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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota - Communications Consultant

Join the creative and energetic Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota marketing team, and help us further enhance our strong brand by telling our story to internal and external audiences. The role of the Communications Consultant will focus primarily on internal communications, with additional public and media relations responsibilities. This position, reporting to the Manager of Public Relations and Internal Communications, will drive strategic direction, counsel, and execution of communications plans aimed at engaging and rallying Children’s 4,200 employees around our brand position that nobody treats kids like we do. This person will develop integrated plans, utilizing multiple channels, to communicate to and with specific employee groups, as well as the organization as a whole.  The role will also include handling public relations requests, working with news media, and the development of public relations strategies that will showcase Children’s leadership in pediatric care. Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is the seventh largest pediatric health care organization in the country, and the regional leader in caring for kids. At our two hospital sites, day surgery center and growing footprint of clinic locations, we proudly believe that nobody treats kids like we do.

In this role you will be responsible for:
Strategic counsel around internal communications issues and needs
Execution and evolution of a Town Hall Meeting model to increase engagement between employees and our executive team
Conveying organizational goals and strategies to employees in a way that increases engagement and aligns people around our mission
Development and direction of two-way communications tools to give employees a voice, and to allow us to engage them in dialogue 
Staying current on ever-evolving internal communications tools/technologies to continuously improve our organization’s ability to achieve business objectives
Scheduling and facilitating regular meetings with key internal clients, including the executive team, staying ahead of planned announcements and communications needs
Serving as a gatekeeper in the flow of information to employees, ensuring we are communicating with one voice while using consistent messaging
Writing internal memos, e-mail announcements, blog postings, presentations, and other strategic communications to clearly communicate with employees
Writing and editing press releases, blog postings, bylined articles and other documents aimed at external audiences  
Leveraging social media tools to accomplish internal and external communications goals
Participation in and development and execution of media relations campaigns, including writing news releases, pitching news media, staffing media events, and crisis communications


  • Five to seven years experience in corporate communications including experience with internal communications and media relations
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Ability to present to groups effectively
  • Comfort interacting and working with senior leadership
  • Highly organized and detailed oriented
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, timelines and budgets simultaneously in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong relationship-building skills
  • Ability to find great stories, hone them, and tell them in a compelling way through multiple vehicles
  • Comfort working with news media
  • A quick study and a desire to become a subject matter expert on many topics
  • Able to take initiative and move projects forward while still being able to foster a team atmosphere

If you are interested in applying for the position, please apply online at  Please refer to job number 21920.