Sr. Public Relations Manager
Vocera Communications, Inc. - San Francisco, CA

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Location: San Francisco, CA, United States
Type of Employee: Full Time

Vocera is a leading provider of mobile communication solutions for hospital staff and mobile workers across diverse enterprise organizations. Our solutions address the most critical communication challenges facing hospitals today. In addition, our solutions are used in hospitality, retail, energy, and libraries, where workers are highly mobile. We help our customers improve patient safety and satisfaction, and increase hospital efficiency and productivity with our Voice Communication, Secure Messaging, and Patient Experience solutions.

Position Description: Vocera Communications, Inc. (NYSE: VCRA), the leading provider of solutions that address critical communications and productivity challenges facing healthcare, hospitality, retail and other mobile work environments.

We have a very unique and exciting opportunity for a qualified Sr. Public Relations Manager with experience and expertise supporting C-level executives in the healthcare market. Reporting directly to Vocera’s Senior Director of Corporate Communications, this position will support the Company’s Chief Medical Officer, (San Francisco) and our Executive Chairman, (San Jose/ East Bay).

The qualified candidate will be a self-starter communications professional with a minimum of 5-7 years of leading and executing a comprehensive executive communications strategy for the C-suite.


Developing a strategic communications program in conjunction with the Chief Medical Officer to support her business objectives.

Developing a strategic communications program in conjunction with the Executive Chairman to support his business objectives.

Working with Speakers’ bureaus, trade events/conference planners, and the PR agency to identify appropriate speaking venues and contributed articles/videos/blogs.

Using strong writing skills to develop messaging/positioning, scripts, presentations, calls for proposals, bios, briefing documents and white papers to support the CMO’s & Executive Chairman’s speaking engagements and other communications obligations.

Preparing CMO/Executive Chairman for events/conferences/meetings and often travelling with the executive to coordinate logistics.

Partnering with PR to develop bylines for Tier 1 media and ensure CMO/Executive Chairman are fully briefed for all press interviews.

Crafting thought leadership communications for cross media publishing: video, blog, social media, keynote, press bylines, etc.

Reinforcing Vocera's positioning through executive’s unique POV.

Establishing metrics to continually improve and track results.


5-7+ years of related experience required

Exceptional writing skills

Understand healthcare industry, organization, and communication needs

Understanding of technologies, products, and markets

Help develop executive platforms (points of view) in alignment with the messaging

Develop and maintain a repository of core presentations, profiles/biographies

Screen, research, manage, and tailor executive platform content as needed for speaking engagements

Manage travel schedules with Executive Administrators and cross collaboration with global teams

Build strong relationships and use collaboration for desired results

Project management of cross-functional projects and initiatives

B.A. in Communications or related field, previous experience in healthcare a plus

Must be willing to travel both domestically and internationally

About Vocera’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO)

M. Bridget Duffy, M.D. is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Vocera Communications, Inc. Vocera provides breakthrough mobile communication technologies and solutions that address critical communication challenges faced in healthcare today.

Prior to her appointment as CMO at Vocera, Dr. Duffy founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of ExperiaHealth, a company whose mission is to assist organizations in rapidly improving staff and patient loyalty through innovative technologies and solutions that restore the human connection to healthcare. ExperiaHealth was acquired by, and currently operates as a subsidiary of, Vocera Communications.

Dr. Duffy was an early pioneer in the creation of Hospitalist medicine and launched programs to accelerate clinical discovery in the field of Integrative and Heart-Brain medicine, helping establish the Earl and Doris Bakken Heart Brain Institute. She previously served as Chief Experience Officer (CXO) of the Cleveland Clinic – the first senior position of its kind in the nation – leading the institution in improving patient experience as its top strategic priority. She is a frequent speaker on the subject of why patient experience matters and how it impacts clinical outcomes.

Her work has earned her the Quantum Leap Award for taking the risk to spur internal change in her field and has led her to be featured in HealthLeaders magazine as one of “20 People Who Make Healthcare Better.” Dr. Duffy attended medical school at the University of Minnesota, and completed her residency in internal medicine at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

For more information about Vocera, visit and @VoceraCom on Twitter; for more information about ExperiaHealth, visit , and @ExperiaHealth on Twitter.

About Vocera’s Executive Chairman

Robert J. Zollarshas served as our Executive Chairman of the Board since June 2013. From June 2007 to May 2013, he served as our Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.

From May 2006 to May 2007, Mr. Zollars served as chief executive officer of Wound Care Solutions, Inc., an operator of outsourced chronic wound care centers. From June 1999 to March 2006, Mr. Zollars served as chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors of Neoforma, Inc., a healthcare technology company.

From January 1997 to June 1999, Mr. Zollars served as executive vice president and group president of Cardinal Health, Inc., a supplier of health care products and services, where he was responsible for five wholly-owned subsidiaries. From 1985 to 1997, Mr. Zollars served as a division president of four different operating units at Baxter International, Inc., a medical instrument and supply company.

From 1979 to 1985, Mr. Zollars served as area vice president and in various other capacities at American Hospital Supply Corporation, a medical supply company, which was acquired by Baxter International in 1985. Since February 2005, Mr. Zollars has served on the board of directors of Diamond Foods, Inc., and as its chairman since February 2012. Since May 2004, he has also served on the board of directors of VWR International, LLC, a scientific equipment distributor.

Mr. Zollars graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. degree in Marketing from Arizona State University and earned an M.B.A. degree in Finance from John F. Kennedy University.

For more information about Vocera, visit and @VoceraCom on Twitter.

Belief in Diversity
Vocera Communications is an Affirmative Action employer and is committed to workforce diversity. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or national origin.