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 RISK COMMUNICATION ANALYST (PUBLIC HEALTH) - Arlington, Virginia, United States

Job information
Posted by: Arlington County 
Hiring entity type: Government 
Work authorization: Not Specified for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: US$64272 - 98217
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Communications
Health - Other
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Spanish - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 2670869 / Latpro-3729735 
Date posted: Feb-07-2020
State, Zip: Virginia, 22234



$64,272.00 - $98,217.60 Annually


(Sequoia Plaza) *ART Bus Accessible*, VA

Job Type



Department of Human Services

Job Number



2/28/2020 11:59 PM Eastern

Position Information

The Department of Human Services is seeking an energetic and progressive professional to serve as a Risk Communication Analyst for the Public Health Division (PHD). PHD is responsible for addressing a wide range of public health issues and providing client services to the diverse Arlington community. These services include communicable disease control, environmental health inspection, family planning, maternity and dental care, refugee screening and referral, and school health. PHD has a $24 million-dollar budget and 180+ talented staff who are focused on the departmental mission of making a real difference in people's lives by promoting and providing outstanding human services. The Risk Communication Analyst plays a vital role in ensuring public health risks are communicated effectively and efficiently to the community, media, external community partners, County staff and government officials.

This position will collaborate across all PHD Bureaus, multiple levels of County staff, and with community partners to support the development of program based initiatives; create and deliver communication plans specific to programs, health risks, emergency management, and public health initiatives; and use research skills to process data on critical public health issues and apply the principles of health risk communication to create key messaging.

To learn more about the Public Health Division, please visit PHD .

Responsibilities include:

  • Reviewing, editing, and transforming public health materials into risk communication messages and/or an emergency management context;
  • Collecting, assessing and synthesizing quantitative and qualitative public health program data, to identify trends, communicate conclusions, make recommendations and generate messaging;
  • Developing and presenting reports and public health information to communicate results of program analysis, community level data, communicable disease and/or public health issues;
  • Providing training and support to PHD staff on how to communicate about health risks, including how to reduce these risks;
  • Writing press releases, preparing information for distribution by media outlets to communicate on behalf of the PHD and the Health Director;
  • Managing external public webpage/s, including generating content, updating information, and coding;
  • Writing County Board reports, preparing talking points and speeches for government officials/staff and generating marketing materials to communicate about PHD programs and initiatives;
  • Creating and managing on-line courses in an Oracle-based management system; and
  • Working with an equity frame and developing communications to effectively reach the population(s) being targeted.

The ideal candidate will have exceptional project management, planning, and risk communication skills, with demonstrated success producing high-quality deliverables on time and demonstrated expertise on researching information, presenting deliverables, and answering questions regarding a variety of public health issues to senior management, staff, media and the community at-large.

Arlington County DHS is committed to delivering client services in an effective, equitable, respectful, and trauma-informed manner. Our staff is dedicated to ensuring our clients are approached, engaged and cared for in ways that demonstrate competency, sensitivity and awareness of factors which impact the client experience including but not limited to: cultural identity, gender, racial, and ethnic diversity, religious/spiritual ascription, physical capability, cognitive and literacy levels, sexual orientation, and linguistic needs.

Selection Criteria

Minimum :

  • Bachelor's degree in Public Health, Health Communications, Healthcare Management, Environmental Health or a related field;
  • Demonstrated experience (minimum of 2 years) working in a public health field;
  • Researching public health risk/s and developing communication messaging; and/or;
  • Evaluating public health-related programs utilizing data analysis and interpretation to understand risk.


Preference may be given to candidates with one or more of the following:

  • A Graduate degree in Public Health or related risk communication field;

  • Marketing experience which involves developing/implementing effective marketing tools and communication plans;

  • Knowledge of emergency preparedness and response (EP&R) plans, ideally Public Health/ESF8 (Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response);

  • Experience with developing and instructing staff trainings;

  • TALEO or similar e-learning technical platform experience to create and deliver staff trainings;

  • Web design experience using WordPress or other web publishing platforms;

  • Public Information Officer (PIO) experience in a Human Services or similar setting; and/or

  • Bilingual written proficiency (Spanish) to serve the diverse community.


Additional qualifying experience as defined above may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Special Requirements

A complete application requires additional documentation:

Please provide a minimum of 3 examples of your previous work in generating risk-related public education and messaging that you have personally authored. Please upload these documents with your application. If you would prefer to link to an online portfolio, use the space provided in the Supplemental Questionnaire section of the online application to provide the link.

A pre-hire background check will be made on all candidates who are selected for employment. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.

Applicant may be asked to complete a pre-hire federal background check and State of Virginia Central Registry check.

Applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence or the applicant must have the ability and willingness to use alternative methods of transportation to perform assigned duties and responsibilities at locations other than the primary worksite. If the applicant possesses or acquires a license, the applicant must provide or authorize Arlington County to obtain a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent on a favorable review of the applicant's driving record and criminal history.

Additional Information

Work Hours:
This is a 40 hour a week position with flexible hours generally between the core hours of 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; some weekends and evenings are required depending on public health division and Countywide needs.  Open to flexible work opportunities within the business needs of the Division.

An on-line application is required.

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection (or application) process and are required for this position.  Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website: (see application details)

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement:  a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457).  The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County.  You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan.  General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan. 

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan.  The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit.  New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above.  They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays. 

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments: 
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


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