Senior PIO-Research and Science Writer
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POST DATE 9/2/2016
END DATE 2/3/2017
University of California - Los Angeles Medical Centers
Los Angeles, CA
JOB DESCRIPTIONJob Title:
Senior PIO-Research and Science Writer
Public Information Rep, Sr
924 Westwood Blvd. Westwood, CA
$27.06 / $4708
$53.50 / $9308
Layoff Referral Deadline:
The Senior Public Information Officer/Writer serves to inform key audiences, including external and internal audiences, about the science and research news of the UCLA Health Sciences and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. This position identifies newsworthy scientific story ideas and research developments across the basic and translational science fields, and crafts them into compelling press releases, research alerts, stories, essays, blog posts and other forms of content for the general public. Responsibilities include developing story ideas, researching the national, international and scientific context, identifying the most newsworthy angles, and writing compelling content to bring those topics to life in an engaging manner.
The Senior Public Information Officer/Writer must have a strong understanding of science and its impact, and be able to translate complex scientific studies and language into lay-friendly language. He/she must be able to engage researchers and clinicians, conducting interviews and follow-up as necessary, and maintaining relationships in order to stay abreast of research and news developments. He/she must also understand how to engage the general public, identifying the elements most likely to resonate with a broad audience while also effectively communicating scientific advances and relevance. He/she must be productive, organized and efficient, successfully executing multiple projects on deadline.
This position will work closely with a team of media specialists and a multimedia specialist to identify the angles most likely to warrant public and media interest. He/she must have a consistent attention to detail, be enthusiastic about explaining science and have demonstrated experience in doing so.
Outstanding written and oral communications skills. Required
Solid professional judgment. Required
Demonstrated record of successful national, regional and local media relations planning, implementation and placement. Required
Extensive media contacts at key local, California and national media. Required
Demonstrated reporting and writing skills that meet journalistic codes and are suitable for publications, newspapers, magazine and broadcast on radio and television and social media. Ability to collaborate with freelance photographers and videographers to produce visuals, including photos and/or video, that accompany press releases. Required
Demonstrated skills in journalistic writing and interpreting medical and scientific information for general readers. Required
Demonstrated ability to anticipate public events that can be used to advance institutional objectives. Required
Demonstrated ability to successfully coordinate multiple ongoing tasks and responsibilities of varying degrees of complexity simultaneously. Required
Demonstrated interpersonal skills to develop and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, staff, volunteers, students, patients and administrators; ability to work effectively and cooperatively with other units as well as external individuals and groups. Required
Demonstrated skill in creating and managing a comprehensive media relations plan, including handling a high volume of media inquiries often with simultaneous deadlines. Required
Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and to lead the team in certain projectsRequired
Demonstrated computer and iPhone/Smartphone literacy; experience with social media, the worldwide web and its communications potential. Required
Demonstrated ability to respond effectively to changing priorities. Required
Thorough knowledge and understanding of current events, issues and developments in the subject areas of health care and medical research. Required
Knowledge of other issues facing assigned beat areas . Required
Ability to serve rotating on-call duties 24/7 and work nights and weekends, when needed. Required
Demonstrated record of implementing new technologies and new communication tools; including use of both still and video cameras. Required
Ability to work independently and set priorities that advance institutional mission and visibility. Required
Flexibility, initiative and self motivation. Required
Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education. Minimum of 10 years full-time experience on the staff of a newspaper, radio, TV station, in-house PR team or PR agency required. Required
Ability to speak and write Spanish preferred. Preferred
Demonstrative ability in crisis and disaster communications, including experience preparing background material on crisis matters and conducting media training. Preferred