As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world. UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a "Great College to Work For" for six consecutive years.The Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center (HIPRC) is a worldwide leader in injury cause and prevention research. Founded in 1985, HIPRC is a multidisciplinary research center supported by the University of Washington School of Medicine and Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. HIPRC faculty and staff are devoted to conducting research, education, and community outreach aimed at diminishing the personal impact of trauma, and broadening the effectiveness of injury prevention and treatment programs regionally and nationally.The Public Information Specialist (PIS) is responsible for day-to-day management and production of communications activities for HIPRC. This full-time position provides communications, public relations, marketing, and visual design resources to support the research, outreach and educational mission of HIPRC. This position works collaboratively with medical, scientific, public health, and communications professionals to develop accurate and engaging content designed to prevent, treat and rehabilitate injuries around the world, promote health equity, and to support the strategic goals of HIPRC activities through a variety of communication channels.This position reports to the Program Manager with matrix relationship to HIPRC Director. The duties of this position fall into three areas:1) Development of Communication Message and Products = 60%;2) Project Management = 20%; 3) Strategic Planning = 20%.The successful public information specialist requires prior experience in communications with strong verbal and written communication skills, a high level of organization and a keen understanding of HIPRC's mission. The PIS will be tasked with implementing a comprehensive communications strategic plan, maintaining a strong brand for HIPRC programs and activities, and developing and managing external communications in close collaboration with the UW Medicine communications team to share accurate and reliable information. The PIS must exhibit a high level of professionalism and maturity, be well organized, able to multi-task and able to meet deadlines. Position Dimensions and Impact to the University:HIPRC is a nationally known, respected and influential research center within UW. The PIS serves as a representative of HIPRC and UW in communications with internal and external individuals and organizations. Clear and comprehensive coverage of HIPRC research, education, training and outreach activities serves to enhance potential public and private funding for HIPRC and for UW. POSITION RESPONSIBILITIESDevelopment of Communication message and products = 60%Develop messaging campaigns targeting underserved communities to broaden the reach of injury prevention messages, tailoring the relevance to meet identified community needs and interestsDevelop informational brochures and fact sheets to inform policy makers on injury prevention topicsManage internal and external communications, ensuring the accuracy of scientific, public health, and injury prevention contentDevelop timely and impactful publications, print collateral, and website assetsDevelop and manage content calendar, ensuring consistency and quality of content production and messaging across diverse channelsIdentify possible news stories, press releases, profiles, and research features for consideration by UW Medicine Director of Media Relations to highlight injury research and outreach messages to external community on UW Medicine Newsroom, UW Medicine Website, UW Medicine Huddle, UW Medicine social media, and other possible channels. Work with Director of News Media to draft copy.Provide writing, editing, and creative support, as needed, for HIPRC programs and coresDisplay creative ability in design work and suggests visual elements to enhance external communicationsCoordinate development of content for workshops and trainingsFacilitate communications with HIPRC networks of injury research and prevention professionals and organizations. Facilitate a collaborative approach to working with these networks.Develop production schedules and meet deadlines, including keeping in contact with other authors/writers and providing assistance in article development when neededConduct interviews of HIPRC faculty and trainees to promote HIPRC research, accomplishments and activitiesPhotograph HIPRC activities and events as needed;Write features, news/policy briefs, and fact sheets for HIPRC websiteDevelop injury prevention messages and materials based on health education principles and public health theory and practice.Edit and proofread for various types of contentProject Management = 20%Participate in regular planning meetings with program and core leadershipDemonstrate sound planning, analysis and evaluation of specific projectsMaintain a strong brand for HIPRC programs and activities; oversee consistency of voice, layout, presentations and designStrategic Planning =20%Formulate and oversee an annual communications strategic plan with HIPRC programs and cores, assessing opportunities and evaluating communications needsPositively interacts with medical, scientific, public health, and communications professionals within HIPRC and across the University to ensure understanding of communications strategiesWork with UW Medicine Director of Media Relations to develop content and resources in strategic topic areas to expand HIPRC media coverage among external audiencesMaintain a thorough understanding of emerging communications trends and integrate these practices into strategic initiatives. Follow UW Medicine Web and Marketing standards to ensure HIPRC remains up to date with the current brand standards. Participate in UW school and UW Medicine forums/meetings to stay abreast of best practices and news standards and news channels.Develop communications success metrics and share with HIPRC, program and core leadership on a quarterly basis; measure social media and website metrics and other analytics against communications goals to guide prioritiesREQUIRED QUALIFICATIONSEducation: Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, English, public health or related disciplineType and Years of Experience: Minimum 3 years in communications positions of increasing scope, complexity and diversity of responsibility.ADDITIONAL REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONSStrong interpersonal and leadership skillsKnowledge and experience working with: oContent management systems (e.g., WordPress) oAdobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator) or similar oMicrosoft Office suite of productsExcellent writing, editing, and proofreading skillsExperience conducting interviewsExperience taking and editing photosDemonstrated ability to communicate professionally in all forms of communications, e.g., verbal and written, one-on-one, and in groupsDemonstrated ability to prepare communications requiring interpretation of complex, scientific and technical information into language and format accessible to general publicDemonstrated ability to write for print and digital media platforms; displays solid editing and proofreading skills;Experience working independently, and as a member and/or leader of a team.Demonstrated ability to solve problems, take initiative, set priorities, and handle multiple projects efficiently and effectivelyAbility to quickly learn and apply new or unfamiliar technologiesAbility to actively demonstrate customer serviceAbility to contribute to a positive and collaborative work environmentDESIRED QUALIFICATIONSMaster's degree in communications, journalism or related field.Five or more years' communications positions of increasing responsibility, complexity and diversity;Demonstrated interest in health, injury prevention, public health, or health educationExperience working in an academic, healthcare environmentPrior experience with staff supervision and mentoringStrong background in working with diverse management and employee groups within a large organization is preferred.Proficiency (oral and written) in language other than EnglishCandidates with diverse or non-traditional backgrounds. 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