Senior Public Information Officer (Communications Specialist 4)

13 May, 2020


Senior Public Information Officer (Communications Specialist 4)

UC Davis Health
Sacramento, CA

Department Description

The Department of Public Affairs and Marketing plans, manages, and implements strategic communications (such as news media relations, public relations, marketing, internal and external communications) for UC Davis Health. Communications are aimed at a wide range of key constituencies, such as the news media UC administration, UC Davis faculty, staff and students, government/regulatory leaders, external physicians, business leaders, patients and health care consumers, and the general public.

Job Summary
Final Filing Date : 5/22/2020
Salary Range : The budgeted pay range for this position is $7,916.66 to $8,750.00
Salary Frequency : Monthly
Appointment Type : Career
Percentage of Time : 100%
Shift Hour : 08 hours
Location : Broadway Building
City : Sacramento
Union Representation : No
Benefits Eligible : Yes

We offer exceptional employment benefits including medical, dental, and vision plans, generous paid vacations and holidays, excellent retirement savings and investment plans, continuing education, and reduced fee and scholarship programs.


This Senior Public Information Officer (PIO) helps to strategically position UC Davis Health’s NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center within the local community, region and beyond by developing communications plans, preparing articles and press releases for the media and UC Davis Health website, gathering and disseminating timely information to internal and external audiences, acting as media spokesperson, planning and overseeing press events, researching and writing briefing materials, serving as writer and managing editor for the Comprehensive Cancer Center’s magazine and other print materials, and contributing to UC Davis Health social media channels.

Required Qualifications
Demonstrated skill in message development, audience identification and issue-management in alignment with an organization’s institutional goals.
Working knowledge of AP style, with willingness to learn and integrate custom UC Davis Health style variations.
Willingness to closely follow HIPAA and other privacy regulations and related documentation requirements.
Solid oral and interpersonal skills, tact and diplomacy
Ability to accept direction and edits and to exercise tact and sensitivity when working with colleagues and key stakeholders
Demonstrated ability to write clear, accurate, compelling and stylistically appropriate content. Thorough knowledge of the English language and its proper usage, in both oral and written communications and for a variety of goals and diverse audiences. Experience with sensitivity to messaging and content for intended audiences.
Advanced experience using different media including Web, social media, video and traditional platforms to communicate messages and expand reach with varied audiences

Preferred Qualifications
Advanced knowledge and experience in developing communications for an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center
Advanced knowledge and experience in developing communications for an academic health center

Special Requirements
This position may be subject to a criminal background investigation, drug screen, Live Scan fingerprinting, medical evaluation clearance, and functional capacity assessment.


The University of California 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 the UC nondiscrimination policy.

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Job posted: 2020-05-13