Senior Specialist-Communications

York, PA | Professional | Tracking Code: 69658


General Summary:

Under the general supervision of the Director-Communications, Senior Communication Specialists lead Tier 2 and Tier 3 communication plans and execute specific tactics in support of WellSpan’s strategic plan and short- and long-term goals. Senior Communications Specialists proactively identify communication opportunities and needs related to strategic communications, corporate communications, executive communications, media and community relations, content strategy and social media. Senior Communications Specialists contribute to an integrated, collaborative, data-driven Communications Team that is known for high reliability and excellence in execution.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Works collaboratively with the Communications Team and health system leaders to identify priorities and develop/implement annual plans to support Tier 2 and Tier 3 priorities or implement best-in-class communication channels and plans.
  2. Plans the focus and techniques of assigned projects to meet the goals and objectives of the Communications Team’s programs; participates in assessing the quality and effectiveness of communication efforts and contributes ideas for future activities.
  3. Continuously scans the internal and external environment, understands the organization’s major strategic and operating priorities and identifies relevant communications opportunities to support organizational change and engage employees, stakeholders and members of the community.
  4. Develops and executes media and community relations activities including the development of news releases, op-eds, story placement strategies, sponsorships, community events, etc. Supports crisis and disaster plans as needed. 
  5. Develops and executes internal communication activities 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.
  6. Coordinates, writes and produces communication tools including e-newsletters, talking points, speeches, articles, publications, brochures, posters, news releases, feature stories, online content, etc.
  7. Responsible for photography and videography of system functions and other related activities. 
  8. Plans and coordinates meetings and special events to meet designated objectives.



  Note: Other combinations of formal education, training and experience may be considered.

  Minimum Education: Bachelor's Degree                             

  Minimum Experience: 3 - 5 years

  Min Field of Expertise: Communications, Journalism or Public Relations, preferably with experience in a large, complex healthcare organization

 Skills: Other:  Proven ability to apply communications strategies to high-level organizational priorities; Critical thinking, superior journalistic writing and solid interpersonal skills.


James Kane
James Kane
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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)