Director - Communications

York, PA | Professional | Tracking Code: 66157

WellSpan Health is seeking an experienced Director of Communications to join a growing organization and leads its public relations efforts, including media relations, stakeholder communications and corporate sponsorships.


Reporting to the Vice President-Communications and Chief Communications Officer, the Director develops reputation management strategies that strengthen and protect the WellSpan brand. This role serves as a key leader of the system’s communications function, working collaboratively with communications colleagues and interfacing with system executives and other leaders. The Director is accountable leading a team that drives best-in-class strategies in the areas of public relations, media relations (local, regional , national), stakeholder communications, corporate partnerships and more in order to measurably increase brand awareness, preference and loyalty. As a member of the communications leadership team, role models and fosters an integrated, collaborative, data-driven communications team culture that is known for high reliability and excellence in execution.




Duties and Responsibilities



Continuously scans the internal and external environment and understands the organization’s major strategic and operating priorities

Leads all internal communication strategies, proactively identifying relevant opportunities to support organizational change and culture transformation, employee engagement, organization and executive thought leadership, technology deployment and related systemwide issues and initiatives

Engages with health system leaders and other members of the Public Relations and Marketing team to develop, manage and execute an integrated systemwide message platform, communication plan and cycle that includes live events and forums, employee meetings, video, podcasts and print and electronic newsletters and other communication channels.

Identifies best practices in communication for integrated health care delivery systems and continuously improves WellSpan’s internal communication structure, technology and processes.

Provides communication counsel and support to System leaders, physicians and teams regarding issues and initiatives.

Manages staff and resources of the internal communications team within the Public Relations and Marketing Department

Coordinates, writes and produces communication tools including e-newsletters, talking points, speeches, articles, publications, brochures, posters and other materials and campaigns. Manages content, design and functionality of internal websites.





Bachelor's Degree, Master’s Degree preferred

Minimum 7 years of communications, journalism or public relations experience in the

healthcare industry

Background in media relations from a large healthcare system

Experience in LEAN practices

Excellent written/oral communications, interpersonal and organizational skills

Proven journalistic writing and copyediting experience

Demonstrated Project management experience

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Why WellSpan Health?

WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization comprises a multispecialty medical group of more than 1,600 physicians and advanced practice providers, a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization, eight respected hospitals, more than 20,000 employees and 200 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities. We are committed to transforming the health of the communities we serve and to educating the next generation of clinicians, staff and leaders.

Employment Benefits

  • Sign-on incentives for new employees (click here for details)
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance
  • Life and accidental death insurance
  • Supplemental life insurance
  • Retirement savings plan
  • Paid time off (PTO)
  • PTO bridging
  • Short-term disability
  • Educational assistance
  • Forgivable loan
  • Flexible spending
  • Credit union
  • Employee recreational activities
  • Childcare
  • Complimentary medicine discounts

Diversity & Inclusion

Welcome. Respect. Value.

Wellspan Health believes that diversity includes all the human characteristics that make each of us similar as well as different. We strive to make every person feel welcomed, respected, and valued while creating a safe and inclusive environment where we all have the individual freedom to express our uniqueness in a respectful manner.

WellSpan Health is an equal opportunity employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color or any other protected class. WellSpan Health does, however, have a tobacco-free/nicotine-free hiring policy.

Quality of Life

Founded in 1741, the city of York is considered by many as the first capital of the United States. The Articles of Confederation were signed by the Second Continental Congress here in 1777. Its beautifully restored historic district is an architectural treasure. While York retains its farming and manufacturing heritage, at its heart York is a thriving cultural community that has attracted creative talent and innovative entrepreneurial investors from across the nation.

Life in York County offers affordable housing, options for higher education, a thriving arts and cultural community, historical attractions, parks and recreational resources, semi-professional baseball team, fine dining and more — within an easy drive of major East Coast cities.

York County residents can find local employment in healthcare, manufacturing, technology, agricultural and service sectors. (Patient population: 445,000)