The Office of Communications and Public Liaison (OCPL) at the National Institute on Aging (NIA) seeks to hire a public affairs specialist (13) to serve as a press officer and assist the institute in developing content and materials to promote research advances.
Located on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland, NIA OCPL directs a comprehensive communications program to disseminate research findings, support research and funding activities of the Institute, and provide information on health and aging and Alzheimer’s and related dementias to the public, health providers, researchers, advocates, media and others.
The OCPL Outreach and Education Branch is responsible for developing an effective plan to enhance communication of the NIA’s research portfolio and scientific information to various target audiences, including the media, outside organizations interested in NIA’s mission areas, health care providers, and the public. The branch works closely with scientific staff, researchers, external organizations and members of the media to promote understanding of NIA programs and research.
The successful candidate for this position must have strong writing, editorial, interpersonal, outreach and project management skills. Prior experience working with the media is essential. The Public Affairs Specialist candidate must be able to translate complex scientific information and concepts into materials, such as press releases, news announcements, and online content, including research reports on Alzheimer’s disease, designed for lay audiences. Familiarity with aging-related issues, particularly Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and cognitive health is helpful.