TITLE: Communications Specialist
DIVISION: Strategic Communications
EXEMPTION STATUS: Exempt
REPORTS TO: Vice President
POSITION SUMMARY: Working in the California Medical Association’s (CMA) Center for Strategic Communications, this role will craft and manage communications efforts advocating on behalf of California physicians. The ideal candidate will be deadline-oriented, have an ability to multi task and have experience in communicating with multiple audiences across multiple platforms.
- Assist senior staff in developing and compelling content reflecting CMA’s objectives and initiatives
- Research and draft op-eds, articles and feature stories on a variety of complex policy topics for distribution across communications channels run by CMA and its subsidiaries
- Monitor state and federal legislation, law topics, amicus briefs, regulatory changes and governance issues throughout the organization to identify content ideas
- Assist with the planning of press conferences and other events
- Craft email newsletters and manage the newsletter outreach calendar and strategy
- Update website content via custom content management system and manage website development projects as needed
- Other duties as assigned
CONTACTS: Interacts regularly with CMA staff, CMA members, county medical societies, health care stakeholders and subsidiary organizations (e.g. Physicians for a Healthy California, Well Physician California, etc.).
- Bachelor’s degree in a related field
- Minimum of three years working as a communications professional
- Creative problem solver with strong research, writing and editing skills
- Exceptional teammate, collaborator and internal communicator
- Understands the power of story-telling with the ability to craft content that resonates
- Driven with a strong work ethic and ability to adapt rapidly to evolving priorities and deadlines
- Experience with email newsletter platforms, content management systems and database software
- Knowledge of health policy and/or the health care industry strongly desired
SUPERVISION: Works under guidance of the Vice President, with projects assigned by other senior staff.
EQUIPMENT OPERATION: Position requires operation of normal office equipment, computer, printers, photocopier, fax machines, multi-line phone, mobile communications tools, team and project management applications.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Work extended hours and occasionally on the weekends, as legislative deadlines dictate. Some travel required.