Health Communications Assistant
American Institutes for Research - Atlanta, GA

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Overview:

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) Health Program in Atlanta works closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP). The Center is seeking a Communications Assistant to work in the area of Media Relations area. The person is an employee of AIR but will work onsite at the CDC and will receive daily management and direction from CDC staff.

Principal responsibility involves daily interaction with local and national media seeking information and/or interviews concerning HIV, viral hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases or tuberculosis. Other responsibilities include: creating and updating press materials, conference support, and some administrative duties.

Responsibilities:

1. Disseminates information to the media.
2. Develops materials that support strategic communication plan (fact sheets, summaries, etc.), and ensures appropriate clearances and approvals are received.
3. Collaborates with NCHHSTP senior staff and scientists in developing and coordinating appropriate responses to the media – from providing background information to coordinating interviews.
4. Prepares custom written and verbal responses to media inquiries on HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB, conveying clear, accurate and appropriate information, primarily on background, and obtains or drafts quotes for others as necessary.
5. Develops messages used to create materials for the media – statements, fact sheets, press releases, press kits, etc.
6. Assists in media training for spokespeople to ensure spokespeople present information in a clear and meaningful way.
7. Tracks actions of inquiries through an electronic media tracking system.
8. Keeps up with current events, changes, and updates of information on HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB, as well as retains knowledge of past information, data and events.

Qualifications:

1. Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism with an interest in Health initiatives.
2. Excellent written and oral communication skills.
3. Interpersonal communication skills and skill in applying knowledge to support strategic communication plans.
4. Ability to produce written materials for the media.
5. Knowledge of national news media, its function, and influence.
6. Ability to provide internal and external clients, including media, with timely and accurate responses, representing the Center in a professional demeanor and displaying sound judgment.
7. Ability to work closely with scientific and technical staff to ensure data is presented to and interpreted by the media appropriately.
8. Ability to work in demanding environment requiring assimilation of complex technical information and effective response to media inquiries.
9. Ability to handle multiple tasks with speed and accuracy.
10. Ability to take on highly time sensitive responsibilities in order to respond to tight media deadlines.
11. Ability to work closely with a team and ability to handle multiple projects involving numerous changes simultaneously.
12. Proven effective use of information technology, including word processing, spreadsheet, call tracking system, etc.
13. Flexibility to work extended hours – nights and/or weekends as needed.

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