Corporate Communications Specialist

Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute

Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) has been actively investigating the causes of and potential treatments for diseases since it was founded as Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation (MMRF) in 1952. We support and oversee the medical research conducted at HCMC, Hennepin Healthcare's nationally recognized Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center and acute care research and teaching hospital located in downtown Minneapolis.

HHRI is one of the largest medical research non-profits in Minnesota. Our researchers are experts in their fields. They conduct basic, translational, clinical and epidemiologic research with a focus on four areas: Acute Care/Trauma, Addiction, Health Services and Infectious Diseases (HIV/AIDS).

In an environment that emphasizes patient care, research and teaching, HHRI is at the forefront of discovering solutions to some of the most complex medical problems. The work of our investigators is advancing medicine, guided by our mission of improving patient care and the health of our community through research and education.

Position Details

Corporate Communications Specialist
Twin Cities Metro
Minneapolis, MN

The Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute (HHRI) has an opportunity for a Corporate Communications Specialist to work as part of the Corporate Communications team to connect with internal and external stakeholders and promote the research mission of HHRI.

This is a hybrid position where most time will be telework. Occasionally, an onsite presence in downtown Minneapolis, MN, and the surrounding communities will be required.

The Specialist will develop and implement internal and external communications content and strategies in the areas of digital communications, employee communications, marketing communications, public relations, graphic design, events and special projects. Duties include writing, editing, planning, designing, and delivering communications across multiple media, including websites, email, social media, newsletters and marketing collateral, and community settings.


  • Research, write, edit, proof, design, format, plan and oversee production and distribution of communications for internal and external audiences. 
  • Design materials and develop tailored content and messaging for various channels including internet, intranet, social media, newsletters, video, print, infographics, and marketing materials. 
  • Manage digital platforms; develop web and social media strategy and content. 
  • Ensure brand and graphic identity standards are maintained. 
  • Assist in scheduling and logistics of various community outreach, fundraising and special events. 
  • Track communications projects, analytics, and media exposure. 
  • Develop and manage editorial and content calendars. 
  • Collaborate across HHRI, Hennepin Healthcare and Hennepin Healthcare Foundation departments and teams on communication activities.


Any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the required knowledge and skills is qualifying.

  • Typical qualifications would be a baccalaureate degree in journalism, communications, graphic design, or related field and 4 years related experience. 
  • Superb writing and editing skills, familiarity with web and journalistic writing and AP Style. 
  • Experience in graphic design, social media, and web communications. 
  • Experience working in a healthcare/medical or research environment is desired.

Skill, Knowledge & Ability:

  • Requires interaction with a diverse population. 
  • Ability to self-start and function with minimal supervision, being well-organized, setting and following priorities, identifying and solving problems. 
  • Must understand communications and design principles, be highly skilled in the use of language, and be extremely attentive to details and deadlines. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including writing, editing, and proofreading. 
  • Knowledge of digital graphics and design. 
  • Ability to work under deadline pressure when necessary. 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and SharePoint, Acrobat Professional, Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator), WordPress and other applications, as needed. 
  • Must be customer-service oriented and be able to relate to personnel at all levels of the organization. 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team and have the ability to develop good working relationships with staff and community. 
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality.

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