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Director Regional Communications - Baton Rouge

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Ochsner Health System

New Orleans, LA

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Job ExemptYes  General Job SummaryThis job is responsible for strategic planning, direction and overall accountability for the Public Relations department. Will independently make decisions that could seriously affect the overall division and/or Ochsner Health System's financial objectives, performance objectives, and strategic results. Works with the ASST Vice President of Communications & Public Relations to develop budget for the department and is accountable for tracking expenses as incurred. This job is responsible for strategic planning and direction of all external and media-specific communications for all Ochsner Health System regions and entities, and related ventures, affiliations and partnerships to optimize positive knowledge, awareness, and understanding of Ochsner's services, products, capabilities, assets and positions. Direct all aspects of external communication and relationships with the local, regional, national and industry media including proactive, reactive and crisis communications for the system. Optimizes results through the delivery and measurement of consistent messaging across multiple platforms and tactics. Direct or supervise public relations staff to achieve communications goals and targets. Optimize the Ochsner brand equity and position Ochsner, Ochsner Physicians, and Ochsner employees as Industry Thought Leaders. Work collaboratively with the Marketing, Digital and Social Media staff to achieve stated department goals including market share growth, volume growth and other growth metrics. Interfaces regularly with executive team to develop communications for use across a broad platform including interviews, events and industry speaking engagements.  Job DescriptionTo perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.This job description is a summary of the primary duties and responsibilities of the job and position. It is not intended to be a comprehensive or all-inclusive listing of duties and responsibilities. Contents are subject to change at Ochsner's discretion. Education Required - Bachelor's degree in Public Relations, Communications, Journalism or related fieldWork ExperienceRequired - 10 years of public relations or media relations experience including 3 years in a management role. .Knowledge Skills and Abilities (KSAs)Must have computer skills and be proficient with Windows-style applications, various software packages specific to the role.Effective verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present information clearly and professionally to varying levels of individuals throughout the patient care process.Good relationship building, organizational, time management, interpersonal and conflict resolution skills.Professional attitude and ability to relate to executive management, professionals and business and community leaders.Exhibits excellent leadership and self-direction, good judgment in handling difficult situations.Job DutiesDevelop integrated external communications strategies for the system, key operating divisions, regions, service lines, ancillary services and related ventures.Direct or supervise public relations staff to set and achieve goals and targets in a timely manner to support the operating goals of the organization through communication of key external messages.   Own and continually assess Ochsner's position nationally and in key regional markets and develop strategies to increase relationships and share of positive voice in areas where growth is a key to achieving system priorities.Interfaces regularly with executive team and physician leadership to develop communications strategies to support media relations efforts, awareness and reputation building, speaking engagements and the success of external messaging using a variety of channels, platforms and technologies – including the support of system events. Maintain fiscally sound operations and measurable results including management of the public relations budget, as well as ongoing analysis of department operating and performance statistics. Other related duties as required. The above statements describe the general nature and level of work only. They are not an exhaustive list of all required responsibilities, duties, and skills. Other duties may be added, or this description amended at any time.Remains knowledgeable on current federal, state and local laws, accreditation standards or regulatory agency requirements that apply to the assigned area of responsibility and ensures compliance with all such laws, regulations and standards.Complies with the Ochsner Health System Compliance & Privacy Program and Standards of Conduct, including the immediate reporting of any known or suspected unethical or questionable behaviors or conduct; patient/employee safety, patient privacy, and/or other compliance-related concerns.Ochsner is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status. Physical and Environmental DemandsThe physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Sedentary Work - Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally (Occasionally: activity or condition exists up to 1/3 of the time) and/or a negligible amount of force frequently (Frequently: activity or condition exists from 1/3 to 2/3 of the time) to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.Must be able to work a flexible work schedule (e.g., more than 8 hours a day)Must be able to sit for prolonged periods of time.Normal routine involves no exposure to blood, body fluid or tissue and as part of their employment, incumbents are not called upon to perform or assist in emergency care or first aid.There is no occupational risk for exposure to communicable diseases. 

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Ochsner, close collaboration between clinicians and scientists brings medical discoveries from the laboratory to the bedside. Ochsner is a national leader in medical research with more than 300 ongoing research trials and 200 annual publications in medical literature. It is one of the largest non-university based physician training centers in the nation with over 200 Ochsner-sponsored medical residents, over 300 medical residents from affiliated residency programs, over 600 medical students, and 400 allied health students annually.

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