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Senior Communications Strategist - CEO/Executive Communications


Senior Communications Strategist - CEO/Executive Communications

  • R0034566
  • Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
  • Communications
  • UVA Medical Center
This role is responsible for planning, developing, and implementing the executive communications strategy for key executives at UVA Health. Preferred candidates will have previous experience designing and implementing creative and impactful communications strategy for C-suite executives. They will possess command of a wide range of communications specialty areas including writing and editing, multimedia, and creative design to lead a high-impact communications program. The ideal candidate will be exceptionally skilled at understanding how to capture and effectively reflect distinct executive voices. They will have the desire to establish a foundation of excellence and a proven record of exceeding goals, both qualitatively and quantitatively.

Job Description

Leads and executes communications strategies for the Chief Executive Officer of UVA Health. Drives compelling communications across all channels that will:
  • Increase visibility and positive engagement with UVA Health team members and other key constituent audiences
  • Effectively capture the voice of the CEO
  • Elevate CEO executive thought leadership in strategic areas of focus
  • Plan and execute communications calendar across all channels
  • Monitor and apply national healthcare trends for communications context
  • Partner with other communications team members for overall communication integration and editorial calendar management
  • Accompany the CEO to specific events/meetings in order to capture and note key insights, later integrating into strategic communications

Manage end-to-end communications including (but not limited to) recognition programs, video messages, social media, website content, internal executive newsletters, Community Update, Board communications, events, speeches, and thought leadership opportunities that align with the overall UVA Health executive communications strategy.

Responsible for planning, editorial calendar management and implementation of communications content targeted at a broad variety of internal and external audiences (leaders, peers, UVA Health team members, influencers, media, patients, etc.) to support organizational business strategies and to promote and advance the UVA Health brand as an academic healthcare thought leader.

Essential Responsibilities: Reporting to the Director of Executive Communications and Strategic Initiatives, serves as primary communications liaison for the CEO. Oversees the development and implementation of sophisticated and integrated (internal and external) communications plans for local, regional and national initiatives and / or functional areas including development of CEO thought leadership voice, communications positioning, messaging, and tactics consistent with the UVA Health brand and business strategies.

Following implementation, monitors the effectiveness of the communications program and materials. Modifies programs and projects as needed to improve results. Creates measurement reports and dashboards. Serves as a collaborator and an integrator with other communications leads from the content, media, social, internal teams and other stakeholders and teams.

Position Compensation Range: $70,595.20 - $112,944.00 Annual


Education: Bachelor's degree in journalism, English, public relations, communications or related field.
Experience: Experience leading executive communications programs with both internal and external audiences. Basic Qualifications: Experience Minimum ten (10) years of experience in PR, Communications, or similar roles. Minimum (5) years executive communications experience.
Licensure: None

Additional Job Requirements:

Extensive experience working senior executives and confidential, high-risk and / or highly sensitive content. Experience contributing to business goals through strategic communications. Experience managing enterprise-wide communications across large, complex organizations.

Extensive experience with stakeholder management and change management in a large organization.

Experience working across internal and external communications with a demonstrated understanding for how they influence each other.

Demonstrated ability to plan and manage complex projects: ability to work effectively with team members and senior executives under tight deadlines.

Contributes to the development of innovative communications principles, ideas, and practices.

Additional expertise required: Advanced skills in the areas outlined. Extensive experience leading executive communications programs with both internal and external audiences.


This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require traveling some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

Please visitthe UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpageprior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirementsandguidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, i ncluding the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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