Media Relations Officer, Global Campaigns

About the Role

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent research center at the University of Washington. Its mission is to deliver to the world timely, relevant, and scientifically valid evidence to improve health policy and practice. IHME carries out its mission through a range of projects within different research areas including the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors; Future Health Scenarios; Cost Effectiveness and Efficiency; Resource Tracking; and Impact Evaluations. Our vision is to provide policymakers, donors, and researchers with the highest-quality quantitative evidence base so all people live long lives in full health.

IHME is committed to providing the evidence base necessary to help solve the world’s most important health problems. This requires creativity and innovation, which are cultivated by an inclusive, diverse, and equitable environment that respects and appreciates differences, embraces collaboration, and invites the voices of all IHME team members.

About the team

The Global Impact Group (GIG) leads IHME’s pursuit to improve health policy and practice through cutting-edge communication and collaboration. GIG runs campaigns to build awareness of the most critical health challenges, and work with decision-makers to take informed action. Within GIG, the Global Campaigns team works with media and social media, creating compelling content to help IHME advance policy windows by furnishing evidence in the right format, at the right time, and to the right stakeholders, to inform decision-making.

About the role

IHME has an outstanding opportunity for a Media Relations Officer. The primary purpose of this position will be to work in close collaboration with senior leaders to implement IHME’s communications strategy and lead targeted outreach efforts to build impact from IHME research among audiences globally. This requires strategic cultivation and sustaining open channels with a wide range of media covering local, national, and international topics of interest as a critical pathway to reach varied audiences including government decision-makers, nonprofit organizations, health service organizations, and donors. The Media Relations Officer is responsible for proactively identifying, creating, and disseminating high-quality stories that demonstrate the policy-relevance of IHME’s results and methods in clear and compelling ways. In collaboration with an agile team, they must execute strategies for media outreach and uptake, as well as use analytics to measure and analyze the impact of that outreach and update. This position is contingent upon project funding availability.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Relationship management

• Strategically manage and expand IHME’s network of media contacts, key opinion leaders, policymakers, and other stakeholders; identify and lead opportunities to strengthen relationships with external media stakeholders, in order to disseminate IHME’s evidence-based research effectively and seek to influence global health policy and impact.
• Field and obtain answers to inquiries and requests from journalists for findings and interviews with experts in IHME’s research network.
• Communicate collaboratively and effectively with other members of the IHME’s Global Impact Group, as well as other faculty and staff, key communications staff at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and other stakeholders to engage IHME’s growing research network in working with the media to explain research findings.
• Recognize, process, and address crisis situations that would affect IHME’s reputation and brand.

Writing and outreach

• Research and write content for all outreach products, which include messaging briefs, fact sheets, press releases, media pitches, and infographics, and collaborate closely on social media-related content.
• Develop and maintain a calendar of media outreach opportunities.
• Work with faculty and staff to transform complex research into compelling and policy-relevant messages that are comprehensible to targeted non-scientific audiences.
• Present summaries of research, implications, and opportunities to multiple audiences, including audiences from local government and donors.
• In all avenues, communicate to diverse audiences in a language and manner that connects with their interests while explaining in clear terms IHME’s work and mission.

Knowledge command 

• Develop in-depth familiarity with media organizations and journalists around the world, including their political and cultural contexts.
• Regularly review the landscape of international media coverage on a range of health and global development topics and identify ways for IHME’s work to be woven into the global dialogue.
• Present summaries of research, implications, and opportunities to multiple audiences, including audiences from local government and donors.

Other

• Take on other duties as part of the overall Global Impact Group as needed.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

• Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or related field plus three years of experience in a role or roles

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

• Excellent communications skills, both written and oral.
• Ability to take technical and highly scientific research and make it relevant, clear, and concise for the general public.
• Aptitude for public speaking before large and small audiences.
• Creative and strategic thinking.
• Ability to manage multiple workstreams and numerous stakeholders simultaneously, setting and shifting priorities as needed.
• Professional maturity, with an ability to work both independently and collaboratively to achieve objectives.
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Ability to work effectively in a team-based structure with excellent interpersonal skills that foster productive relationships with colleagues and the Institute’s third-party service providers.
• Strong understanding of multimedia assets as promotional tools.
• Experience in handling crisis communications.
• A commitment to working to alongside others at IHME to illuminate the health impacts of systemic racism and to work within IHME to make our organization more diverse and inclusive. See IHME’s DEI statement here: http://www.healthdata.org/get-involved/careers/dei

DESIRED:

• Substantive knowledge of public health research and policy, data science, and other related research fields.
• Prior experience transforming statistical information into compelling written and spoken content targeted at a general audience.
• Proficiency in more than one language to help build a global, multilingual team.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

• This position leads a global team  and works with a global network of stakeholders; as such evening and weekend work may be required to fulfill job duties.
• Travel may be required up to 20% of the year, both domestic and international.
• Office is located in Seattle, Washington. This position is eligible to work fully remote in the US. Valid passport or the ability to obtain one is required.

Application Process:
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.


Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.


Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

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COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT

Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.2 requires employees of higher education and healthcare institutions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.