UCSF is one of the world's preeminent health sciences universities. Its renowned biomedical research enterprise, as well as its graduate schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy, are consistently ranked among the top in the nation. The UCSF clinical enterprise, including UCSF Medical Center and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, also ranks among the top academic medical centers for the specialty care it provides.
UCSF Public Affairs, a part of UCSF's Office of Communications, is dedicated to communicating UCSF's excellence in patient care, research, education, and public mission. We seek a seasoned health and medicine communicator and strong team player to join our team as a Public Relations Specialist - Clinical.
The Public Relations Specialist - Clinical cover a variety of beats, identifying newsworthy stories in basic research, clinical research, patient care, and education. They develop communication materials to tell these stories and then work with journalists at the local and national level to place them, with the goal of heightening awareness about UCSF and/or UCSF Health.
The Public Relations Specialist - Clinical communicates through a variety of means (news releases, web stories, fact sheets, media pitches, talking points, video scripts, etc.) that usually require translating science or medical innovations into language for the lay public. The Public Relations Specialist - Clinical also communicates through social media and collaborates with Communications colleagues to identify opportunities for producing video, podcasts, and infographics. The Public Relations Specialist - Clinical oversees and implements comprehensive media/communications campaigns and serves as a specialist in advancing UCSF's reputation and brand through the media, working strategically with faculty and leadership, preparing them for media interviews, and providing counsel/training on media response. This includes addressing sensitive and/or complex institutional policies or practices, and serving on emergency response teams, as needed.
Public Affairs includes one team focused on UCSF's research and education missions, the other focused on the clinical enterprise, UCSF Health. Both teams also work to promote our commitment to our community and the underprivileged as part of our public mission. For this particular SPIR position, we seek a strong writer and media specialist, with a record of substantial media placements, including at the national level, to report on UCSF's innovative clinical enterprise and highlight UCSF Health's excellence in patient care. This SPIR, along with several news team colleagues, will stay abreast of the efforts of UCSF's marketing team, seeking opportunities to align efforts.
Public Affairs actively supports UCSF's PRIDE Values of Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, Diversity & Excellence. Candidates representing San Francisco's diverse communities are encouraged to apply.
Internal Number: 3155032
About University of California, San Francisco
The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and high-quality patient care. It is the only UC campus in the 10-campus system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.