Job Information

University of Utah Communications and PR Manager in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 05/02/2023

Requisition Number PRN34838B

Job Title Manager, PR/Communications

Working Title Communications and PR Manager

Job Grade F

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 01757 - PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $69,000 - $79,699

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Communications and PR Manager plays an important role in helping plan and develop communications strategy for Huntsman Mental Health Institute ( HMHI ). This role will work to position HMHI as a premier mental health institute and promote HMHI’s strategic priorities, research, and clinical programs. The Communications and PR Manager will plan, research, write, produce and edit multiple forms of content including: video, long-form articles, press releases and media pitches, blog stories, patient stories, and more. While the primary focus of this position will be communications planning and content creation, this position will also support communications functions including website, HMHI -wide content requests, social media, and publications. In addition, this role may manage relationships with third-party agencies and external partners.


  1. Communications planning: help define goals, create and maintain content calendars, keep existing assets up to date and help lead HMHI’s overall content strategy and process.
  2. Content creation: write content and collaborate with subject matter experts to develop compelling stories, research articles, news and announcements, video scripts, and more.
  3. Media relations: maintain relationships with local, regional, and national media. Write press releases, media pitches, and respond to media inquiries.
  4. Campaign support: brainstorm innovative content ideas and calls to action to promote content and HMHI experts for email campaigns, social media and website.
  5. Proofread: proofread and edit all copy to ensure writing is clear, compelling, and on-brand.
  6. Communications events: help plan and coordinate monthly communication and PR events, help with event promotion, and execution.
  7. Staff supervisor and team leader: supervise a communications specialist responsible for assisting with media relations and content creation. Demonstrate leadership by owning monthly content strategy and providing support for the entire team.

This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job. Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required Nearly Continuously: Office environment. Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a Bachelor’s degree in a related area of assignment or equivalency (one year of education can be substituted for two years of related work experience). Four to six years of progressively more responsible management experience. Background knowledge of assigned department’s area of specialization in order to analyze, plan and draw conclusions for recommendations to superiors. Demonstrated leadership skills in planning and directing employees and processes in order to effectively monitor and develop subordinates and to ensure the smooth operation of department.

Master’s degree in a related area may be preferred.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


  • Bachelor’s degree in PR, marketing, communications, journalism or related field
  • Four-years-experience working in journalism, communications, PR or related field
  • Excellent research, writing, and copyediting skills
  • Experience interviewing subject matter experts
  • Effective team contributor with the ability to work independently, effectively and proactively in a fast-paced deadline driven environment

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

383 University Street, Level 1 OEO Suite

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

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