Communications Specialist
University Research Co., LLC. - Bethesda, MD

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University Research Co., LLC (URC)
URC is a global company dedicated to improving the quality of health care, social services, and health education worldwide. With a non-profit affiliate, the Center for Human Services (CHS), URC manages projects in over 45 countries, including the United States.

Established in 1965, URC offers a range of technical assistance to strengthen health and social systems and service quality by empowering communities and health workers to identify and scale up locally appropriate solutions to critical problems. Internationally, we expand access to and improve the quality of services addressing maternal, newborn, and child health; infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria; reproductive health and family planning; food and nutrition; and vulnerable children and families. In the US, we focus on improving communication related to issues like substance abuse, with a particular focus on reaching underserved populations.

URC’s mission is to provide innovative, evidence-based solutions to health and social challenges worldwide. Please join us in carrying out our mission ( ).

Division & Project Overview:
The Communications team is responsible for promoting URC-CHS as a leader of technical excellence in international and domestic public health and education among donors and partners. Responsibilities include development of technical and policy communications to key international audiences, promotional materials for policy, research, and advocacy purposes, and proposals for business development, and management of media relations for URC/CHS events and programs.

Roles and Responsibilities:
The URC-CHS Communications Specialist provides day-to-day management of corporate communications activities. The Specialist works as an integral member of the Communications Department to implement the communications strategy, which includes documenting and communicating project results, raising the company’s public profile, increasing internal information sharing, and building staff communication capacity. She also leads the company’s efforts to build the CHS brand and streamlines communications processes to enhance productivity.

The Communications Specialist reports to the Communications Director and works closely with the Communications Specialists and the Senior Web Manager, as well as a team of public health, knowledge management, operations, and administration professionals to effectively and efficiently plan and implement communications projects.

Primary responsibilities for the Communications Specialist include, but are not limited to the following:

Event planning and outreach coordination
  • Lead planning and execution of URC-sponsored external events and presentations to highlight and present URC/CHS work in interactive and innovative ways.
  • Develop and implement a networking strategy and calendar to increase URC’s participation in local, relevant technical panels, discussions, and meetings. Build relationships with key partners and URC staff to increase URC’s participation in key events, with the goal of raising the company’s public presence.
  • Contribute to design of company promotional materials, banners, and booth displays to promote visible role at meetings and events.
  • Attend select conferences to promote URC-CHS, represent the company, and learn new communications techniques.

Writing and editing
  • Capture outcomes of key events and project milestones in technical briefs, annual reports, press releases, web stories, presentations, videos, etc.
  • Collaborate with all staff to promote URC and CHS (and their projects) through print and electronic media (e.g. journals, listservs, blogs, websites, and social media platforms) and at public meetings, conferences, and other events. This includes planning and attending the events.
  • Develop original articles for submission to publications ranging from industry newsletters to peer-reviewed journals, in collaboration with key technical staff.
  • Contribute to development of URC promotional materials, including technical briefs and country fact-sheets.
  • Collaborate with technical staff in writing and editing documents for external distribution, including fact checking, copy editing, and version control.

Internal communications and staff capacity building:
  • Promote Communications services (including the intranet) and encourage staff to use them.
  • Manage weekly all-staff meeting and monthly interdepartmental Communications meetings.
  • Build staff communication capacity by helping staff prepare for presentations, develop success stories, capture compelling images, etc.
  • Participate in the creation and maintenance of a URC-CHS photo archive for use by staff worldwide.

Manage other non-recurring projects as assigned, e.g. leading a special project, conducting research, contributing to business development initiatives, etc.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree required.Degree in public health, science, journalism, communications, marketing or a related discipline preferred.
  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Three to five years’ work experience in international health, communications, marketing, or public relations.
  • Experience developing working relationships with partners and donors.
  • Demonstrated capacity to organize and manage high-profile events.
  • Demonstrated skills in writing compelling, high-quality copy for use online and in print marketing products on topics related to global health and development.
  • Professional judgment demonstrated through a work and education history that supports the ability to multi-task and meet demanding assignments under tight deadlines in a team-oriented environment.
  • Ability to interact with people from many different cultures with a high degree of diplomacy and tact.
  • Ability to maintain professional demeanor even while balancing multiple tasks and tight deadlines.
  • Skills in persuading busy colleagues to contribute to communications efforts.
  • International work experience or travel in developing countries preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint; photography; and posting copy using website content management systems.

Please note : Only candidates who are eligible to work in the United States for an indefinite period without a need for sponsorship will be considered for this position.

To Apply:

For immediate consideration, please visit URC’s Career Opportunities page at .

You must attach your CV/Résumé and your Cover Letter where indicated. Also, please complete your application form and attach a completed USAID Form 1420 Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet as well.

Due to the large number of inquiries we receive, only candidates who have met the required experience & qualifications for this position will be contacted. No phone calls please. However, since we are active around the world in the field of public health, we may wish to retain your CV in our database for other/future opportunities, unless you direct us otherwise. Thank you very much for your interest.

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