Job Information

  • Description:

    UCSF Public Affairs (PA), a part of UCSF University Relations (UR), is dedicated to communicating UCSF’s excellence in patient care, research and education, primarily through the traditional and evolving news media. PA also leads strategic communications to both internal and external audiences about sensitive issues related to the operations of a major health sciences enterprise. 

    We seek a seasoned communicator to join our team as a Senior Public Information Representative (SPIR), with a particular focus on health sciences communications -- including research discoveries, industry partnerships, NIH funding and other institutional priorities -- and crisis management. 

    The SPIR communicates through a variety of means (news releases, web stories, fact sheets, media pitches, talking points, ghost-written opinion pieces, etc.) that require translating UCSF institutional issues and scientific discoveries and partnerships into language for the lay public. Working with UR’s Digital Communications team, the SPIR also communicates through social media (e.g., video, podcasts, infographics and engagement forums including Twitter). 

    The SPIR will have a signifcant role in crisis management. This will involve communicating about sensitive internal and external issues, including real estate transactions and the development of UCSF’s campus in San Francisco’s urban environment, labor, animal research, among others. This position will work closely with UR’s Community and Government Relations team, based in San Francisco and Washington, DC. The position also will work with UR’s Brand Communications team to ensure proper use of UCSF’s name in media communications by industry partners and business affiliates. 

    The SPIR, along with the rest of the PA team, provides media trainings for faculty and leadership, provides counsel to faculty on sensitive issues and prepares them for media interviews. This SPIR may serve as a backup editor for UCSF news releases. 

    PA participates in University Relation’s emergency communications preparations for potential events, such as earthquakes. 

    PA includes a team of SPIRs focused on the clinical enterprise, UCSF Health, and a team focused on the campus’s research and education missions. This SPIR will focus on the campus enterprise and report to the Assistant Vice Chancellor, Public Affairs. 

    UCSF Public Affairs (PA) is a fast-paced, deadline driven environment involving substantial multitasking. It also is a fun, dynamic place to work, made up of bright, talented, motivated colleagues who bring a variety of communications skills to their roles and provide significant support to one another – i.e., we function as a team. We seek another strong communicator to join our efforts. 

    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. 

  • URL:
  • Level: Senior
  • Period: Full-time
  • Location: San Francisco

Job Requirements

  • Skills:

    Advanced knowledge of principles, practices, concepts, and technical requirements in news, media communications and media relations
    • Advanced knowledge of the location, its achievements, mission, vision, goals, objectives, programs, policies and infrastructure, and knowledge of issues in higher education as well as current location concerns and issues
    • May require advanced knowledge of assigned subject matter area(s)
    • May be required to have knowledge in a specialty area such as broadcast news including TV / radio, internet, social media and other emerging technologies
    • Advanced verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
    • Advanced judgment, analytical and decision-making skills and advanced political acumen
    • Advanced skill in problem recognition, avoidance and resolution
    • Skill to maintain confidentiality

  • Education Required:

    Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training

Company Information

  • University Relations UCSF
    3333 California
    San Francisco California 94124
    United States of America

Contact Information

  • Asia Armstrong
    Phone: (415) 502-3054
  • Contact Method:

    To apply for this position, please visit: and search for Req Number 46332BR. Click ‘Submit to job’ on the job posting page to begin the application process.