Job Description

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VHSCOMM Hlth Sciences Comm
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Commensurate with Experience
Greenwich Drive
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Days, 8 hrs/day, Monday- Friday

As a federally-funded institution, UC San Diego Health maintains a marijuana and drug free campus. New employees are subject to drug screening.

#116083 Senior Communications and Media Relations Manager

Initial Review Date: Mon 6/20/2022

UC San Diego values equity, diversity, and inclusion. If you are interested in being part of our team, possess the needed licensure and certifications, and feel that you have most of the qualifications and/or transferable skills for a job opening, we strongly encourage you to apply.

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 06/20/22. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

The preferred qualifications of this posting have been updated as of 6/17/22.


UC San Diego Health is expanding its award-winning communications team and needs an experienced writer and media relations professional capable of creative, compelling storytelling for journalists, employees and the public. They will join an accomplished, agile newsroom that is passionate about developing timely and meaningful stories that make a difference in the lives of patients, their families and the communities they serve.

Reporting to the Executive Director of Communications, this media relations-intensive position contributes to the development and implementation of integrated communications plans in support of UC San Diego Health. The role requires daily writing, interaction with local, national and international media, interview coordination, award nominations and media tracking.

Writing assignments include drafting and disseminating news releases, email and phone pitches, op-eds, newsletters, magazine articles and social media posts. Successful candidates possess proven ability to translate research and clinical findings for a lay audience. Spanish-speaking is a plus.

Candidates must maintain high standards of editorial quality in developing and publishing information on a variety of media channels and platforms. Strong copy-editing skills are required. Experience with Cision, Newswise, Eurekalert and MyEmma is a plus.

The position involves visual communications, such as video scripting and shoot scheduling. A demonstrated ability to produce and edit video is welcome.

The person for this job possesses superb interpersonal communication skills that will be tapped in working with patients and health care teams, as well as with media. They should be able to manage delicate interactions with patients or situations involving challenging or sensitive health circumstances.

This position is collaborative, working closely with all teams in the Marketing and Communications Department to generate content that continues to build and elevate the extraordinary reputation of UC San Diego Health.

Position serves as a part of the on-call rotation, assisting with crisis communications and Hospital Command Center, as needed and required.


  • Nine (9) years of related experience, education/training, OR a Bachelor’s degree in related area plus five (5) years of experience as a journalist or public information officer.

  • Experience and proven success in principles, practices, concepts, and technical requirements in news, media communications and media relations.


  • Demonstrated experience in media relations, public relations or journalism in the field of health care.


  • Must be able to work various hours and locations based on business needs.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check and pre-employment physical.

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

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

UC San Diego Health is the only academic health system in the San Diego region, providing leading-edge care in patient care, biomedical research, education, and community service. Our facilities include two university hospitals, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, Shiley Eye Institute, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, the only Burn Center in the county, and and dozens of outpatient clinics. We invite you to join our team!

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