Health Communication Specialist

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Westat is an employee-owned corporation providing research services to agencies of the U.S. Government, as well as businesses, foundations, and state and local governments. Westat's research, technical, and administrative staff of more than 2,000 is located at our headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, DC.

Job Summary:
Westat is seeking a Communication Specialist to join our dynamic, award-winning health communication team. We are seeking a professional with experience in strategic communications, public health and/or social marketing campaigns. The successful candidate should have an understanding of content creation, partnership engagement, social media, and communications research. This position is contingent upon the award of the contract and is based at the client site in Atlanta, Georgia.

Job Responsibilities:
• Support account teams in the development and implementation of strategic communication and partner engagement plans.
• Plan and implement outreach programs and events.
• Conduct research, identify, and engage partners (individuals, organizations, and state/local health departments) to support public health and/or education campaigns and health and/or education marketing initiatives.
• Draft accurate, compelling, audience appropriate print, web, and social media content on a range of important and emerging public health topics, including chronic and infectious diseases, reproductive health, immunization, addiction, and education.
• Work with multimedia designers to create a range of print and electronic products, including brochures, infographics, reports, media materials, and videos.
• Support development and coordination of training and technical assistance to partners.
• Maintain client relationships, deliver strategic counsel, and proactively identify and propose solutions for project challenges.
• Assist with marketing and business development initiatives.
• Other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications:
• Bachelor's degree in public health, communications, marketing, or related field.
• A minimum of 3 years of experience providing communications, social media, media outreach, and/or partnership engagement support for public health and/or communications programs and campaigns.
• Experience implementing social media strategies on current and emerging social platforms.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience with multicultural marketing and communications.
• Experience supporting CDC or other federal public health clients.
• Experience in successfully targeting diverse populations, including children, young adults, and minority groups and working with public health clients.

Excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills are essential.

Westat offers a well-rounded and comprehensive benefits program focused on wellness and work/life balance. Eligible employees may participate in:
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Holiday Leave
  • Professional Development
  • Health Advocate
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account

Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other protected status under applicable law.

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