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Stacy Philipson Grenis, CEO

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Susie Warner, MPH, CMP, Vice President

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Mike Bykowski, Vice President

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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

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Job Description

The Scientific Consulting Group, Inc. is looking for a Budget Analyst to be based on-site at our client facility located 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 ($3.2 B in FY 22) 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:

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

Performance Requirements

Task 1: Budget Presentation

Assist with the COR and OAR budget staff on various aspects of the budget process, e.g., presenting and monitoring the programs and budgets of the Institutes and Centers of the NIH.

Deliverables

  • Perform detailed analysis on various AIDS/Non-AIDS budget information submitted by individual Institutes and Centers of the NIH.
  • Serve as a liaison between the OAR and other NIH Institutes to help with issues regarding program and budgetary concerns such as deviation from policy or special exceptions.
  • Ensure the safeguarding of files containing administrative confidential and/or sensitive information.
  • Coordinate and consult with IC budget staff in order to meet and discuss budgetary concerns.
  • Prepare detailed written summaries of analysis performed.
  • Compiles narrative and statistical material and prepares exhibits and other background information concerning the OAR budget for use in briefing high level OAR officials, OMB and Congressional budget requests.
  • Distills information into graphic form as appropriate.
  • Develops and coordinates the data necessary to provide draft language to the Appropriation committees for use in reports, bills and acts.
  • Prepares background material concerning the assigned program for use in briefing to officials schedule to appear before Congressional appropriations committees or other oversight groups.
  • Prepares questions pertaining to OAR program areas in anticipation of Congressional interest at the time of hearings, and aids in developing related material used to brief OAR Director for testimony.
  • Performs similar information-gathering and budget justification tasks in response to requests from Congress and for occasional public requests which do not require high-level Executive Branch clearance.

Task 2: Budget Formulation

Work with the individuals Institutes and Centers to collect and analyze information to formulate OAR’s budget.

Deliverables

  • Coordinates the formulation of the budget for the assigned program area according to guidelines from NIH, DHHS and OMB. Areas may include intramural and/or extramural activities as well as administrative support.
  • Analyzes budget revisions and provide assigned program area with evaluation and guidance on budget submissions – both narrative and tabular. This may include rewriting selected portions to assure that the budget submissions are consistent with Executive Branch policy and program requirements.
  • Tracks all financial decisions affecting work in the assigned areas.
  • Checks accuracy and adequacy of budget data submitted/developed in support of budget estimates by comparison with historical documents, trend data, and program knowledge.

Task 3: Budget Execution

work with OAR staff to manage the operating budget and achieve the purpose and objects for which budgets were approved.

Deliverables

  • Monitors the execution of the approved operating budget for assigned program areas to assure that funds are properly allocated and are being obligated in a timely and effective manner in support of authorized program objectives.
  • Recommends adjustments, such as redistribution of funds, in response to changes in programs, IC policy, and/or availability of funds. Identifies proposals that would result in the need for reprogramming of funds and brings such issues to the attention of both the program manager and the supervisor.
  • Analyzes and evaluates continual changes in program plans and funding and their effect on financial and budget program milestones.
  • Provides advice and assistance to managers in the development of budget requests and related supporting documentation.
  • Drafts procedural instructions and policy guidance for use by managers in planning and estimating funding needs.
  • Reviews, analyzes and edits budget requests submitted by managers from assigned program areas to assure that they conform to OAR, NIH and OMB policies and guidelines, and to reconcile estimates with current levels of expenditure.
  • Analyzes budgetary and fiscal data for various purposes, including monitoring, reviewing and recommending new or changed methods of procedure.
  • Recommends alternative options in situations where IC policy cannot be achieved due to limitations implied in governing bills, reports, etc.
  • Analyzes financial and budgetary relationships to develop recommendations for financial and/or budgetary actions.
  • Maintains and upgrades systems or databases related to assigned areas.
  • Recognizes need to develop new formats to display information in the assigned area and seek appropriate assistance from applicable staff when necessary to accomplish this requirement.
  • Assists in developing recurring repots as well as ad-hoc status reports.

Task 4: Budget Analytics and Reconciliation

Work with OAR staff and NIH ICs to reconcile the operating budget, review transactions, and supporting documentation, and resolve any discrepancies that are discovered.

