University of Washington Department of Global Health

Communications & Events Manager

The University of Washington Department of Global Health has an outstanding opportunity for a Communications & Events Manager.

The Department of Global Health was established in 2007, bridging the schools of Medicine and Public Health, with a mandate to harness the expertise and interdisciplinary power of all UW schools and colleges. Our mission is to improve health for all through research, education, training, and service; to understand and address the causes of disease and health inequities at multiple levels; and to collaborate with partners to develop and sustain locally-led, quality health systems, programs and policies.

Driven by tremendous interest among both students and faculty, the Department has grown explosively to more than 400 graduate students and hundreds more undergraduates. We have more than 380 faculty and 1,000 staff working on projects across 130 countries with our deepest ties in United States, Kenya, Uganda, Peru, Mozambique, India, South Africa, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Nicaragua.

See below for key responsibilities and read the full job description here.


Strategy and planning:

  • This position works independently and has primary decision-making authority for guiding and directing the Department’s communication and events strategy and messaging, DGH’s intranet, and DGH’s alumni program; and primary responsibility for DGH’s communication impacts.
  • Develop, revise and update strategy (including evaluation metrics) and work plans for communications, events, alumni engagement and the DGH intranet to align with the strategic goals of the Department and ensure smooth implementation and monitoring/ evaluation of the events strategy and work plan.
  • Serve as an enthusiastic ambassador for DGH, the University of Washington and the UW brand, and provide support for others to incorporate UW branding into their communications.
  • Partner with Communication Director of the School of Public Health and UW Medicine Media Relations and strategic communications teams to confirm information and elevate global health stories, news, and other information.
  • Participate in regular meetings of external partner organizations


  •  Provide direction, supervision, and oversight to communications staff, student assistant and consultants for DGH communications, events, alumni program and intranet.
  • Review and provide guidance to communications staff regarding social media priorities and content, and development and upkeep of the photo database.
  • Collaborate with communications staff, faculty, and DGH staff to:
    • identify strategic events highlighting DGH priority areas;
    • communicate alumni opportunities and develop activities;
    • identify and disseminate news stories and profiles highlighting the breadth and depth of the Department’s various research areas;
    • identify strategic priority channels and tools to promote internal communications – including intranet and newsletters.

Content development and dissemination:

  • Lead efforts to effectively and efficiently collect and disseminate key communications within and beyond the department.
  • Work closely with the Web Specialist and Academic Program staff to ensure the website is meeting the needs of prospective students, current students, and other audiences.
  • Monitor and manage website and faculty databases, and communicate any issues or bugs to the web specialist.
  • Work with Advancement staff to provide content for donor-related materials.
  • Prepare, finalize, review, approve and disseminate the DGH annual report and other materials (fact sheets, flyers, ads, etc.), incorporating feedback from leadership and in partnership with a graphic designer.
  • Further develop the format, and review and provide edits for e-newsletters aimed at various audiences.

Department communications:

  • Work with the Director of Finance and Administration to ensure internal communications and other Departmental needs are addressed, including intranet development and implementation.
  • Draft communications for the Chair and others including talking points and letters.
  • Provide guidance and support for any high concern communications using established guidelines, procedures.
  • Build relationships with 26 affiliated DGH programs and centers to elevate their achievements and news.
  • Provide resources and support to program staff regarding websites, design, printed materials, university resources, and Department standards.

Events – Strategic Management: Identify and oversee strategic, high-quality DGH events and evaluate according to strategy metrics.

Alumni Program Strategic Management:

  • Lead efforts to increase alumni participation in two focus areas – opportunities for current DGH students and participation in Husky Giving – and evaluate according to strategy metrics
  • Oversee alumni-related events, channels and databases

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