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General Dynamics Information Technology Health Communications Support Specialist in Atlanta, Georgia

Type of Requisition: Regular

Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: None

Job Family: Communications

GDIT is seeking a Sr Health Communications Specialist in Atlanta, GA to support our client on-site at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This position will support provide emergency communication and risk communication support services to the Risk Mitigation and Organizational Integrity (RMOI) team within the Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Center for Preparedness and Response, Division of Emergency Operations (DEO). The work of the Division of Emergency Operations, within CDC's Center for Preparedness and Response, focuses on improving response capacity of CDC staff and improving the agency's overall ability to respond to public health emergencies. Since 2003, DEO has played a lead role in numerous public health emergencies that include disease outbreaks (e.g., Ebola, Zika), natural disasters (e.g., Haiti earthquake)

Key Responsibilities will include:

  • Rapidly work on strategic communications or initiatives for senior CDC leaders with a quick turn-around.

  • Work with the appropriate CIOs to coordinate emergency risk communication content development.

  • Work with behavioral and communication researchers, SMEs and program experts to create new messaging based on formative research, including message testing, and adapting existing content to be consistent with emergency risk communication science, principles, CDC’s Clear Communication Index guidance, and audience research.Work with and develop web content for internal or external audiences

  • Develop original content for the intranet, prepare/edit/revise presentations, talking points, news articles (CDC Connects), or other documents.

  • Translate complex health and information into messages for a variety of audiences using principles of risk communication, including framing, and attention to cultural aspects of reception.

  • Create content that is responsive to emerging concerns, science, and issues such as web copy, fact sheets, social media messages, FAQ’s, and talking points.

  • Ensure that messaging meets federal plain language requirements.

  • Ensure that emergency health messages are timely, consistent, targeted, and actionable.

  • Assess repurposed material for intended use and ask clearance staff if re-clearance is required.

  • Test and prepare documents (PDF or web content) to be 508 compliant for posting on the CDC websites.

  • Will also assist RMOI providing support to the deployers supporting activations for CDC emergencies including the COVID-19, Polio, and other all-hazards responses. And serve as liaison to multiple Emergency Operations Center Task Forces

Key Success Criteria

A successful candidate will need to be able to react quickly to changing business needs, work as part of a small, close-knit team where critical thinking is needed to address changing business requirements. Previous federal government experience is highly desired, with previous CDC experience, specifically in emergency response conditions strongly preferred.

  • Agile, critical thinking capacity

  • Ability to pick up new business requirements with minimal supervison and oversight

  • Ability to work independently, while also part of a small team

  • Highly organized

  • Ability to work under pressure with short deadlines

  • Ability to work with web content and utilize web content management systems

  • Experience with Google Analytics

  • Experience with Adobe Analytics and other analytics tools is a plus


  • Bachelors degree in Public Health, Communications or related field

  • Four years of experience in public health communications field

  • Federal and/or state government experience


  • Masters in Public Health

  • 5-8 years professional experience

  • CDC badged or able to be reinstated immediately

  • Direct CDC health communications experience

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.