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The Scientific Consulting Group, Inc.
656 Quince Orchard Road, Suite 210
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878-1409
Phone: 301-670-4990
Fax: 301-670-3815

Open Positions

For all positions, candidates should send resumes to recruitment@scgcorp.com.

The Scientific Consulting Group, Inc. is looking for an Agreements Specialist to support our client located in Rockville, MD.

Background

The Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI) relies on a number of mechanisms to further its mission. Among such mechanisms is the relatively recent Other Transactions (OT) Authority intended for use in highly innovative research efforts. However, agreements under this authority are highly specialized, and historically labor intensive, often requiring considerable research, planning, preparation, and documentation for effective utilization and oversight. Given that the mechanism is infrequently used at NIH, expertise in this field is extremely specialized.

Description of Requirement

The government requires ongoing support with OT agreements, the mechanism’s use, stewardship, and overall portfolio management. No work will involve decision-making or other tasks considered inherently governmental.

Tasks

  • Agreements Monitoring: Involves direct participation in calls/meetings with NIH division and program staff, as well as awardees, to provide administration and oversight for assigned portfolio of existing OT awards; this includes detailed reviews of agreements and modifications, budgets and justifications, award progress reports/work products, responsiveness/timeliness of awardees, reported expenditures, and identifying risks to recommend corrective action. As needed, run financial reports off of various systems (i.e., PMS, QVR, etc.) for data calls and monitoring.
  • Awards-related Activities: Based on discussions with the DOTM director, program staff and OT SME, drafts or revises agreements language for consideration by program or other NIH staff—including but not limited to legal counsel (OGC), representatives of scientific divisions—and by potential awardees. Functions as a senior member of DOTM team during negotiations which can be complex and have high priority and visibility within the NIH Office of the Director (OD).
  • Support Services – OT Awards: Assist DOTM director and program staff in evaluating business objectives and negotiating complex terms and conditions that may deviate from traditional mechanism(s), policies and procedures; help with creating an understanding of various options for structuring agreements, relevant policy and other citations. This work also includes creating communications/document templates, and coming up with effective planning strategies for nimble agreement execution and flexible award administration/modification. Systems work—on eRA/IMPAC II, PMS and other NIH platforms—may be required, and is performed only at the DOTM director’s instructions.
  • Support Services – Division Organization/Staffing/Training: Assist DOTM director in the formation of this new division; activities will include review of potential staff applicants and selection, as well as providing an informal on-boarding orientation, training and leadership to new team members, as directed by the DOTM director. Continually advise on and assist with workload planning and prioritization, as assigned. Drafts guidelines, policies and standard operating procedures for DOTM staff, as requested by DOTM director.
  • Documentation Support: Involves advising DOTM director on the requirements for the official award files, suggesting both short- and long-term models; also, assist DOTM team and program staff with proper file structure and storage for all phases of the agreements management process. This work also includes creating communications/document templates and other forms necessary for official award administration.
  • Participation in Calls/Discussions: Participate in frequent/regular calls with the DOTM team, program, other NIH staff, and potential agreement holders towards accomplishing the aforementioned tasks.

Interested candidate should submit resume and cover letter explaining how you would be an asset to our team.

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.

Consulting firm in Gaithersburg, MD seeks a Health Communication Specialist to be based on-site our client facility located in Rockville, MD.

The Health Communication Specialist is responsible for responding to inquiries from members of the public, health professionals, and researchers through email, standard mail, telephone, fax, and social media channels. This role will include using appropriate health information and National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) research resources to develop accurate responses to public inquiries and provide referrals to approved health resources and/or other offices and government agencies. The position of Health Communication Specialist involves quick-turnaround knowledge acquisition about the NIH, including NIAID, biomedical research program; leadership opportunities; and direct client interactions.

Responsibilities

  • Perform duties onsite at the client’s office.
  • Respond quickly to written (email, standard mail, fax, and social media) and telephone inquiries from members of the public, including health professionals, scientists, researchers, patients and family members, and students in a timely, accurate, analytic, and articulate manner.
  • Use appropriate NIH, including NIAID, research and other scientific and health information resources to accurately and analytically respond to inquiries on health topics relevant to the NIH, including NIAID, research portfolio and related activities.
  • Develop appropriate, analytic, and accurate written and oral responses to communicate scientific and health information to the public.
  • Stay abreast of NIAID, NIH, and other HHS news releases, research topics and findings and health information relevant to the Institute and other HHS entities.
  • Work independently, collaboratively, and effectively to product high-quality responses to inquiries to NIAID that are up-to-date and responsive to the question.
  • Learn, test, use, and manage the customer relationship management system and call center phone system; train staff on those systems.
  • Prepare weekly, monthly, and other reports for SCG and the Institute.
  • Collaborate with Institute staff, including but not limited to, public inquiries and media staff, IT staff, and subject matter experts; participate and propose solutions/troubleshoot in team meetings.
  • Collaborate with SCG team members; participate in regularly scheduled meetings.
  • Help develop and/or update inquiry response training materials and policy and procedures manuals.
  • Identify staff training needs; help to develop and implement training and mentoring programs to address those needs.
  • Identify potential areas to improve inquiry response processes as needed.

