Dignity Health Director External Communications and Issue Management in SAN FRANCISCO, California


Dignity Health, one of the nation’s largest health care systems, is a 22-state network of more than 9,000 physicians, 63,000 employees, and 400 care centers, including hospitals, urgent and occupational care, imaging and surgery centers, home health, and primary care clinics. Headquartered in San Francisco, Dignity Health is dedicated to providing compassionate, high-quality, and affordable patient-centered care with special attention to the poor and underserved. In FY17, Dignity Health provided $2.6 billion in charitable care and community services. For more information, please visit our website at. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.


Position Title: Director, External Communications & Stakeholder Relations

Position Summary:

The Director, External Communications and Stakeholder Relations is responsible for issues management across the system, and in partnership with service area communicators. He/she collaborates with subject matter experts within the system office to proactively prepare for and manage issues that have the potential to impact Dignity Health’s positive reputation. In support of service areas he/she maintains the issues playbook (hard copy and box), and ensures that communicators are kept up to-date, or trained, as needed, on existing resources to manage issues. He/she works with SVP/VP and subject matter experts to ensure that Dignity Health manages as best as possible through the unexpected issue. Interacts in a collaborative manner across the organization to define program needs and requirements related to stakeholders, while serving as an internal consultant that drives required change management to meet objectives aligned with organizational needs to get in front of issues. Builds vision and mechanism to identify, create and disseminate a broad range of creative assets and educational efforts, such as print materials, presentations, newsletters, digital strategies, advertising, events, etc., to carry out strategies and tactics to manage positive reputation. Builds and maintains relationships with reporters that are known to cover controversial topics.

Job Duties:

  • Issues management preparation with key internal stakeholders; external landscape assessment/understanding.

  • Available as system wide liaison to service area communicators on issues; manage SME/issues briefs and keeping resource current and available.

  • In partnership with internal partners identify stakeholder engagement initiatives to drive positive reputation through point of view on difficult topics.

  • Media relationships with key reporters on specific issues.

  • Content creation of assets to drive educational efforts where needed.


  • Keeping the organization’s mission, vision and values at the forefront of associate decision making and action.

  • Ensuring that the patient perspective is a driving force behind our actions and business decisions; crafting and implementing service practices that meet patients' and own organization’s needs. (Focus also includes internal and external customers).

  • Identifying opportunities and taking action to build strategic relationships between one’s area and other areas, teams, department, units or organizations to help achieve business goals. Resolves issues and problems, and makes a significant contribution to team efforts.

  • Demonstrates breadth and/or depth of professional/technical skills and capabilities required for position; shares knowledge; sets or contributes to the Company’s direction within area of expertise.

  • Interacting with others in a way that gives them confidence in one’s intentions and those of the organization.

  • Manages collaboratively and coaches others to achieve optimal performance; delegates effectively; praises/rewards contributions; defines clear roles and responsibilities; sets goals and leads initiatives; adjusts plans as necessary.

  • Sharing authority and responsibility with others to move decision making and accountability downward through the organization enabling individuals to stretch their capabilities and accomplish the business unit’s strategic priorities. Applies influence based on professional skill and experience.

  • Understanding of how to anticipate, recognize, and deal effectively with existing or potential conflicts at the individual, group, or situation level; ability to apply this understanding appropriately to diverse situations.

  • Assists in the planning and implementation of communications strategies to achieve organizational objectives that will advance organizational thought leadership and build, protect or advance reputation.

  • Excellent writing and verbal communication to multiple stakeholders internally and externally.

  • Directly contributes to strategy and content development, for issues that may negatively impact Dignity Health’s reputation. Has the discretion to manage confidential projects.

  • Ability to perform multiple communication initiatives and tasks in a timely manner.

  • Ability to prioritize according to their level of importance, daily and long term.


Education and Experience:

  • Experience : Minimum of ten years of experience in public affairs, and/or corporate communications either on client side or in agency working on reputational topics that drive companies’ business goals.

  • Health care communications or advocacy communications experience preferred.

  • Working with and advising top tier executives managing through issues and crises a must.

  • Education : Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, public health, communications or other related field required.

  • Special Skills : Familiar with partnering with associations and advocacy groups particularly in the health care sector.


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Job ID 2017-42134

Employment Type Full Time

Department Public Relations

Hours / Pay Period 80

Facility Dignity Health

Shift Day


State/Province CA

Standard Hours Mon-Fri (8-5 PM)