The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower has the following position open:

Program Director


The Annenberg Center seeks Program Director to join our team. The Program Director oversees and participates in the implementation of various educational initiatives, acting as a catalyst between the Grant Development department and the Program Implementation department, developing plans, delegating tasks, and overseeing implementation to ensure that programs are delivered as planned, both on time and on budget. He/she manages all aspects of educational initiatives including measuring impact and outcomes.

Qualifications: Minimum of Bachelor degree and 3-5 years experience in medical education /program implementation role and 2- year staff management experience

Specific Skills:

  • Must have strong management/supervising skills
  • Financial skills including budgeting and program budget management (labor and out-of-pocket)
  • Experience implementing innovative, complex, multi-component medical education formats
  • Knowledge of and a continuing broad interest in clinical areas of medicine
  • Knowledge of and experience with the newest technologies that aid education
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills including presentation skills
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal, teamwork, organizational and delegation skills
  • Strong computer skills, including knowledge of Word, Excel, Power Point
  • Available to travel

The Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower is a nationally accredited, non-profit, provider of continuing professional development in the health professions and is part of Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California.

Interested parties should submit their resume to

Posted July 2, 2012


Samueli Institute in Virginia has three positions open:

Director of Communications

Communications Manager

Communications and Public Relations Specialist

For immediate consideration, submit a brief cover letter, including salary requirements and a resume via email to (please indicate the position title in the subject line).

Samueli Institute is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) research organization supporting the scientific investigation of healing processes and their role in medicine and health care.

Ranked as one of the 2011 Best Places to Work in Virginia, Samueli Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers an outstanding total rewards package including generous paid time off, flexible work schedules, educational assistance, and a 401(k) plan.

To learn more about Samueli Institute, please visit our website at

Information on each position is found below.


Director of Communications

Summary:  Samueli Institute in Virginia is seeking a full time Communications Director.  This individual will be responsible for managing, planning and implementing media and communication plans of the Samueli Institute; this also includes working with the advancement team on donor and public communication plans.  In collaboration with the senior leadership of the Institute, this position provides targeted, proactive positioning of the Institute as the leading authority on healing, complementary, and integrative medicine science. Duties include communications’ strategy development and execution, Web strategy and management, writing, media relations, public/member communications, government relations communications and research program communications planning and implementation.  This position will have frequent contact with employees at all levels of the organization, our research partners, and other key audiences.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:  The Communications Director will serve as the key media contact for the Institute and develops a proactive media relations campaign for the Institute for each fiscal year.  He/she is charged with developing and implementing media plans and cultivating new opportunities and relationships.  Selected individual needs to take a proactive approach to building relationships with the media; directs crisis communications activities and responds to media inquiries; facilitate quotes and comments to the press, as needed. She/he will be responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive, proactive communications, marketing and branding strategy that is aligned with the Institute’s mission and strategic plan;  provides leadership and direction for all Institute communication and public relations activities.

The Director should creatively leverage Web-based, new technology and social media to reach target audiences and strengthen ongoing relationships, including developing strategic donor relations campaigns and programs that align with the Institute’s development plan to increase donations to the Institute.

The successful candidate is expected to manage the design, development, and periodic evaluation of promotional, informational, and educational publications and collateral materials.  In support of the Institute objectives, he or she will identify stakeholders, key messages, and opportunities for information dissemination and relationship management. Will work with all departments within the Institute to coordinate internal and external communication plans and strategies to ensure a consistent voice in all distributed materials.

Qualifications, knowledge and skill required:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, mass or broadcast communications, English or related field required with 8-10 years of progressive experience; Advanced degree preferred
  • Experience in health care/science/research communications highly preferred
  • Knowledge of integrative medicine, complementary therapies or holistic approaches to health care delivery preferred
  • Demonstrated experience utilizing new media (social networking tools) for marketing or campaigning
  • Significant media relations experience required; nonprofit experience preferred
  • Knowledge of variety of mass, alternative media, media lists and wire services
  • Demonstrated success in communications, marketing or public affairs with a background in journalism, public relations or advertising
  • Superior written and oral communications skills required; strong experience with business and persuasive writing; must be able to communicate effectively with all levels of media contacts, community leaders, donors, and staff
  • Understanding of government communications strategies
  • Demonstrated managerial experience in leading a diverse team and mentoring/coaching staff
  • Highly motivated, with the ability to work independently.  Must exercise discretion, take initiative, demonstrate independent judgment, participate as an effective team member, and follow tasks through to completion
  • Strong ability to multi-task and work in a cross-functional organization with all levels of internal partners and diverse external constituencies
  • Must be internet savvy with strong computer skills


