The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) (Senior) Strategic Communications Specialist in Rockville, Maryland

(Senior) Strategic Communications Specialist

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Job Description

The (Senior) Strategic Communications Specialist is a hands-on, non-supervisory position responsible for supporting the development and execution of strategic communications plans and projects. The position requires a strategic and creative thinker that is an excellent writer, researcher, digital-savvy and great at keeping projects moving forward within a fast-paced communications environment. The candidate will work in a collaborative environment within the global communications team on projects designed to foster greater understanding of the importance of quality medicines and the role standards play in improving health outcomes for people around the world.

The candidate will have various assignments including developing communications strategies, conducting research and analyzing trends to develop actionable insights, creating compelling and results-focused multi-media content and managing projects and tracking key performance metrics. The candidate is highly motivated, organized, and able to manage multiple projects while maintaining attention to detail and a focus on quality within the required schedule.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Support the planning and execution of strategic communications plans to build support for advocacy programs that seek to strengthen current and future medicines quality policies and regulations in the US and around the world, educate publics about USP’s scientific approach and its contribution to quality standards, encourage proper use of USP standards among manufacturers, regulators and others and create awareness and action to reduce poor quality and counterfeit medicines in low and middle-income countries.

  • Research, review and analyze industry reports, media articles, and social media engagement to inform communications programs and support messaging

  • Write, edit, and proofread compelling content for web, print, and social media; e.g., infographics, brochures, ads, enewsletters, media advisories

  • Assist in project management and execution of strategic initiatives and highly visible events

  • Monitor and analyze project results

  • Contribute to monthly dashboard report

  • Perform other duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Marketing Communications, Advertising, Program Management or relevant field

  • Minimum of three (3) years of communications experience; minimum of five (years) for senior position

  • Demonstrated experience in a variety of communications areas (i.e. Marketing, Social Media, PR, Trade Shows etc.)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Highly curious, strategic, creative and imaginative

  • Excellent ability to use content to translate complex topics for better understanding among different types of audiences

  • Assist in developing communications strategies

  • Keen eye and attention to detail, especially in copywriting and editing, including AP Style

  • Ability to handle multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment

  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to manage projects involving multiple departments while managing competing priorities and communicate effectively when priorities shift

  • Experience working effectively independently and in a collaborative environment

  • Pharmaceutical or public health industry knowledge a plus

USP offers an impressive benefits package , including:

  • Generous paid time off – 13 paid holidays, 10 sick days and 15 vacation days per year to start

  • An annual 401(k) contribution, beginning after 1 year of service, of 10% of pay (base and bonus) every pay period that vests immediately

  • Comprehensive individual and family healthcare plans with affordable premiums and low annual deductibles ($250/individual or $500/family)

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. USP’s drug standards are enforceable in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration, and these standards are used in more than 140 countries.

Being a part of USP means belonging to a diverse culture made up of more than 1,000 talented professionals working together at five international locations. We share our expertise in science, IT, human resources, quality assurance, communications, administrative management, and more...all to support an overall mission dedicated to making a difference by providing standards and programs that help improve the quality of medicines, dietary supplements, and foods worldwide.

USP is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOE) and affirmative action employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.

USP does not accept unsolicited resumes from 3rd party recruitment agencies and is not responsible for fees from recruiters or other agencies except under specific written agreement with USP.

Job Location

Rockville, Maryland, United States

Position Type


Job Category Global External Affairs