Manager, Communications & Media Relations

La Rabida Children’s Hospital

La Rabida Children’s Hospital is the only hospital of its kind in Chicago. We specialize in treatment of chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities, abuse and trauma.

La Rabida provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary health services to children across a continuum of care, serving as a model for family-centered care.

La Rabida is a very special place. Triumphs occur here. Children overcome odds and excel beyond hope. This is where those who serve gain more than they give. La Rabida offers rewarding job opportunities across a wide array of clinical, administrative and support service functions.

Our lakefront location is spectacular. If you’re ready to work for an organization where caring is a way of life, you’ve come to the right place.

Position Details

Manager, Communications & Media Relations
Chicago Illinois
Chicago, IL

Manage and execute strategies that strengthen the reputation and image of the hospital, generate favorable media interest, and maximize overall communications performance in alignment with the hospital’s goals and objectives.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Directs the development and production of internal and external communication, including print and electronic media including brochures, newsletters, annual report, videos, social media and the hospital website. 
  • Plans and executes media relations strategies for hospital’s events including hospital programs and fundraising events; cultivates relationships with key media contacts; manages media pitches; fields and addresses media inquiries; serves as hospital spokesperson. 
  • Provides communications counsel to hospital Executive Leadership, departments and programs and create marketing strategies to promote key programs and clinical areas 
  • Designs/modifies department staffing model to optimize quality and productivity; plans and manages staff toward the accomplishment of the annual communication plan; recruits, trains and coaches staff; follows policies and procedures relative to personnel management. 
  • Plans and executes VIP visits and ad hoc events; serves on the planning committees for various events. 
  • Develops and oversees event programming for fundraising events, special marketing opportunities and Board events. 
  • Identifies, selects, manages and monitors performance of external vendors, including firms and freelancers who provide PR, design, photography, and website services as well as print production, mailing, and novelty houses. 
  • Researches, evaluates and recommends new strategies to shape and promote the La Rabida brand through partnerships with high profile individuals and/or organizations. 
  • Develops annual communication plan and budget, working closely with hospital departments and programs to identify needs and requirements. Monitor performance/expenses against plan and budget. 
  • Develops and writes fundraising appeals featuring La Rabida patient-family stories and clinical areas, informing supporters of the hospital’s focus while raising funds to support the mission.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations,communications or related field required 
  • 5 years related experience required. 
  • Strong writing skills required. 
  • Website development experience preferred. 
  • Exceptional interpersonal communication skills required. 
  • Ability to forge relationships required.

Our comprehensive employee benefits program is competitive.

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