Full Time 40 hours Grade 051 Public Relations & Comns MC Schedule 8:30 AM-5 PM Responsibilities Job Objective Serve as primary driver of a communications program for the Center for Leading Innovation and Collaboration (CLIC). Based at the University of Rochester, CLIC connects and supports the work of more than 50 academic medical centers that serve as research hubs for the Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program (CTSA). CTSA is a National Institutes of Health program created to speed the translation of scientific discoveries into treatments, drugs and devices that improve patient care population health. This person plays a pivotal role in helping CLIC to achieve key communications objectives: Raise awareness of the collective impact of the CTSA Program.The communications specialist supports this by working closely with colleagues at the research hubsâ”sharing ideas and best practices for promoting translational science, developing tools to support their communication efforts, and creating progress reports or stories to share nationally through government and other public or media channels. Support research collaboration and team science. The communications specialist helps to achieve this by sharing information with research hubs about research needs and opportunities across the CTSA network. Foster engagement with CLIC resources. The communications specialist will work with CLIC leadership and staff to communicate about initiatives and tools available from CLIC to support hub institutions and individual researchers in their work. Our ideal candidate is an up-and-coming communications professional with strong skills in interpersonal relations, project management and âœshort-formâ writing â“ newsletter stories, informational emails and web or social-media copy. The specialist will be part of the URMC communications team, receiving support and guidance from approximately 30 professional colleaguesâ”especially the manager of public relations for the Clinical Translational Science Institute, which houses both the University of Rochesterâ™s CTSA research hub and the CLIC. A passion for science and specifically biomedical research is a plus, while the ability to write clearly about research projects and topics is a must. The communications specialist should be a user and student of digital media who can manage CLICâ™s social-media presence and develop creative and engaging compelling content to support the CLIC website manager. Duties CTSA Hub Outreach: Establish and maintain relationships with peers (PR specialists, public information officers, etc.) at CTSA research hubs. Create and manage channels for regular outreach, interaction and sharing of information with and between hubs. Also maintain relationships with producers of communications for the CTSA Program and parent National Center for the Advancement of Translational Science at NIH Content Development â“ External Awareness: Support external awareness of CTSA Program and CLIC by developing newsletter articles, web copy, presentations and other content to communicate about projects and research process. Develop communication tools to help research hubs communicate the value of translational science locally and regionally, building on ideas and best practices identified across the network Content Development â“ Network Communications: Support leadership and program managers by creating or reviewing communications that promote CLIC events, resources and research priorities such as using common metrics or encouraging opportunities. Social Media and Web Support: Publicize and share content by managing social-media channelsâ”including but not limited to LinkedIn and Twitter. Work with website manager to refresh and update web copy on an ongoing basis. Project Management and Reporting: Develop and maintain status reports, timelines and related documents to monitor projects and workflow. Report on communications metrics assigned by PR managers and CLIC leadership to track progress Requirements Bachelorâ™s degree in communications or a science-related field; one year professional experience in communications (3 or more yearsâ™ experience preferred) Outstanding writing, editing and interpersonal skills Self-starter; proven track-record for managing big projects; creative and well-organized Able to collaborate easily with faculty, staff, and colleagues at multiple institutions Knowledge/familiarity with graphic design, photography and visual media is a plus Experience in health care or a higher education environment is a plus. The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. The University believes that a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace culture enhances the performance of our organization and our ability to fulfill our important missions. The University is committed to fostering and supporting a workplace culture inclusive of people regardless of their race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, marital status, age, physical abilities, political affiliation, religious beliefs or any other non-merit fact, so that all employees feel included, equal valued and supported.
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