Deputy Project Director, Social Marketing & Communication

FHI 360, Washington, United States

Skill Required:, Media and CommunicationProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
2nd May, 2018

Job Description

The Social Marketing and Communication (SMC) department has distinctive competence in a science-based approach to social marketing and communication to address public health and other challenges in the United States. SMC currently implements a diverse portfolio of social marketing, public relations, communication, and training and technical assistance projects in the U.S. that are funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, private associations, and foundations. In the past decade, our team has worked on issues such as diabetes, emergency and pandemic preparedness, obesity prevention, sexual health, HIV/AIDS, cancer, asthma, immunizations, violence prevention, access to health care, and tobacco control and cessation. 

Job Summary / Responsibilities:

The Deputy Project Director will manage the day-to-day activities of the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) contract. This includes overseeing the project team; tracking all project tasks, activities, and timelines; and working directly with the client. The Deputy Project Director will plan, direct and coordinate activities for NDEP to ensure that goals and objectives are accomplished within the prescribed time frame and funding parameters, as well as support the Project Director with strategic planning. He/she will provide significant project management and technical support.

The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) is a joint initiative CDC and NIH to improve the management of and outcomes for people with diabetes, promote early diagnosis, and prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. In the 20 years of its existence, NDEP has developed more than 200 public and private partners, including state and local health departments, community-based organizations, businesses and worksites, members of the diabetes healthcare team (such as pharmacists, mental health professionals, and podiatrists), and professionals or lay people (e.g. Community Health Workers, faith-based educators). CDC/NDEP has a particular focus on addressing populations experiencing health disparities.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Plans, directs and coordinates activities for NDEP to ensure that goals and objectives are accomplished within prescribed time frame and funding parameters.
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of NDEP, including tracking the progress of communication, partnership, and research/evaluation activities.
  • Oversee and provide quality control for the work of a project team of 12-15 staff.
  • Provides leadership to the project team, ensuring clarity over plans and priorities, encouraging effective team-work.
  • Conduct project planning activities, including developing project plans, timelines and budgets.
  • Assist the project director with strategic planning activities.
  • Collaborate with team members to identify client needs and generate innovative ideas to engage key audiences.
  • Provides technical input into translating research into persuasive communication products.
  • Ensures timely implementation and monitors project activities against work plans.
  • Coordinate with graphic designers, subcontractors, researchers, other team members and partners, and clients to establish workflows and timelines.
  • Contributes actively to business development efforts.
  • Supports performance management and professional development of direct reports, including ongoing feedback, coaching, and career support.


  • Bachelor's degree with 8 or more years of project management experience; master’s degree preferred.
  • Knowledge of communication, marketing, public relations, advertising, promotion, or other communications methods.
  • Experience working in diabetes prevention and/or management a plus.
  • Experience with supporting communication projects for U.S. Government clients or health related non-profit organizations. Past experience working on communication projects for CDC a major plus.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of health communication and/or social marketing principles.
  • Demonstrated experience in translating public health science into persuasive copy for consumers and professionals.
  • Demonstrated writing and editing experience.
  • Strong program/project management skills with demonstrated experience in leading and managing complex projects.
  • Demonstrated strategic planning, performance management and staff development experience.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to solve problems quickly and creatively.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, prioritize, and competently manage a variety of activities with multiple deadlines.


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