Job Description

Job Title: Manager, Science Writing - CRP
Job ID: 37142996
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Corporate Communications
Department: Media Relations
Location: 600 Grant St, Pittsburgh PA 15219


The Manager, Science Writing works closely with the Director of Research Public Relations and the Vice Presidents of Public Relations to publicize assigned areas, notably research findings from the top NIH-funded University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and affiliated schools of the health sciences. Manages various crises and controversies in assigned areas and works to minimize negative publicity for UPMC and Pitt Schools of the Health Sciences. Mentors Media Relations staff as assigned and develops and places regional, national and international media stories.

• Cultivate and maintain strong, credible relationships with all appropriate regional, national and international media.
• Manage media crises in assigned areas.
• Appropriately prioritize beat areas for media coverage to meet organizational goals.
• Identify and develop relationships with all appropriate contacts in regional and national broadcast news organizations for the benefit of the Media Relations group.
• Demonstrate service-oriented behavior in interactions with clients and co-workers.
• Work collaboratively with colleagues in other marketing and communications departments.
• Create, execute and evaluate media strategies for assigned areas.
• Coordinate with pertinent scientific and professional organizations to promote assigned areas.
• Seek professional development opportunities for self and staff and mentor colleagues.


• Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, Communications, Journalism or English Writing plus 5 years of combined experience in general writing with a minimum of 3 three years of science writing, OR Master’s degree plus 5 years of combined experience in general writing including a minimum of 3 years of science writing preferred, OR PhD or MD plus 3 years of science writing.
• Significant experience translating scientific/medical language to a lay persons understanding
• Experience providing clients with strategic counsel.
• Experience in an academic medical center strongly preferred.
• Undergraduate/graduate coursework in health-related sciences strongly preferred.
• Exceptional written and verbal communications skills required.
• Sound news judgment and track record of identifying and promoting stories of interest to regional, national and international media.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

Salary Range: $29.80 to $50.31 / hour

Union Position: No

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