Deliverables

  • Work with individual ICs to help solve program discrepancies for the AIDS grants awarded and serviced, and ensure funds are allocated and obligated according to the scientific priorities outlined in the trans-NIH plan for HIV/AIDS research.
  • Utilize NIH systems such as Query, View, and Report (QVR), the AIDS Project Query System (PQS), Information for Management, Planning, Analysis, and Coordination (IMPAC), AIDS Budget System (ABS), and Manual Categorization System (MCS) or other systems to analyze and evaluate AIDS research programs and funding to prepare tabular data.
  • Research and query data in order to prepare the annual briefing and budget materials which serve as a resource for the budget office and scientific staff.
  • Analyze, monitor, and prepare funding plans and organization spending projections for programs/processes.
  • Coordinates the formulation of the budget for the assigned program area according to guidelines from NIH, DHHS and OMB. Areas may include intramural and/or extramural activities as well as administrative support.
  • Analyzes budget revisions and provide assigned program area with evaluation and guidance on budget submissions – both narrative and tabular. This may include rewriting selected portions to assure that the budget submissions are consistent with Executive Branch policy and program requirements.
  • Tracks all financial decisions affecting work in the assigned areas.
  • Checks accuracy and adequacy of budget data submitted/developed in support of budget estimates by comparison with historical documents, trend data, and program knowledge.

Task 5: Budget Reporting, and Recordkeeping

Work with the COR and the OAR budget team to respond to various internal and external budget and data requests.

Deliverables

  • Develop and present documentation on various budget processes.
  • Assist OAR budget team with written responses to OAR-related inquiries from the public, advocacy groups, and other Federal agencies with the limitation of approving agency responses to request and the approval of agency responses to the administrative appeals of denials of the Freedom of Information Act request
  • Maintain detailed records of internal OAR funding documents and memoranda of understanding as well as detailed records of funding by individual Institutes and Centers.
  • Process inter/intra agency agreements and direct funding citations in keeping with NIH-defined budget authority levels.
  • Utilize a high level of expertise to prepare written products and effectively articulate and explain information on OAR programs and policies.
  • Work with a team that advises system developers and IT staff on ways to improve and develop new automated computer systems to support program monitoring/evaluation, and financial data collection.
  • Develop workflow processes to establish baselines for system development and or enhancements.
  • Participate in the User Acceptance Testing to ensure that the system provided by the developers meet the specifications as outlined by the subject matter experts.
  • Work with the team to develop training materials and conduct the hands-on classroom training provided to the NIH staff on operating the new OAR systems.

Task 6: Portfolio Management

Work as a full-Service Budget Analyst, assisting ICs with their portfolio throughout all aspects of the OAR and Federal Budget Processes.

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

  • Develop working relationships with ICs’ budget and program staff.
  • Serve as a resource for the special programs and issues related to assigned ICs.

Task 7: Project Management

Manage special project assigned to the analyst throughout the fiscal year.

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

  • Coordinate all project activities.
  • Be the liaison between OAR Budget and external parties.
  • Provide meeting support.
  • Track and communicate project status.
  • Provide status report outs.
  • Sign a nondisclosure agreement upon employment
  • Submit a monthly status report due with the monthly invoice
  • Attend meetings as required by the COR
  • Submit other reports as required by the COR

Requirements

  • An undergraduate degree is required. Advanced degree favored.
  • Experience as a budget or financial analyst is required.
  • Must obtain and maintain a security clearance commensurate with the position.

Interested candidates should submit resumes 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 Summary

Consulting firm in Gaithersburg, MD seeks a Communications Specialist. Position will be based at our client site in Bethesda, MD.

Background

The ODP is seeking an energetic, highly motivated, detail-orientated communications professional to assist with the coordination and oversight of many ODP communications programs and tasks. Duties will relate directly to the projects included in the ODP Strategic Plan, and will be in support of the ODP mission to improve the public health by increasing the scope, quality, dissemination, and impact of prevention research supported by the NIH.

