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Project Communications Specialist - 125658

University of California - San Diego Medical Centers
United States, California, San Diego
December 09, 2023

UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 09/28/2023 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 10/10/2023. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.


Within the Department of Medicine at UCSD, the Center on Gender Equity and Health (GEH) focuses on conducting innovative global public health research, medical and academic training, and evidence-based intervention development and evaluation of programs related to gender inequities, gender-based violence, and sexual and reproductive health (adolescent and unintended pregnancy, family planning, HIV/STI, healthy birth spacing). The team of social science and epidemiology researchers assembled by GEH includes leading figures in measurement and rigorous evaluation of sustainable programs working with girls, young women, their male partners and their families to understand and change gender-based behaviors and social norms that compromise health and safety. GEH currently has ongoing research in South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and the United States. This research is supported by a diverse portfolio of public and private funders, conducted in conjunction with international NGOs, and includes engagement with local and national governments.

Under general supervision, the Project Communications Specialist will provide editing and communications support for the Agency for All team. Incumbent will be responsible for ensuring clarity, organization, accuracy, style, and quality of written work across multiple contributing authors. Additionally, the incumbent will format and design reports, briefs, newsletters, social media posts, and manuscripts according to a program template and aligning with funding requirements. They will also support dissemination of these materials through various platforms, including the project website and social media accounts. The incumbent may also support webinars and other types of virtual and in -person events, for examples via the development/design of invitations, agendas, slide presentations and meeting logistics.

They will also support the communications team in work planning, tracking, reporting and other functions. Audiences for this project include internal and external audiences and as well as printed and online materials. Incumbent is expected to make recommendations regarding content and layout, edits, and coordination of production, through collaboration with supervisor. Finally, the incumbent will work with team members to build their capacity to follow project guidelines to produce high quality communications products in a timely manner.

Independently oversees a comprehensive communications program for a unit or school with moderately complex communications requirements. The communications program usually includes written, visual, digital and electronic communications. Works with management to develop and execute organizational communication and market branding strategy. Designs and implements information campaigns.

  • Seven (7) years of related experience, education/training, OR an Bachelor's degree in related area plus three (3) years of related experience/training.

  • Knowledge of all aspects of communications, including strategic planning for various media venues, technical aspects and requirements of various venues, and most appropriate and effective applications.

  • Solid written, verbal, interpersonal communications, active listening and political acumen skills. Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to foster a good working relationship with a wide variety of people, using tact, diplomacy, confidentiality, and flexibility.

  • Knowledge and understanding of technical applications to effectively direct technical staff, or personally perform technical work, including design concepts, various media, and applications.

  • Knowledge of the organization, its achievements, mission, vision, goals, policies, practices, infrastructure, and a strong knowledge of current affairs, and issues in higher education and / or health sciences.

  • Solid skills to create, develop, and implement comprehensive long and short term strategic communications plans.

  • Knowledge and skills to advise and consult with management to ensure delivery of the desired message to the target and / or broad general audiences.

  • Knowledge of location protocols and channels for communication internally and externally.

  • Experience working in collaboration in teams located multiple time zones.

  • Experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and/or Francophone Africa.

  • Fluency in French.
  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.
  • Ability to coordinate/participate in calls outside of normal working hours/multiple time zones, as needed, due to international collaborations.
  • Must be able and willing to work a flexible schedule, outside of standard working hours including evenings, early mornings, and weekends when required.
  • Must be willing and able to travel, currently have or be able to obtain a passport within 3 months.

Pay Transparency Act

Annual Full Pay Range: $59,700 - $124,300 (will be prorated if the appointment percentage is less than 100%)

Hourly Equivalent: $28.59 - $59.53

Factors in determining the appropriate compensation for a role include experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. The Hiring Pay Scale referenced in the job posting is the budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position. The Annual Full Pay Range may be broader than what the University anticipates to pay for this position, based on internal equity, budget, and collective bargaining agreements (when applicable).