Communications Specialist, BHHI

UCSF Campus

San Francisco, California

Date Posted June 02, 2021
Industry Academia
Specialty Not Specified
Job Status Full-time
Salary Not Specified


Job Summary
The Communications Specialist will develop, implement, and oversee Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative's (BHHI) strategic 
components, including defining communication goals, objectives, and priorities. Reporting to the BHHI leadership team, the Communications 
Specialist will work collaboratively with faculty and staff to enhance and broaden the impact of BHHI's research, policy recommendations, and 
educational efforts. The Communications Specialist will also work closely with the BHHI Communications and Special Projects Manager as it 
relates to the website and other digital communication efforts. The individual will work within the guidelines and under the guidance of the 
UCSF Office of Communications, and will work within UCSF branding and communications standards, including UCSF digital, social media, and 
editorial policies. Additionally, they will assess and monitor effectiveness 
of the BHHI's digital communications (e-newsletter, social media, blog, webinars, and website).

The ideal candidate is able to develop a communications strategy for a growing organization and is self-motivated, results-oriented, 
flexible, and reliable. 
The Benioff Homelessness and Housing Initiative (BHHI) is a research and policy initiative within the Division of the Center for 
Vulnerable Populations (CVP). 
The BHHI is a high-visibility academic program with a focus on developing and disseminating evidence-based solutions to prevent 
and end homelessness. The BHHI 
aims to make an impact on homelessness by advancing and transforming policy and practice through 1) conducting rigorous assessments 
of the available research on 
interventions and policies to prevent and end homelessness; 2) conducting research on high impact policy and programmatic questions; 
3) developing a long-term 
research program by leveraging resources of BHHI to obtain sustainable funding from outside funders including NIH; 4) disseminating 
findings to key decision-makers 
in the public and private sectors, practitioners, and the general public through a strategic dissemination strategy; 5) providing 
policy translation at local, state, 
and federal levels; 6) developing and maintaining relationships with a broad array of stakeholders; and 7) training the next 
generation of policy oriented researchers.

Required Qualifications:
*    Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training
*    5+ years of relevant communications experience
*    Knowledge of all aspects of communications, including strategic planning for various media venues, technical aspects and requirements 
of various venues, 
and most appropriate and effective applications
*    Develop in-depth understanding of BHHI, its achievements, mission, vision, goals, policies, practices, infrastructure, and strong 
knowledge of current 
affairs, and issues in homelessness 
*    Solid skills to create, develop, and implement comprehensive long and short-term strategic communications plans
*    Knowledge and skills to advise and consult with management to ensure delivery of the desired message to the target and/or broad 
general audiences
*    Solid written, verbal, interpersonal communications, active listening and political acumen skills
*    Ability to write, edit, and distribute internal and external communications materials, including press releases, statements, 
quotes, talking points, 
social media posts, news summaries, and media advisories for organization's research and policy work Ability to create and implement 
social media and communication 
plans for research findings, product rollouts, and other BHHI messages
*    Ability to assess and monitor effectiveness of the BHHI's digital communications (e-newsletter, social media, blog, webinars, and website)

About UCSF: 
The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced
 biomedical research, graduate-level 
education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system 
dedicated exclusively to the health 
sciences. We bring together the world's leading experts in nearly every area of health. We are home to five Nobel laureates who have 
advanced the understanding of cancer, 
neurodegenerative diseases, aging and stem cells.

Pride Values: 
UCSF is a diverse community made of people with many skills and talents. We seek candidates whose work experience or community service has 
prepared them to contribute to our 
commitment to professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity and excellence - also known as our PRIDE values.   

In addition to our PRIDE values, UCSF is committed to equity - both in how we deliver care as well as our workforce.  We are committed to 
building a broadly diverse community, 
nurturing a culture that is welcoming and supportive, and engaging diverse ideas for the provision of culturally competent education, 
discovery, and patient care.  Additional 
information about UCSF is available at 

Join us to find a rewarding career contributing to improving healthcare worldwide.

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