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Writer and Communications Manager

University of California - San Francisco Campus and Health
United States, California, San Francisco
May 13, 2024

Writer and Communications Manager

OGBYN, Reproductive Sciences

Full Time


Job Summary

Note: This is 1 year contract with possible of renewal.
Full benefits (medical, dental, vision, pension package & retirement are included)

Calling all passionate communicators and creative minds!
Prematurity (i.e., preterm birth and its related outcomes) is the leading cause of neonatal and childhood
mortality worldwide, disproportionately affecting women of color in California. Unfortunately, despite years of
traditional medical research, very little progress has been realized. The Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi) at UCSF is
a highly-collaborative, transdisciplinary, Cell-to-Society research program that aims to manage and reduce the
risks of preterm birth. This donor-funded transdisciplinary research program is comprised of a domestic arm
("PTBi-CA", funded by Marc and Lynne Benioff, administered through the Dept of Ob/Gyn & RS), and a global
arm ("PTBi-East Africa", funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, administered through the Institute for
Global Health Sciences).
Are you driven to use your voice to champion important causes? Do you thrive in collaboration and believe in the
power of storytelling to spark change?
The California Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBI-CA) seeks a vibrant Communications Associate to join our dedicated
team in tackling the critical issue of preterm birth.
In this role, you'll play a pivotal role in:
*Weaving compelling narratives that empower communities and advance health equity.
*Developing and implementing strategic communication initiatives across diverse channels, from social media
and website content to digital storytelling projects and printed materials.
*Collaborating closely with a passionate team of experts to shape PTBI-CA's communication strategy and drive
measurable impact.
Here's what you'll get to experience:
*Craft and manage engaging campaigns that connect with birthing people, advocates, and researchers.
*Shape clear, concise, and impactful content for our website, newsletters, and outreach materials.
*Design and bring to life creative visual assets like infographics, videos, and presentations.
*Partner with diverse stakeholders to ensure our communication resonates with all communities.
*Analyze data and track campaign performance to continuously refine our efforts.
We want to hear from you, if you're a:
*Creative thinker who thrives on finding innovative solutions to challenges.
*Skillful storyteller with a strong command of the English language and a passion for making a difference
through communication.
*Digital communications pro comfortable navigating social media, content management systems, and basic
graphic design.
*Collaborative team player who enjoys building relationships and contributing in a fast-paced environment.
*Deeply committed to health equity and improving maternal and child health outcomes.
Share your story with us. Apply today

The final salary and offer components are subject to additional approvals based on UC policy.

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Department Description

The Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences (Ob/Gyn & RS) is a major academic
Department in the School of Medicine, engaged in clinical, research, and training activities at the Parnassus, Mt. Zion, Mission Bay and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Campuses, as well as satellite locations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, with an annual operating budget of $129 million. The Department has ranked No. 1 in research funding from the National Institutes of Health for the fourth straight year. The Department has 86 full- time faculty, 136 other academic appointees, 18 post-doctoral fellows, 20 clinical fellows, 32 residents, 113 voluntary clinical faculty, and 310 staff. The mission of the UCSF Ob/Gyn & RS Department is to improve the lives and health of all women through excellence, innovation and leadership in Patient Care, Scientific Discovery, Education, and Advocacy.

The UCSF California Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi-CA) is a multi-year, transdisciplinary research effort to reduce the burden of prematurity among those at highest risk for preterm birth-women of color and lower income women. Recognizing the role of "place" as a strong determinant of health and wellbeing - including the risk of preterm birth - PTBi-CA takes a place-based approach focusing our work in affected communities in San Francisco, Oakland and Fresno. We bring together academic researchers from different disciplines, healthcare providers, departments of public health, community-based organizations and other stakeholders to work in partnership with affected communities. Most importantly, we partner with women with lived experience during all phases of the research including developing and prioritizing the research agenda, enhancing study designs to ensure cultural appropriateness and maximum impact, and ensuring dissemination of results to a broad audience of stakeholders. PTBi-CA is generously funded by Marc and Lynne Benioff

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training
  • 3+ years direct relevant experience; writing, newsletter production, journalism, and communications project management
  • 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 the organization, its achievements, mission, vision, goals, policies, practices, infrastructure, and a strong knowledge of current affairs, and issues in higher education and / or health sciences
  • Knowledge and skills to advise and consult with management to ensure delivery of the desired message to the target and / or broad general audiences
  • Solid written, verbal, interpersonal communications, active listening and political acumen skills
  • Knowledge of location protocols and channels for communication internally and externally.
  • Good organizational skills
  • Skill to maintain confidentiality

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong technical skill in Adobe InDesign and Adobe creative suite.
  • Technical skill in Drupal front-end web management
  • 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
  • Solid skills to create, develop, and implement comprehensive long and short term strategic communications plans

About UCSF

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences. We bring together the world's leading experts in nearly every area of health. We are home to five Nobel laureates who have advanced the understanding of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, aging and stem cells.

Pride Values

UCSF is a diverse community made of people with many skills and talents. We seek candidates whose work experience or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence - also known as our PRIDE values.

In addition to our PRIDE values, UCSF is committed to equity - both in how we deliver care as well as our workforce. We are committed to building a broadly diverse community, nurturing a culture that is welcoming and supportive, and engaging diverse ideas for the provision of culturally competent education, discovery, and patient care. Additional information about UCSF is available at

Join us to find a rewarding career contributing to improving healthcare worldwide.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.



Job Code and Payroll Title

007477 COMM SPEC 3

Job Category

Marketing / Communications

Bargaining Unit

99 - Policy-Covered (No Bargaining Unit)

Employee Class





Remote / Telecommute



Shift Length

8 Hours

Additional Shift Details

M-F 8:00am-5:00pm; may vary depending on supervisor discretion/business need

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