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Stanford University Department Communications Manager in Stanford, California

Department Communications Manager

School of Medicine, Stanford, California, United States


Post Date Sep 22, 2023

Requisition # 100772

The Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, is seeking a Department Communications Manager to lead the design, creation, development, and execution of its communications strategies. If you are an experienced, savvy communications expert with an entrepreneurial flare, looking to build a cohesive and engaging department communications strategy---This is the job for you!! Reporting to faculty leadership, and the Vice Chair for Finance and Administration, you will build this new communications unit function from the ground up, coordinating efforts with the Faculty Communications Council, as well as front line Anesthesia staff. Key responsibilities include, development and execution of a department communications strategic plan, coordination of internal/external electronic communications, including web technologies, design, content management and social media platforms.

We are a world-leading Anesthesiology department, that offers comprehensive training and perioperative patient care, pain management, and critical care medicine as well as cutting edge research, encompassing a wide spectrum of programs in basic, translational, clinical, health services and medical education.

At Stanford University School of Medicine, the work we do touches the lives of those today and tomorrow. Through education, research, and healthcare, the School of Medicine improves health through leadership, diversity, collaborative discoveries, and innovation in health care. Whether working in departments with faculty, or in units that support the school, our staff are a part of teams that propel us on our journey toward the future of medicine and precision health.

Stanford is rootedin a culture of excellence and values innovation, collaboration, and life-long learning. To foster the talents and aspirations of our staff, Stanford offers career development programs, competitive pay that reflects market trends and benefits that increase financial stability and promote healthy, fulfilling lives. An award- winning employer, Stanford offers an exceptional setting for professionals looking to advance their careers.

The School of Medicine, and the Department of Anesthesia are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion for its faculty, staff, residents, postdocs, and fellows. We aim to recruit, support, retain, and promote diversity in our department.

For more information on our department, please see our website:https://med.stanford.edu/anesthesia.html

Core duties include*:

  • Develop strategic direction and oversee implementation of long- and short-term communication plans with direct impact to a unit or program.

  • Develop and lead social media strategies, that increase brand awareness, create buzz around promotional events, or launch new department campaigns. Including, what media platforms to use, what type of posts to create, when to post, and which audiences to target.

  • Website development, design, and content management.

  • Devise and implement creative, compelling, and effective means of communicating the innovations, academic excellence, and essential nature of a unit or program.

  • Provide leadership to achieve department communication goals supporting an individual unit’s communication strategy.

  • Responsible for hiring, training, supervision and retention of staff, career coaching, personal development for direct report and accountable for the performance of employees.

  • Support a unit’s crisis communication response including emergency matters.

  • Collaborate with institutional communicators to ensure individual unit’s strategic plans and activities are aligned with overall university outreach, communication and media relations content and other areas.

  • Other duties may also be assigned


Areas of Expertise:

  • Advanced, writing, editing, and content management skills

  • Experienced in social media platforms and media relations

  • Website development technologies, design, content management

  • Superior organizational skills, ability to manage multiple projects, priorities, and deadlines

  • Advanced computer skills (Microsoft Office—Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

  • Demonstrated knowledge of standard concepts and practices related to the position

  • Knowledge of when and how to use various channels of communication.

  • Understanding of branding and positioning strategies.

  • Experienced producer of multiple communications materials.

  • Must possess integrity, strong work ethic, and positive attitude.


Bachelor's degree and eight years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience.


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, outstanding research and analytical skills.

  • Ability to lead collaborative efforts with internal communications groups across campus.

  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills in working with a variety of people.

  • Proven ability to manage issues through diverse and competing interests.

  • Strong communications skills and presence at all levels and for all audiences.

  • Strong influencing, negotiating, and relationship management skills

  • Ability to earn credibility and influence others.

  • Demonstrated ability in synthesizing complex materials and communicating highly technical information in a manner easily understood.

  • Creative thinker with a desire and ability to seek and optimize opportunities.

  • Proven management skills and the ability to build and sustain a best in class communications team.


  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.

  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, speaking.

  • Occasionally grasp forcefully, writing by hand.

  • Rarely sort/file paperwork.

  • Add or subtract physical requirements based on the requirements of your specific job. (remove this statement for posting)

*- Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


Occasional work on evenings and weekends.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.

  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors bases on training and lessons learned.

  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.

The expected pay range for this position is $128,000 to $160,000 per annum.

Stanford University provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location, and external market pay for comparable jobs.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time

  • Job Code: 4219

  • Employee Status: Regular

  • Grade: K

  • Requisition ID: 100772

  • Work Arrangement : Hybrid Eligible