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    As Associate Director for Communication, you will:

    • Lead and direct the development and implementation of a comprehensive communication program;
    • Coordinate major public affairs activities;
    • Serve as the principal public affairs liaison for CDC/ATSDR;
    • Assure the Agency's health information is accurately and appropriately represented to a diversity of internal and external constituencies;
    • Provide leadership, technical assistance, and consultation in reputational risk communication and reputational management;
    • Ensure that health communication activities utilize systematic communication theory and technologies;
    • Provide leadership, technical assistance and consultation in establishing best business communication practices and strategic principles to maximize effectiveness;
    • Identify and build needed expertise and state-of-the-art technology, logistical support, and other capacities required for effective external and internal policy, public affairs communication, and media relations;
    • Provide leadership expertise and support services in the areas of health literacy, graphic design, video production, digital media, and language translation;
    • Build linkages and foster joint projects of mutual interest for capacity building throughout CDC and with partners, communities, national, and international organizations;
    • Oversee consistent and timely translation of policies to media and other influential external audiences;
    • Brief senior management at CDC, HHS and the legislative and executive branches, as appropriate, on the Agency's communication policy, programs and activities;
    • Serve as the CDC spokesperson in responding to questions from the news media and from special interest groups and the general public, about CDC programs and policies.

    Travel Required

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

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    1035 Public Affairs

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/553710300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.