UC San Diego — Communications Specialist, School of Medicine

UC San Diego
Salary Range: $59,700 – $75,850/year

School of Medicine
Established in 1968, UC San Diego School of Medicine is the region’s only medical school. As a top-tier academic medical center, our mission is to serve our communities and create a healthier world by being the preeminent destination for transformative, innovative, and impactful research, medical education and clinical care.

The School of Medicine encompasses 500+ medical students, 900+ residents and fellows, 70+ combined MD/PhD students in our Medical Sciences Training Program, and 1,500+ physician and scientist faculty members.

We have long been at the forefront of translational, or “bench-to-bedside,” research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. Our alumni have achieved distinction as clinicians and innovators, in private practice, academia, and the public and corporate sector. In addition, many community-based physicians take advantage of our continuing medical education programs and many other opportunities to participate in rounds, lectures and symposia, helping them to remain abreast of new developments in their fields.

University Communications
The University Communications Public Relations team drives strategic outreach and engagement in support of internal and external communications for UC San Diego, while also contributing to content development in collaboration with University Communications Strategy colleagues. University Communications PR professionals are expert storytellers who utilize best-in-class internal and external communications channels to deliver the unique stories of each of the University’s schools, seven colleges, and medical centers. The PR function drives earned media efforts by cultivating and leveraging relationships with key regional, vertical, and global media to elevate the university’s profile of prestige, distinction, and global leadership in research, medicine, science, engineering, technology, policy, management, the arts, and more. The PR team also leads communications for the university’s distinguished research centers and institutes, including the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Qualcomm Institute, and leads collaborations in robotics, energy, materials discovery and design, and other emerging areas. Additionally, the University Communications PR team serves as a critical resource for communications strategy and support for staff and faculty engagement communications initiatives in support of the university’s advancement, student affairs, human resources, and library functions by integrating and aligning with strategic university priorities and initiatives. Crisis communications are managed through this team.

Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Communications Specialist helps expand the School of Medicine’s communications efforts, particularly in the areas of internal and external communications, marketing and public relations. The Communications Specialist works with stakeholders across the School of Medicine and Health Sciences to help implement the school’s comprehensive communications strategy that supports the school’s education, research and clinical service missions. The Communications Specialist position is embedded within the School of Medicine and managed by University Communications.

The School of Medicine communications program includes written, visual, digital, and electronic communications aimed at enhancing the brand and reputation of the school. The Communications Specialist works closely with the Director of Communications to develop and execute comprehensive and proactive organizational communications, market branding strategies, and outreach programs.

Responsibilities include researching and writing feature stories for School of Medicine and campus communications channels, with an emphasis on medical education. Creates original and engaging content for web, social media, newsletters, brochures, and various publications, while maintaining a consistent voice for the school and adhering to the university’s branding, style and messaging guidelines. Oversees the school’s intranet site and newsletter.

In collaboration with the Director of Communications, manages the production of the marketing materials, such as viewbooks, brochures and flyers. May assist in drafting talking points and statements. Helps develop and implement marketing communications plans for special events and initiatives.

Promotes a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, respect and superior customer service to internal and external constituents. Serves as a strong facilitator and liaison to advance the mission and goals of the school. Actively, deliberately and thoughtfully infuses inclusivity and diversity throughout university communications.

  • Occasional evenings and weekends may be required.
  • Please submit a cover letter for a complete application.


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related area with relevant communications and writing experience, or equivalent experience/training.
  • Thorough skills to write clear, lively, engaging and compelling copy in a variety of styles appropriate to target audiences and/or the broader public, while ensuring adherence to the location’s message.
  • Solid written, verbal, interpersonal communications, active listening and political acumen skills.
  • 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 all aspects of communications, including strategic planning for various media venues, technical aspects and requirements of various venues, and most appropriate and effective applications.
  • Thorough skills to create clear, easy-to-navigate, informative, accurate, well-designed, and functional websites that provide web content consistent with the organization’s message and in keeping with management directives and client objectives.
  • Solid skills to create, develop, and implement comprehensive long and short term strategic communications plans. Demonstrated ability to design and implement comprehensive communications plans for a publication, this includes defining goals, identifying target audiences, and creating and implementing action plans and timelines.
  • Demonstrated competency and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.


  • Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

Our employees enjoy competitive compensation packages and educational opportunities in a diverse, stimulating workforce.

This position is eligible for full benefits first day of hire:

a) Health/Dental/Vision Insurance.

b) Vacation/holidays (15 vacation days & 14 paid holidays a year).

c) Work/Life Balance.

d) UC Retirement Plan

e) Pet insurance.

For more information about UCSD Benefits visit – https://blink.ucsd.edu/HR/benefits/ and Work/Life visit – https://blink.ucsd.edu/HR/benefits/work-life/.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

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To foster the best possible working and learning environment, UC San Diego strives to cultivate a rich and diverse environment, inclusive and supportive of all students, faculty, staff and visitors. For more information, please visit UC San Diego Principles of Community – https://ucsd.edu/about/principles.html.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html