Scope of Work

The communications specialist will develop and implement appropriate vehicles for communicating information about the ODP, its programs, and resources. The contractor will work directly with ODP staff to carry out communications tasks and program responsibilities. These include but are not limited to the tasks and responsibilities as outlined below:

  • Collect and draft weekly content for the ODP’s Twitter account. Maintain an editorial calendar of relevant ODP events and health observances. Assist in the development of social media strategies that support ODP’s overall communications objectives.
  • Help manage all aspects of ODP’s GovDelivery email marketing program; plan, develop, format, and refine promotional emails and newsletters, conduct A/B testing and make adjustments to increase open and click-through rates.
  • Help maintain the ODP websites using Drupal, including writing, reviewing, maintaining, and updating web materials that are often time sensitive. Includes interacting with program staff and office leadership to solicit materials and content reviews and to ensure web materials are accurate and current.
  • Help staff design, refine, and edit their PowerPoint presentations using the ODP template and branding and ensure that the slides are compliant with Section 508.
  • Work to optimize the user experience across ODP’s digital platforms. Assist with the ODP’s strategic analytics program.
  • Gather information from staff, draft and edit content, and submit material for a division-level newsletter by the deadline, on a quarterly basis.
  • Help support ODP events, including the Office’s educational webinar series on topics like research methods and public health as well as larger annual workshops to identify research gaps. Work with ODP staff and partners to develop resources and coordinate communications activities that extend the reach and impact of these events.
  • Monitor multiple ODP communications mailboxes and respond to inquiries as appropriate and in a timely manner.

Deliverables

Deliverables will vary by assignment and will be specified, along with due dates, at the time of assignment. Products must be delivered by or ahead of deadlines and respond to assigned objectives. Products and results include but are not limited to providing findings and options to the ODP project coordinator. Recommendations must be research-based, concise, and relevant to the task at hand. Active participation in frequent discussions to inform and constructively address the identified issue(s). As appropriate, this will include citing the positive and negative implications of possible decisions or options.

Quality

All deliverables must be of expert quality with no content inaccuracies or editorial errors. Any errors will be fixed at the expense of the contractor, and not NIH.

Certifications, Licenses, Physical Requirements, or other Expertise Required:

Required

  • Bachelor's degree. M.P.H. or other master's level degree is a plus.
  • At least 3 years of related experience in the research community within and/or outside of NIH.
  • At least 3 years of experience implementing collaborative communications and outreach programs within the research community.
  • Ability to work independently on multiple time-sensitive projects simultaneously with strong organizational skills, as demonstrated by 3+ years of experience.
  • Strong scientific and technical writing and editing skills, as evidenced by at least one writing sample.
  • Strong proficiency in website management using Drupal as evidenced by 2+ years’ experience and/or Aquia or related certification.
  • Expert proficiency in Microsoft PowerPoint.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Level 1 security clearance.

IDEAL (Required + below)

  • 1+ years’ experience working with or for the federal government on communications projects.
  • Experience drafting and managing social media content for a large organization is a plus; for the federal government is strongly preferred.
  • Strong proficiency in designing creative and clear PowerPoint slides about scientific subjects.
  • Experience using Canva and Adobe Creative Commons suite.
  • Experience conducting meetings via WebEx, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams.
  • Excellent teamwork skills.

Interested candidates should submit resumes 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

The Scientific Consulting Group, Inc. (SCG) seeks a Conference/Meeting Planner to join its meetings department. Duties include but are not limited to logistical support, client meetings, budget tracking, vendor contract negotiations, site selection, food and beverage selection, meeting materials preparation, tracking registration, website content development, database management, and speaker/travel coordination.

  • Bachelor's degree in business, communication, hospitality, or related field required
  • CMP or CGMP certification and prior government experience preferred
  • Minimum of 3 years' event/meeting planning or related hospitality work experience
  • Poised under pressure, flexible with time constraints and changing schedules, and ability to think quickly to resolve problems
  • Clear accurate written and verbal communication skills
  • Exceptional customer service skills and ability to work effectively with clients and vendors
  • Must be detail-oriented, sharp, professional, independent, and self-motivated
  • Ability to meet deadlines and work on multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to work flexible hours to be onsite at meetings early in the morning or late into the evening
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products
  • Proficiency with virtual meeting platforms including Zoom and WebEx

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 Digital Content Manager. 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 ($3.1 B in FY 21) 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:

Digital channels are a primary mechanism through which OAR distributes content. In addition, OAR recently took over the management of the https://hivinfo.nih.gov/ and https://clinicalinfo.hiv.gov/ websites, creating a new need to drive content strategy and planning for these sites and their related platforms. Collectively, OAR currently leverages the following owned digital channels to advance its mission:

  • The OAR website, including a director’s blog
  • OAR email listserv
  • OAR Twitter
  • The HIVInfo and ClinicalInfo websites and associated social media platforms

The Digital Content Manager will guide OAR’s digital content strategy across the digital space to drive visibility and understanding of the NIH HIV research agenda and the role of OAR in advancing it.

