Communications Specialist, Duke University Hospital

North Carolina, United States
11 May 2019
End of advertisement period
11 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Description

The Communications Specialist will be responsible for the development and delivery of internal company-wide communications, materials, and programs. She/he will manage these communications supporting the strategies set by Senior Leadership. This person will provide communication support for both strategic initiatives and operational topics. They will write, publish, and act as the gatekeeper for internal communication. This position will report the Director of Communications.   

Essential Duties:

  • Works with senior executives to develop departmental and company-wide communications plan, from message development to execution 
  • Translates corporate priorities and departmental goals into communications of various formats: PowerPoint, Adobe Design Suite, etc.  
  • Works in partnership with Human Resources to develop communications focused on employment branding to communicate the company’s business objectives, culture and values to its employees and to external audiences 
  • Establish best practices and tools for creative and inclusive internal communications 
  • Review materials for copy editing and adherence to corporate branding and style standards 
  • Writes, edits, reviews and enhances internal communication materials including presentations, newsletters and handouts for various audiences (Senior Executives, Front Line Leaders and Individual Contributors) 
  • Develop content for posting on various traditional and digital media outlets, including ensuring consistency across communication channels and working within Federal requirements and guidelines.
  • Experience developing a storyboard and working with video editing tools (Adobe software)
  • Work collaboratively with other communications colleagues, partners and stakeholders to ensure an integrated, effective approach across all communications 
  • Develop corporate communication materials both proactively and upon request. Identify communication gaps and opportunities and propose solutions. 
  • Contribute to employee engagement by planning and implementing an internal communications program that includes:
  • Monthly employee newsletter as well as ad hoc communications
  • Promotion of regular events
  • Creative support for special events
  • Collaborating with Human Resources and other departments to capture and reflect priorities
  • Researching and recommending other activities, modes and mediums to improve communication within the organization.
  • Work closely with management to meet strategic objectives, project goals and deadlines. Provide concise project updates and progress reports for all assigned projects.

Location Durham


Job Family Level E3

Full Time / Part Time FULL TIME

Regular / Temporary Regular

Shift First/Day

Education:  Bachelor's degree in Marketing, Journalism, Business or related field is required.


Experience:  Two years of directly related experience is required.  3 years of experience in business communications, integrated communications, content marketing, PR or content creation with a proven ability to plan and execute timely communications highly preferred. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Highly effective writing style with expertise in simplifying concepts and messages for a broad audience. 
  • Highly organized, highly detail oriented with outstanding focus on perfection in execution 
  • Excellent oral and written communications and editorial skills with communications and project management experience 
  • Demonstrated ability to translate business strategies to written communication format
  • Demonstrated skills and knowledge in leveraging both digital and traditional internal channels to create impactful communications that drive awareness and engagement 
  • Able to perform under tight deadlines and shifting priorities and can successfully navigate a complex, fast-paced organization 
  • Must be proficient in Adobe Design Suite.
  • Knowledge or experience in health care desired.

Minimum Qualifications

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex,sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation,creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions:

Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.