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Communications Specialist

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 25, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Other Communications, Public Relations & Advertising, Professional Fields, Journalism, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Public Relations & Marketing (Campus), Editing & Publications Management
Employment Type
Full Time
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Communications Specialist

At PCOM, we espouse to grow a culturally competent workforce to advance healthcare that touches the lives of underserved communities. Diversity and inclusion is the core component of our institutional identity and a key pillar of PCOM’s strategic vision. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine affirms that diversity and inclusion are crucial to the intellectual vitality of the campus community. It is through freedom of exchange over different ideas and viewpoints in supportive environments that our graduates develop the critical thinking and citizenship skills that will benefit them throughout their lives.

Since 1899, PCOM has trained highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners, and behavioral scientists who practice a “whole person” approach to care - treating people, not just symptoms. As the field of medicine has changed, we've changed with it - adapting our program offerings to better meet the needs of healthcare providers and the communities they serve. At the main campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PCOM), the branch campus in Suwanee, Georgia (PCOM Georgia), and our newest location in Moultrie, Georgia (PCOM South Georgia), PCOM students learn to approach problem-solving in a more professional, more team-oriented manner, which prepares them to work successfully in integrated healthcare settings with other health professionals. At Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine you will be part of a caring, professional, and committed community focused on making the PCOM experience the best possible for our students.

We are currently seeking to fill our Communications Specialist position at the Philadelphia campus with a highly qualified and passionate individual.

Summary of Position

The Communications Specialist acts as an in-house journalist who is passionate about telling the PCOM story. They generate a range of messaging across traditional and digital media platforms—ever focusing on promoting the College mission, strategic vision and brand.

Reporting to the Director of Communications, this position requires significant interaction with faculty, staff, administration, students, alumni and donors; excellent written and verbal communication skills; and interpersonal and organizational skills to collaborate with the PCOM Marketing and Communications team on a variety of projects.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Write and shape compelling and strategic content for College communications: short-form articles, interviews, biographies, student/alumni stories (written and video), academic program and special event brochures, email and digital messaging, etc. Work in collaboration with public relations, social media, web, design/video teams.
  • Copy-edit and proofread various communications; provide strategic input on messaging, positioning, and desired tone.
  • Ensure communications are error free and adhere to editorial and brand guidelines/ standards.
  • Collaborate productively with faculty and staff to deliver consistent, aligned and impactful communications.
  • Serve as a contributing writer/editor for Digest Magazine and the President’s Report.
  • Assist with storyboarding/storytelling for marketing and communications’ videos.
  • Assist with writing content across channels and audiences, including the College website, social media, and video, among others, to ensure communications are integrated across functions.
  • Collaborate with colleagues who specialize in measurement and analytics to evaluate the impact of storytelling efforts. Evolve and enhance them as needed.
  • Oversee the annual submission of award entries for various local and national programs—on behalf of the Office of Marketing and Communications.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Position Requirements

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in English, English literature, communications, journalism or related field.
  • Two to three years’ experience in writing and editing publications, newspapers and/or magazines.
  • Work experience in higher education field preferred.

Skills and Abilities

  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • In-depth understanding of the English language and grammar.
  • Knowledge of Associated Press style and standard publications practices.
  • Strong attention to detail as well as the ability to effectively manage multiple assignments with contending priorities and deadlines.
  • First-rate people skills to ensure collaborative environment, coordinated efforts and maximized outcomes.
  • Demonstrated creativity, integrity and passion; interest in growing and evolving the voice and brand of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Physical Demands

  • Physical skill required to perform writing and keyboarding functions.
  • Physical requirements associated with recording/photographing subjects, driving to campus, lifting boxes and other office work.


  • Occasional evening/weekend work as required to cover special College events.

PCOM is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration. We adhere to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

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