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POST DATE 8/12/2016
END DATE 10/8/2016

University of California - Los Angeles Medical Centers Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA
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Full Time
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Mid-Career (2 - 15 years)
Bachelors Degree


Job Title:
Sr. Public Information Officer-Research & Science

UCLA Title:
Public Information Rep, Sr

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Work Location:
924 Westwood Blvd-Westwood, CA.

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Minimum Salary:
$26.29 / $4575

Maximum Salary:
$51.89 / $9029

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The Senior Public Information Officer serves to provide science and research news, medical breakthroughs, and other clinical achievements of the UCLA Health Sciences and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA to local, regional, national and international news media and other key audiences, using traditional as well as social media news channels. This position develops and executes strategic, comprehensive proactive media relations plans of national impact in support of UCLA Health s priority programs. Responsibilities include developing story ideas and working with news media to place those stories in an increasingly competitive news environment; building relationships with faculty and media representatives; responding promptly to media requests; writing clinical and research articles, press releases and research alerts; and translating complex, scientific topics that reporters and members of the general public can understand in a compelling manner;. Provide advice and counsel top researchers on how best to promote their scientific discoveries, including non-traditional media such as blogs and other social media.

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Outstanding written and oral communications skills. Solid professional judgment. Demonstrated record of successful national, regional and local media relations planning, implementation and placement. Extensive media contacts at key local, California and national media. 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. Demonstrated skills in journalistic writing and interpreting medical and scientific information for general readers.Demonstrated ability to anticipate public events that can be used to advance institutional objectives. Demonstrated ability to successfully coordinate multiple ongoing tasks and responsibilities of varying degrees of complexity simultaneously. 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. Demonstrated skill in creating and managing a comprehensive media relations plan, including handling a high volume of media inquiries often with simultaneous deadlines. Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and to lead the team in certain projects. Demonstrated computer and iPhone/Smartphone literacy; experience with social media, the worldwide web and its communications potential. Demonstrated ability to respond effectively to changing priorities. Thorough knowledge and understanding of current events, issues and developments in the subject areas of health care and medical research. Knowledge of other issues facing assigned beat areas . Ability to serve rotating on-call duties 24/7 and work nights and weekends, when needed. Demonstrated record of implementing new technologies and new communication tools; including use of both still and video cameras. Ability to work independently and set priorities that advance institutional mission and visibility. Flexibility, initiative and self motivation. Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education. Minimum of 5 years full-time experience on the staff of a newspaper, radio, TV station, in-house PR team or PR agency. Demonstrative ability in crisis and disaster communications, including experience preparing background material on crisis matters and conducting media training.

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