Information Officer â Medical Center Office of News and Communications
This full-time position with the Medical Centerâs Office of News and Communications requires excellent written and oral communications skills, attention to detail, and appropriate computer skills.
The successful candidate also must possess excellent interpersonal skills and a strong publications writing background, along with experience proofreading and self-editing copy.
Contributing content about Vanderbilt University Medical Centerâs advancements in clinical care, biomedical research and training programs for print publications and online communications platforms that are produced within the Office of News and Communications. To be successful in this work entails forming productive and collaborative relationships with leaders in assigned departmental areas (beats) and meeting with designated representatives from these areas to generate and produce articles that are clear, concise, creative and well-constructed.
Writing weekly news, feature and research articles about medicine, science and health care from assigned beats for the VUMC Reporter, MyVUMC and the VUMC Voice. Also, writing articles for VUMC and Vanderbilt University biannual magazines â Vanderbilt Medicine, Vanderbilt Nurse, Momentum and Hope, often juggling multiple writing assignments at a time.
Writing news releases, as requested, often adapted from articles that are written for internal publication.
Serving on a rotating basis with other members of the News & Communications as an on-call spokesperson for the Medical Center, answering questions about the
Medical Center and providing information about patients to the news media after hours and on weekends.
Respond promptly to crisis communications requests during emergency preparedness drills and institutional emergency situations, serving on a rotating basis with other News and Communications staff members.
Working with other staff on additional projects as needed
Other duties as assigned
Specific Skills Required:
â¢ Expertise in generating story ideas and news or publications writing; familiarity with AP style helpful
â¢ Expertise with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel
â¢ Familiarity with content management systems such as WordPress helpful
â¢ Familiarity with providing content for multiple social media platforms including Twitter and Facebook
â¢ Candidate must be a self-directed and proactive team player with a strong understanding of the current health care environment
â¢ Must be flexible, adaptable, productive and able to manage multiple writing projects simultaneously and be able to balance and meet competing deadlines
This position requires a bachelorâs degree in journalism, communications, public relations or a related discipline and a minimum of three years editorial writing experience. Prior related career experience in a health care setting is preferred. Fundamental knowledge of medicine, health care and science is essential.
This position reports to the Director of Publications in the Office of News and Communications.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is a comprehensive health care facility dedicated to patient care, research, and biomedical education. Our reputation for excellence in these areas has made us a major center for patient referrals from throughout the Mid-South. Each year, people throughout Tennessee and the Southeast choose Vanderbilt University Medical Center for their health care because of our leadership in medical science and our dedication to treating patients with dignity and compassion.The mission of Vanderbilt University Medical Center is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.