The contractor’s role sits within the communications team at OAR and engages with different teams across the office, including external stakeholders when appropriate.

The contractor will work with the Contractor Officer Representative (COR) and other appropriate NIH officials and staff to perform the following:

Task 1: OAR Digital Channels

Tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Work across OAR and its partners, as appropriate, to manage OAR’s digital content strategy to deepen engagement and broaden reach. Serve as an ongoing source of best practices for digital engagement for the communications team and broader OAR staff.
  • Provide strategic input on OAR’s use of digital channels, making recommendations on platform selection, content strategy, and new types of content to leverage.
  • Develop and help to maintain a cross-channel editorial calendar for digital content.
  • Coordinate with Operations Team Technical Lead to support all aspects of website management, including the content migration to a new CMS and potential website refresh.
  • Provide short-term recommendations on structure, content, and SEO to align the OAR external website with current best practices and develop a longer-term plan to refresh the look and feel, content, and structure of the OAR external website.
  • Work with existing personnel to assess data analytics and provide and implement recommendations to improve OAR’s reach and engagement with key audiences.
  • Draft, as needed, and provide quality control for content—such as web pages, video scripts, social media posts, blogs, and newsletters—for a wide variety of digital platforms in coordination with the broader communications team, in line with SEO and other platform-specific best practices.
  • Provide real-time recommendations on ways to engage audiences through digital platforms.
  • Participate in relevant meetings with NIH and broader federal workgroups on an ongoing basis.
  • Support documentation of team best practices.
  • Participate in the broader communications team’s strategic planning activities, providing input on strategies, content, and updates.
  • Additional support depending on OAR’s evolving needs.

Deliverables

Deliverables include, but are not limited to:

  • Editorial content calendar for digital channels.
  • Short-term recommendations to the Operations Technical Lead for the OAR website and longer-term plan to refresh the look and feel, content, and structure of the OAR website.
  • Ongoing assessment of data analytics and provision of written and verbal recommendations on digital content strategy.
  • Drafting and editing of digital content for a variety of channels.
  • Real-time recommendations on ways to engage audiences through digital platforms.
  • Documentation of team best practices.
  • Input on the broader communications team’s strategic planning activities.
  • Participation in relevant communications team and other OAR meetings.
  • Participation in relevant workgroups within NIH and across the Federal government.
  • Additional support depending on OAR’s evolving needs.

Task 2: HIVInfo and Clinicalnfo content channels

Tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Help lead the development of marketing plans to expand the reach of each platform’s resources to target audiences, including clinicians (ClinicalInfo) and the general public (HIVInfo).
  • Participate on strategic planning with the Operations Team Technical Lead on the evaluation of the HIVInfo and ClinicalInfo websites and mobile apps, making recommendations on both platforms.
  • Work closely with existing personnel to assess data analytics and provide recommendations to improve each platform’s reach. Provide strategic input on content strategy, website best practices, digital channel selection.
  • Support the Operations Team Technical Lead regarding implementation of website best practices for both sites, including SEO.
  • Help coordinate and maintain an editorial calendar for both platforms.
  • Review, and draft when needed, a broad range of content in line with SEO and other platform-specific best practices.
  • Participate in regular meetings and conversations with federal staff, contractors and subcontractors on the ClinicalInfo and HIVInfo projects.

Deliverables

  • Marketing plan for each site to expand reach to target audiences.
  • Assessment of data analytics, provision of recommendations, and implementation support.
  • Strategic input on the transition of both sites to the cloud and to a new CMS; guidance on website best practices, including SEO.
  • Editorial calendar for both platforms.
  • Reviews and drafts, as needed, of related content.
  • Participation in regular OAR and partner meetings.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Interest in public health.
  • Experienced project manager, with the ability to manage workload, meet deadlines, and multi-task across multiple projects and priorities as those priorities evolve.
  • 10+ years of professional work experience with digital content and digital strategy, including extensive experience in:
    1. Content strategy across the digital space, including website, social media platforms, blogs, email marketing
    2. Digital content development and the enactment of content marketing strategies
    3. Web content best practices, management, and design, including website refreshes/launches
    4. The use of SEO to improve organic reach of web content
  • Demonstrated success leveraging data to improve the reach and impact of digital content.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work cross-functionally with individuals and teams across the office—including senior leadership, technical experts, and the broader communications team—and federal partners.
  • Organized, conscientious individual who nimbly adjusts priorities with little notice, resolving conflicts presented to them with appropriate guidance from senior staff or the COR, and willing to step in wherever the team needs.

