Job Opportunity: Policy and Program Analyst, Ripple Effect, Rockville, Maryland

Rachel Howell
July 23, 2014

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the leading supporter of biomedical research in the world. Ripple Effect is looking for someone with breadth and depth to work with our Federal clients at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - someone who is solution-oriented and uses determination and creativity as a regular part of the tool kit. We are looking for someone who is comfortable learning new software and knows how to harness technology to accomplish project goals. This is a fast-paced, demanding environment, but also very rewarding, with independent work, creative thinking, and solution-proposing the norm. Those who survive and thrive in this environment are collaborative individuals who are excellent communicators, both "deep" and "broad" in their skills and interests.

Job Description
In this position, you'll have shared responsibility for understanding and planning projects for our federal client, ranging from meeting and events planning, to policy and analysis, to website design. You will have the unique opportunity to work on groundbreaking initiatives in the NIH Office of the Director and NIH Institutes and Centers. You'll work closely with a variety of teams and committees made up Contractors and federal staff.

Successful candidates will have experience and interest in some, but not all the areas listed below:

  • Developing communications and outreach plans
  • Documenting processes and procedures
  • Writing and preparing background papers, reports, program policies, proposals, and other substantive program documentation.
  • Serving as a liaison, committee member and/or coordinating for NIH committees.
  • Performing basic data analysis and preparing summary reports
  • Conducting literature searches
  • Writing and drafting scientifically literate blog posts
  • Editing and updating large, complex policy documents, and producing Section 508-compliant PDF
  • Creating Word and Adobe PDF fillable forms (Section 508-compliant)

Education and Experience

  • Masters or Ph.D in relevant area of science. Some experience with the activities above desired.

Skills and Experience

  • Possession of excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Advanced experience with Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work independently with little or no supervision
  • Advanced user of multiple communication modes (i.e., Instant Messenger, E-mail)
  • Expert analysis skills, expert in Excel
  • Well organized and flexible
  • Ability to meet quick deadlines while remaining proactive and resourceful
  • Familiarity with Microsoft SharePoint desired
  • Understanding of NIH culture and system

Location: A majority of the work can be performed offsite (Telecommuting), must be available for meetings with Ripple Effect staff and clients located in Rockville, MD area
Security Clearance

To apply:
Applicants selected will be subject to a security investigation and may need to meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

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