• Director, External Communications & Media Relations

    Location US-IL-Chicago
    Job ID
    Adtalem Global Education
    External Relations
    Employment Type
    Regular Full-Time
    FLSA Status
  • Opportunity at a Glance

    The position plans, develops and implements external strategic communications, including public relations and public affairs, in support of the overall reputation and branding strategy for the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. Working closely with the Vice President – Adtalem Global Communications and executive leadership, the position develops strategies to enhance the reputation of the international institution, and provides consistency, clarity and alignment of external and internal communications. As a member of the Adtalem press office and as a media spokesperson, this position is responsible for driving earned media strategies and results, managing press relations and directing communications activities, with a focus on alignment with overall strategic messaging and reputation management. The person would manage agency relationships and collaborate with internal communications colleagues to design, develop and produce communications with members of Adtalem’s other healthcare segment institutions. This position reports to Jennifer McGuffin, Vice President – Adtalem Global Communications, with a dotted line to the Executive Dean of American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine for efforts related to that institution.


    • Develop external communications strategy and implement public affairs communications plan to support the medical schools’ brand.
    • Work directly with institution leadership and the global communications team to promote positive relationships with the press and media, and drive earned media results through targeted media interviews, news releases, op-eds and thought leadership events.
    • Seek and identify newsworthy media opportunities that showcase the institution and its students, faculty, alumni and programs.
    • Actively protect organizational reputation through sound media engagement and messaging.
    • Implement coordinated communications and provide oversight of all communications to ensure consistency of messaging and alignment with defined objectives. -
    • Support and drive a consistent messaging platform across all stakeholder initiatives and materials.
    • Manage medical school press office and activities. 
    • Network with third parties to promote institution brand and image.
    • Support executive management by drafting and/or editing communications as needed.
    • Assist investor relations and crisis management teams and serve as primary contact with the media and other external audiences.
    • Track and analyze external communications initiatives.  
    • Completes other duties as assigned.


    • Bachelor’s degree in communications, media relations, journalism or a related field.
    • Minimum seven years of experience in healthcare/medical positions, including management and international media experience.
    • Well-developed writing and journalistic skills and experience in media relations and external relations.
    • Strong management, coaching and leadership skills.
    • Strong collaboration skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
    • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Office applications.
    • Strong organizational, logistical and planning skills with the ability to prioritize tasks under tight, competing deadlines while maintaining work quality.
    • Must be able to collaborate with a variety of colleagues across the organization.
    • Experience working with third-party agencies preferred.


    We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing. Thank you for applying for this outstanding opportunity today.

    Who We Are

    The purpose of Adtalem Global Education is to empower students to achieve their goals, find success, and make inspiring contributions to our global community. Adtalem Global Education Inc. (NYSE: ATGE; member S&P MidCap 400 Index) is a leading global education provider and the parent organization of Adtalem Educacional do Brasil, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Becker Professional Education, Carrington College, Chamberlain University, DeVry University and its Keller Graduate School of Management, Ross University School of Medicine and Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. For more information, please visit adtalem.com.


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