Desired:

  • Agency experience a plus
  • Experience in the public health and/or federal space
  • Spanish language skills a plus

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.

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/Public Inquiry Response Specialist to be based on-site our client facility located in Rockville, MD.

The Health Communication/Public Inquiry Response Specialist is responsible for responding to inquiries from members of the public, health professionals, and researchers through email, standard mail, telephone, and fax. 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/Public Inquiry Response Specialist involves quick-turnaround knowledge acquisition about the NIH, including NIAID and its biomedical research program, as well as direct interactions with the public and client.

Responsibilities

  • Respond quickly to written (email, standard mail, fax) and telephone inquiries from members of the public, including health professionals, scientists, researchers, patients and family members, and students in a timely, accurate, and articulate manner.
  • Use appropriate NIH/NIAID research and other scientific and health information resources to analyze and accurately respond to inquiries on health topics relevant to the NIH, including NIAID, it’s 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 produce 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 (CRM) and call center phone system.
  • 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 and participate in regularly scheduled meetings.
  • Identify staff training needs; help to develop and implement training and mentoring programs to address those needs.
  • Help develop and/or update inquiry response training materials and policy and procedures manuals.
  • Identify potential areas to improve inquiry response processes as needed.

Education

  • Master’s degree or demonstrated experience in health science, public health, health communications, or health policy fields.

Qualifications

  • Familiarity with health topics and research related to infectious diseases, immunologic, and/or allergic diseases preferred.
  • Familiarity with NIH and NIAID’s research portfolio a plus.
  • 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.
  • Ability to work in software systems, such as Microsoft CRM, and call center telephone systems, such as Clarity Connect.
  • Familiarity with the Congressional inquiry response and/or controlled correspondence process 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.

The Communications Department at The Scientific Consulting Group, Inc. is seeking a health communications professional to provide communications support to both government and private clients within the environmental, health, and biomedical fields. This opportunity is based in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Responsibilities and Duties

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to the tasks and responsibilities outlined below:

  • Assist in providing professional consulting services to government and private clients.
  • Assist in the management and design of public health outreach programs and marketing initiatives.
  • Develop targeted messaging and strategic plans for multiple media outlets (print publications, Web, social media, video and audio presentations).
  • Support the implementation of clients’ communications programs, campaigns, and outreach efforts.
  • Facilitate both internal and external meetings.
  • Develop key messaging for multiple media outlets (print publications, Web, video, social media, and audio).
  • Possess or willingness to develop content expertise in specific health and science-related fields.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in communications, public health, journalism, or related field and 3 years of relevant experience, or Master’s Degree in communications, public health, journalism, or related field and 2 years of relevant experience. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Excellent writing/editing skills and superior verbal communication skills.
  • Experience in public health outreach programs, strategic planning, and constructing messaging for multiple media outlets.
  • Experience in consulting, specifically with health- and science-based agencies.
  • Experience managing competing priorities and adapting to changes in priorities and workload.
  • Ability to perform administrative activities efficiently and effectively (i.e. progress reports, budgets, task tracking).
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively with teams, across departments, and with multiple clients.
  • A willingness to learn from communications professionals of all ages and experience levels.

Interested candidates should submit their 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. 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 research dollars are invested in the areas of highest scientific priority. OAR receives the total HIV/AIDS allocation ($3 B in FY 2019) and distributes funds to the NIH institutes and centers which conduct HIV research directly and also fund research in the US and internationally.