Education

  • Master’s degree in science and/or science-related and/or public health or public health or scientific communications or policy fields

Qualifications

  • Experience with infectious, immunologic, and/or allergic diseases and/or biomedical research preferred
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and organizational skills
  • Ability to perform complex searches for health information on the Internet, assess the relevance of the results, and translate relevant findings to the public.
  • Knowledge of Government health information resources; familiarity with PubMed, clinicaltrials.gov and other health resources preferred.
  • Experience in responding to inquiries from members of the public and other entities by telephone and through written/email communication preferred but not required.
  • Ability to work in software systems, such as Microsoft CRM, and call center telephone systems, such as Clarity Connect.
  • Familiarity with the Congressional process and/or controlled correspondence a plus.
  • Ability to work independently and with a team to complete tasks.

Interested candidates should submit resume and cover letter.

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.

Job Description

Consulting firm in Gaithersburg, MD seeks a Program Support Assistant (PSA). Position will be based at our client site in Rockville, MD

Background

The NIH Office of AIDS Research (OAR) was created by Congress to oversee, coordinate and manage all NIH HIV-related research. OAR establishes scientific priorities in the global fight against HIV/AIDS and ensures that U.S. Government research dollars are invested in the areas of highest scientific priority. OAR receives the total Congressional NIH budget allocation for HIV/AIDS ($3 B in FY 2018) and distributes funds to the NIH institutes and centers (ICs) which conduct HIV research directly and fund research in the U.S. and internationally.

OAR annually solicits input from the scientific community, HIV/AIDS community members and advocates, and other stakeholders to establish scientific priorities and develop its strategic plan. OAR funds research to understand and prevent HIV transmission; to develop effective treatments and interventions for HIV; to discover a cure; and to work on an HIV vaccine. OAR also funds research to treat HIV coinfections and comorbidities, translate discoveries into public health, and advance the NIH HIV/AIDS research agenda. Underpinning across all the HIV research priorities are supporting basic research; addressing health disparities; understanding how social and behavioral factors affect implementation of scientific interventions; and providing training and capacity building in the field.

Scope of work

This position performs all duties consistent with a Program Support Assistant for the Operations team. The individual, at all times, maintains professionalism, composure and confidentiality. He/she also is able to nimbly adjust priorities with limited or no notice, resolve conflicts presented to him/her with appropriate guidance from senior staff or the COR.

The contractor will work with the COR and other appropriate NIH officials and staff to perform the following:

Task 1: Administrative Support

The assistant will be expected to provide administrative support for scientific staff members. Tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Performing travel logistics planning and coordination.
  • Serving as a backup on relevant NIH enterprise systems, including Purchasing Online Tracking System (POTS) and CGE, the NIH travel system.
  • Supporting OAR committees, work groups and tasks forces.
  • Arranging meeting space, obtaining and confirming attendees’ schedules, and organizing meeting materials before the meeting.
  • Setting up conference calls/Skype for Business meetings and ensuring the call details are provided to meeting attendees.
  • Setting up audio visual equipment for use at meetings.
  • Suggesting strategies to improve the team’s performance, including implementing strategies to optimize webinars.
  • Making edits to and/or providing input on SOPs to reflect new or updated, and approved procedures.

Deliverables

  • Weekly reports on activities and ad hoc project updates as requested.
  • Respond to written and verbal communications on a daily basis.
  • POTS activities should occur within 24 hours of receipt of task.
  • OAR staff travel needs include, but are not limited to, reservations, transfers, changes, and cancellations as well as reimbursements`. Reservations include booking domestic and international air travel, hotels and rental cars.
  • As needed, take notes at meetings and list follow-up or other action items requiring the attention of the federal task manager.

Task 2: Document Development and Management

This task involves providing support for paper, electronic, and other files or materials in the OAR. Tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Drafting and editing internal correspondence and written materials to inform staff of information impacting operations.
  • Photocopying and assembling printed materials as needed.
  • Creating and maintaining office records and project files.
  • Entering documents into the Document Tracking System and/or Incoming Requests Tracking System as soon as items are received.
  • Generating meeting minutes, agendas, and other communication materials for proper format, grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
  • Serving as a support staff to various committees. Duties include preparing meeting agendas and minutes and tracking action items.

Deliverables

  • Weekly reports on projects and ad hoc project updates as requested.
  • Respond to written and verbal communications on a daily basis.
  • When creating or editing documents, correct for grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
  • Meeting materials provided to the federal task manager and meeting attendees in advance of the meeting. This includes but is not limited to maintaining the meeting folders, including the background materials.
  • Track, record, and direct incoming and outgoing office documents and requests. Tasks should be performed immediately upon receipt and are expected to occur numerous times daily.
  • Requested products are produced by or ahead of deadlines and are in line with the assigned objectives. They are of high quality with no content inaccuracies and minimal editorial errors.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Attention to detail, planning, and organization skills
  • Ability to handle multiple ongoing assignments at once
  • Expertise in Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint, Skype for Business) and SharePoint

Deliverables: In addition to the items mentioned above, the contractor shall:

  • Sign a nondisclosure agreement upon employment
  • Attend meetings as required by the COR
  • Submit other reports as required by the COR

Interested candidates 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.

Consulting firm in Gaithersburg, MD, has a full-time position available for an experienced Science Writer/Editor with at least 5 years of scientific/technical writing and editing experience. MS degree required; Ph.D. preferred in biomedical/life sciences. Diverse writing experience a plus (preparation of detailed scientific meeting summaries, technical reports, articles, strategic plans, and other documents). Please provide 3 writing and/or editing samples. Excellent benefits.

Interested candidate should submit resume, cover letter, and writing samples to recruitment@scgcorp.com.

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.

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.

Locations

SCG Gaithersburg

656 Quince Orchard Road
Suite 210
Gaithersburg, MD 20878

SCG Frederick

7315A Grove Road
Frederick, MD 21704