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The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is an independent research center at the University of Washington. Its mission is to monitor global health conditions and health systems, as well as to evaluate interventions, initiatives, and reforms. IHME carries out a range of projects within different research areas including: the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors (GBD); Forecasting; Costs and Cost Effectiveness; Geospatial Analysis; Resource Tracking; and Impact Evaluations. The aim is to provide policymakers, donors, and researchers with the highest-quality quantitative evidence base to make decisions that achieve better health.
IHME has an exciting opportunity for a Media Relations Officer who will cultivate and sustain open channels with a wide range of media covering local, national, and international topics of interest. The Media Relations Officer must have a thorough knowledge of subject matter related to the types of health research conducted by IHME. He/she must help faculty and researchers package findings from complex analyses in ways that are palatable to media and must prepare faculty and researchers appropriately to act as media contacts for the work itself. The individual is responsible for achieving a robust presence for IHME's work in a variety of media channels as a critical pathway to reach varied audiences including government, nonprofit organizations, health service delivery organizations, and donors. The Media Relations Officer is responsible for helping to craft and disseminate high-quality stories that demonstrate the policy-relevance of IHME's results and methods in clear and compelling ways. He/she must help execute strategies for great media outreach and uptake.
Working knowledge of key concepts, goals, and conclusions of IHME's portfolio of work. Able to articulate results, central messages, and future implications.
Develop in-depth familiarity with media organizations and journalists around the world, including their political and cultural contexts.
Regularly review the landscape of international media coverage on a range of health and global development topics and identify ways for IHME's work to be woven into the global dialogue.
Present summaries of research, implications, and opportunities to multiple audiences, including audiences from local government and donors.
Help IHME expand its network of media contacts, particularly in areas where IHME has an active research network.
Work closely with others at all levels throughout the organization, as well as key communications staff at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and other stakeholders to engage IHME's growing research network in working with the media to explain research findings.
In collaboration with others, manage and develop relationships with key opinion leaders, policymakers, and other stakeholders in order to effectively disseminate IHME's evidence-based research and to influence global health policy.
Field and obtain answers to inquiries and requests from media for findings and interviews with experts in IHME's research network.
Speak to diverse audiences in a language and manner that connects with their interests while explaining in clear terms IHME's work and mission.
Writing and outreach
Play an instrumental role in the development and implementation of IHME's communications plans and messaging related to the Institute's mission and goals, targeting internal and external stakeholders, including policymakers, decision-makers, multi- and bilateral organizations, donors, researchers, and practitioners.
Develop and maintain a calendar of media outreach opportunities.
Work with faculty and staff to transform complex research on local, national, and international population health into compelling and policy-relevant messages that are comprehensible to targeted non-scientific audiences.
Research and write content for all outreach products, which include messaging briefs, fact sheets, press releases, media pitches, and infographics. Other responsibilities
Take on other duties as part of the overall Global Engagement Team as needed.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
Bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, or related field plus two years of experience in a role or roles focusing on media relations and/or communications with internal and external stakeholders and influential health-related organization and individuals.
Excellent communications skills, both written and oral.
Ability to take technical and highly scientific research and make it relevant, clear, and concise for the general public.
Aptitude for public speaking before large and small audiences.
Strong creative and strategic thinking.
Ability to manage multiple work streams and numerous stakeholders simultaneously, setting and shifting priorities as needed.
Professional maturity, with an ability to work both independently and collaboratively to achieve objectives.
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
Ability to work effectively in a team-based structure with excellent interpersonal skills that foster productive relationships with colleagues and our third-party service providers.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Substantive knowledge of the Global Burden of Disease study and other related topics of IHME's work
Strong interest in global health, and health policy.
Prior experience transforming statistical information into compelling written and spoken content targeted at a general audience.
At least one language in addition to English.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Travel may be required up to 20% of the year, both domestic and international. Weekend and evening work may be required.
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
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