Northeast Ohio Medical University — Director of Publications and Communications


Conceptualize and oversee the execution of articles for the University’s publications, combining words with design to illuminate stories; Work with writers to shape stories that resonate with readers; Provide strategic leadership in the development and implementation of positive communications approaches for the University to enhance its reputation. Initiate processes and communications platforms, including Ignite magazine, to tell human-interest stories that promote University initiatives and activate the NEOMED brand.

Northeast Ohio Medical University is an AA/EEO Employer. The university has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion and to maintaining working and learning environments that are free from all forms of discrimination. Women, individuals with disabilities, veterans and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Pay Grade: 10
Starting Salary Range: $58,598 – $79,731
Location: Rootstown, OH

Benefits Offerings Include:

  • Competitive Health, Vision, Dental
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • State Retirement with 14% matching
  • Excellent Vacation and Sick Time
  • 12 Paid Holiday Days
  • Wellness Offerings
  • Short and Long Term Disability Coverage
  • Life Insurance

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Principal Functional Responsibilities

  1. Provide strategic communications leadership through the planning, positioning, and production of daily articles for enewsletter (The Pulse) and the University’s main website – Proactively support the University’s programs, research enterprise and fundraising efforts by leading the identification and positioning of topics for external-facing platforms. Provide Vice President of Communications (VP) and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) with timely suggestions for media pitches and external article placements.
  2. Serve as communications backup to VP and CMO, drafting announcements, conducting situational analyses and developing communications plans for University departments; provide communications counsel to help assigned departments meet their strategic goals; work closely with leadership in each area to provide guidance/assistance with publications, including specialized newsletters.
  3. Serve as editor of Ignite, the University magazine, writing stories, planning content and overall look to align with University mission – combining words with design to illuminate stories. Engage faculty, staff, students and external constituents to collaboratively develop stories. Work with VP and CMO to conceptualize, plan, develop themes for and execute each issue of Ignite. Work with writers to shape stories that resonate with readers Work with writers/editors to proof and fact check stories. Write the front- and back-of-book articles; curate, manage and verify class notes; generate captions and sidebars, when necessary. Work with digital content team to maximize visibility and impact of stories through digital content publishing best practices. Project manage print cycles against myriad deadlines. Execute freelance contracts and other legal paperwork (HIPAA releases, copyright permissions, etc.) required for publication. Manage budget, including editorial, artwork, photography, printing and production costs.


Education: Bachelor’s degree in public relations, journalism or related field required; master’s degree in communications or related field preferred.

Experience: Ten or more years’ experience in journalism, communications, marketing (or equivalent) with demonstrated experience in managing magazine or print media production on both the editorial side and production side of the publication. Thorough knowledge of publications standards and techniques, design, printing, graphics, desktop publishing, word processing and photography. Experience preparing communications for senior leaders preferred; health care or higher education experience preferred. Experience in the development of communications, marketing and/or media relations plans preferred. Management experience preferred.

Key Skills, Personal Characteristics, and Key Competencies

Key Skills, Knowledge and Personal Characteristics:

  • Excellent writing and oral communication skills, including magazine feature writing
  • Knowledge of Northeast Ohio media outlets
  • Ability to plan and coordinate communications, set priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Self-motivated and creative
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer-service skills.
  • Ability to maintain sensitive and confidential information
  • Ability to understand and communicate complicated medical and scientific information
  • Professional working knowledge of Associated Press editorial style
  • Microsoft Word
  • Read, write and speak English


  • Communication: Builds and maintains open, transparent and effective lines of communication, within and outside the University, to better serve others in all interactions; appropriately tailor written and verbal messages to target audiences.
  • Service Excellence: Maintains focus on service excellence in all relationships with colleagues, students and NEOMED guests; views all interactions as a potential opportunity for demonstrating NEOMED’s focus on serving others.
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion/DE&I: Practices inclusion of those unique human qualities that are different from our own and outside the groups to which we belong; respects and values all people, nurtures open dialogue between those of differing perspectives; and empowers people to express themselves and show an appreciation of others. Diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I)at NEOMED includes in addition to the dimensions of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation, it also includes socioeconomic status, physical attributes and abilities; political, cultural, and intellectual ideologies and practices.
  • Civility: Civility at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) involves treating people with dignity, respect, and courtesy which involves efforts to understand differences and a general awareness of the rights, wishes, concerns and feelings of others. It involves speaking in ways that are respectful, responsible, restrained and principled, and avoiding that which is offensive, rude, demeaning or threatening.
  • People Management: Establishes clear and focused expectations and accountabilities, coaches for success, addresses performance issues and conflict appropriately and promotes/facilitates talent development appropriately.
  • Business Acumen: Demonstrates a clear understanding of all areas affecting the University (teaching, research, service) and those being served (students, faculty and staff, community) including resources, educational trends and new advances. Utilizes business principles and skills in planning, prioritization, decision-making, and resource allocation to drive desired results.

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