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Communications Officer 

About the Organization The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health is a leader in addressing complex scientific and health issues. Established by the U.S. Congress to support the mission of the NIH, the FNIH is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization that brings new resources to a broad portfolio of programs and projects that enhance the activities and priorities of the NIH and the biomedical community.  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) seeks a Communications Officer (CO) to enhance its talented team of communicators working to raise awareness about the FNIH and its programs and events. The CO will be specifically responsible for planning, developing and coordinating internal and external communications and communications-related events, outreach activities and products as well as media relations; this responsibility will include scientific writing with the support of the technical staff. Reporting to the Director of Communications, the CO is expected to implement communications and media tactics, using various media such as print, electronic, video and web-based products to promote the mission and programs of the FNIH. The individual will work closely with the other Communications team members and program and administrative staff at the FNIH in a team environment.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute a multi-pronged communications strategy-under the leadership of the Director of Communications-that amplifies the messages and information about key FNIH scientific programs to enhance visibility and respect for the Foundation;
  • Distill complex scientific messages into narratives accessible to science journalists, researchers and other informed audiences, as well as a health-interested public, in forms such as short articles, infographics, and videos;
  • Draft announcements, press releases and other written materials about FNIH programs working closely with FNIH program staff and external partners;
  • Draft content for FNIH communication channels, including the website, the e-newsletter and social media;
  • Develop communications toolkits for partners, including developing graphics and writing social media posts;
  • Explore new ways to communicate activities and programs by working closely with FNIH program staff;
  • Identify opportunities and story ideas to pitch to media outlets;
  • Work with public relations and communications vendors and help manage contracts to ensure the FNIH receives the maximum benefit from those services;
  • Work effectively with other FNIH staff and with NIH representatives to support the overall FNIH communications strategy and activities;
  • Carry out other duties as assigned.
Position Requirements

Ideal Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree in communications or other relevant field(s) and a minimum of five years of related professional experience is required.
  • Working knowledge of biomedical sciences and experience translating complex scientific material into digestible, lay-friendly language and graphics is required.
  • Focused and motivated self-starter, able to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Excellent writing, design, editing and project management skills;
  • A working knowledge of social media, website and print material design principles;
  • Experience working on multiple projects with deadline pressures and competing priorities;
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and other relevant tools;
  • Experience with Drupal (or other content management systems) and familiarity with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and/or Canva are considered a plus.
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Location FNIH  

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