Media Public Relations Specialist

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Updated: April 6, 2018
Job ID: 212545
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Silver Spring, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Media Public Relations Specialist to support the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center (AFHSB) in Silver Spring, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to AFHSB.


  1. Work closely with Media Relations/Strategic Communications Manager, Office of Communications, ASD (HA) and other PAO and FOIA representatives to develop plans for the AFHSC media information program. AFHSC's media program involves written and verbal communications and visual graphics on health-related issues.
  2. Assist in identifying areas of priorities, emphasis, and specific approaches to topics of current interest relating to health surveillance.
  3. Plan meetings by identifying, assembling, and coordinating requirements; establishing contacts; developing schedules and assignments; coordinating mailing lists; and making all necessary arrangements to implement a successful event.
  4. Responsible for the on-going design, maintenance, and quality of static booth displays.
  5. Complete a National Agency Check with Written Inquiry (NACI).
  6. Assist with initiating, planning and directing a positive total strategic communications program encompassing and using all available media to inform target audiences of the activities, aims, and accomplishments of the AFHSC.
  7. May be asked to travel to local and remote sites as part of AFHSC's media campout.
  8. Utilize public affairs, communications, and marketing experience to report on current surveillance activities involving AFHSC in print, web, electronic presentations, or multimedia production.
  9. Study the objectives, promotional policies, and needs of the AFHSC to develop media and public affairs related strategies that will promote ideas, products, and services.
  10. Plan and direct development and communication of informational programs to maintain favorable perceptions of the AFHSC's accomplishments and agenda.
  11. Develop, coordinate, and evaluate AFHSC media and community relations programs.
  12. Provide strategic communications products that support AFHSC's mission accomplishments.
  13. Ensure all strategic communication efforts are coordinated with the Director through the chain of command.
  14. Interpret complex medical information and put it into written or verbal language that is easily understood by audiences in a variety of venues.
  15. Prepare draft responses to requests for information from the media using personal expertise in written communication and editing skills.
  16. Inform senior leadership of media queries and significant news events that affect the AFHSC.
  17. Process FOIA/Privacy Act requests by logging, forwarding, and tracking them through the chain of command and by ensuring they are answered appropriately.
  18. Consult and coordinate with other offices, as appropriate.
  19. Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with relevant representatives of other military, government and non-governmental organizations or others as deemed necessary.
  20. Work proactively to address strategic issues and events with potential public affairs impact.
  21. Prepare or edit organizational publications for internal and external audiences, including newsletters, annual reports, and other communication documents.
  22. Maintain positive rapport with members of the press.
  23. Ensure presentations and products are evaluated for quality and media sensitivity, prior to submission for external security/policy review and clearance of official DoD information proposed for official public release by DoD employees.
  24. Provide public understanding of the AFHSC mission, activities and areas of special emphasis, and promotes other marketing pathways, including travel to selected meetings and conferences.
  25. Develop methodologies and analytical tools to document and evaluate the overall effectiveness of strategic communications plans and marketing strategies in meeting communications goals.
  26. Design multimedia presentations, plans for strategic communications through web pages; print; and electronic products for various audiences, in coordination with other divisions.
  27. Develop and produce high quality, effective communication tools for visual presentations (e.g., in conjunction with speeches, meetings, training courses, exhibits for public display, and/or special exhibits), and for publication of documents, (e.g. research papers).
  28. Analyze graphic requirements, including graphic presentation styles, and perform design services (i.e., typographic layout of technical, promotional, and public information for reports, books, flyers, posters, booths, brochures, programs, slides or charts).
  29. Assist in the technical editing, writing, or proofreading of research papers, technical documents, assessment forms, and reports.
  30. Create report templates, survey forms, and other types of products as necessary. Documents may include (but not limited to): formalized reports, proposals, technical brochures, articles and manuals, educational curricula, summaries of published works, papers for publication, PowerPoint briefings, and website materials.
  31. Provide periodic media relations process, updates and feedback to AFHSC staff through meetings, briefings, and written reports.
  32. Perform other duties as assigned to support AFHSC Strategic Communications process.
  33. Complete other tasks and duties as assigned.

HJF is an equal opportunity and 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 protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Director of Human Resources.