Deputy Director
University Research Co., LLC. - Rockville, 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
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, the Center for Human Services, the nonprofit 501(c) 3, affiliate of University Research Co. LLC, is a leader in language acquisition, adult education, and public health. In 1988, we expanded our offices to New Jersey where we have offered a variety of programs in Cumberland, Salem, and surrounding counties. Our program offerings range from English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction, support for disabled migrant and seasonal farmworkers, a referral network for women living with HIV /AIDS and Diabetes self-management classes and family literacy services.

Roles and Responsibilities:
University Research Co., LLC seeks an experienced manager with health communication expertise to join the senior management team of a major Federal contract focused on public education and the prevention of underage alcohol use. The purpose of this role is to support the Project Director in the development and implementation of the contract’s strategic plans and policies, and to provide leadership and direction to the client and project technical staff.

Reporting to the URC Director of Domestic Programs, the Deputy Director will function in dual roles: (1) as the second-in-command for the overall project and (2) as the URC subcontract manager.

As the project Deputy Director, he/she will:
  • Have full delegated authority to act on behalf of the Project Director in his absence;
  • Provide leadership and direction for technical staff, setting an effective agenda and ensuring performance goals are met and set;
  • Assist in managing daily operations, including staff supervision, resource allocation, completion and submission of project deliverables, etc.;
  • Serve as a mentor, coach and guide to junior staff and task leaders, particularly with regards to client priorities and preferences as well as local, state and national support networks as well as the application of social marketing and other relevant strategies and theoretical constructs;
  • Represent the project to the public, key stakeholders and potential partners;
  • Provide guidance, as requested by the Project Director, for work assignments such as the provision of technical assistance and training, outreach, community mini-grant coordination , partnership development, marketing, web site and materials development, database management activities, and evaluation;
  • Collaborate and coordinate with other client-funded projects to ensure ongoing information exchange that will be useful in the development of messages, prevention education and communications, and technical assistance materials.

In the subcontract manager role , he/she will serve as the key liaison with URC headquarters and will be responsible for:
  • Ensuring the subcontract is executed on target, on time, and on budget;
  • Assisting in negotiating and developing subcontract and subcontract budget;
  • Establishing and maintaining a consultant pool with requisite skills to address long- and short-term project needs;
  • Supervising and mentoring URC staff and handling relevant personnel issues, including but not limited to annual performance reviews;
  • Participating in URC Domestic Programs meetings and strategic planning efforts;
  • Contributing to URC corporate marketing and program development activities, including writing proposal text, identifying potential staff, and developing overall program design and budgets.

The Deputy Director will also be responsible for other duties as requested by the Project Director and the URC Director of Domestic Programs.

Minimum Qualifications:

Required Experience & Qualifications
  • Masters degree in public health, social work, communication or related fields, plus five years of relevant experience in health communications, health education, or social marketing;
  • Five or more years of management and supervisory experience;
  • Familiarity with alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention state, local, and national networks and resources, a plus;
  • Demonstrated skills in health communication campaign development, materials development, and evaluation of such activities;
  • Time management, organizational & interpersonal skills with demonstrated writing, community assessment, and business management skills;
  • Demonstrated public speaking, leadership, and training capabilities;
  • Ability to make quality, independent decisions and handle confidential information;
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively under tight deadlines, with high volume and multiple interruptions.
  • Ability to work well on a team and forge relationships with constituencies at the Federal, state, and local levels
  • Strong knowledge of computer applications including MS Office and online communications and applications;
  • Familiarity with government contracting environment preferred.

To Apply:

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

Please cut and paste your cover letter and upload your CV 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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