Senior Internal Communications Strategist - Medical Public Affairs

Updated: about 2 months ago
Location: Medical Lake, WASHINGTON
Job Type: FullTime

Scheduled Hours

Position Summary
This role is responsible for building and managing an internal communications program which includes a heavy emphasis on writing and editing communications in concert with leadership.

Job Description

This position entails occasional work outside normal working hours. Ability to travel to on and off-campus locations.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Build, manage and sustain an internal communications program that will establish standards, best practices and protocols for internal communications.
  • Develop messages for the internal community in concert with leadership.
  • Develop, write, edit and oversee design, production and delivery of communications for a broad internal audience. Coordinate with content providers, subject-area experts, designers, photographers and other colleagues to ensure content is timely, accurate and comprehensive and that it meets audience needs. 
  • Analyze audience needs and leadership objectives to develop general internal communications through channels such as newsletters, email, on-campus displays, event publicity and websites.
  • Maintain and oversee internal planning calendar and internal processes for coordinating communications.
  • Provide specialized expertise to leadership at all levels on internal communications needs and best practices.
  • Develop effective procedures for defining and tracking effectiveness of communications; share regular updates on metrics with key stakeholders. 

Applicant Special Instructions

Please include at least five examples of written communications and at least one example that uses graphics or photos with your application.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in leading communication projects from start to finish.
  • Proficiency in web content management systems, marketing email management systems, photo-editing software and graphics-design software.
  • Audio/Video production and editing.
  • Experience with social media platforms and strong understanding of social media trends.
  • Experience in working in a healthcare or science setting. 
  • Mastery of best practices of writing for internal communications.
  • Ability to organize multiple layers of content and maintain consistency in voice, key messaging and content architecture; ability to engage in an iterative writing process, negotiate input and incorporate revisions from multiple subject matter experts.
  • Ability to work well with faculty, administration and staff in a matrix organization.
  • Experience with various electronic and print media delivery systems.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite tools.
  • Expert level of attention to detail.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in strategic communications, journalism, marketing or similar discipline.
  • Five years professional writing experience in media or public relations.


Salary Range
$70,300.00 - $120,000.00 / Annually

The salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.


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Pre-Employment Screening
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

Benefits Statement
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees. Benefits eligibility is subject to employment status, full-time equivalent (FTE) workload, and weekly standard hours. Please visit our website at to view a summary of benefits.

EEO/AA Statement
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those from underrepresented groups. It is the University’s policy to provide equal opportunity and access to persons in all job titles without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information.

Diversity Statement
Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.

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