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Beverly J. Campbell, President
Stacy Philipson Grenis, Vice President of Administration
The Scientific Consulting Group, Inc.
656 Quince Orchard Road, Suite 210
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878-1409
The ideal Senior Writer/Editor will have experience working in the science or health publications field. Specific experience writing and editing diverse types of documents on many different health and/or environmental topics. The Senior Writer/Editor will collaborate closely with technical and non-technical staff to draft meeting summaries, newsletter content, strategic plans, fact sheets, and other documents. The candidate must be able to:
- Produce clear, comprehensive drafts using excellent grammar, punctuation, formatting, and syntax.
- Write and edit material to ensure well-structured, logically organized content and inclusion of proper citations.
- Follow plain language guidelines, translate highly technical findings into concise, engaging, actionable material for diverse target audiences.
- Master's degree or higher in science (Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology, Genetics).
- Collaborative skills--can engage with a team of in-house staff as well as clients at NIH, EPA, and other government agencies under the guidance of the Task Manager and Project Director.
- 5 to 10 years of experience in writing scientific or health-related content that makes research accessible to lay or technical audiences.
- Excellent substantive editing, copyediting, proofreading, and fact-checking skills as applied to scientific/medical content.
- High degree of proficiency with Microsoft Office, especially MS Word and Excel.
- Experience as a publications director, managing editor, and/or production schedule manager.
- Scientific or medical editing certification.
- Familiarity with content on women's health, HIV/AIDS, allergy and infectious diseases, and environmental health issues such as asthma.
- Knowledge of AP and GPO style guides and the ability to develop and maintain in-house style guides.
- Proposal writing, editing, and/or management experience.
- Work experience with NIH a plus.
Drupal Developer (Web)
Consulting firm in Gaithersburg, MD is seeking a permanent Drupal Developer with 5+ years of experience to help a growing web development team. Responsibilities include design, development, testing, and maintenance of Drupal websites, associated web applications and databases. Candidates must have strong interpersonal communication skills (written/verbal) and a team-oriented, customer service attitude.
Candidates must be expert with Drupal, PHP, Linux, and Apache.
- 5+ years real world job experience
- Ability to work as part of a project team as well as independently
- Must be self-disciplined with effective time management abilities, and able to work in a fast-paced, multi-task environment with shifting priorities
- Strong organizational and communication skills
- U.S. Citizenship and fluent in English
- 5+ years of Drupal experience
- The ability to build and modify blocks in code, views, and templates.
- Excellent PHP development experience.
- A good understanding of both LAMP and WAMP stacks and the flexibility to work other configurations.
- A good understanding of systems operations and environments, server configuration, site optimization, caching, SimpleSAML, and Solr.
- Experience with setting up and maintaining entire sites using Drupal, writing custom modules and ideally be active in the community.
- Experience with Drupal module development and Drupal theming.
HIV Communication Expert
The Scientific Consulting Group, Inc. has an immediate need for a Communication Expert to be based on-site supporting the communication needs of our federal client. The contractor will assist the Senior Communication Expert in multiple areas, including performing internal and external communication, outreach, and engagement to promote and facilitate effective communication between the Office of AIDS Research (OAR), NIH Institute and Centers (IC), other HHS and federal agencies as well as key stakeholder and community interests to ensure the successful planning and implementation of communications regarding the NIH HIV/AIDS research efforts.
Responsibilities include, but is not limited to:
Task 1: Internal and External Communications – Conduct OAR communications activities.
- Work with the Senior Communications Expert to plan and implement communications activities to advance OAR’s mission.
- Participate in strategy discussions and help build work plans, soliciting input from internal (e.g., OAR scientific advisors, other institutes) and external (e.g., other USG agencies, civil society) stakeholders as needed.
- Engage with relevant committees and related work group members.
- Develop website content and help maintain up-to-date website.
- Create agendas, presentation materials and summary reports.
- Develop memos, talking points and other written products for various audiences.
- Assist with OAR communications with advisory councils, the AIDS research community and others interested and affected by NIH AIDS research activities, as well as other representatives of civil society, including patient groups, non-profit organizations, and the private sector.
Task 2: Outreach – Conduct outreach activities.
- Work with the Senior Communications Expert to develop stakeholder communications strategies and build consensus for courses of action acceptable to OAR. Consult with IC communications and other staff as directed to assist the Senior Communications Expert in ensuring coordinated communications responses.
