Communications Director-College of Health

Communications Director-College of Health

  • 528538
  • Anchorage, Alaska, United States
  • On Campus
  • Staff Full-time
  • Grade 81
  • UAA College of Health

The College of Health is seeking applications for a Communications Director. This position is responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring the internal and external communications of the college, with the ultimate goal of increasing the college’s visibility and credibility.

The College of Health is in the forefront of educating students to become doctors, nurses, and other health care and public health professionals and researchers. The college is comprised of 15 academic and research units focused on the state's top health priorities:
• Interpersonal violence
• Childhood trauma
• Substance abuse
• Health care systems policy and delivery
• Environmental health
• Biomedical science
We strive to collaborate on innovative approaches with all of our partners and stakeholders, to develop interdisciplinary resources, and to engage communities in a culture that promotes health and academic and research excellence.

The College of Health Communication Director, under the general direction of the Senior Statewide Director of Statewide Health Programs and Development, provides strategic leadership to the college on communications issues. This position is responsible for developing, implementing and monitoring the internal and external communications of the college, with the ultimate goal of increasing the college’s visibility and credibility. As a member of the COH leadership team, the Communication Director serves as spokesperson for the college and provides advice and counsel on communications issues and policies to COH leadership.

To be successful in this role, you should have exceptional interpersonal and leadership skills, with proven ability to supervise, communicate vision, and lead organizational culture change. Exceptional written and oral communication skills, with demonstrated ability to develop compelling content across a variety of media and styles. Exceptional organization and time management skills, with a strong orientation to detail and the ability to balance several high-level priorities at once. Strong ability to analyze and solve complex problems in a collaborative environment. An understanding of health-related academic programs and their contributions to state needs. An understanding of organizational image and reputation management. Familiarity with strategies, procedures and best practices in student recruitment. Demonstrated ability to collaborate with both internal and external stakeholders. Demonstrated ability to plan, manage and evaluate communications, marketing/advertising and public relations campaigns. A highly developed service orientation. Ability to effectively manage a wide range of communications channels, including websites and social media. Understanding of Alaska’s statewide media landscape.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, Journalism, Communications or related field and five years of progressively responsible communications experience, knowledge of health related academic programs, or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Experience managing projects with minimal oversight. Demonstrated interpersonal and leadership skills.

Position Details:

This position is located on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus in Anchorage Alaska. This is a full-time, term-funded, exempt staff position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. UA provides a generous compensation package that includes retirement options, annual leave, 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage. New hires will be placed on the UA Staff Salary Schedule, Grade 81, based on education and experience.

Applicants will need to upload the following documents to their online application:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Three writing samples that demonstrate marketing/communications across multiple media/channels for example creative campaigns, media relations efforts, channel management, etc.
  • Contact information of three professional references

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until a successful candidate is identified. Review of application materials will begin immediately. Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient and viable number of qualified candidates have been identified.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.


The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.


UA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, educational institution and provider and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination.


The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.


Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.


If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Cary Moore, Associate Dean of Clinical Health Sciences, at ccmoore2@alaska.edu or (907) 786-4935.

All employees at the University of Alaska are expected to uphold the highest standards of ethics and professionalism when conducting or engaged in university business.

*Each university within the University of Alaska system publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report which contains information regarding campus safety and security including topics such as: campus law enforcement authority; crime reporting policies; campus alerts (Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications); fire safety policies and procedures; programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking; the procedures the University will follow when one of these crimes is reported; and other matters of importance related to security on campus. The report also contains information about crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in On-Campus Student Housing Facilities; in Noncampus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University or a recognized student organization; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus.  The report also contains fire statistics for any fires occurring in an On-Campus Student Housing Facility during the three most recent calendar years.  

Access to the reports is available at:

UAA: (Addresses Anchorage campus, Aviation Technology Complex, JBER - Elmendorf Extension, JBER - Richardson Extension, Kenai Peninsula College - Kachemak Bay campus, Kenai Peninsula College - Kenai River campus, Kodiak College, Kodiak High School Extension, Matanuska-Susitna College, Prince William Sound College, and Prince William Sound College - Cordova Extension) Online: https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/students/safety. Request a paper copy in person: UAA Police Department Office at Room 114 of Eugene Short Hall on the Anchorage campus / UAA Dean of Students Office at Room 122 of Rasmuson Hall on the Anchorage campus. Request a paper copy by mail: 907-786-1120 or police@uaa.alaska.edu / 907-786-1214 or uaa_deanofstudents@alaska.edu

UAF: (Addresses Fairbanks Campus, Bristol Bay Campus, Chukchi Campus, Community and Technical College, Kasitsna Bay Campus, Seward Marine Center, Tok Campus, Kuskokwim Campus, and Northwest Campus) Online: https://www.uaf.edu/orca/files/ASFSR.pdf. Request a paper copy in person: UAF Office of Rights, Compliance and Accountability on the 3rd Floor of Constitution Hall. Request a paper copy by mail: 907-474-7300 or uaf-orca@alaska.edu.

UAS: (Addresses the Juneau Auke Bay Campus, Juneau Technical Education Center, Sitka Campus, & Ketchikan Campus) Online: https://uas.alaska.edu/equity-and-compliance/docs/clery/UAS_ASFSR.pdf. Request a paper copy in person: Hendrickson Building, Suite 202 on the Juneau campus. Request a paper copy by mail: 907-796-6371 or emailing uas.clery@alaska.edu.

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