Director of Communications

York, PA | Professional | Tracking Code: 64452

Remote applicants considered 


Position Summary:


WellSpan Health is currently seeking two experienced Directors of Communications. One will have primary accountability for all clinical and operational communications. The second will lead media and community relations strategies. 


Reporting to the Vice President-Communications and Chief Communications Officer, the Director of Communications plans, implements and evaluates internal and external communication strategies across systems of care and system-wide functions. This role also serves as a key leader of the system’s Communications function; interfaces with system executives and other leaders; drives best-in-class approaches and process in strategic communications, corporate communications, executive communications, media and community relations, content strategy and social media. The Director of Communications plays a key role in building positive reputation and relationships between the organization and its internal and external constituencies, shaping and advancing WellSpan’s message and brand strategy throughout the organization and across the service region to support consumer growth 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.




   1   Partners with system executives and key partners in marketing and other areas to understand business needs and develop proactive, integrated communication plan and strategies to advance strategic priorities.

   2 Develops a system-wide strategic message platforms and communication plans and schedules that aligns with the WellSpan brand personality and position and supports the health system’s strategic goals and priorities; ensures consistency of message across all internal and external communication channels.

   3   Regularly scans internal and external environment for best practices and opportunities; proactively identifies issues and opportunities that would impact the system’s reputation and brand; executes communication strategies to develop an engaged workforce, build the WellSpan brand and advance the system’s local, regional and system-wide priorities.

   4   Develops strategies and contacts which build positive relationships between WellSpan Health and local stakeholders, including elected officials, health and human service executives and other community leaders.

   5   Drives media relations strategies and activities including the development of news releases, op-eds, story placement strategies and crisis communications/issues management activities. Serves as one the system’s public information officers and participates in disaster planning activities. 

   6   Drives internal communication strategies to enhance employee engagement; develops communication plans, elevator speeches, newsletters, articles, blog posts and presentations, and actively participates in the planning and execution of various leadership and employee meetings.

   7   Tracks and analyzes the performance of all communication plans and strategies on an ongoing basis and develops effectiveness reports, scorecards and dashboards on a micro and macro basis.

   8   Excels as thinker, collaborator, writer, speaker, listener and team leader. Directs communications staff.

   9   Ensures compliance with WellSpan brand identity and nomenclature standards across all services, physician practices and facilities within local system of care.

10   Plans, organizes and promotes special events, open houses and other related activities, in coordination with other members of the system’s public relations and marketing team.

11   Plans, manages, and coordinates the production of communication projects for internal and external audiences.  Includes newsletters, publications, brochures, flyers, and related collateral materials.





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)