• ICF
  • Bethesda, Maryland, United States of America
  • May 05, 2020
Full time Professional Services

Job Description

The Health Research Informatics & Technology (HRIT) Division is currently seeking a Junior Communications Specialist to support our National Institutes of Health/National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM) client. The National Institutes of Health, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research (http://www.nih.gov/). The NLM collects, organizes, and makes available biomedical science information to scientists, health professionals, and the public (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/).

Our client runs the Office of Communications and Public Liaison, promoting and sharing the work done at the National Library of Medicine.

Job Description

The Junior Communications Specialist will directly support the Director of the Office of Communications and Public Liaison with calendar, file, and time management. Additionally, the selected candidate will assist the communications team, including writing, editing, and social media support.

Key Responsibilities

  • Manage and track the administrative support activities for the program such as managing schedules and appointments for the program Directors, maintaining physical and electronic files, updating spreadsheets and reports and managing taskers assigned to the Director to meet deadlines.
  • Work closely and effectively with the Director to keep him/her well informed of upcoming commitments and responsibilities, following up appropriately.
  • Coordinate and partner with other administrative assistants within the parent organization to gather and share information. Build relationships crucial to the success of the organization and attend relevant meetings.
  • Assist in writing and editing communications, including news announcements, correspondence, blogs, social media, and other materials.

Basic Qualifications

  • At least 2 years of experience in a government setting
  • At least 2 years of communications and administrative experience, such as writing, editing, keeping records, preparing meetings, managing calendars, etc.
  • Team player with the ability to manage multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment with diverse stakeholders, and with tight deadlines.
  • Collaborative, proactive, detail-oriented, independent, and a fast learner.
  • Have excellent problem-solving skills with ability to analyze situations, identify existing or potential problems, and recommend solutions.
  • Possess sound business ethics, including the protection of proprietary and confidential information. 
  • Typical work hours are between 7:30am -4:30pm

Preferred Skills/Experience:

  • BS or BA in Management, Communications or related fields
  • Experience working with Federal health agencies
  • Solid Microsoft Office Suite skills (including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Project, Outlook)
  • Experience using online meeting applications (e.g., WebEx, GoToMeeting, Skype, etc.)

Professional Skills

  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills with the ability to work independently and within a team environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; experience with written and oral presentation of data, ability to interact professionally with program leadership and client staff.
  • Detail-oriented, organized, fast learner, meticulous, and able to work at a fast-pace with tight deadlines.

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit www.icf.com/careers to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE – Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity). For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

Reasonable Accommodations are available for disabled veterans and applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email icfcareercenter@icf.com and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination:  EEO is the law and  Pay Transparency Statement.

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