UC San Diego

Hiring Salary Range
$63,400 – $103,100/year

The University Communications Strategy department establishes and guides communications content focused on advancing UC San Diego’s reputation of prestige and distinction as a leading global research university and academic medical center. UC San Diego Communication Strategists bring bold thinking and curiosity to lead the design and execution of nimble and data-driven content and print, digital and visual assets that accelerate achievement of the university’s short- and long-term strategic and operational objectives.

Employing best practices in research, planning, execution and measurement to monitor trends, attitudes and opportunities among the university’s key stakeholders, the University Communications Strategy department serves as key advisors to university leaders and the larger University Communications team to establish and facilitate thoughtful, interdisciplinary and cross-functional collaboration. The team is made up of six distinct functions: content development, creative design, operational support, digital strategy, social media strategy and web operations professionals who identify and leverage new tools to engage, inspire and galvanize key constituencies. The Communications Strategy team also operates Studio Ten 300, a state-of-the-art broadcast studio that links UC San Diego’s world-renowned faculty to a global audience.

The University Communications Strategy team is recruiting for an Associate Director of Content Strategy. This is a new position that will report to the Director of Content Strategy. The Associate Director will independently research, write and edit feature stories for campus media and press releases for external media outreach to generate visibility for a variety of campus units/offices and university-wide initiatives. Researches, selects sources for and conducts interviews, and ensures accuracy of high-level, complex and sensitive written pieces that reach broad and highly influential audiences. Uses in-depth subject matter expertise, understanding of audience and communication best practices to identify, propose and develop communication strategies and tactics. Creates original and engaging content while maintaining a consistent voice for the university and adhering to branding, style and messaging guidelines.

Serves as liaison with university communication directors, public information representatives, and media contacts. Recommends content and layout, edits, and coordinates production of campus e-newsletter, including a variety of photography, video, story copy and other elements. Compiles updates of breaking news and press coverage of issues and news stories of relevance to the UC San Diego community. Leads the development, planning, management and evaluation of communications and media outreach programs.

Assigned projects include highly technical scientific projects, complex public relations efforts, marketing pieces for use with a variety of audiences and content for campus websites. Work is of considerable difficulty and requires political acumen and sensitivity.

Promotes a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, respect and superior customer service to internal and external constituents. Serves as a strong facilitator and liaison to advance the mission and goals of the organization. Actively, deliberately and thoughtfully infuses inclusivity and diversity throughout university communications.

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•  Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism or communications with demonstrated 5 years of experience in publishing, journalism or public relations or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

•  Advanced skills to write clear, lively, engaging, compelling and effective copy in a variety of styles appropriate to target audiences and the broader public; advanced knowledge of the fundamentals of writing, grammar, syntax, style, and punctuation.

•  Advanced skill in taking initiative to creatively identify and pitch story ideas to senior management and clients.

•  Advanced knowledge and work experience in higher education, a specialized academic discipline or field and / or health sciences

•  Demonstrated ability to oversee the creation and distribution of relevant and appropriate institutional publications efforts supporting the promotion of programs and services through strategic planning, research, writing, and content development.

•  Advanced project management, organizational and problem recognition, avoidance and resolution skills. Excellent organizational skills with demonstrated ability to lead projects and programs to completion, determining priorities and demands of diverse constituents. Strong ability to set priorities that accurately reflect the relative importance of job responsibilities and take into consideration deadlines, competing requirements and complexity.

•  Demonstrated ability to design and implement comprehensive communications plans for a publication, this includes defining goals, identifying target audiences and creating and implementing action plans and timelines.

•  Demonstrated competency and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

•  Background Check required.

Our employees enjoy competitive compensation packages and educational opportunities in a diverse, stimulating workforce.

This position is eligible for full benefits first day of hire:
a) Health/Dental/Vision Insurance.
b) Vacation/holidays (15 vacation days & 14 paid holidays a year).
c) Work/Life Balance.
d) UC Retirement Plan.
e) Pet Insurance.

For more information about UCSD Benefits please visit and UCSD Work/Life visit.

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Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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