Recruitment Number: 6484 Reports To: Principal Administrative Analyst II Working Title: Communications Officer Cost Center: IR8153 Bargaining Unit: 99 FLSA: Exempt Job Code: 007690 Job Location: UCI Campus - Irvine Percent of Time: 100% Work Schedule: 8-5, M-F Appointment: Career
Under the supervision of the Director of Media Relations, the communications officer works with schools, centers and programs with the Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences to develop and execute media coverage that supports the reputation of UC Irvine and UCI Health as a globally renowned research university and healthcare system that draws top faculty and students. Duties include proactively identifying news and feature stories to place in strategically-important media outlets; writing and editing news releases, feature stories and web content; placing university faculty in the media; providing editorial and writing assistance to the office and university; responding to media queries; representing the university administration as a spokesperson; serving as a trusted communications adviser to the Associate Chancellor of Strategic Communications & Public Affairs and Chancellor's office and performing other duties appropriate for a public information officer.
Exceptional writing and editing skills with demonstrated success producing clear, engaging, accurate and well-structured news stories/releases for a general audience. Experience with health and science stories is highly desirable. Demonstrated skill translating complex material into clear, lively, straightforward prose; demonstrated command of craft and ability to write on diverse technology topics. Success proactively identifying a steady flow of news stories and features for placement in the press and on university websites; success building the necessary relationships with experts to stay at the forefront of assigned area; steady success placing experts and pitching stories in the media. Ability to effectively counsel senior officials and anticipate and resolve communications crises. Ability to work well with people, and use skill and sensitivity in internal and external relations. Strong organizational and time management skills, including the ability to manage office priorities and to multitask and adjust quickly to new assignments and priorities. Ability to work independently, as well as part of a communications team. Demonstrated skills in developing and implementing short- and long- term communications plans. Ability to give effective presentations (e.g. media training). A proactive and positive approach to all assignments, with a proven dedication to setting and meeting the highest professional standards.
Final candidate subject to background check. As a federal contractor, UC Irvine is required to use E-Verify to confirm the work status of individuals assigned to perform substantial work under certain federal contracts/subcontracts.
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