Senior Director, Communications/Content and Media Relations

Tucson, AZ
Feb 25, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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UAHS Communications

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University of Arizona Health Sciences


University of Arizona Health Sciences, Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The Senior Director, Communications/Digital Content and Media Relations in the Office of Communications at the University of Arizona Health Sciences is responsible for helping plan and execute an external communications strategy that engages target audiences with exceptional stories that advance the UArizona Health Sciences brand and strategic initiatives.Reporting to the Executive Director, Brand Communications, the Senior Director is responsible for executing and overseeing the writing, editing, production, scheduling and pitching of strategic content, including news releases and content marketing features, that promote the Health Sciences brand, initiatives and accomplishments. The Senior Director manages a team of content creators and media relations specialists, and works collaboratively with social media, video, creative services and other Office of Communications team members to produce a steady flow of aligned, high-quality multimedia stories for earned, owned and social media platforms.This position serves as a liaison to UArizona Health Sciences colleges, departments and centers, and collaborates with communicators in those areas to develop news and feature coverage about faculty research, student success, special achievements and select events.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Direct development and execution of a consistent flow of features and news stories that emphasize UArizona Health Sciences’ strategic initiatives and differentiate UArizona Health Sciences from peer institutions.
  • Maintain content calendar and proactively identify opportunities for strategic and general content development through regular engagement with key faculty and staff across the Health Sciences.
  • Work closely with social media, video, creative services and other communications team members to develop aligned multimedia stories that promote the mission and activities of UArizona Health Sciences and deliver a value proposition to targeted audiences.
  • Develop strong working relationships with local, regional, national and international media, and proactively pitch news and feature story ideas to the media.
  • Help define, establish and align key performance indicators within broader department and institution goals.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 5 years of related work experience, including 2 years of managerial experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Bachelor's degree required.

Preferred Qualifications:

*Experience managing communications/content development staff in a higher education environment.*Strong news and editing experience, creative instincts and hands-on expertise in developing written content.*Ability to meet tight deadlines and work on multiple projects simultaneously while managing competing priorities.*Excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills.*Success in cross-functional leadership, building strong relationships and partnering with internal colleagues.*Experience in decision-making concerning complex or sensitive news content. *A record of personal and professional integrity with a work style that promotes creativity, teamwork and strategic thinking.*An unwavering commitment to making the University of Arizona Health Sciences a diverse and inclusive community.Competencies*Communicates direction from leadership and articulates impact on staff work objectives.*Sometimes requires ability to influence others outside of own job area on policies, practices and procedures. May work to justify and gain cooperation of other parties on policies, standards and processes.*Accountable for developing and implementing operational plans and policies for a program, functional area, or work unit. Decisions have a direct impact on the operational area and may have indirect impact on related areas.*Requires practical knowledge and expertise of concepts, principles and practices of a single professional discipline or a broad understanding of multiple related disciplines and general management.



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

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Job Category:

Communication and Marketing

Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:


Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



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Job Function:

Communications & Marketing

Type of criminal background check required::

Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

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Contact Information for Candidates:

Lisa [email protected] // 520-621-7246

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Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume, Cover Letter, and Three Additional Documents

Special Instructions to Applicant:

In addition to a resume and cover letter, please include 3 writing samples.

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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