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Public Health / Communications Specialist - CDC

Company name
General Dynamics Information Technology

Atlanta, GA, United States

Employment Type

Editing, Writing, Pr

Posted on
Dec 01, 2021

Valid Through
Mar 16, 2022

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Type of Requisition: Regular

Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: None

Public Trust/Other Required: NACI (T1)

Job Family: Program Management

GDITs Federal Health Sector is currently looking for Public Health Communications Specialist to join our team in support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Joint Information Center (JIC). The CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to lead the novel coronavirus (COVID19) response. The Joint Information Center (JIC) and the various Task Forces (TFs) supporting the response require a variety of health communication support to carry out critical functions to continue to support this response. This position is for full time employment and will eventually be located onsite at the customer’s location in Atlanta, Georgia. (CDC’s domestic facilities are currently operating under “maximum telework” due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This position is for full time employment and will eventually be located onsite at the customer’s location in Atlanta, Georgia. ( CDC ’s domestic facilities are currently operating under “maximum telework” due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This position will be 100% work from home until CDC ’s facilities begin to resume normal operations.)

CDC ’s JIC is a 24/7 emergency communication unit that serves as the primary point of information coordination during a CDC Incident Management System (IMS) activation. The JIC is primarily staffed by a network of emergency communicators who ensure that accurate health protection information is quickly shared with multiple audiences through many channels during a public health emergency.

Learn More about CDC ’s EOC HERE (


In this role you will work on a wide range of tasks as part of a multidisciplinary team to develop health communication content will leveraging know and expertise in digital presentations of information. You will work with design templates available through CDC, and coordinate with the JIC Web Team and Usability Specialists to publish cleared content to provide health communication support to create integrated public health messages and content for multiple audiences. Health Communication responsibilities include:

Develop and update website content with material from subject-matter experts, team and task force members. Ensure all content is up-to-date, designed for digital use, evaluation, etc.

Use relevant health communication, risk and crisis communication, behavior change and risk and crisis communication best practices to consistently develop content and products that achieve the intended audience communication objectives such as but not limited to web pages, key/talking points, fact sheets, presentations, FAQ documents, etc.

Translate technical and scientific subject matter into plain language communication projects

Develop communication materials and education/materials and activities related to COVID-19 topics, including infectious diseases, outbreaks and/or emergency response.

Coordinate pre-clearance and manage additional clearance levels as appropriate to ensure final JIC clearance prior to dissemination.

Ensure material meets 508 standards.

Attend all JIC and other response meetings to maintain and share situational awareness.

Liaise and coordinate across the response as needed by

Working with CDC-Info and others to review materials and responses

Engage with Task Force leadership, subject matter experts and other colleagues to develop critical public health communication content and messaging, as needed.


Required Skills and Experience

Bachelor's degree in a related field such as: Communications (journalism, advertising, public relations); or English (writing/editing, rhetoric); or Public Health

Three to Six years of related experience

Desired Skills and Experience:

Understanding of basic risk communication principles (giving clear and simple communication during an emergency, providing actionable information)

Experience writing, editing and reviewing health communication materials for the consumer audience

Strong proofreading skills and attention to detail

Strong attention to detail and organizational skills

Self-sufficient (needs little supervision)

Ability to identify gaps in existing resources

Experience in facilitating quick turnaround for complex documents

Experience in the use of MS Teams, Sharepoint, and MicroSoft Office software

Ability to communicate across multi-disciplinary teams

Previous CDC and or public health experience highly desirable

Previous experience in emergency response highly desirable

Superior multi-tasking and organization skills. Ability to manage multiple simultaneous projects and prioritize assignments and tasks accordingly, remaining flexible to changing priorities and new initiatives.

This position requires being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 18, 2022 or the start date, if after January 18. Individuals who work in or reside in Texas or Montana or work outside of the United States may be excluded from this requirement.


Analyze organizational goals and objectives, operating environment and business processes to determine most efficient methods of accomplishing work

We are GDIT. The people supporting some of the most complex government, defense, and intelligence projects across the country. We deliver. Bringing the expertise needed to understand and advance critical missions. We transform. Shifting the ways clients invest in, integrate, and innovate technology solutions. We ensure today is safe and tomorrow is smarter. We are there. On the ground, beside our clients, in the lab, and everywhere in between. Offering the technology transformations, strategy, and mission services needed to get the job done.

GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status, or any other protected class.

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