Senior Communications Manager

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Senior Communications Manager

Stanford University

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The Senior Communications Manager will assist in the development and implementation of the overall marketing and communications strategy and plan for Stanford Medicine—helping to advance its position as a global leader in academic medicine. S/he will write and edit communication materials on behalf of the Dean; ensure that the priorities and initiatives of the Dean are understood and advanced; and advise the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Communications on strategy, priorities, and communications that will enhance the Office of the Dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Duties include:*

  • Draft and edit critical communications including speeches, remarks, presentations, briefings, backgrounders, reports, high-level correspondence, and website content for the Dean of Stanford University School of Medicine and for Stanford Medicine broadly, targeting both internal and external audiences (such as faculty, alumni, prospective students, staff, and business leaders).
  • Establish and foster relationships with key Stanford Medicine constituencies, such as top faculty and student leadership groups—developing programs and projects that support the priorities of these groups while promoting the overarching vision and values of the Dean and Stanford Medicine.
* - Other duties may also be assigned

About Stanford Medicine:

Stanford Medicine is comprised of three entities: Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford Health Care, and Stanford Children's Health and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. Our mission is tripartite: to promote fundamental, clinical, and translational discovery; to train the leaders of tomorrow; and to transform patient care. We believe that the patient is at the center of what we do—and that to provide the best care for every patient requires pushing the boundaries of discovery, mentoring the next generation of leaders, and delivering compassionate and coordinated care.

We are living in the middle of a biomedical revolution—a time when new knowledge and technologies are accelerating the pace of biomedical discovery. With this comes enormous potential for treating and curing disease. Stanford Medicine is uniquely poised to lead this revolution. Over the last 60 years, our unrivaled atmosphere of interdisciplinary exploration and collaboration has produced many of the innovations that sparked this revolution: MRIs, gene splicing, and stem cell medicine were all born on our campus. Today, that same atmosphere, amplified by the astounding intellectual, technological, and financial capital that surrounds us in Silicon Valley, gives us an extraordinary opportunity to win the race against disease before it even begins— to prevent disease before it strikes and cure it decisively if it does.

At Stanford Medicine, we are drawn to difficult problems, and the advances we seek are not incremental in nature but paradigm-shifting. We understand that successes are typically built on many failures and believe we can help build a better future for all people. We value innovation and impact, creativity and courage. We believe in the power of diversity to fuel new ideas and approaches. We are leaders and innovators, partners and pioneers. We are the clinicians, scientists, and educators who are writing the next great chapter in the history of human health.
  • Experience in writing about academic medicine and/or the biosciences for lay audiences.
  • Experience in writing for and/or managing executive and/or employee communications programs.
  • Experience in managing complex projects within large organizations.
  • Knowledge of the academic environment and faculty culture, particularly of academic medical centers

Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant work experience or combination of education and relevant experience.


  • Proven success in writing for publication in print, web, and other platforms.
  • Excellent writing, interpersonal, and oral communication skills with proven ability to present, write, edit, and organize thoughts in a clear, concise, and well-organized manner.
  • Ability to understand complex materials and synthesize across multiple sources to produce materials for diverse audiences.
  • Ability to change voice and writing style to fit a particular audience and purpose.
  • Firm understanding of web technologies and applications, including social networking, social media tools, and current communication trends.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and able to interact effectively with a diverse array of people, including senior leaders.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple deadlines.
  • Excellent time management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee all aspects of the writing process.
  • Demonstrated advanced writing skills and the ability to synthesize materials from multiple sources.
  • Extensive experience managing and coordinating complex writing projects.
  • Expert level knowledge of job-required tools and applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and apply ingenuity and creativity in solving complex problems.
  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, and grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally grasp forcefully, writing by hand.
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork; lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


  • Occasional work on evenings and weekends.
  • Occasional travel.
  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

Job: Communications

Location: School of Medicine
Schedule: Full-time
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Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.





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Posted: 3/7/2018
Application Due: 4/9/2018
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