Job Opportunity: Communications Director – National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

National Human Genome Research Institute LogoEmployer NIH/NHGRI
Posted Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Ref Chief, CPLB
Location Bethesda, MD
Discipline Life Sciences, Biology, Genetics, Genomics
Position Type Full Time
Job Type Other
Salary Salary is commensurate with experience. A full Federal benefit package is available.

Further information
The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), seeks to identify an outstanding Chief of its Communications and Public Liaison Branch (CPLB) within the Division of Policy, Communications, and Education (DPCE).

The CPLB Chief serves as the overall ‘communications director’ for NHGRI, working closely with the DPCE Director and the NHGRI Director in dealing with all aspects of the Institute’s communications programs. Specifically, the individual is expected to manage and lead communications, public liaison, and media relations activities that are fundamental to communicating genomics research advances as well as Institute goals, policies, programs, and accomplishments. Responsibilities include: design, development, implementation, and evaluation of NHGRI communications programs for a variety of audiences; media communications and relations; implementation of state-of-the-art communications media and modalities, including websites, social media, video, graphics, and medical arts; development and support of programs for coordination and communication among Institute staff; facilitation of the historical archiving of Institute program materials; outreach and public liaison activities through support of Institute exhibitions at national meetings and events and response to general public inquiries; interaction with communications professionals from NIH, DHHS, grantee institutions, and other relevant organizations; and coordination of Institute publication, printing, and language access processes. Information about the broader set of DPCE activities is available at

Applicants must have a mastery of written and oral communications principles, methods, practices, techniques, analytic methods, and interpersonal relations practices.  She/he must have the ability to apply this mastery in supervising and directing other communications and public affairs specialists, and an expert capability in developing new methods and approaches for planning, integrating, and evaluating communication and public affairs programs. Demonstrated understanding of biomedical research, and genomics in particular, is preferred.

Salary is commensurate with the candidate’s experience. A full Federal benefit package is available, including retirement, health and life insurance, long-term care insurance, annual and sick leave, and the Thrift Savings Plan (401K equivalent).

Further information about this position is available from Dr. Laura Lyman Rodriguez, DPCE Director, who can be reached at or by phone at 301-594-7185.

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