphic design team to ensure efficient and effective presentation.
(12) Participate in the implementation, maintenance, enhancement and coordination of online systems and website(s).
(13) Oversee the identification and production of informational materials for NIMH website(s) and monitor the site(s) to ensure that posted information is accurate, timely and vetted according to required clearance procedures.
(14) Work to establish and maintain contacts and working relationships with persons in professional and advocacy organizations, private industry and voluntary agencies to facilitate the nationwide dissemination of information and to gather information needed for the development of information materials and programs.
(15) Build relationships with communications professionals, scientific staff, and program leaders across HHS, NIH Institutes and Centers, and other organizations to facilitate partnerships, information sharing and goal attainment.

REQUIREMENTS: The contractor ideally would have:

(1) Ph. D. in psychology, neuroscience or a related discipline; three (3) years of specialized experience plus a Master's degree is equivalent to a Ph. D.
(2) Minimum of seven (7) years of related experience, including federal government communications.
(3) Experience in health communications planning, outreach, and coordination.
(4) Experience in project management.
(5) Experience in developing strategic communications plans and communications program evaluation.
(6) Experience writing and copy editing scientific content in plain language for a variety of audiences.
(7) Extensive knowledge of web and social media platforms; must be fluent user of mobile technology.
(8) Experience in media relations, either as a public relations professional or a journalist.
(9) Strong communications skills, both oral and written.
(10) Excellent analytical, organizational and time management skills.
(11) Experience using multiple software programs, platforms, and tools required for the work environment; for example, MS Office Suite software, Adobe, Acrobat Pro, SharePoint, and GoToMeeting.

Interested candidates should send resumes to Susan LoCurto, Scientific Recruiter, at