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POST DATE 8/26/2016
END DATE 11/17/2016

Cape Fox Facilities Services BETHESDA, MD

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The Scientific Program Analyst will independently
provide support services to satisfy the overall
operational objectives of the National Institute of
Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The primary objective
is to provide services and deliverables through
performance of support services.
Translate technical and scientific subject matter based
on scientific papers and clinical trials information
into understandable communications pieces, such as press
releases, media availabilities, Q & As, Web content,
talking points and social media items.
Interview NIAID employees or grantees for the purpose of
understanding sometimes complex scientific papers and
then writing communication materials for the lay public.
Ensure that written content is clear, consistent with
NIAID style, and free of bureaucratic or overly dense
Facilitate inquiries from reporters, identify message
opportunities, follow SOP's and support spokespeople in
close coordination with the team.
Keep appraised of events and media coverage related to
HIV/AIDS and ongoing NIAID/NIH research.
Make recommendations to project leads on editorial or
communication issues.
Handle and/or assist in special writing assignments.
Research and track reporters covering HIV/AIDS.
Education and/or Experience
Master's degree in Journalism, English or a related
discipline. Two (2) years of specialized experience plus
a Bachelor's degree is equivalent to a Master's degree.
Minimum of four (4) years of specialized experience in
writing and editing a range of high quality materials in
addition to previous requirement.
Knowledge of and skill in journalistic-style media
writing. Specific work experience involving health
related topics for dissemination to the general public.
Specific experience in media/press relations
(participated in news conference or media briefing,
developed or participated in the development of news
releases; interacted with health and science reporters).
Demonstrated experience in writing user-friendly
communications for a scientific or medical related
Physical Requirements
Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds.
Sit or stand throughout a regular work day.
Ability to work on computer for long periods.
Special Job Facts
Strong communication skills, both oral and written.
Excellent interpersonal, organizational and time
management skills.
Unclassified and subject to a National Agency Check and
Inquiry Investigation.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office, attention to detail,
willingness to take initiative and work independently.
Work Environment
Work area will be free from debris, dust, liquid
spillage, and food particles. Maintains all work spaces
and in a clean and organized manner.
Office environment.
Must have authorization to work in the United States as
defined by the Immigration Act of 1986.
Cape Fox Corporation, its subsidiaries, and joint
ventures will provide equal employment opportunities to
all persons and prohibits employment decisions on the
basis of race, religion, color, creed, national origin,
sex, age, disabling condition, political affiliation,
protected veterans status, or sexual orientation. Cape
Fox Corporation, its subsidiaries and joint ventures
offer preference to Cape Fox Corporation shareholders,
descendants and other Native Americans pursuant to
Public Law 100-241.