UC San Diego

Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience
Filing Deadline: 3/18/2022


Department Overview

The University Communications Public Relations team drives strategic outreach and engagement in support of internal and external communications for UC San Diego, while also contributing to content development in collaboration with University Communications Strategy colleagues. University Communications PR professionals are expert storytellers who utilize best-in-class internal and external communications channels to deliver the unique stories of each of the University’s schools, seven colleges, and medical center.

The PR function drives earned media efforts by cultivating and leveraging relationships with key regional, vertical, and global media to elevate the university’s profile of prestige, distinction, and global leadership in research, medicine, science, engineering, technology, policy, management, the arts, and more. The PR team also leads communications for the university’s distinguished research centers and institutes, including the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Qualcomm Institute and leading collaborations in robotics, energy, materials discovery and design, and other emerging areas. Additionally, the University Communications PR team serves as a critical resource for communications strategy and support for staff and faculty engagement communications initiatives in support of the university’s advancement, student affairs, human resources, and library functions by integrating and aligning with strategic university priorities and initiatives. Crisis communications are managed through this team.

This position will support the School of Medicine. UC San Diego School of Medicine, established in 1968, is the region’s only medical school. As a top-tier academic medical center, our role is to improve health through innovative research, education and patient care. We have long been at the forefront of translational – or “bench-to-bedside” – research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. Our alumni have achieved distinction as clinicians and innovators, in private practice, academia, and the public and corporate sector. In addition, many community-based physicians take advantage of our continuing medical education programs and many other opportunities to participate in rounds, lectures and symposia, helping them to remain abreast of new developments in their fields.

The School of Medicine encompasses 500+ medical students, 900+ residents and fellows, 70+ combined MD/PhD students in our Medical Sciences Training Program, and 1,500+ physician and scientist faculty members. Key initiatives include: (1) Educate a holistic student who can lead and innovate in a diverse and interconnected world; (2) Cultivate a diverse community of scholars where learning is accessible and affordable to all; (3) Create and disseminate leading-edge research and discoveries that transform lives, shape new fields and push the frontiers of knowledge; and (4) Drive economic development, shared prosperity, and social and cultural enrichment in our region and around the world.

Position Overview

The Director of Communications is a newly created, dynamic role that will develop and operate a comprehensive internal and external communications, marketing, and public relations program for the School of Medicine. This position will work collaboratively with School of Medicine leadership and University Communications to devise, communicate, and implement communications strategies. This position reports directly to the Senior Executive Director of Public Relations and to the Dean of the School of Medicine. Provides the full range of communications services and advice to the Dean and School, often working closely with the Dean’s Chief of Staff. Develops communications strategies to meet the needs of the School, in coordination with University Communications and in sync with Health System Communications. Supports the goals and objectives of the University Communications strategic communications plan and maintains editorial and brand standards. Works with others across the School including education programs, organized units, and research groups and with others in Health Sciences, Development, Advancement, and Alumni Services. Provides direction and guidance of day-to-day communications to School of Medicine communications team members.

The communications program includes written, visual, digital, and electronic communications, including websites, social media, speeches, flyers, posters, photography, and videography. This position will work with management to develop and execute organizational communication, market branding strategy, and outreach programs. Designs and implements information campaigns. Works with a high degree of independence and acts on complex issues affecting the School of Medicine and University Communications on behalf of the Dean and Sr. Executive Director of Public Relations in their absence. Manages implementation and dissemination of logos and brand identity for the School of Medicine and its units and programs. Promotes a culture of equity, inclusion, respect, and superior customer service provided to internal and external constituents and serves as a strong facilitator and liaison to advance the mission and goals of the School. Actively, deliberately and thoughtfully infuses inclusivity and diversity throughout university communications.

Must be willing and able to travel. Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.

• Please submit a cover letter for a complete application.


• Advanced experience writing about medicine, health or biomedical science for non-technical publications with a minimum of five (5) years of experience. Proven knowledge of key international and national media dealing with medical, biomedical science, and health research with a history of working effectively with major international, national and local media.

• Advanced public relations experience in an academic environment, medical department or in a healthcare system, or experience as a health or biomedical science writer/editor for a national publication.

• Bachelor’s degree in a related area with five (5) years of relevant experience, or equivalent experience/training.

• Strong knowledge of all aspects of communications, including strategic planning for various media venues, technical aspects and requirements of various venues, and the most appropriate and effective applications.

• Solid skills to create, develop and implement comprehensive long and short-term strategic communications plans.

• Solid written, verbal, interpersonal communications, active listening and political acumen skills. Exceptional communication skills, both written and oral. Ability to clearly and concisely communicate ideas, thoughts, complex problems and position statements.

• Must possess a strong portfolio of interpersonal skills: ability to interact with tact and diplomacy with individuals from a variety of backgrounds and organizational levels, ability to constructively handle complaints, ability to be flexible, to work collaboratively and to listen well and engender trust.

• Exceptional ability to determine and market and news worthiness of a story and place it with regional, national and international media.

• Proven ability to write and communicate effectively in a variety of ways (magazine articles, press releases, reports, speeches, web content, social media, brochures, white papers, talking points, etc.) and in ways appreciate for targeted audiences (i.e., media, support groups, legislators).

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


• Job offer is contingent on clear Background Check.

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 (18 vacation days & 14 paid holidays a year)
c) Work/Life Balance
d) UC Retirement Plan
e) Pet insurance

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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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