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Communications Specialist - Website

Employer
United States Pharmacopeia
Location
Rockville, MD
Start date
Aug 24, 2022

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Discipline
Clinical, Clinical Medicine, Marketing
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Summary of the Position

The Communications Specialist will support the Promoting the Quality of Medicines Plus (PQM+) program, a cooperative agreement between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP). The goal of PQM+ is to strengthen health systems in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) by improving medical product quality assurance systems and expanding the supply of quality-assured medicines and medical products. The Communications Specialist will support the program under the leadership of the Senior Communications Manager. This position works closely with PQM+ headquarters staff, field-based staff, and USP’s global communications department to produce high-quality products that capture the program’s achievements and raise its visibility.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with PQM+ technical and field teams as well as USP communications staff to develop and write a variety of materials, such as success stories and newsletters, to clearly explain and highlight the program’s activities and impact.
  • Maintain and update the PQM+ website with new content, including visuals and resources. Regularly refresh the website to keep it engaging and easy to use. Offer suggestions for improvement and ensure it meets client and user needs. Liaise with USP’s Web team to ensure the site aligns with standards.  
  • Assist with the development and implementation of program events, such as webinars and presentations.
  • Design and format newsletters, invitations, and other materials for electronic distribution.
  • Support a variety of communications tasks as needed. Perform other related duties as needed to ensure the program achieves its communications goals.

Basic Qualifications

Communications Associate: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Communications, Journalism, English, or equivalent professional experience.
  • Minimum 3 years of professional experience developing and producing a variety of written and digital communications materials. Excellent writing skills. Professional experience writing success stories or similar communications products.
  • Strong knowledge of content management systems (CMS) such as Drupal and WordPress. Proven experience using a CMS and maintaining a website in a professional setting (minimum 1 year).
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines and pay close attention to detail. Well-organized with demonstrated multi-tasking skills.
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). 

Communications Specialist: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Communications, Journalism, English, or equivalent professional experience.
  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience developing and producing a variety of written and digital communications materials.
  • Excellent writing skills. Professional experience writing success stories or similar communications products.
  • Strong knowledge of content management systems (CMS) such as Drupal and WordPress. Proven experience using a CMS and maintaining a website in a professional setting (minimum 2 years).
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines and pay close attention to detail. Well-organized with demonstrated multi-tasking skills.
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working for a USAID-funded project or USAID implementing partner strongly preferred.
  • Experience with graphic design software, such as Canva or Adobe Photoshop, strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity with USAID marking and branding and communications requirements strongly preferred.
  • Experience with global health, regulatory affairs, or health systems strengthening preferred.
  • Copyediting and proofreading skills (including knowledge of AP Style) preferred.
  • Experience using email marketing software such as Constant Contact in a professional setting. Ability to lay out content, including visuals, using the software.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and independently to produce high-quality products.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment, with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and nationalities, and with content written by both native and non-native English speakers.

Supervisory Responsibilities

None

Benefits

USP provides you with the benefits you need to protect yourself and your family today and tomorrow. From company-paid time off, comprehensive healthcare options to retirement savings, you can have peace of mind that your personal and financial wellbeing are protected.

The following COVID-19 provisions will apply to selected candidate(s) hired: 

As a condition of employment with United States Pharmacopeial Convention’s (USP) duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, all employees and contingent staff hired after July 1st, 2021 are required to be fully vaccinated unless a reasonable accommodation is approved. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

About USP

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) USP is an independent scientific organization that collaborates with the world's top experts in health and science to develop quality standards for medicines, dietary supplements, and food ingredients. USP brings together more than 1,100 talented professionals across five global locations to deliver its mission to strengthen the supply of safe quality medicines and supplements worldwide. USP is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOE) and affirmative action employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. USP does not accept unsolicited resumes from 3rd party recruitment agencies and is not responsible for fees from recruiters or other agencies except under specific written agreement with USP.

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