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    This position is located in the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), Division of Policy, Communications, and Education (DPCE), Communications and Public Liaison Branch (CPLB). CPLB is responsible for facilitating effective interaction with a variety of national and international audiences about the institute's goals, policies, programs, accomplishments, and other relevant information.

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    • Serves as Chief, CPLB, and reports to the Director, DPCE, NHGRI.
    • Provides authoritative and expert advice to senior Institute staff and executives and makes significant contributions to the development and execution of communication and outreach strategies and activities at NHGRI.
    • Serves as the communications lead for the institute, often working directly with the NHGRI Director to support and shape communications activities.
    • Supervises staff and oversees the full range of functions and responsibilities of CPLB.
    • Oversees the work of scientific and technical writers and editors, public affairs specialists, program analysts, web site programmers and content managers, graphic artists, video specialists, and historians/archivists.
    • Plans, assigns and reviews work of the staff, sets priorities, deadlines, and goals to align with Institute and leadership directions, and holds staff responsible for meeting objectives.
    • Advises the NHGRI Director, DPCE Director, and senior IC leadership on a comprehensive approach to communicating genomics research advances and their applications within society to the scientific community and the general public.
    • Designs, implements, and evaluates a strategic communications program to support dissemination of Institute and genomlcs research stories, program information (for the research community and the public), and key messages.
    • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with communication directors in various organizations to promote information exchange and collaboration and to provide communications leadership across the agency.
    • Manages the planning and facilitation of NHGRI participation in national meetings (exhibits) and coordinates special events, meetings, and tours for VIPs or special guests, as needed.
    • Cultivates and maintains relationships with members of national and international scientific and lay media outlets to interpret and broadly disseminate the goals and results of NHGRI research and programs with accuracy and through compelling formats.
    • Writes or directs the writing of news releases, feature stories, and other documents to accurately and effectively communicate complex scientific or sensitive policy information to an array of national audiences.
    • Responds to or coordinates the development of responses to public inquiries received through the website or sent to the institute or its leadership.
    • Oversees the design, development, and operation of the institute's primary internet and intranet websites, as well as sets broad policy and provides consultation for the development and management of other Institute-developed or supported websites.
    • Serves as a consultant to NIH, Department, or White House communications staff to support agency or administration events to highlight biomedical priorities.
    • Oversees the development and implementation of robust standards and systems to archive all audiovisual and other graphic assets and to make Institute collections available to internal staff, NIH and DHHS contacts, and the public, as appropriate.
    • Interacts with the Director DPCE and other senior NHGRI executives in the formulation of policy on communications issues and strategies, and on the establishment of an overall vision for all aspects of communications.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    1035 Public Affairs

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