Public Relations – Senior Communications Associate, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Los Angeles, California
May 18, 2017
Requisition 24890
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Public Relations/Senior Communications Associate plays a significant role in conceptualizing, creating, executing and delivering a strategic and measurable communications program that enhances the visibility and reputation of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, working to elevate the school's brand through active and sustained engagement with media, supporting the Director of Communications to advance the school's initiatives, and positioning the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health as a "go to" resource for all things public health. The incumbent has highly skilled writing and editing of content experience, for digital and traditional communication platforms, focusing on school initiatives, faculty research, student training and community impact programs all of which are done at a fast pace and presented to the media, the public, and a larger global audience.

In addition to media relations, the Public Relations/Senior Communications Associate's responsibilities include co-managing the school's magazine, helping to shape the editorial direction of the magazine, working with the Director of Communications to oversee the magazine's Editorial Board. Additional responsibilities include active collaboration with all team members in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health's Communications Office, and Dean's Office. The incumbent works closely with the school's web manager to ensure consistent messaging and branding, and to actively contribute to the website. Thorough understanding of social media and other digital platforms is required of this position. The Public Relations/Senior Communications Associate will meet with faculty and staff to track initiatives and active research programs in order to produce stories in multiple formats to be shared with local and global audiences, elevating the School's brand. The incumbent will collaborate on high profile and special projects as determined by the Director of Communications and the Dean of the Fielding School of Public Health.  




Application Instruction

Applicants must submit their qualifications via UCLA's Career Opportunities website at .    Reference position # 24890.     AA/EEO


The complete listing of qualifications is available on UCLA's official job posting.

  • Demonstrated exceptional writing and editing skills, including experience in writing digital and traditional communications (engaging stories, press releases, news alerts, etc.) that are accurate, creative and results-focused.
  • Demonstrated experience and proven success in developing and defining strategic goals for digital and traditional communications exposure.
  • Demonstrated experience working on multiple projects simultaneously, with minimal supervision, including strong organizational skills to provide accurate deliverables, on-time, by deadline.
  • Willingness to be on-call after hours to field inquiries from reporters on deadline.
  • Willingness to spend time with reporters on campus and beyond, as needed, to showcase the work of the school.
  • Demonstrated and extensive knowledge of best practices for media relations, public information sharing and crisis communications.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills and ability to analyze information and situations, and propose alternative solutions.
  • Demonstrated and extensive knowledge best practices for web and social media.



UCLA offers a comprehensive benefits package, including an average of three weeks' vacation per year; an average of 12 days per year sick leave; 13 paid holidays per year; health, dental and optical benefits; life insurance; disability insurance; the University of California Retirement Plan with 5 year vesting and various voluntary UC Savings Plans. There are also special programs and privileges available, such as accessibility to cultural and recreational programs, athletic events, and the University Credit Union.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy -

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