Executive Director, Strategic Communications

Saint Louis, Missouri
Jul 07, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Executive Director, Strategic Communications manages the strategic communications of the Executive Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs and Dean, Washington University School of Medicine to ensure that the priorities and initiatives of the Dean are understood and advanced. 

Under the direction of the Associate Vice Chancellor and Associate Dean for Medical Public Affairs, the Executive Director, Strategic Communications is responsible for supporting the Executive Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs and Dean by:


  • Conducting the full range of activities required to prepare and submit speeches, presentations, briefings, remarks, backgrounders, reports, statements, high-level correspondence, and website content, targeting both internal and external audiences such as faculty, alumni, prospective students, staff, and business leaders
  • Producing reports, presentations, speeches, and other communication materials that engage donors in meaningful communications to inform and educate them on major research initiatives of WUSM faculty
  • Providing direction for the effective use of social media, including blogging, as a communication tool
  • Leading the process to research, conceptualize, write, edit, and proofread dynamic presentations, e.g. PowerPoint, targeting diverse audiences.  This includes interpreting and describing in lay language medical and scientific research programs
  • Managing information collection and coordination for end-of-year video release, internally and externally, highlighting accomplishments of WUSM faculty and staff
  • Directing and managing the development of high-end and highly individualized written materials such a white papers, news releases, and scientific articles; provide editorial guidance for same
  • Liaising closely with departments, centers and offices within WUSM to ensure timely and relevant input into written communications and in other matters of relevance to the Dean
  • Writing articles and supporting content creation for internal and external communications of the Office of Medical Public Affairs
  • Performing other duties as assigned

Demonstrated specialization in medical and/or science writing is highly critical to the success of the Executive Director.  Required credentials and experience include a Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, communications or related discipline and minimum 7-10 years of experience.

Contact Mark Prosperi at prosperim@wustl.edu