Strategic Communications Specialist (Research Policy, NIH)
Ripple Effect is seeking a full-time Strategic Communications Specialist with a background in biomedical research and an understanding of the NIH grants process to work within the Office of Extramural Research (OER) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
- Duty Location: Bethesda, MD
- Position Information: Full-Time, Regular
- Vacancies: 1 Opening
- Security Clearance: A security clearance is not required to apply. Applicants, once hired, may be subject to a security investigation and may need to meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.
- Travel Required: This position requires occasional local travel (Washington, D.C. area) for work-related meetings.
Ripple Effect Communications is a government contractor providing professional consulting services in the areas of: Communications & Outreach; Program Management & Policy; and Research & Evaluation. For this position, we are looking for someone to support the Office of Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Ripple Effect is a fast-paced, demanding, and rewarding environment where independent work, creative thinking, and solution-proposing is the norm. To learn more about working at Ripple Effect and our growing team check out the Future Rippler section of our website.
The ideal candidate for this role has a strong understanding of the National Institutes of Health, a background in biomedical research, is an exceptional communicator, and is highly motivated to take on challenges within a fast-paced environment. The Strategic Communications Specialist will work alongside NIH staff to develop and execute communications plans including the following tasks:
- Work effectively as a team with NIH staff to plan and implement communications across the Office of Extramural Research.
- Provide writing and editorial support for various communications products including: talking points for leadership, blogs, newsletters, websites, and PowerPoint presentations.
- Manage internal and external website content, including: development of content, reviewing and editing content across multiple sites for consistency, and ensuring information is up-to-date with changing policies.
- Support tutorial and video creation, including: drafting content, writing scripts for voice-over narration, and providing editorial support.
- Review and edit multimedia materials to ensure all internal and external materials comply with Section 508c.
- Assist in strategic communications planning to promote dissemination of key messages and policy changes.
- Advise on website content organization and implementing content and organizational updates to ensure information is easily accessible.
- Create multimedia presentations and materials for key events.
- Bachelor's degree required, Master's or PhD preferred.
- Biomedical research knowledge. This requirement may be met by education or experience.
- Intimate knowledge of the NIH grants process.
- Strong written and verbal communications, including demonstrated experience with content development across multiple platforms. (e.g., websites, blogs, print, social media)
- Experience with strategic communications planning and implementation.
- Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with ability to effectively manage multiple priorities.
- Understanding of the role of the Office of Extramural Research (OER) within the greater context of the NIH.
- Experience meeting needs of evolving organization through developing and implementing change management strategies.
Our employees are rewarded in many ways for their contributions to our mission, including competitive pay, exceptional benefits, and a range of work/life programs based on employment classification. Benefit offerings may include:
- Health Benefits – Health, Dental, and Vision
- Life, long-term disability, and other insurance products
- Health and Wellness Programs
- Flexible Spending and Health Savings Accounts
- Retirement 401K program
- Profit sharing and bonus program
- Paid and unpaid leave
- Professional development
- Flexible schedules and work location
Vetting and Hiring Process
It is the policy of Ripple Effect Communications, Inc. that:
- qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, age, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other reason prohibited by law in provision of employment opportunities and benefits;
- employment eligibility will be verified using E-verify;
- applicants may be asked to participate in assessments during the interview process as described in our Informed Consent Policy; and
- applicants will not be reimbursed for any expenses associated with the interview process or relocation.
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