Job Information

University of Utah Communications Specialist, Content Creator in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 08/01/2022

Requisition Number PRN31682B

Job Title Marketing/Communications Specialist

Working Title Communications Specialist, Content Creator

Job Grade E

FLSA Code Professional

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 $50,000 - $57,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

University of Utah Health Office of Public Affairs is seeking a talented communications specialist with a passion for healthcare and content creation. As part of a vibrant communications team working in a fast-paced environment, the specialist will produce diverse and dynamic content that highlights our leading-edge research, patient care and education, while elevating the reputation of the institution.


• Strong writing skills and the ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.

• Produces news releases, articles, blogs, and other web and print content, and engages in social media, to support the communications goals of University of Utah Health.

• Assists in creation of day to day content for social media accounts across the organization, with a particular focus on U of U Health’s research enterprise

• Ability to tailor content to target internal, scientific, or genera/public audiences.

• Assists with press conferences and events as needed, generate real-time event coverage content for social media platforms

• Create unique and interesting video content for various platforms highlighting U of U Health’s experts, research, discoveries, interesting ‘day in the life’ stories, etc.

• Facilitates media requests as needed.

• Cultivates productive relationship with members of the media.

• Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team setting, and under deadline pressures.

• Occasional after-hours and weekend shifts for on-call coverage as needed.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree English, Journalism, Communications, or related field plus 3 years of related experience, or equivalency; excellent technical writing and verbal communication skills; familiarity with a variety of computer software; project management and strong interpersonal skills; ability to work both individually and in a team setting.

Some areas may require additional experience with specific computer systems and may require skills in interviewing, ad copy writing, editing, photography, web writing, graphic design, audio & video production, and oral presentation.

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

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


• Past experience in social media content creation is preferred.

• Strong editing skills preferred.

• Appreciation of changing media landscape and roles of alternative communications outlets.

• Expertise with regional and national media markets.

• An interest in alternative forms of story-telling beyond print, i.e. audio/podcast and video

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)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

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.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.