Health Communications Specialist – CDC

  • Expired
  • Atlanta, GA
  • No active security clearance required

General Dynamics Information Technology

GDIT is seeking a Health Communications Specialist in Atlanta, GA to support our client on-site at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  This position will support the Office of Risk Management and Operational Integrity within the Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Center for Preparedness and Response, Division of Emergency Operations (DEO).

The work of the Division of Emergency Operations, within CDC’s Center for Preparedness and Response, focuses on improving response capacity of CDC staff and improving the agency’s overall ability to respond to public health emergencies. Since 2003, DEO has played a lead role in numerous public health emergencies that include disease outbreaks (e.g., Ebola, Zika), natural disasters (e.g., Haiti earthquake, Hurricane Katrina), and industrial incidents (e.g., Michigan Water Contamination).

DEO’s Office of Risk Management and Operational Integrity (RMOI) provides leadership and administration of a comprehensive risk management program focused on emergency response operations. RMOI’s work focuses on strategic risk management, preparedness and capacity development, and evaluation and quality improvement of CDC preparedness and response activities. A major component of this work includes communicating and marketing emergency preparedness and response products and tools delivered across the Agency.

This role provides emergency communication and risk communication support services to the Risk Mitigation and Organizational Integrity (RMOI) team within CDC’s Division of Emergency Operations and Center for Preparedness and Response.


  • Work with and develop content for the CDC staff deploying on emergency responses.
  • Develop content for the RMOI intranet, prepare/edit/revise presentations, talking points, news articles (CDC Connects), or other documents.
  • Rapidly work on strategic communications or initiatives for senior CDC leaders with a quick turn-around.
  • Work with the appropriate CIOs to coordinate emergency risk communication content development.
  • Work with behavioral and communication researchers, SMEs and program experts to create new messaging based on formative research, including message testing, and adapting existing content to be consistent with emergency risk communication science, principles, CDC’s Clear Communication Index guidance, and audience research.
  • Translate complex health and information into messages for a variety of audiences using principles of risk communication, including framing, and attention to cultural aspects of reception.
  • Create content that is responsive to emerging concerns, science, and issues such as web copy, fact sheets, social media messages, FAQ’s, and talking points.
  • Ensure that messaging meets federal plain language requirements.
  • Ensure that emergency health messages are timely, consistent, targeted, and actionable.
  • Assess repurposed material for intended use and ask clearance staff if re-clearance is required.
  • Test and prepare documents (PDF or web content) to be 508 compliant for posting on the CDC websites.


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 2 to 6 years of Public Health experience
  • CDC experience required
  • Health communication experience creating communication products such as: web content, PowerPoint presentations, news article, fact sheets, pamphlets, etc.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, work under pressure and tight deadlines, work independently, and work in a team environment

This position is onsite at the CDC Roybal campus. There is no option for remote work. Must be willing to work nights, weekends, and holidays on a rotational basis


  • Masters of Public Health, or similar preferred
  • Must be well-organized and have the ability to work rapidly in an emergency environment
  • Attention to detail and commitment to high quality/error free deliverables
  • Self-sufficient in delivering work and overcoming technical problems and barriers encountered through research

REQ#: RQ43468

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