The Sr. Media Relations Specialist works with the Director of Enterprise Communications to develop and implement a proactive, strategic science communications plan that promotes Boston Children's Hospital's vast scientific research and clinical care across the enterprise.
The Senior Media Relations Specialist will be responsible to:
Prepare and execute plans to support Boston Children's research mission and major enterprise goals and initiatives.
Follow scientific and health journals, research presentations and other sources to identify the Hospital's authors and assess news value.
Identify and vet potential science stories, covering basic, translational and clinical research.
Interview scientists, write and edit science content for various Hospital communications - press releases, pitches, social media content, sometimes on tight deadlines.
Translate complex scientific terminology and concepts for clinical, scientific and lay audiences, with high attention to accuracy, knowledge of scientific concepts, and outstanding ability to engage faculty and researchers and their findings.
Suggest and collaborate on multimedia content with graphic designers, photographer, videographer and/or animator.
Brief and prepare senior leaders, faculty, and staff for major interviews.
Receive and strategically manage science related media inquiries.
Identify key topics and trends in the news that match our areas of strength and proactively connects media with our experts.
Work closely with others in Marketing and Communications (e.g., web, social media, marketing owned content, internal communications, etc.) to schedule, develop and share content.
Develop and manage productive relationships with senior leadership, physicians / clinical staff, and other internal and external stakeholders and customers.
Track and report on key performance indicators and progress toward communication and outreach goals, per media relations plans.
To qualify, you must have:
A Bachelor's degree in journalism, public relations, or communications or in a closely related field and 7-10 years of experience in public relations
Experience in media relations database management, writing for public audiences, project coordination, web content management, and a background in science, healthcare, medicine or biotechnology are required
The ability to work collaboratively with other staff in order to provide positive and effective customer service that supports departmental and hospital operations
The ideal candidate has a passion for writing and communicating science
Boston Children's Hospital offers competitive compensation and unmatched benefits, including an affordable health, vision and dental insurance, generous levels of time off, 403(b) Retirement Savings plan, Pension, Tuition Reimbursement, and discounted rates on T-passes (50% off). Discover your best.
Boston Children's Hospital is a 395-bed comprehensive center for pediatric health care. As one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the United States, Children's offers a complete range of health care services for children from birth through 21 years of age.