Center for Cancer Research

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Communications Specialist - communications, writing, editing, news, social media

Job Description:

Position is with:

The NCI Center for Cancer Research has an exciting opportunity for a talented communicator to join our team and be part of the effort to find cures for cancer.  We use creativity, teamwork and strategic planning to share our research advances, cutting-edge clinical trials and career opportunities. We are seeking an outstanding communications professional to oversee digital and hard-copy production of our research magazines, Milestones, Horizons and Landmarks, and manage the content of the CCR news page, which includes developing, assigning, writing, editing and posting content. The candidate serves as our primary team editor and must be comfortable proofreading internal and external communications content for clarity, tone, style and grammar to ensure they meet our high-quality standards and follow our style guide. As a member of our integrated team, incumbent will have other duties spanning internal and external communications and a wide variety of tactics such as creating and executing social media campaigns and contributing to strategic planning and internal communications.

Qualifications and Job Details:

  • Degree Required:
    • B.S./B.A. or equivalent
    • Masters
  • Location: Bethesda, Maryland
  • Appointment Type: Contractor Position
  • Work Schedule: Full-time position
  • Citizenship: US Citizenship not required - (ie, permanent resident, visa)
  • Salary: Commensurate with experience

REQUIRED SKILLS: To qualify for this position, the candidate must have: • Bachelor’s degree with minimum two years’ experience writing and editing for online publications or a master’s degree in journalism, science writing or related field • Excellent writing and editing skills as demonstrated by experience copy editing for either online or print publications and strong understanding of style and grammar.

PREFERRED SKILLS: The ideal candidate will also have one or more of the following: • Some education or experience in science, research and/or public health • Strong project management skills and attention to detail • Ability to multitask multiple projects • Ability to work effectively and flexibility as a team member in a fast-paced environment • Experience with social media and related analytics • Proficiency in or technical savvy in quickly learning multiple software, such as MSOffice, Adobe, Illustrator, Photoshop • Experience with SEO best practices

About the NCI Center for Cancer Research:

The Center for Cancer Research (CCR) is home to nearly 250 basic and clinical research groups located on two campuses just outside of Washington, D.C. CCR is part of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and makes up the largest component of the research effort at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Centrally supported by long-term funding and a culture of complete intellectual freedom, CCR scientists are able to pursue the most important and challenging problems in cancer research. We collaborate with academic and commercial partners and advocacy groups across the world in efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer and HIV/AIDS. The CCR research portfolio covers the full spectrum of biological and biomedical research. Our work ranges from basic to translational and clinical, and our clinical trials are conducted in the NIH Clinical Center, the world’s largest hospital dedicated to clinical research that offers a robust infrastructure to support CCR’s patients on an estimated 250 open studies. The success of CCR is grounded in an exceptionally strong discovery research program that provides the foundation for the seamless translation of insights from bench to bedside. Read more about CCR, the benefits of working at CCR and hear from our staff on their CCR experiences.

Bethesda is one of the most highly educated communities in the United States and has a nationally renowned school system. The city is a thriving suburban center close to Washington, D.C., and home to many restaurants, retailers and a flourishing arts and entertainment district.

How to Apply:

  • CV/Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • At least two writing samples

Additional Application Information:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until filled.  

Contact Name: Crystal Rivera

Contact Email:

For questions contact: Crystal Rivera,

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