Senior Director, Communications
Ascension Health - St. Louis, MO

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The Senior Director, Communications is a senior level communications strategist, leader, writer, program planner/implementer, coach, mentor, and manager. This individual shares in the role of operational manager of the day-to-day operations of the Communications Department as well as providing strategic communications leadership to the System office, health ministries, and our advocacy and lobbying efforts. The Senior Director leads our externally-facing communications work, and operates with a high degree of independence, collaborating closely with our Senior Vice President for Advocacy, as well as serving as a back-up for the organization’s chief communications officer, the Senior Vice President, Advocacy and Communications. She/he is a trusted advisor who has a strong understanding of Ascension Health’s organization and operations, and deep background in health policy and state and federal political processes and institutions. The individual has a strategic “big picture” grasp of its preferred communications approach and is able to help design, influence and direct the communications activities of Ascension Health, with special emphasis on working with our Health Ministries to create an integrated strategy.

Responsibilities:
The individual will be responsible for managing relevant internal senior client relationships, working closely with Ascension Health senior leaders, as well as development and implementation of strategic communications programs that support the advancement of Ascension Health’s Strategic Direction. This self-directed individual both through her/his own work and the work of those managed…will be responsible for developing strategies and tactics that enable communication to a diverse population of internal and external stakeholders, delivering complex messages in a consistent anunderstandable, fashion.

This individual will directly influence leadership communications practices and the public image of the organization. Management of communications staff members and outside agencies, vendors and resources are key components of this position. As a key part of the Ascension Health Communications Department, this individual will be able to identify and properly position various entities, initiatives and practices within the larger picture communications objectives for Ascension Health. In addition to communications strategy development and implementation, the Senior Director will be responsible for such duties as initiating, editing and writing print materials, publication articles and presentations, working closely with our Advocacy leaders. In addition, he/she will lead the system-level alignment of our Community Health initiatives with our Communications and Advocacy efforts. Work also entails oversight of graphic design, video productions and use of electronic media to ensure consistency with critical elements of organizational identity and desired outcomes.

Other Accountabilities
Represents Department and serves as backup for Senior Vice President, Advocacy and Communications on various internal and external task forces, industry groups, and speaking engagements
Provides business-focused communications support, including strategy development, implementation and project management for various internal clients and other strategic priorities as defined.
Leads development of System-office facilitated initiatives to align local Health Ministry communications and advocacy programs with system-wide objectives, remaining respectful of the local Health Ministries’ leadership role in developing and executing these programs.
Develops and implements methodologies to measure the effectiveness of Ascension Health external communications initiatives.
Jointly-responsible for the development and maintenance of program-level budgets.
Provides communications representation in various work groups, task forces and leadership councils.
Interacts with news media and other external audiences as required.
Carries out a variety of special duties as requested.

Qualifications:
The incumbent must have a Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, marketing or a related field. The incumbent must also have at least 10 years of work experience, including experience in management, health policy, and the electoral process. Experience in healthcare communications or communications with a faith-based organization is desirable.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
The incumbent must have excellent judgment, planning, organizational and communication skills, including strong writing skills. He/she must be self-motivated and self-directed and must be able to carry out assignments to completion with minimal supervision. This individual is a strategic thinker and a problem-solver, able to translate a vision into actions and communications.

Inter-personal skills are important. He/she must be able to operate a personal computer and have a working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. He/she must have experience in strategy development and project budgeting and oversight. The incumbent must be able to direct and coordinate a number of projects or activities concurrently. He/she must relate well with people at various levels of the System and put forth a positive image of the System Office to both internal and external parties. Some travel is expected.

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Ascension Health has ascended to the pinnacle of not-for-profit health care. As the largest Catholic hospital system in the US, and thus one...