OAR annually solicits comments from scientists, AIDS advocates and other stakeholders to establish scientific priorities and develop its strategic plan. OAR funds research to understand and prevent HIV; to develop treatments and find a cure; and to work on an HIV vaccine. OAR also funds research to treat HIV coinfections and comorbidities. Underpinnings across all the research 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 OAR Senior Science Advisor, a senior level executive. The individual always, 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, and use diplomacy and negotiation skills to make arrangements and work to ensure that tasks and requests are responded to appropriately and in a timely manner (e.g., frequent reminders, tracking log, etc.). Key duties include managing the schedules and communications of the Senior Science Advisor, prioritizing communications (emails, phone call)s, gathering documents to prepare for meetings, synthesizing information, drafting agendas, taking minutes, summarizing meetings, and other administrative assistance. This individual will also provide backup administrative support to the OAR Science Team.

The contractor will work with the Contractor Officer Representative (COR) and other appropriate NIH officials and staff to perform the following:

Task 1: Immediate Office of the Senior Science Advisor

Serve as the OAR Senior Science Advisor’s “right hand” to ensure that the Senior Science Advisor functions efficiently and can focus on the OAR mission. Serve as a key member of the Science support team (these tasks may also be performed for other members of the Science Team, if needed). Tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Regular communication with the Senior Science Advisor to assist in the Senior Science Advisor’s day-to-day duties.
  • Notation and maintenance of the Senior Science Advisor’s task list, including prioritization, reminders, contact with relevant staff.
  • Management of the Senior Science Advisor’s schedule and calendar, reconciling competing priorities, responding to meeting requests, and keeping the Senior Science Advisor apprised of changes.
  • Development and maintenance of Science Team SharePoint and MS Teams sites.
  • Monitoring the calendar and events attended by the Senior Science Advisor to ensure punctuality and ensure materials are accessible in a timely manner.
  • Proactively anticipating changes or needed items.
  • Proactively ensuring that the Senior Science Advisor has sufficient supplies and other materials for work.
  • Proactively foster inter-team communication, track task management (progress updates, meeting deadlines, etc.).
  • Work assigned tasks on time and complete independent with little guidance or supervision from Senior Science Advisor.
  • Arranging meeting space, confirming attendees’ schedules, and preparing and organizing meeting materials before the meeting.
  • Setting up and hosting conference calls/Skype for Business, MS Teams, or Zoom meetings and ensuring the call details and any read-ahead materials are provided to the Senior Science Advisor (and meeting attendees when appropriate) in advance.
  • Using diplomacy and negotiation skills to plan and ensure that meeting requests are responded to appropriately and in a timely manner.
  • Filing, photocopying, and assembling printed materials as needed.
  • Supporting Science Team committees, work groups, and task forces. This includes hosting in person, hybrid and virtual meetings, preparing agendas, taking minutes, preparing summaries and action lists, and other tasks. All tasks require efficiency, discretion, and accuracy.
  • Suggesting strategies to improve Science Team operations, including implementing strategies to organize incoming and outgoing correspondence and other documents for the Team, meeting support, and serving as a liaison with other OAR staff/teams.
  • Attending scheduled meetings to review status of calendar changes, task block updates, plan-ahead activities and other tasks as needed. Record meeting minutes and identify follow-up action items for the Deputy Director, as required.
  • Provide input to SOP documents to reflect new or updated, and approved procedures as they relate to the Science Team.

Deliverables

  • Weekly reports on projects and ad hoc project updates as requested.
  • Respond to written and verbal communications daily.
  • Ensure task blocks are added to calendars based on deadlines and requested times.
  • Provide reminders so the Senior Science Advisor is prepared for and attends meetings on time. Reminders may be electronic, verbal, or other depending on OAR’s preference.
  • Printed calendars for the Senior Science Advisor on a schedule determined by OAR, as required.
  • Meeting materials provided to the Senior Science Advisor (and meeting attendees when appropriate) in advance of the meeting. This includes but is not limited to meeting folders and background materials.
  • As needed, take notes at meetings and list follow-up or other action items requiring the attention of the Senior Science Advisor.
  • Procedures should be updated at least monthly.

Task 2: Document Development and Management

This task involves providing support for paper, electronic, and other files or materials on behalf of the Senior Science Advisor. Tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Drafting and editing written materials, including correspondence, reports, tracking logs, activity lists, forms, official memoranda using Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint
  • Generating meeting minutes, agendas, and other communication materials for proper format, grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
  • Entering documents into the Document Tracking System and/or Incoming Requests Tracking System as soon as items are received and track to completion. Provide updates as required.
  • Photocopying and assembling printed materials as needed.
  • Creating and maintaining office records as needed.

