Communications Specialist

Rockville, MD, United States
Jun 02, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

We are currently searching for a Communications Specialist o provide support to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This opportunity is a full-time position with MSC, and is on-site in Rockville, MD.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Research, develop, design, and implement communications projects and tasks using appropriate vehicles for communicating information about the services provided by.
  • Work with Senior Leadership to design effective communication strategies.
  • Independently design and carry out a variety of projects and communications strategies to enhance the dissemination of information and increase the employees' understanding.
  • Monitor internal and external communications feedback and adjust communications plans accordingly.
  • Ensure all communication pieces are consistent and adhere to branding, image, and graphics requirements.
  • Create or provide updates on PowerPoint presentations.
  • Oversee the development, edit, and add content to the intranet page and Virtual Event Management System (VEMS) page.
  • Develop relationships and partnerships necessary to ensure effective communication about activities and values.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients.
  • Organize outreach events necessary to effectively raise awareness of missions and services.
  • Establish rapport with continuously changing stakeholders.
  • Identify and conceptualize ideas and materials needed to ensure that website, articles, and messages regarding objectives and initiatives are conveyed to interested parties.
  • Review and edit where necessary the organization, length, and tone of written and oral content; edit documents to improve clarity, formatting, and grammar; and assist with design and graphics.
  • Develop and execute strategies and processes to expand and refresh communications products for dissemination through all feasible means of electronic communications.
  • Evaluate the success of communication activities and advise leadership on how to improve the effectiveness of its communicative efforts.
  • Utilize contemporary communication, content development, and content distribution computer technologies and techniques to produce measurably successful communication outcomes.
  • Acquire and/or maintain detailed knowledge of internal policies, principles, and strategies, and keep up to date with relevant developments.
  • Write and edit external and internal communication materials, articles, presentations, talking points, and white papers.
  • Develop, gather, edit, and assemble content for the creation of a quarterly newsletter.
  • Layout content, create pdfs, and distribute the newsletter.
  • Create and update external and internal website content and assists in the development of engaging videos, webinars, podcasts, and other platforms to effectively communicate program mission and services.
  • Assess, compile, and format actionable metrics pertaining to the effectiveness of communications outreach.
  • Conduct market research and monitor trends in delivering communications.
  • Lead special projects as assigned.
  • Manage the workflow of communications campaigns and projects to ensure timely production and delivery.
  • Develop and maintain internal communications processes and SOPs.
  • Participate in meetings, workshops, trainings, and seminars as needed to enhance knowledge and/or gather information for communications tasks or projects.
  • Facilitate meetings as needed with staff and stakeholders.
  • Present information on a variety of topics to appropriate staff and/or stakeholders to keep them informed on communications campaigns and efforts.



  • Bachelor's degree in communications, Journalism, Public Relations, or a related field required.
  • A minimum of two (2) years' experience in communications strategy development is required.
  • Intermediate knowledge of MS Excel.
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Word and PowerPoint.
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Ability to perform substantive and copy editing of documents.
  • Analytic, organizational, and time management skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in a collaborative team environment consisting of a diverse population.
  • Expert knowledge of data collection, in-depth analysis, interpretation to report research and program evaluation results concisely to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Expert oral and written communication skills to convey complex information on outreach effectiveness to advise top-level management.
  • Experience with web content and materials development, including principles of web design is required.

Company Description

We are a trusted government partner that blends deep domain expertise with advanced technologies to help our customers solve complex problems that improve, protect, and save lives. As a rapidly growing company, we combine entrepreneurial spirit, customer focus, and an outcomes-based approach to support agency missions in health IT, life sciences, public safety, and grants management.

The Dovel Family of Companies offers employees an opportunity to advance beyond a specific role or contract, we offer a path to develop an enriching career. We believe in empowering a culture of innovation, customer success, and employee growth.

What you'll get...
  • Time Off! Flexible schedules and company paid holidays allow you to take the time you need.
  • Investment in YOU! 401(K) company contributions are yours to keep with no waiting period.
  • Choices! Unique healthcare plans to choose from with options like fertility and orthodontia benefits.
  • Discovery! With our tuition assistance and training programs, we support your career advancement.
  • Tax Savings! Enroll in pre-tax Health or Dependent Care Flexible Spending, HSA with company contributions, parking, and/or transit commuter benefits.
  • Support! Working parents and busy professionals - we've got you covered with a supportive culture, confidential Employee Assistance Program and a membership to
  • Perks! Employee discounts, peer recognition programs, company-wide wellness challenges, and fun community events.
  • A Voice! A unique culture where you can influence decisions and have your voice heard.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status.