Center for Surgery and Public Health

Communications Specialist, 20 hrs/week

The Communications Specialist manages the activities related to the Center for Surgery and Public Health strategic communications. The Communications Specialist will work directly with the CSPH leadership team, DOS (Department of Surgery) Communications, BWH (Brigham and Women’s Hospital), Strategic Communications, and Office of Public Affairs to develop and implement a communication and marketing plan designed to improve communication within the division, department, and an external audience.

The Communications Specialist ensures quality, consistency, and appropriateness of content and design for all CSPH internal and external communications. The role works with faculty, fellows, and staff within CSPH, across DOS and BWH, to stay informed and develop appropriate communications content. Apply here.


The Communications Specialist performs the following essential functions:

  • Work with CSPH Kessler Director, Administrative Director, DOS Communications, BWH Strategic Communications, BWH Development, and Public Affairs teams to develop and implement marketing and communication plans. 
  • Responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the CSPH communications strategy by researching, writing, and updating overall web content.
  • Create and consult on communication materials related to CSPH. This work includes but is not limited to content development for communications, including email, direct mail, marketing collateral, press releases, visual abstracts, and website content directed toward multiple internal and external audiences.
  • Write talking points for Center leadership’s speaking engagements for various events and conferences. 
  • Develop strategies and assist with fundraising communications and outreach for CSPH. 
  • Collect and analyze data to measure the reach and impact of CSPH’s communication and marketing strategies. 
  • Research and write press releases and content for the CSPH website, infographics, Twitter, blogs, and newsletters.
  • Acquire and maintain a detailed knowledge of the CSPH’s mission, principles, and strategies, and keep current with relevant developments.
  • Creates content using photography, videography, interviews, and writing skills to translate the work of CSPH into education, meaningful, engaging materials for communications and development purposes.
  • Develop internal and external communication strategies to effectively communicate the CPSH vision and progress toward reaching goals that expand the CSPH and continue to ensure BWH is at the forefront of public health and policy. 
  • Acting as primary contact for division-wide communications; formulating communications goals, objectives, target audiences, key messages, tactics, timeline, and evaluation.
  • Oversees communication plan by developing and editing content, scheduling activities, managing design, ensuring branding and compliance, and creating and analyzing metrics to assess effectiveness and return on investment.
  • Research new web features, social media, marketing tools, and trends and, as appropriate, make recommendations for their use.
  • Build and maintain relationships with journalists and vital external role-players.
  • Conduct Event planning and coordination for CSPH workshops and symposiums.
  • Supports special projects as assigned by the Administrative Director and Kessler Director.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



The Communications Specialist must satisfy the following minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required in marketing, English, journalism, or another related field.
  • Master’s preferred, preferably in healthcare communications, marketing/public relations, journalism, or a related field. 
  • A minimum of 2 years of prior communication experience is required. 
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, WordPress, HootSuite, Instagram, Twitter (X), Facebook and MailChimp. 



  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including creating original materials of the highest quality and editing for tone, grammar, etc. 
  • An advanced understanding of social media platforms and how to use them. 
  • The ability to translate complex medical and/or scientific information into clear, jargon-free language that appeals to a lay audience. 
  • Ability to work independently and work collaboratively with individuals at all levels of the organization. 
  • Works well under pressure and meets tight deadlines.
  • Content writing experience for all media platforms.
  • Strategic and creative mindset.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Experience in digital advertising and social media preferred.
  • Experience with fundraising is preferred. 


EEO Statement 

BWH is an Affirmative Action Employer.   All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex, age, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, military service, genetic information, and/or other status protected under law. We will ensure that all individuals with a disability are provided a reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.


Primary Location

 MA-Boston-BWH Boston Main Campus

Work Locations

BWH Boston Main Campus 

75 Francis St 

 Boston 02115




 Brigham & Women’s Hospital(BWH)



Standard Hours 20


 Day Job

Posted Shift Description Part time role

Employee Status


Recruiting Department BWH Surgery

Job Posting

 Oct 25, 2023