Deliverables

  • Weekly reports on projects and ad hoc project updates as requested.
  • Generating meeting minutes, agendas, and other communication materials for proper format, grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
  • Track, record, and direct incoming and outgoing office documents. Tasks should be performed immediately upon receipt and are expected to occur numerous times daily.
  • Following established procedures for tracking documents.
  • Coordinating the printing and conversion of paper documents to electronic files, as requested by the COR.
  • Printed, emailed, or other communication of travel and registration logistics for the Senior Science Advisor.

NOTE: At any time, the contractor may be pulled from primary duties and/or temporarily reassigned to support PSA efforts within the OAR office.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required; health profession-related graduate 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, PowerPoint, Teams, and Skype for Business), SharePoint, and Zoom

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.

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 Public Health Analyst. 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 research dollars are invested in the areas of highest scientific priority. OAR receives the total HIV/AIDS allocation ($3 B in FY 2019) and distributes funds to the NIH institutes and centers which conduct HIV research directly and also fund research in the US and internationally.

OAR annually solicits comments from scientists, AIDS advocates and other stakeholders to establish scientific priorities and develop its strategic plan. OAR funds research to understand and prevent HIV; to develop treatments and find a cure; and to work on an HIV vaccine. OAR also funds research to treat HIV coinfections and comorbidities. Underpinnings across all the research 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.

OAR represents NIH AIDS research with the scientific community, advocates, people living with HIV, policymakers, grantmakers, media and other stakeholders.

Scope of Work
This position procures the services of a Public Health Analyst to support the OAR Science Team. The Science Team is led by an OAR Supervisor Health Science Administrator. The analyst will perform a variety of analytical and strategic planning tasks to promote and facilitate activities and effective program planning and coordination in a variety of science areas. This will include tasks, projects, and other activities in support of the Team that may involve the OAR Director and staff, NIH AIDS Representatives and members of the NIH AIDS Executive Committee (NAEC), NIH Director’s office, HHS Secretary’s office, other HHS agencies such as CDC and HRSA, other USG agencies such as State Department (OGAC, USAID), and key stakeholder and community interests. Working with, and at the direction of the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) in consultation with Science Team members, the analyst will work to ensure successful maintenance, planning, developing, and implementation of innovative initiatives. Work is non-budgetary in nature.
The contractor will work with the COR, Analyics and Evaluation (A&E) Lead, and other appropriate NIH employees to accomplish work that includes but is not limited to:

Task 1: Research analysis and other work. This includes:

  • Assist in evaluating scientific concepts, proposals and reports on topic of HIV; make recommendations on the validity, rigor, importance and feasibility of the scientific concepts, proposals and reports.
  • Perform data analysis on NIH HIV/AIDS research portfolio
  • Assist in surveying the state of the science; identify and assess scientific gaps and opportunities; propose potential projects/initiatives or other means of support; organize workshops to meet the OAR mission to advance targeted areas of HIV and HIV-related research.
  • Assist in developing recommendations for new research programs based on examining existing grants, contracts, ongoing projects and the scientific literature involving HIV data trends and HIV.
  • Prepare reports and other requested documents and products; provide findings, options and recommendations to portfolio issues.

Deliverables

  • Weekly reports on activities.
  • Work products and documents related to evaluating scientific concepts, proposals and reports; make recommendations on the validity, rigor, importance and feasibility of various scientific concepts, proposals and reports; survey the state of the science; identify and assess scientific gaps and opportunities; propose potential projects/initiatives; organize workshops.
  • Work products and documents related to collaborative research; promote programs and projects; develop recommendations for new research programs; prepare reports and other documents and products; provide findings, options and recommendations to portfolio issues.
  • Reports and other 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.
  • Products and results include but are not limited to providing findings and options to the Science Team Lead, with recommendations provided being research-based, concise and relevant to the task at hand.
  • Routine updates on work and progress to the Science Team Lead as requested.