- Support federal staff in their preparation of reports, briefings, and special presentations.
Task 3: Coordination and Tracking – Assist with engagement activities.
- Assist with coordination and development of events, (e.g., World AIDS Day, conferences, media events) as needed.
- Work with federal staff at OAR conference booths.
- Track relevant policy and media developments to help inform OAR communications.
- Prepare weekly Public Policy Report. Attend conferences and meetings relevant to NIH/OAR-related work.
- Minimum of 10 years’ experience with a Bachelor’s Degree in public health, communications or related degree required.
- 5 years’ experience with a Master’s degree in public health, communications or related degree preferred.
Junior Conference Planner
The Scientific Consulting Group, Inc. seeks Junior Conference Planner to join its meetings department. Duties include but are not limited to logistical support, meeting materials preparation (including agenda and program development), tracking registration, speaker/travel coordination, and other administrative tasks as assigned. Ability to travel and work flexible hours is a must.
B.A. degree in business, communication, hospitality, or related field. Knowledge of MSOffice a must. Exceptional written and oral skills. Must be detail oriented and well organized. Ability to handle multiple projects within critical deadlines a must. Familiarity with event/meeting planning, particularly exhibit experience, preferred. Must be able to work in a team environment as well as work independently.
Network Administrator Responsibilities
SCG seeks a Network Administrator to maintain a reliable, secure, and efficient data/voice communications network. The ideal candidate will be able to deploy, configure, maintain, and monitor all active network equipment in order to ensure smooth network operations. Furthermore, the candidate will serve as a helpdesk personnel resolving staff’s issues/concerns.
- Fully support, configure, maintain, and upgrade corporate networks, desktops, laptops, servers, printers, and computer-related equipment.
- Install and integrate new desktop, server, printer, and peripherals hardware and applications.
- Perform updates as needed.
- Support and administer third-party applications.
- Ensure network security and connectivity.
- Monitor network performance (availability, utilization, throughput, and latency) and test for vulnerabilities.
- Resolve problems reported by end users.
- Implement network policies and procedures.
- Identify system requirements and design solutions.
- Research and make recommendations on server system administration.
- Set up user accounts, permissions, and passwords.
- 3–5 years of proven experience in a network administrator role
- Minimum of 10 years’ experience with Microsoft products (Office and Operating Systems)
- Hands-on experience in networking, routing, and switching
- Excellent knowledge of best practices around management, control, and monitoring of desktop and server infrastructure
- Experience with firewalls, Internet VPN’s remote implementation, troubleshooting, and problem resolution is desired
- Ability to set up and configure printers, laptop, desktops and servers hardware
- Proficiency in Active Directory
- Working knowledge of MS Exchange Mail Server
- Familiarity with TCP/IP, DNS, FTP, IIS, Red Hat, Drupal, and VMWare
- Familiarity with backup and recovery software and methodologies
- Great organizing, prioritizing, and multitasking skills
- Microsoft, HP, Cisco, VMWare training/certification
- BS degree in Computer Science or related field
Interested candidate should submit resume and cover letter stating salary requirements.
SCG is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
Program Support Assistant
Position will be based at our client site in North Bethesda/Rockville.
The PSA will be responsible for taking minutes at meetings, preparing the written summary and coordinate meetings. Candidate may also be asked to prepare narrative and tabular materials such as memoranda, correspondence and reports in accordance with the NIH correspondence manual and other applicable guidance, for review by originators.
The PSA is responsible for use of proper grammar, spelling, capitalization, punctuation and format. The PSA utilizes a Document Correspondence tracking system to ensure a timely response to correspondence and reporting requirements of the office. In addition, the PSA forwards all closed documents to the OAR Document Specialist for future reference. The PSA may make all necessary arrangements for travel for OARAC members, presenters, and key OAR scientific staff members, as well as prepares Domestic and Foreign Travel Orders/Vouchers using the Official Airline Guide to develop flight itineraries. The PSA may provide assistance to receive incoming correspondence and screen all materials prior to distribution for a response, follow up for the supervisor, and review correspondence prepared for the supervisor’s approval. Check for spelling, typographical errors, compliance with formats and procedural requirements.
