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Public Affairs Manager

Req #:  111003
Facility:  Support Centers
Department:  Management/Supervisory
City:  Downers Grove
Posting Budget Status:  Day
Shift Type:  Full Time - Permanent
Posting FTE:  1

Advocate Health Care, the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Our Corporate Support & Operations Services are equally committed to advancing Advocate's goal of building lifelong relationships with patients by delivering the best health outcomes and highest level of service through an integrated approach to care and wellness.

This role will be responsible for internal and external communications, executive communications, as well as issues and crisis management. Focus is on providing creative, strategic and comprehensive communication that will further elevate Advocate Aurora Health and its senior leaders. Leader will be accountable for managing internal communication across the enterprise, providing executive communications support and other key organizational initiatives to drive growth.


  • Contribute to the development and execution of an internal and external communications strategy, to ensure effective communication across the organization in support of business goals and objectives.
  • Manages the strategic communications needs of executives and key departments by providing appropriate counsel and comprehensive communications solutions to meet Advocate Aurora Health's business priorities.
  • Plans, directs and organizes content for Advocate Aurora Health's publications and communications in support of the organization's multi~faceted content strategy.
  • Drives collaboration with all departments on broad, digital first communication approach to internal and external audiences.
  • Oversees the design, production and distribution of communication through various vehicles and platforms.
  • Plan for and respond quickly and effectively in the event of a crisis. Prepare response strategy in conjunction with site and system executives.


Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Marketing or related field, or Bachelor's Degree in Public Relations.
  • Experience Required: Typically requires 7 years of experience in in supporting public affairs, public relations, internal communications or issues management.
  • Strong written and oral communications
  • Deadline oriented, the ability to handle multiple tasks and complete work accurately and within a short timeframe
  • Self~starter, ability to advance key projects independently
  • Strategic thinking
  • Problem~solving skills
  • Executive sensibility
  • Proven ability to navigate complex and time sensitive matters
  • Results oriented
  • Flexibility is necessary and long hours are often required
  • This position requires travel, therefore, will be exposed to weather and road conditions.
  • Operates all equipment necessary to perform the job.
  • Exposed to a normal office environment.
  • This job description indicates the general nature and level of work expected of the incumbent. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required of the incumbent. Incumbent may be required to perform other related duties.

About Advocate Health Care


Advocate Health Care, named among the nation’s Top 5 large health systems based on quality by Truven Analytics, is the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Advocate operates more than 250 sites of care, including 12 hospitals that encompass 11 acute care hospitals, the state’s largest integrated children’s network, the state’s largest emergency and Level I trauma network, one of the area’s largest home health care companies, and the region’s largest medical group. Advocate Health Care has 4 teaching hospitals and is a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago