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Health Communications and Marketing Fellow


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

Health Communication Science Office

Position Title: Health Communications and Marketing Fellow

Grade: GS-1001-09

Salary is approximately $63,000 – $82,379 (Equivalent to GS-09 Step 1-10)

 Location: Atlanta, GA

Application Deadline: Thursday, February 29, 2024


The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), Health Communication Science Office (HCSO) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking an individual who possesses the energy, passion, and commitment to health communications and marketing practices. The Health Communications Fellowship program at the CDC provides opportunities for talented individuals to engage in public health communications.



 This full-time Health Communications and Marketing Fellowship is a temporary appointment that is 1 year in duration and may be renewable for up to 3 years with satisfactory performance. The fellowship appointments are eligible for benefits and are based on OPM requirements. Relocation expenses are not provided.


Job Description:

 Knowledge of basic communication and marketing principles, methods, theories, practices, and techniques. Knowledge of basic social media practices and principles. Ability to help identify information gaps/needs and opportunities to: define and describe target audiences; to collaborate with staff and partners in formulating communication and marketing strategies; and to plan and implement health communication and marketing strategies and partnership efforts.  

  • Knowledge of basic audience research and evaluation methods, and their use in the development of health communication and marketing messages, strategies, programs, and policies.
  • Knowledge of basic principles and practices for building interpersonal relationships, especially the skills for working with internal and external teams; for establishing contacts; and for maintaining relationships with internal and external partners.
  • Skill in oral communication techniques to participate on teams and work groups, make internal presentations, and serve as a liaison to other agency staff.
  • Skills in written communication techniques to write a variety of documents, for the general public, reports on programs and activities, and communication and marketing plans.



 Under supervision of senior staff, consults with experts (e.g., organizational, community, mass media) and media outlets to research appropriate formats (e.g., pamphlets, Web, curricula) for channels and messages, coordinates efforts with public affairs specialists.

  • Supports social media efforts by drafting and publishing social media content, managing and engaging with CDC’s social media community, supporting social media events (e.g., X (formerly Twitter) Q&As and chats, Facebook Live events), supporting the social media council and triaging requests and activities.
  • Works with other communicators on specific projects and programs.
  • Manages social media calendar and health observances.
  • Coordinates external meetings and social media video production.
  • Ensures that documents conform to agency policies, branding, and style.
  • Tracks communication projects and supports internal meeting management.
  • Provides administrative support the to the team.
  • Prepares presentation materials (e.g., talking points, Power Point slides) for meetings, site visits, etc.

To learn more, please visit For questions regarding this vacancy announcement, please contact Ursula Phoenix Weir, Deputy Director, NCBDDD’s HCSO at