Public Relations Director – 8510-1A

17 Jun, 2020


Public Relations Director – 8510-1A

University of California-Irvine
Irvine, CA

Position Summary:


The Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute provides the best scientific research, education and clinical care integrating conventional and complementary medicine and strives to transform healthcare through the practice of integrative health by conducting rigorous research, promoting evidence-based treatment modalities, educating the public on well-being practices, providing individualized, patient-centered clinical care and providing services to the community that focus on obtaining optimal health.


The primary goal of the Public Relations Director is to increase visibility and awareness of the Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute (SSIHI) and its programs, research, and clinical activities to internal and external partners. The Public Relations Director will also discover and oversee relationships between the SSIHI, departments, university and the community. The director is responsible for strategically planning, implementing, executing and evaluating a comprehensive public relations/communications/outreach program for the SSIHI and serves as the liaison for current and prospective integrative health activities at UCI. In addition, the director will oversee the creation of communications briefs, reports, and other documents that will be utilized to update SSIHI’s constituents. The director will be asked to direct and participate in marketing efforts and oversee the social media plan. These programs/initiatives should ultimately develop opportunities for the SSIHI to add value to our internal and external community’s future as it pertains to integrative health, and to help attract relationships, resources and advocacy for the SSIHI partnership efforts and promote and highlight work in the SSIHI priority areas, as determined by the Executive Director, Chief Administrative Officer, and Board. The position will work closely with UCI College of Health Sciences development office and will be the coordinating point for development activities at SSIHI. The director will work in partnership with the development director on relationship building and outreach activities associated with philanthropy. This position reports to the Chief Administrative Officer with broad latitude for independent judgment and initiative with evaluation based on the effective operation of the administrative function. Qualified candidates must have broad knowledge of the principles and practices of public relations, communications, community relations, excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse group of individuals in a diplomatic and professional manner, as well as proven organizational skills.


Compensation Range:


Annually: $74,300.00 – $116,950.00


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5-8 years of relevant.

Bachelor’s degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Advanced knowledge and understanding 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.

Advanced knowledge and understanding of technical applications to direct professional technical staff, or personally perform technical work, including design concepts, various media, and applications.

Advanced knowledge of the organization, including its mission, vision, goals, policies, and infrastructure; strong knowledge of current affairs and issues in higher education and / or health sciences.

Advanced skills to create, develop, and implement long and short term strategic communication plans.

Advanced skills to advise and consult management on all aspects of communications, ranging from developing effective communication strategies to appropriately responding to inquiries regarding sensitive or complex issues or information.

Excellent written, verbal, interpersonal communications, active listening and political acumen skills.

Excellent analytical, critical thinking, project management, and problem recognition, avoidance, and resolution skills.

Thorough knowledge of location protocols and channels for communication internally and externally.




Final candidate subject to background check. As a federal contractor, UC Irvine is required to use E-Verify to confirm the work status of individuals assigned to perform substantial work under certain federal contracts/subcontracts.


The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by theĀ UC nondiscrimination policy.


Below are general guidelines on the position’s physical, mental, and environmental working conditions. In accordance with applicable state and federal law, UCI provides reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities upon request. For more information, please contact Human Resources at (949) 824-0500.


Physical Requirements:


Bend: Occasionally

Squat: Occasionally

Crawl: Not Applicable

Climb: Not Applicable

Kneel: Not Applicable

Push/Pull: Occasionally

Reach Above Shoulder Level: Occasionally

Sit: Frequently

Stand: Frequently

Walk: Occasionally

Use Fine Finger Movements: Occasionally

Carry/Lift Loads up to 25 Pounds: Occasionally

Carry/Lift Loads up to 25-50 lbs: Not Applicable

Carry/Lift Loads over 50 Pounds: Not Applicable

Read/Comprehend: Constantly

Write: Constantly

Perform Calculations: Occasionally

Communicate Orally: Constantly

Reason and Analyze: Constantly

Chemical/Biological Agent: Not Applicable

Construction Activities: Not Applicable

Contact with Water/Liquids: Not Applicable

Drive Motorized Equipment: Not Applicable

Confined Spaces: Not Applicable

Elevated Work Location: Not Applicable

Radioactive Materials: Not Applicable

Temperature Variations: Not Applicable

Gas Systems: Not Applicable

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Job posted: 2020-06-17