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The Department of Urology at the University of Washington consistently ranks among the top urology programs in the country. Our four word motto reflects our mission: Cure, Comfort, Teach, and Wonder. As a clinical department, our emphasis is "to cure the patient when possible and comfort always". This preoccupation applies not only to routine urologic management but also to the difficult and/or unusual conditions requiring special knowledge and skill. In addition, all professional members of this department have embraced this motto because they wish to teach didactically and by example. This teaching involves medical students, resident physicians, and surgeon fellows in a way that enhances the care of the patient. Finally, most people are in academic medicine because they are intellectually fascinated with the Wonder of medical biology and human nature. Clinical and applied laboratory research is a major mission of this department and its national ranking is in part because of outstanding research productivity in many urologic subspecialties including cancer, infection, pediatrics, sexual function,transplantation, trauma, and women's healthcare. As such, another major focus of the department is to train urologic researchers and surgeon scientists for the future.
The Department of Urology has an excellent opportunity for a PUBLIC INFORMATION SPECIALIST. This position will implement communications strategies that increase external awareness of the Department of Urology, develop outreach initiatives relating to our Men's Health Center, and strengthen internal communications within the department. General duties and responsibilities include the development and dissemination of strategic communications to educate faculty, staff, current and prospective trainees, donors, volunteers, alumni, friends, industry, patients and the general public about the Department of Urology. The position will also coordinate departmental events to include educational, training and social events as they arise.
The Public Information Specialist will collaborate with faculty, staff and other professionals in the department to ensure consistent, coordinated communication of university, school and department messaging. This position will also be expected to work closely with school level advancement, marketing and communications staff in order to maintain consistency in branding and communications. The position will report directly to the department director, while working closely with the Chair of the department, faculty, and marketing/advancement professionals across campus.
Workload will be distributed across these categories:
Men's Health Outreach and Communications
Donor and Alumni Communications
Internal Communications (Faculty, Staff, Current Trainees)
Prospective Trainee Communications
Coordination of Department Events
Duties and Responsibilities:
Traditional and Online Communications, Social Media:
Manage communications for the department, working directly with the department chair and leadership group to develop messaging and strategies for increasing program promotion and donor/alumni/industry engagement.
Manage production of Department of Urology newsletters and other publications, including writing, editing and design.
Procure and manage website content and events to ensure a dynamic, accurate, and timely site for the Department of Urology.
Develop, execute, and maintain social media marketing plans to drive traffic to the department's and Men's Health websites.
Build a Men's Health website to provide research updates, a virtual library, and tips for better health.
Men's Health Outreach:
Work with UW Medicine Men's Health Center providers and Medical Director to serve as a community resource for learning, engagement, and participation in health through outreach to employers, schools, and centers of social gathering.
Develop liaisons with patients, communities, secondary school educators, pediatricians, and the business community to engage men and their families to take proactive role in their health.
Create a robust men's health seminar series.
Conceptualize, develop, support, and provide communications and print materials for department events such as CME and training courses and other department functions.
Serve as a primary liaison to the faculty, outside speakers, and attendees for department events, including maintenance and set-up of a departmental events calendar website.
Oversee development, execution and maintenance of mailing lists for the distribution of marketing materials.
Oversee the management of the department's photo database.
Act as a liaison to coordinate and ensure timely coverage of newsworthy developments in the department.
Manage project budgets.
Manage internal and external vendors and contractors.
This position is a full time position. Supervision will be provided by the department director. This position will meet regularly with school level advancement, marketing and communications staff to discuss tactical/strategic goals, objectives and planning.
This position will not supervise other staff.
| Bachelor's degree in marketing, communications, journalism or related degree. Equivalent education/experience may substitute for stated requirements. |
Minimum of two years of experience in marketing/communications or a related field.
Must be adept at organizational proficiency and project management, including the ability to prioritize work in a fast-paced setting.
Capacity to achieve superior results working independently and as a team member.
Customer service-minded, strong interpersonal skills, creativity, and organized with strict attention to detail.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Must be flexible in a fast-paced setting, able to work under deadline pressure. Ability to communicate clearly, diplomatically and effectively.
Capacity to work professionally with many constituencies (e.g. staff, faculty, trainees, alumni, industry, vendors, media and volunteers.)
Strong computer skills with both PC and MAC platforms and proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe Creative Suite.
Experience in the application of writing skills to a fundraising program, and understanding of fundraising techniques and basic philosophy of fundraising in a higher education environment.
Experience managing content on websites.
| Skilled in analyzing and synthesizing large and complex amounts of information. |
Experience in public relations, alumni communications and marketing.
Experience working in higher education, preferably familiarity with the University of Washington.
Experience in health or medical outreach, terminology, or related science communications.
Equivalent education/experience may substitute for stated requirements.
Experience taking and editing photos.
Strong skills with website authoring software such as WordPress, Dreamweaver, Contribute.
Working knowledge of HTML.
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