Job Overview


Become a part of the Department that touches the lives of every American!  At the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) you can give back to your community, state, and country by making a difference in the lives of Americans everywhere.  It is the principal agency for protecting the health of citizens.  Join HHS and help to make our world healthier, safer, and better for all Americans.

The Office of External Affairs is looking for an individual with excellent media relations, project management and leadership skills to provide expert advice and guidance on all aspects of communications to subject matter experts, principals, and other agency officials.  Work includes planning, directing and executing communication efforts to inform and educate general and specialized publics about FDA programs, actions, and accomplishments.  Topics may include food, medical products, including drugs and devices, tobacco products, veterinary medicine, and biologics and blood.

This position is located with the Food and Drug Administration, Office of the Commissioner, Office of External Affairs, Silver Spring, Maryland.

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement FDA-OC-14-MP-1135432TR under merit promotion procedures.  Please review that announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures. NOTE:  Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

Who May Apply: Open to all United States Citizens.

Additional selections may be made within the same geographical area FDA-wide.


The incumbent of this position will perform the following:

  • Plan and manage communication launch from start to finish including the planning, coordinating, and follow up on all communication rollout meetings.
  • Develop and plan communication strategy and "rollout plans" in coordination with appropriate FDA staff, office and stakeholders.
  • Arrange press conferences, media briefings, media availabilities, interviews and other news events.
  • Manage and track the editing, approval, and production processes of communication materials for specific issues.
  • Oversee the information flow between program offices and senior leadership at FDA and HHS.
  • Manage expectations and timelines between program offices and senior leadership at FDA and HHS.
  • Plan and coordinate execution of communications directed toward internal and external audiences including mass information media, organized stakeholders groups, FDA employees and other identified audiences.
  • Use new social networking tools, such as Twitter and You Tube, to communicate to lay audiences about FDA programs, actions and accomplishments.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Approximately 5% of travel is required.

Relocation Authorized

  • No