Senior Communications Strategist - CEO/Executive Communications
Job ID: R0034566 | Communications Support | Full Time | Charlottesville, VA
This role is responsible for planning, developing and implementing the executive communications strategy for key executives at UVA Health. Preferred candidates will have experience designing and implementing creative and impactful communications strategy for C-suite executives. They will possess command of a wide range of communications specialty areas, including writing and editing, multimedia and creative design, to lead a high-impact communications program. The ideal candidate will be exceptionally skilled at understanding how to capture and effectively reflect distinct executive voices. They will have the desire to establish a foundation of excellence and a proven record of exceeding goals, both qualitatively and quantitatively.

Leads and executes communications strategies for the Chief Executive Officer of UVA Health. Drives compelling communications across all channels that will:
  • Increase visibility and positive engagement with UVA Health team members and other key constituent audiences.
  • Effectively capture the voice of the CEO.
  • Elevate CEO executive thought leadership in strategic areas of focus.
  • Plan and execute communications calendar across all channels.
  • Monitor and apply national healthcare trends for communications context.
  • Partner with other communications team members for overall communication integration and editorial calendar management.
  • Accompany the CEO to specific events/meetings in order to capture and note key insights, later integrating into strategic communications.

Manage end-to-end communications including (but not limited to) recognition programs, video messages, social media, website content, internal executive newsletters, Community Update, Board communications, events, speeches and thought leadership opportunities that align with the overall UVA Health executive communications strategy.

Responsible for planning, editorial calendar management and implementation of communications content targeted at a broad variety of internal and external audiences (leaders, peers, UVA Health team members, influencers, media, patients, etc.) to support organizational business strategies and to promote and advance the UVA Health brand as an academic healthcare thought leader.

Essential Responsibilities: Reporting to the Director of Executive Communications and Strategic Initiatives, serves as primary communications liaison for the CEO. Oversees the development and implementation of sophisticated and integrated (internal and external) communications plans for local, regional and national initiatives and/or functional areas, including development of CEO thought leadership voice, communications positioning, messaging and tactics consistent with the UVA Health brand and business strategies.

Following implementation, monitors the effectiveness of the communications program and materials. Modifies programs and projects as needed to improve results. Creates measurement reports and dashboards. Serves as a collaborator and an integrator with other communications leads from the content, media, social, internal teams and other stakeholders and teams.

Position Compensation Range: $70,595.20 - $112,944.00 Annually

  • Education: Bachelor's degree in journalism, English, public relations, communications or related field.
  • Experience: Experience leading executive communications programs with both internal and external audiences.
  • Basic Qualifications – Experience: Minimum ten (10) years of experience in PR, Communications or similar roles. Minimum five (5) years of executive communications experience.
  • Licensure: None.

Additional Job Requirements:
  • Extensive experience working senior executives and confidential, high-risk and/or highly sensitive content. Experience contributing to business goals through strategic communications. Experience managing enterprise-wide communications across large, complex organizations.
  • Extensive experience with stakeholder management and change management in a large organization.
  • Experience working across internal and external communications with a demonstrated understanding for how they influence each other.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and manage complex projects. Ability to work effectively with team members and senior executives under tight deadlines.
  • Contributes to the development of innovative communications principles, ideas and practices.
  • Additional expertise required: Advanced skills in the areas outlined. Extensive experience leading executive communications programs with both internal and external audiences.

This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require traveling some distance to attend meetings and programs.

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Charlottesville, VA
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