Task 2: Coordination and Tracking

  • Provide support to OAR staff in their management of portfolios in the related science area.
  • Facilitate, plan and organize workshops, meetings, journal papers and other methods of discussion and information dissemination.
  • Review NIH research portfolio using data analytics tools. Develop and prepare presentations, reports, correspondence, articles, training and other informational materials.
  • As approved by the COR and Contracting Officer, attend conferences and meetings whose agenda includes NIH/OAR-related work and major topic for discussion.
  • Prepare reports to analyze and summarize issues, activities, problems and possible solutions pertaining to HIV, and related science areas.

Deliverables

  • Weekly reports on activities.
  • Work products and documents related to providing support for management of portfolios in the HIV scientific area; coordinate efforts among OAR and NIH institutes, government agencies and international organizations.
  • Work products and documents related to workshops, meetings, journal papers and other methods of discussion and information dissemination; review NIH research portfolio; develop and prepare presentations, reports, correspondence, articles, training and other informational materials.
  • Regular reports on tasks at hand and coming up as may be established/requested by the COR.
  • Timely analyzed and summarized information on issues, activities, problems and possible solutions.
  • Effective and timely communication, work, and work products related to assignments, emerging issues, and all other tasks and/or processes that may affect or otherwise impact the work and planning of HIV.

Requirements

  • Masters or higher degree in public health, or Bachelor’s or higher in data science.

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.

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.

Consulting firm in Gaithersburg, MD is seeking a permanent Systems Administrator with 3+ years of experience. Responsibilities include providing support, technical direction, and expertise of enterprise systems and infrastructure, including planning, administrating, and implementing all Information Technology/Information Systems (IT/IS) requirements. Candidates must have strong interpersonal communication skills (written/verbal) and a team-oriented, customer service attitude.

Essential Functions:

  • Manage the day-to-day operations of all IT/IS infrastructure including storage, applications, databases, email services, systems management, network resources, and server/virtual infrastructure. This includes scheduling upgrades and maintenance that minimally impact core business and instructional functions. Performs off-hour upgrades, installing patches, service packs, maintenance releases, troubleshooting, etc.
  • Installs, configures, maintains, and troubleshoots all network resources including servers, network infrastructure, virtual infrastructure, storage, applications, and sub-systems.
  • Implements and maintains Information Systems security. Performs routine system audits and vulnerability assessments and verifies IS security compliance.
  • Performs any troubleshooting, problem resolution, and end-user support.
  • Monitors faults, performance, and capacity issues; prepares remediation reports and documentation.
  • Proactively researches, analyzes, identifies, and resolves trends of utilization or errors and implements appropriate performance tuning and troubleshooting techniques.
  • Continuously identifies opportunities for process and quality improvement and implements applicable technologies and/or process changes.
  • Implement and configure highly available infrastructure including design and test of fail-over services, fault tolerance, disaster recovery, load balancing, etc.
  • Implement and configure systems management and proactive monitoring tools; troubleshoots and resolve identified telecommunication and network issues.
  • Implement and oversee backup systems. Protect all systems and end-user data: schedule and maintain onsite and offsite backups, review backup logs, develop and maintain backup procedures, restore data and configurations, document recovery plans, and implement new backup technologies.
  • Document all systems administration processes and installation procedures.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Minimum BS/BA degree
  • 3-5 years of relevant experience
  • Experience with Windows Server/Active Directory environment and server virtualization
  • Understanding of networking: DNS/DHCP/VoIP/IPS/VPN and firewall configuration
  • Experience with enterprise backup software, anti-virus software, endpoint management/patch management tools, and Office 365
  • Ability to complete software and hardware installations and system upgrades
  • Knowledge of IT security best practices
  • Professional IT certifications (Microsoft, VMware, Cisco, CompTIA, etc.) a plus
  • Ability to work off-hours as needed/required
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to independently and effectively complete work assignments and projects in a timely fashion
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines

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.

Consulting firm in Gaithersburg, MD is seeking a permanent Web 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 an expert with Drupal, PHP, and have basic understanding of other CMS applications.

Requirements

General Requirements:

  • Minimum BS/BA degree
  • 5+ years on the 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

Technical Requirements:

  • 5+ years of Drupal experience
  • The ability to build and modify Drupal entities as well as modules
  • Excellent PHP development experience
  • A good understanding of both LAMP and WAMP stacks and the flexibility to work with other configurations
  • A good understanding of GitHub project management
  • Experience migrating from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8/9
  • Working knowledge of Drupal theming, architecture
  • Jenkins and 508 compliance experience a plus

Interested candidate 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.

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