The PSA may assist with receiving visitors and telephone calls to the office, determines the nature of requests and directs callers to appropriate staff. Take requests for appointments with supervisor and staff after checking on their availability, confirms all appointments, and reschedules appointments upon request of the supervisor or staff member. Schedules appointments and makes arrangements for time, participants, and location of meetings in accordance with instructions from the supervisor. Makes necessary arrangements for travel, arranging schedules of visits, making reservations, notifying organizations and officials to be visited, and submitting travel vouchers and reports. Uses On-Time Calendar Program to develop up-to-date calendars and weekly reports to the OAR Director’s Office.
The PSA responds to routine and nontechnical requests for information such as status of reports, response dates for matters requiring compliance, and similar information readily available from files. Prepares requisitions for office supplies, equipment, and publications. Performs a variety of administrative support duties, such as making extensive travel arrangements, making complete arrangements for large conferences, composing complex but nontechnical correspondence, locating and assembling information for various reports, briefings, conferences, etc., following up with staff members to insure that various commitments made at conferences and meetings are met, designing and organizing filing systems, planning and arranging the maintenance and preparation of information needed for budget reports, and organizing the flow of clerical processes in the office.
Senior Administrative Assistant
Full-time position available in Bethesda, MD, for an experienced Senior Administrative Assistant. This position performs all duties consistent with a Senior Administrative Assistant to a SES-level Deputy Division Director (the Deputy Director of the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI)). The individual, at all times, represents the DPCPSI Deputy Director, and as such maintains professionalism and composure. These duties may include but are not limited to:
- Manage day-to-day front office operations, including, but not limited to, problem and conflict resolution, organization and prioritization of tasks, and responding to written and verbal communications.
- Maintain and update systems for communications among staff (e.g., ListServs and distribution lists) to facilitate the efficient flow of information relating to projects, program activities, and other tasks.
- Ensure the DPCPSI Deputy Director attends meetings on time. This includes reminding the Deputy Director of upcoming meetings in a timely manner and helping to make sure adjacent meetings end on time.
- Ensure the DPCPSI Deputy Director has sufficient supplies and other materials to conduct work; stock his printer, refreshes pen supply, and otherwise relieves the Deputy Director of responsibilities the Staff Assistant could undertake.
- Ensures that the front office is conducive to a quiet work environment by minimizing distractions. This includes directing visitors to the waiting area, ensuring that conversations are kept to a reasonable noise level, and that visitors are announced before allowing them to enter the Deputy Director’s office.
- Track, record, and direct incoming and outgoing office documents.
- Manage travel and registration logistics needed for the DPCPSI Deputy Director to represent the organization at conferences and meetings. Organize and process travel and provide prompt feedback about travel.
- Coordinate and set up for meetings and events for the DPCPSI Deputy Director; arrange attendees’ schedules/attendance, request conference room reservation, check attendees’ availability, set up conference calls, set up video conferencing, provide onsite assistance before the meeting, coordinate the transfer of meeting materials.
- Draft and edit various written materials: correspondence, reports, and various forms, official duty memoranda, individual/mass mailings, create and maintain PowerPoint slides for presentations, generate meeting minutes, agendas, and other communication materials for proper format, grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
- Maintain the DPCPSI Deputy Director’s calendar and meeting scheduling, and provide the same level of assistance to the Senior Advisor in the IMOD/DPCPSI, as requested.
- Obtain all documents needed for the Deputy Director to prepare for upcoming meetings. Assemble meeting folders for the Deputy Director.
- Perform data entry, and maintain and utilize databases; generate queries and reports from databases (e.g., QVR) as needed.
- Create and maintain office records including office procurements and reimbursement procedures, and project files.
- Request and process various services and orders for: purchase orders, office supplies, CIT assistance, printing services, phone services, computer equipment, maintenance agreements for equipment, visitors parking stickers, facility management, request price quotes.
- Provide property custodial services as requested: receive and reconcile property inventory list, as well as collect, consolidate and provide administrative rights.
- Assist in providing updates and changes to SharePoint site.
- Receive telephone calls and visitors; take messages or forward calls and inquiries to appropriate staff member; check office voice mail.
- Distribute mail, prepare photocopies, and assemble printed materials; coordinate the printing and conversion of paper documents to electronic files.
- Provide support with timekeeping duties.
- College education preferred; High School Diploma or GED required.
- Experience in NBS travel, DDRMS, NIHTS; POTS; college degree can bypass this requirement.
- Expertise in Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint) and SharePoint.
- Minimum of 3-5 years office administration experience; college degree with some administrative
- experience can bypass this requirement.
- Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
- Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.
- Attention to detail, planning, and organization skills.
For all positions, candidates should send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCG is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.
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