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Strategic Communication/Outreach Specialist - ARPA-H

Job Position Description: 


SoKat is seeking a Strategic Communication/Outreach Specialist for ARPA-H. Please Note: This position is contingent upon contract award. 


The Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) is a new agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) focused on accelerating breakthroughs in health. ARPA-H operates with a high degree of flexibility and agility to support high-risk, high-reward research programs that have the potential to transform human health. The Business Financial Manager (BFM) plays a critical role in supporting ARPA-H's mission by providing comprehensive financial and administrative support to Program Managers (PMs) and the broader agency. In this role, you will be responsible for building and managing program budgets and justifications, financial tracking and analysis, supporting solicitation and acquisition materials, and overall tracking and coordination of funding forecasts-to-actuals.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Excellent interpersonal and public communication skills, including mastery of principles and practices relevant to both written and spoken communications

  • Ability to analyze and synthesize complex technical information and translate that information concisely, accurately and with sufficient clarity to be understood by non-experts

  • Exceptionally strong story-telling skills and ability to develop creative approaches to communicating information, including through public conversations and presentations

  • Thorough understanding of and facility with print, broadcast and digital social mediums

  • Excellent judgment relating to the potential social and political implications of health-related activities

  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple work streams and responsibilities, set and meet demanding deadlines and display patience and diplomacy when working under pressure

  • Display a high level of energy, stamina and drive and a passion for continued learning and improvement

  • Thorough knowledge of grammar, punctuation, and ability to write clearly and succinctly is necessary

  • U.S. Citizen/Permanent Resident and able to obtain a Public Trust Clearance


  • Prepare briefings, reports, and other documents to include strategic messaging in support of an ARPA-H Program Manager and the transformative programs being supported

  • Apply your strong technical writing ability and oral presentation skills to translate scientific and technical knowledge and concepts into succinct deliverables that can be communicated and understood by a diverse group of stakeholders

  • Analyze, interpret, and translate ideas and issues into easily understood, clear and concise statements

  • Conduct independent research, analyze data, and write reports as required

  • Collaborate effectively with scientists, engineers, and other specialists from diverse backgrounds to elicit content for presentations and other reports

  • Act as a technical writing functional expert in support of the ARPA-H Program Manager and other support personnel

Employment Benefits:

  • Full-time, W2 employment

  • Exempt, salaried

  • Eligible for paid benefits, including full health insurance package and PTO

  • Work with the brightest minds in academia and industry and with one of the fastest growing AI companies with a proven track record of innovation

  • Abundant opportunities for mentorship, training and career guidance in Artificial Intelligence, as it applies across all industries

  • Hybrid work/Must be able to be in office for in-person meetings in Washington D.C.

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