Communications Manager

Summary: Samueli Institute is seeking a Communications Director to provide essential services to the mission and goals of the Samueli Institute by managing its communications programs.  This individual assists the Institute in the creation and implementation of a strategic, multi-faceted communications program designed to build and strengthen the Samueli Institute’s role and reputation as a leader and authoritative voice in its field. S/He devises program guidelines and policies, oversees the implementation process, and provides quality control for communications programs, media activities, and special events.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:  The Communications Manager will assist in the implementation of a strategic communications plan to support the organization’s mission, goals and objectives.  As brand steward, this position will be responsible for final editing of all Institute communications before being issued, to ensure all communications, especially external communications, adhere to branding guidelines, message quality and message consistency, and create and execute impactful, proactive public relations strategies, programs and campaigns that achieve positive awareness and increase brand value.  The communications director will serve as the primary point of contact for the media and be responsible for timely response to media requests.  Other duties of the position include writing, editing, overseeing approval of, and disseminating any and all relevant public/media relations tools; developing and managing web content; producing special video projects and overseeing production of materials produced by outside vendors, including print houses and graphic designers.  This position will provide oversight to the approval processes for communications products; day-to-day operations of specific year-round communications programs; the coordination of special media events including hill briefings, press events, etc., and the development of news releases, news materials, fact sheets, talking points for publicity of the organization’s programs.  Communication director is expected to build relationships with professional counterparts in other professional and community organizations through organizational initiatives and jointly-sponsored communication campaigns and programs.

Qualifications, knowledge and skill required:

  • Bachelors Degree required; Advanced degree in Communications, Public Relations, or Journalism desirable
  • 5+ years of Communications, Public or Media Relations, or Journalism Experience
  • Experience communicating in health, medical and/or research arenas
  • Knowledge of integrative medicine, complementary therapies or holistic approaches to health care delivery preferred
  • Effective written and oral communication skills; strong editing skills required
  • Strong interpersonal skills; this position requires the poise, tact and diplomacy to handle sensitive and confidential situations
  • Experience using new media (social networking tools) for marketing or campaigning
  • Ability to understand, interpret, and write about complex, scientific information
  • Ability to complete multiple tasks and high volume of work on deadline
  • Ability to follow through on assigned tasks with limited supervision
  • Attention to detail and ability to edit and proofread
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to use good judgment in making independent decisions and handling issues with a high degree of tact, poise, and diplomacy
  • Must be able to travel 5-10% for conferences/events as directed by the Director of Communications
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and database management; experience with SharePoint desired

Communications and Public Relations Specialist

Summary:  Samueli Institute is seeking a Communications and Public Relations Specialist for its communications department.  This specialist is a generalist Marketing Communications role with a focus on external communications and secondary focus on internal activities.  Additionally, this position will be responsible for the coordination of public and media relations activities. 

Major Duties and Responsibilities:  This person must have demonstrated experience in all facets of traditional marketing communications functions including, but not limited to, website content management and generation (internal and external); coordination and implementation of tradeshows, conferences and symposia; marketing collateral development; and project/campaign development and execution. This important and highly visible role requires the selected candidate to be a passionate brand steward for the organization. The successful candidate may serve as the day-to-day point of contact for Institute staff requesting Communications assistance. This position works under the Director, Communications and requires frequent contact – and relationship building – with employees at all levels of the organization, the media and the public.

Responsibilities under Marketing Communications include but not limited to: planning, coordinating and developing print and electronic collateral; writing, researching and editing of regularly distributed Institute vehicles, such as Annual Report, External and Internal newsletters; heading marketing and public relations projects and campaigns from start to finish, including adherence to budget and timeline constraints.  Specialist will assist in maintaining the Institute’s website, writes and coordinates new content, and makes updates as needed, handles coordination and logistics for tradeshows, conferences and symposia. Individual is responsible to oversee projects and relationships with outside vendors, paying particular attention to budget and timeline adherence; prepare specifications conforming to bid processes, obtain estimates, and assist in vendor selection for projects in various media.

For the public relations function, specialist is responsible for translating and/or summarizing technical, scientific copy into compelling lay language, mining and/or flagging possible story and media opportunities within the Institute that will serve to promote the Institute’s research, and uptake of research into practice, in a positive way.  This position needs to establish solid ongoing relationships with key editors and reporters at targeted print, trade and broadcast media in both vertical (scientific) and horizontal (business press) spaces, with content experts within the Institute, assist in the development and submission of articles primarily in scientific, peer-reviewed journals but also in mainstream lay publications.  Specialist needs to research, create and maintain accurate editorial database and identify opportunities for the Institute through both editorial relationships and calendars. This individual is also expected to build and maintain the image library for the Institute working in conjunction with Graphic Design Specialist.

Qualifications, knowledge and skill required:

  • Minimum of bachelor’s degree with 3-5 years of related experience in a corporate or agency environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in all aspects of marketing communications with a focus on public relations.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills (writing samples will be required).
  • Examples of successful media placements and/or campaigns required.
  • Strong ability to develop and maintain effective relationships both inside and outside the Institute is critical.
  • Excellent internet and email coordination skills are required.
  • Must be creative and able to develop innovative approaches and ideas for communication initiatives.
  • Organizational skills with the ability to multitask effectively.
  • Exceedingly close attention to details in formatting, grammar and syntax.
  • Proactive problem solver and team player with positive attitude.
  • Flexible and adaptive; comfortable working in an environment of rapid change.
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office applications:  Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Must be able to travel approximately 10-20%.
  • Knowledge of health care industry, media and policy a plus.
  • Experience in non-profit environment a plus, especially as it relates to advancement and philanthropic endeavors.

Posted March 9, 2012