This is a full-time staff position reporting to the Executive Director of Communications. In this role, the Communications and Media Relations Specialist develops and implements strategic plans to promote Cedars-Sinai's programs, patients and experts.
This individual successfully identifies, pitches and places newsworthy stories about Cedars-Sinai in major local and national media.
The individual responds to media inquiries in a timely and appropriate manner, writes and distributes news releases, and develops and manages strong ongoing relationships with reporters, producers, bloggers and other communicators.
The Communications Specialist collaborates regularly with programs and departments across Cedars-Sinai to execute communications projects, and works closely with leaders in clinical, operational, business and research areas to develop content for internal employee publications, videos, social media, the web and other channels.
As such, the work requires excellent writing and organizational skills and an ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously.
This individual must be able to serve as a trusted media relations and communications adviser to physicians, organizational leaders and others, and to maintain respectful, professional conduct when interacting with patients, staff and the media, complying with all Protected Health Information policies and procedures.
This individual represents the organization as a spokesperson when needed and must be available for on-call duties to provide media and crisis support during emergency situations.
Providing healthcare for more than 100 years, Cedars-Sinai has evolved into one of the most dynamic and highly renowned medical centers in the world. Along with caring for patients, Cedars-Sinai is a hub for biomedical research and a training center for future physicians and other healthcare professionals. This attracts exceptional talent to Cedars-Sinai, including world-renowned physician-scientists who seek a place where they can both conduct research and see patients--the ideal formula for discovery and its translation into cures. Our patients benefit from access to doctors at the top of their fields, and our researchers have an ideal community in which to study the impact of healthcare challenges, and reflect that knowledge in their research. The greater Los Angeles area in which Cedars-Sinai resides possesses unparalleled cultural and ethnic diversity which offers outstanding opportunities for translational and clinical research... and a dynamic environment for medical education.Although community based, Cedars-Sinai is a major teaching hospital affiliated with the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Cedars-Sinai has highly competitive graduate medical education programs in more than 50 specialty and subspecialty areas, a graduate program in biomedical sciences and translational medicine, a clinical scholars program directed towards junior physicians with aspirations to become clinical scientists, and post graduate training opportunities.There are more than 250 full-time faculty members at Cedars-Sinai. The voluntary medical staff, comprised of more than 2,200 specialty board-certified or board-qualified physicians, represent all of the specialties and subspecialties and collaborate with full-time medical staff in the teaching responsibilities of the graduate medical education programs.