Global Health Communications Manager

Stanford University
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Jul 18, 2033

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Global Health Communications Manager
School of Medicine, Stanford, California, United States

Job Code: 4263
Employee Status: Regular
Grade: I
Requisition ID: 90356

Job Opportunity: Global Health Communications Manager

Attention superstar communicators and global health enthusiasts! We're hiring a Global Health Communications Manager to lead amplification, promotion, and publicity for the diverse global health activities happening across all seven schools at Stanford University. The Manager will be positioned within Center of Innovation in Global Health, serving as the resident expert for global health communications, digital marketing strategies, and narrative storytelling within Stanford Medicine. Using graphic and web design, strong digital marketing skills, writing and editing expertise, the Manager will shine a spotlight on all global health research and programs at Stanford while leading creation and execution of a strategic communications plan for Stanford Global Health.

The Center:
Stanford's Center for Innovation in Global Health is committed to increasing wellbeing, world-wide. With nearly 200 faculty fellows from all seven schools within the university, we share knowledge, equip leaders and build interdisciplinary teams to address urgent global health challenges and achieve health equity. We focus our research and educational programs in three main areas - 21st century leadership, human and planetary health, and global health equity - and we partner with local organizations around the world to ensure that Stanford's commitment to excellence extends well beyond our campus.

The Opportunity:
We are seeking a dynamic, experienced communications professional to lead strategic communications for the Center. Primary responsibilities include writing and content development, branding, and marketing, outreach and advocacy, strategic planning, and program management.


Writing and Content Development
  • Develop and publish original news stories and multimedia content, to be posted on the Center's website, Stanford School of Medicine and University's multiple print and online platforms, and external media sources.
  • Develop, manage, and cultivate a balanced content calendar that takes into account original content, social media, and internally and externally earned media that accurately reflects the depth and diversity of global health activities across all of Stanford's seven schools.
  • Manage and produce the Center's monthly newsletter, Global Health Spotlight (approximately 4,300 readers).
  • Contribute original content and earned media to monthly Bay Area Global Health Alliance newsletter.
  • Direct the Center's social media presence, including management and direction for the Center's social media and Digital Outreach Assistant. The Center is currently active on Twitter (approximately 5,300 followers).
  • Manage the design and production of event promotional materials for email and social media distribution.
  • Maintain and develop the Center's website, advising on and managing all redesigns and maintaining news items, event calendar, program updates, announcements.
  • Support Center Directors in preparing remarks for speaking engagements and media opportunities.

Outreach and Advocacy
  • Work closely with Stanford University communications, School of Medicine's Office of Communications and Public Affairs, and other University partner communications teams to promote global health activities and to disseminate content.
  • Increase external visibility of Stanford Global Health activities.
  • Increase visibility of Stanford Global Health across campus, attracting interest and engagement from undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Act as external liaison to global health advocacy and communications partners e.g. news organizations, foundations, NGOs, private sector.
  • Contribute to planning, execution, and promotion of Center-sponsored events, including symposia, seminar series, appearances with VIP guests, and other events.

Strategic planning
  • Develop and implement long-term and short-term plan for Stanford Global Health communications.
  • Track global health trends, opportunities, and priorities. Make strategic decisions regarding key messages, topics to feature, Stanford Faculty to promote, and activities for Center Leadership to engage in.

Program Management
  • Manage all aspects of communications function, creating work-flow protocols and systems that streamline content production, placement, asset management, audience engagement, and publicity.
  • Serve as program lead for the Stanford Global Health Media Fellowship, a one-year fellowship that trains a medical student or junior physician in journalism and communications skills.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • Knowledge of global health field.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, and a proven eye for print and digital design.
  • Superb organizational skills and attention to detail. Commitment to high-quality products.
  • Strong copy writing and editing skills.
  • Experience with editorial writing, including interviewing and narrative storytelling.
  • Experience with software for social media, graphic design, WordPress, and Mailchimp.
  • Ability to interact effectively with a wide range of stakeholders, including Faculty, students, administrators, communicators, and global partners.
  • Ability to learn quickly, take initiative, and assume ownership of projects.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment in making decisions and engaging senior leadership.
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and work as part of a small and energetic team.

Education and Experience
  • Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Experience in journalism, reporting, and/or multimedia production is a plus.

This is a full-time role based in Palo Alto, California, reporting to the Executive Director for the Center for Innovation in Global Health. Please apply here, or for more information: [email protected]

Duties include:
  • Provide public relations support for audiences that are both internal and external to the university.
  • Plan and execute activities to support public relations objectives.
  • Develop, execute and oversee written communications of moderate complexity, including presentations, speeches, news stories, web content, talking points, and correspondence and social media posts.
  • Build and maintain relationships with internal and external partners
  • Participate in regular meetings of key researchers with media relations needs to develop strategies and tactics for facilitating effective communications.
  • Identify and maintain professional relationships with key press, policy influencers and community leaders.
  • Prepare content for internal or external newsletters. Understand email and digital content distribution.
  • Assist in developing strategies for brand managements, reputation management and issues management of moderate complexity.
  • Assist with the design and implementation of effective constituent communications programs and social media strategies.

*- The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

  • Expertise in global health and specifically the global health advocacy and communications space, including strategic partners (e.g. Health UN Agencies, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), and massive campaigns (e.g. Sustainable Development Goals, Universal Health Coverage goals).

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

  • Excellent written communication skills, reporting skills, and advanced skills in conceptual editing, copy editing, and proof reading.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with internal communications groups across campus.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills in working with a variety of people.
  • Capacity to write and synthesize materials and communicate information in a manner easily understood.

  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, speaking.
  • Occasionally grasp forcefully, writingby hand.
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork.

*- 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.
  • On call and ability to respond 24/7.

  • 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,

Why Stanford is for You
Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:
  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more.

*- Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

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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