Senior Communications Specialist (Technical Adviser)

Public Health


Karna is in need of a seasoned, senior-level Health Communications Specialist (technical adviser) who enjoys a fast-paced environment and has substantial experience in communications planning and execution. He or she will join our team of highly qualified, diverse individuals in developing and defining the global communications strategy for one of the nation’s leading public health agency.

This is a part time position located in Atlanta, GA with the opportunity to work remotely. The qualified candidate will be responsible for leading the implementation aimed at maximizing an understanding of DGHT programs, specifically providing strategic support, technical assistance and consultation to the Division staff related to its global HIV efforts as part of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) as well as the agency’s global TB activities.

He or she will provide the division’s communication and stakeholder engagement activities, working towards fulfilling the programmatic goals and organizational strategies.  In addition, he or she will also support the division's strategic communications portfolio which includes web, social media, external newsletters and targeted communication products.  


This portfolio works in close coordination with external partners including the Department of State, Defense, Commerce, and Labor as well as the Peace Corps and other HHS OPDIVS(NIH, FDA, HRSA and SAMHSA) implementation partners and Legislative stakeholders.


Job Duties Include: 

  • Engaging in early strategic consultation related to top DGHT priorities and sensitive issues with the Branch Chief, Office of the Director, and other colleagues to inform communication strategies and tactics.
  • Making expert recommendations to maximize the opportunities or mitigate the threats presented by these top issues.
  • Develop key messages in support of Division programs, initiative and issues
  • Develop and distribute division-wide routine communications (e.g. newsletters, Updates, blogs, fact sheets, briefing documents, intranet and external website content)
  • Review materials before they go to Office of the Director for clearance
  • Media relations to include media planning, materials development (e.g. press releases and media kits), media pitching and media training
  • Develop executive communications including leadership presentations and speeches
  • Integrate and monitor social media tactics into overall communications efforts
  • Develop outcomes based strategies and support media engagement and strategic outreach to key audience.  
  • Identify trends and possible proactive pitches, create reactive statements as needed.
  • Monitor media coverage for the division work based on executed strategies
  • Provide senior level communications consultation to Division leadership and SMEs on audience’s tools, channels and evaluation
  • Gather and analyze relevant data for the development of communication products
  • Evaluate work flow and identify barriers, root causes and remedies affecting quality of submission to achieve a reduction in rework
  • Translate scientific information into easy-to-understand language for non-scientific audiences
  • Respond to inquiries or information requests from headquarters and the field and provide communications guidance

Other areas of support include:

  • Conduct environmental scanning and monitoring on highly-complex and sensitive issues as requested.
  • Identify key issues that are opportunities or threats to the division priorities and strategy
  • Provide strategic counsel to support partner engagement to maintain existing relationships and add need ones with external stakeholders
  • Support all message development including those for partner engagement 
  • Support product development
  • Research content to support the division messaging 
  • Edit materials and products as required
  • Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of communications outreach and efforts


Candidates must have the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communications, English, Public Health, Public Policy, or related fields 
  • 10 years of experience in the field of communications , preferably within the public health arena, including experience developing and executing  broad range of communication and media strategies 
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in message and web content development
  • Experience developing presentations/slide sets and delivering presentations 
  • Experience working with a range of stakeholders including senior leadership, subject matter experts and other internal and external partners. 
  • Ability to multi-task effectively without sacrifice to quality 
  • Strong critical and creative thinker
  • Ability to work independently and as a part of a team 
  • An energetic, self-driven, conscientious and organized team player 

Preferred Qualifications:
Candidates with these desired skills will be given preferential consideration:

  • Expert knowledge of global HIV and/ or global tuberculosis programs.
  • Journalism, Public Health, Global Health, Public Policy, Communications, or related fields with a minimum of 4 years of experience
  • Previous experience in the area of policy and communications at CDC or other agencies involved in HIV, TB or global public health (UNAIDS, WHO, USAID, State Department).
  • Strong understanding of communication theory and its application to strategy



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