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What you will be doing in this role:
As a member of the External Communications team, the Senior Communications Specialist will use medical and healthcare storytelling expertise to promote Cedars-Sinai by identifying, writing and successfully pitching original news, features and science stories to the media. This individual will secure local and national earned media placements for high-profile clinical and/or research areas and serve as a key contributor to the Cedars-Sinai Newsroom, with an emphasis on producing press releases and video news stories. The Senior Communications Specialist will support the team by posting stories to the digital Newsroom platform. This individual will amplify Cedars-Sinai’s strategic and business priorities by cultivating strong, trusted relationships with physicians, researchers and other organizational leaders while collaborating on shared initiatives with Marketing & Communications partners in Social Media, Service Line Marketing and Organizational Communications. This team member will contribute to crises communications planning and response, using sound judgment to assist clinical, operational and academic leaders in addressing time-sensitive communications requests from the media and the public. The Senior Communications Specialist will be a self-starter, a collaborative team player, a strategic planner and a highly sophisticated writer with experience in healthcare communications, preferably in an academic medical center setting or commensurate experience as a reporter/producer covering healthcare for a mainstream media outlet. Primary duties include:
Responsible for covering specific clinical and/or research areas, representing External Communications with department chairs and other organizational leadership. The specialist will develop strong relationships with leadership, providing highly responsive and timely communications support for a range of needs and requests.
Proactively generate story ideas—for both video and text—for the Cedars-Sinai Newsroom, and report and write stories approved by Newsroom editors. Content includes but is not limited to news patient features, scientific research studies and consumer news. Produces clear, well-written, grammatically correct and factually accurate copy and content.
Work in the Newsroom digital platform to prep and post stories as needed.
Successfully pitch stories to local, national and trade media, developing relationships with key high-value reporters.
Keep up with general U.S. health news and be able to pivot to quickly offer media interviews with Cedars-Sinai experts and/or generate timely content for the Cedars-Sinai Newsroom and for distribution to media.
Collaborate closely with internal partners in Marketing and Communications as well as with external partners throughout Cedars-Sinai to promote high-value stories and communications, in support of departmental and organizational priorities.
Maintain confidentiality as required by Cedars-Sinai policy and state and federal law.
What we're looking for:
Bachelor's degree in English, journalism, communications, marketing or related studies required.
A minimum of 5 years of proven experience writing, editing, developing, and delivering in-depth content or related communications experience required.
Proven experience of at least 5 years in an academic medical center, hospital or healthcare, broadcast news, nonprofit or and/or foundation experience preferred.
Why Work Here?
Beyond outstanding employee benefits including health and dental insurance, vacation, and a 403(b), we take pride in hiring the best employees. Our accomplished staff reflects the culturally and ethnically diverse community we serve. They are proof of our dedication to creating a dynamic, inclusive environment that fuels innovation.
Working Title: Senior Communications Specialist - External Communications Department: Pub Rel Business Entity: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Job Category: Marketing/Communications Job Specialty: Communications Position Type: Full-time Shift Length: 8 hour shift Shift Type: Day Base Pay:$95,400.00 - $152,500.00
Providing healthcare for more than 100 years, Cedars-Sinai has evolved into one of the most dynamic and highly renowned medical centers in the world. Along with caring for patients, Cedars-Sinai is a hub for biomedical research and a training center for future physicians and other healthcare professionals. This attracts exceptional talent to Cedars-Sinai, including world-renowned physician-scientists who seek a place where they can both conduct research and see patients--the ideal formula for discovery and its translation into cures. Our patients benefit from access to doctors at the top of their fields, and our researchers have an ideal community in which to study the impact of healthcare challenges, and reflect that knowledge in their research. The greater Los Angeles area in which Cedars-Sinai resides possesses unparalleled cultural and ethnic diversity which offers outstanding opportunities for translational and clinical research and a dynamic environment for medical education.Although community based, Cedars-Sinai is a major teaching hospital affiliated with the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Cedars-Sinai has highly competi...tive graduate medical education programs in more than 50 specialty and subspecialty areas, a graduate program in biomedical sciences and translational medicine, a clinical scholars program directed towards junior physicians with aspirations to become clinical scientists, and post graduate training opportunities.There are more than 250 full-time faculty members at Cedars-Sinai. The voluntary medical staff, comprised of more than 2,200 specialty board-certified or board-qualified physicians, represent all of the specialties and subspecialties and collaborate with full-time medical staff in the teaching responsibilities of the graduate medical education programs.
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