Communications Specialist

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Updated: September 24, 2019
Job ID: 214723
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Rockville, MD, United States

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HJF is seeking a Communications Specialist to support the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) activities related to its training and education mission in Rockville, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to CDP.

This position will work in the CDP headquarters in Rockville, MD and will report to the Chief of Staff. The Communications Specialist is able to work independently and will be primarily responsible for both internal and external communications efforts to support the CDP’s overall mission, goals, and objectives with the larger military and civilian community.

CDP has the mission to train military and civilian behavioral health providers to provide high quality deployment-related behavioral health services to military personnel and their families. The incumbent will be primarily responsible for developing and managing the Center for Deployment Psychology’s internal and external communications processes.  


  1. Works with the Chief of Staff to achieve organizational goals and objectives by administering the communications and public relations initiatives as determined by the larger organizational strategic planning process.
  2. Develops, coordinates and disseminates marketing and informational materials (e.g., printed and online publications, including specific reports, brochures, newsletters and workshop/ course catalogs) in collaboration with CDP Directorates and Executive Staff. This activity will entail regular updates as programs develop and workshops change.
  3. Initiates, coordinates, and distributes communication materials for publicly-facing CDP announcements to promote awareness of CDP workshops, trainings and course offerings to include sending out the CDP Monthly Email Digest (MED) newsletter. 
  4. Assists the CDP in developing and executing internal communication efforts among Headquarter faculty, staff located at military treatment facilities around the country, Uniformed Services University faculty and other CDP professional and support staff. 
  5. Develops and implements CDP’s social media strategy and employs best practices for all social media platforms. 
  6. Works with CDP website designer to develop website content. 
  7. Manages the project/program proposal process and tracks approved projects/programs assigned to directorates.  
  8. Responsible for CDP quarterly and annual report tracking. Works with the Directorates and the Chief of Staff in the development of the report content. Will also collaborate with USU and HJF to provide information needed for their annual reports.   
  9. Works in conjunction with the Uniformed Services University (USU) Public Affairs Office (PAO) and in accordance with USU/DoD public affairs guidance. Serves as the primary point of contact (POC) for CDP on USU PAO submissions; provides guidance to personnel submitting PAO requests and tracks status and outcome of all requests.
  10. Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Must have excellent writing and editing skills, well-developed interpersonal and verbal communication skills. Must be creative, team-oriented, and able to adhere to project deadlines. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office and other pertinent software packages. Must be a self-starter who has the ability to work both independently and in a team environment and to use sound judgment in solving problems. Experience in print, web, electronic presentation, graphic design, and (preferably) multimedia production is a significant plus.  

Minimum Education Requirement: Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications, or related field. 

Minimum Experience: 2 - 4 years of related work experience required. 4 - 6 years preferred.

Physical Capabilities: Walking, standing, and sitting. Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment: CDP’s headquarters office in Rockville, MD or, to a limited extent, in a telework setting. 

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.  

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 Chief Human Resources Officer.