Strength Through Diversity
Ground breaking science. Advancing
medicine. Healing made personal.
Job Title: Media Specialist - Icahn School of
The Media Specialist will have the responsibility of promoting
an understanding and appreciation for the research emerging from
the laboratories, departments, and institutes of the Icahn School
of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The Media Specialist will execute an
integrated plan of national and international media outreach
targeting multiple scientific, medical, and biotech oriented
audiences. By translating highly technical information into clear,
concise and engaging stories, this individual will work
collaboratively with a team of communications professionals in
internal communications, digital and social media enabling content
to be disseminated across multiple platforms. The position has a
dual report to the Vice President and Associate Dean of Marketing
and Communications, and to the Vice President, Media and Public
Affairs. By applying the tactics of journalism, science
communications, media relations, and public relations this
individual will be helping to enhance the Icahn School’s reputation
for excellence and the organization’s scientific, institutional,
and operational priorities.
Roles & Responsibilities:
- Execute media outreach strategies to raise the profile of the
Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine among key scientifically
sophisticated audiences. Produce a consistent flow of news and
feature stories that effectively enhance the reputation of Mount
Sinai School as a leader in biomedical research.
- Build relationships with members of the local, national, and
international news media, including sharing story ideas with
reporters and coordinating internally to respond to requests from
- Work with department colleagues and research experts to
identify, research, write, edit, package, and assist in the
distribution of informative, compelling content.
- Work with colleagues to identify opportunities that position
the faculty as thought leaders, including developing and placing
articles for opinion pieces, as well as participating in
agenda-setting webinars and podcasts.
- Stay informed of key achievements and developments in selected
scientific areas and work with experts in those areas to develop
- Shape scientifically complex information into engaging content
that is appropriate for distribution across multiple platforms
including print, broadcast, and digital media.
- Proactively pitch news and feature story ideas to the media and
develop long-term projects to promote key people, programs, and
initiatives within areas of responsibility.
- Bachelor's degree in Journalism, Communications, English, or a
scientific area relevant to the Mount Sinai School.
- Five or more years’ experience in media relations or related
field. Demonstrated experience communicating about scientific
research with scientific and non-science-trained audience.