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Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist

Revised June 2019

Position Description

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), is seeking to fill the position of Chief, Public Information and Liaison Branch. Part of NIDA’s Office of Science Policy and Communications, this branch is responsible for overseeing all information dissemination and public outreach activities to ensure NIDA is the trusted source of information on drug use, misuse, and addiction.

Responsibilities include:

  • Collaborate with researchers and medical professional to interpret the results of research and other technical information for presentation to the public.
  • Identify information gaps/needs and communication opportunities in support of nationwide publication projects.
  • Evaluate the impact and effectiveness of communication plans to identify possible improvements and solutions to potential problems.
  • Utilize social media tools and techniques to increase marketing/outreach efforts.
  • Write briefing materials for dissemination to national audiences.
  • Plan, assign and review work of staff, sets priorities, deadlines, and goals to align with Institute and leadership directions.

Candidate Qualifications

  • The ideal candidate must demonstrate in their resume at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: directing the planning and implementation of national information/education/outreach programs that support and promote an organization's goals, research, and programs; managing the development of media products and media campaigns to improve health and wellness; writing or directing writing of news releases, feature stories, and other documents to accurately and effectively communicate complex scientific information to national audiences.
  • Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


The open & closing dates are 06/01/2019 to 06/10/2019.  Additional information can also be found on the USA Jobs page: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/535358000.

Please note that (a) you can create saved searches to alert you to when job announcements become available on the USA Jobs website (https://www.usajobs.gov/) and (b) there will be two announcements--one for applicants who are currently federal employees and one for those who are NOT currently federal employees. Anyone interested in either position should contact Nathaniel Balsley, National Institutes of Health (balsleyng@mail.nih.gov).

This page was last updated June 2019