OHSU seeks a seasoned media relations professional to support the mission and goals of OHSU. This position is responsible for identifying OHSU news and human interest stories that illustrate the value of all four of OHSUs missions of healing, teaching, discovery and outreach. This role reports to the Associate Director for Media Relations.
The Senior Communications Specialist works with the Associate Director to effectively and positively shape public perception and to convey information to the public that fosters understanding of the value of OHSU via the news media and other channels, resulting in engagement, support/advocacy and use of services. The Senior Communications Specialist will identify OHSU news and human interest stories that illustrate this value and will ensure this information is broadly conveyed to stakeholders, including the general public, OHSU faculty and staff, patients, donors, and elected officials. This position manages a variety of media relations beats/assignments and may be assigned other institutional communications responsibilities. Specific areas of emphasis will be determined by the supervisor.
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Undergraduate degree in related field
Five years experience in media relations or five years in an editor role or higher at a credentialed media outlet or five years as a reporter/columnist at a national news outlet.
Proven ability to work effectively with media, internal and community audiences
Ability to research and write for a variety of audiences in a variety of formats.
Ability to work with confidential information, law enforcement and security patients/issues.
Ability to manage a high volume of requests requiring multi-tasking and prioritization.
Ability to work independently, using initiative and good judgment.
Ability to work with diverse individuals.
Performs quality work that is thorough, complete and accurate.
Ability to work quickly under pressure, managing deadlines.
Experience with large, complex organizations, nonprofits, academic medical centers
As the state's only health and research university, OHSU brings together patient care, research, education of the next generation of health care providers and scientists and community service to improve the health and well-being of all Oregonians.The university is a conduit for learning for more than 2,800 students, providing training to interns, residents and fellows in postgraduate medical and r...esearch. It is the only place in Oregon that grants doctoral degrees in medicine, dentistry and nursing. OHSU cares for more than 251,000 patients each year from around the region and takes a leadership role in contributing to solutions involving the health of the state and the nation, such as health care access and transparency, ethics and workforce shortage. Beyond providing critical health care services, quality education and cutting-edge research, OHSU also is a key economic and social force in the Northwest. With an annual operating budget of $2.06 billion and more than 14,000 employees, OHSU is Portland?s largest employer. Its size contributes to its ability to provide many services and community support activities not found anywhere else in Oregon. For more information visit http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/about/index.cfm