Working in the Office of Communications (OC), you will serve as a Health Communications Specialist. You will support the OC Director and Deputy Director by providing expert technical guidance to the OC leadership team on all aspects of the Agency's national public information and media relations programs. You will coordinate and consult with senior management officials of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the White House, other Federal and State agencies, and external stakeholders to implement communications elements of comprehensive, national Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) initiatives. The assignments are cross-cutting, critical to the success of functions and programs of national significance, and often serve as the basis for new policies, procedures, systems, or legislation. Specifically, you will:
- Serve as an expert advisor to the Director, OC, providing guidance and support to the Director on key mission-critical issues, initiatives, and agency functions associated with strategic communications and media relations.
- Act upon requests from both internal and external stakeholders including the Press Office, Office of Legislation, Office of the Administrator, Office of the Secretary, and the White House for support on strategic and tactical issues associated with communicating publicly CMS functions and programs.
- Coordinates the completion of complex and high-priority special assignments across OC, CMS, and HHS on behalf of the Director.
- Analyze problems, controversies, questions, or strategic decision-points associated with these policy and program issues and prepares position papers or other briefing material for the Director (or higher) to use when communicating about the issues in high-stakes, high-visibility environments such as congressional testimonies, meetings, and briefings.
- Recommend courses of action to address controversies, problems, and challenges associated with OC-administered program issues, particularly relating to strategic communications or media relations.
Additional selections may be made from this announcement for similar positions within CMS in the same geographical location. For Central Office vacancies, the "same geographical location" includes Baltimore, Maryland; Bethesda, Maryland; and Washington, D.C.