St. Charles Health System is hiring!

TITLE: Communications Specialist
REPORTS TO POSITION: Director, Communications and Marketing
DEPARTMENT: Communications and Marketing

OUR VISION: Creating America’s healthiest community, together

OUR MISSION: In the spirit of love and compassion, better health, better care, better value

OUR VALUES: Accountability, Caring and Teamwork

The Communications and Marketing team provides a wide range of services including internal and external communications, advertising, media relations, graphic design, digital strategy, print production and more to St. Charles Health System.

The Communications Specialist writes and edits content for St. Charles Health System internal communications channels including serving as the lead for three weekly email newsletters. This position will support the St. Charles Strategic Plan by promoting initiatives through internal communications, special project communications, various printed publications, digital and social media platforms, reports and presentations. The person in this position will also support the Communications and Marketing team through other tasks as needed. This position does not directly supervise any other caregivers.


Serves as coordinator of weekly internal email blast to all caregivers, leaders and medical staff members and weekly hot sheet for leaders with health system updates and information. Tracks metrics to determine value of newsletter content and drive improvements where needed.

Works with the Communications and Marketing team to plan and produce content for a variety of channels including social media, website, video, intranet, print materials and more.

Meets regularly with caregivers and leaders throughout the health system to proactively determine communication needs.

Works with internal clients on communication needs and ensures all stakeholders review and approve written content before distribution.

Works with the Communications and Marketing Production Coordinator on all requests for collateral, posters, graphic elements and project design.
Leverages social media channels to engage internal audience.

Provides communications project management support for projects directly tied to the organization’s strategic goals

Writes, edits and provides content for the St. Charles intranet site, CaregiverNet. Ensures timely, current and accurate updates.

Supports the Public Information Officer with news media requests and pitches as needed.

Utilizes St. Charles project management software, In Motion, to move projects from request/concept through to completion, including review of the weekly email newsletters.

Takes photos and supports video production when needed.

Cultivates strong relationships with the St. Charles team and stakeholders.

Alerts St. Charles Director of Communications and Marketing as well as other leaders of concerns or emerging issues for troubleshooting/service recovery.

Contributes to the creative, fun and collaborative Communications and Marketing team dynamic with an open-minded, positive presence and a willingness to learn.

Supports the vision, mission and values of the organization in all respects.

Exemplifies the St. Charles values – Accountability, Caring and Teamwork – in daily interactions with team members, fellow caregivers, patients, visitors and community members.

Committed to the St. Charles organizational beliefs:
• We are at our best when we work as a team
• Our strength is in our people
• It is our privilege to provide the best care for all
• The work we do is greater than ourselves

Supports Value Improvement Practice (VIP- Lean) principles of continuous improvement with energy and enthusiasm, functioning as a champion of change.

Provides and maintains a safe environment for caregivers, patients and guests.

Conducts all activities with the highest standards of professionalism and confidentiality. Complies with all applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures, supporting the organization’s corporate integrity efforts by acting in an ethical and appropriate manner, reporting known or suspected violation of applicable rules, and cooperating fully with all organizational investigations and proceedings.

Delivers customer service and/or patient care in a manner that promotes goodwill, is timely, efficient and accurate.

Ability to balance multiple priorities in a multi-faceted, fast-paced communications environment. Must have proven communication skills and abilities in writing, public speaking and interpreting concepts/ideas into written and/or verbal form to selected audiences. Must be able to work well under pressure and deadlines and be flexible and adaptable to unexpected changes.

Ability to handle and keep sensitive information confidential.

Must have strong organizational skills.

Ability to work with a broad range of caregivers, physicians and technical teams.

May perform additional duties of similar complexity within the organization, as required or assigned.



Required: Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, public relations or related field.
Preferred: Strong knowledge of AP Style.


Required: Valid Oregon driver’s license and ability to meet St. Charles Health System driving requirements. Ability to travel to business functions/trainings/meetings and all SCHS worksites.
Preferred: N/A


Required: 3 – 5 years experience in related field or position. Excellent computer skills, including Office 365, PowerPoint and Excel.

Preferred: Understanding of the health care industry, issues and trends. Management experience with social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn a plus.


Must be able to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required to perform the job safely.


Must have excellent communication skills and ability to interact with a diverse population and professionally represent SCHS.
Ability to effectively interact and communicate with all levels within SCHS and external customers/clients/potential employees
Strong team working and collaborative skills
Ability to effectively reach consensus with a diverse population with differing needs
Ability to manage facilitation and consensus building among health care professionals and agencies and achieve expected results
Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment
Ability to multi-task and work independently
Attention to detail
Excellent organizational skills, written and oral communication and customer service skills, particularly in dealing with stressful personal interactions
Strong analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills
Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills

Job Description: Communication-Specialist-Job-Description-003-KM.doc