Mar 26, 2020

Manager, Public and Media Relations

  • Professional Diversity Network
  • Deerfield, IL, USA
Full-Time Management

Job Description


Job Summary:

In support of the Company's digital health innovation initiatives as well as Healthcare Services and Clinical Office business units' programs and leaders, the Manager of Public and Media Relations will develop and execute internal and external communications, including Public Relations strategies, reactive media relations and proactive media relations that generate positive earned media coverage. Supports key healthcare services announcements including strategic partnerships with Health Systems, new digital health offerings, and other company news positioning Walgreens as a neighborhood healthcare destination. Also focuses on positioning Walgreens experts as thought leaders featuring Walgreens Center for Health & Wellbeing Research.

This job also includes media monitoring, researching interview topics as well as information needed to respond to media inquiries, developing press releases, messaging and Q&A documents, and managing media assets.

Job Responsibilities
  • Provides strategic communications counsel to business unit leaders regarding initiatives that drive performance in the division and its critical functions.
  • Supports the development and implementation of an annual communications strategy and plan for the business unit that is integrated with and supports key activities of the business unit leaders and their objectives.
  • Develops and implements communications strategies on key business unit initiatives, including outlining objectives and strategies, creating appropriate messaging, managing timelines and project deadlines and managing client contributions and expectations.
  • Coordinates with Corporate Communications and other key stakeholders to ensure communications planning, execution and messaging is integrated and linked with company positions and corporate goals. Work with Integrated Strategy and Planning
  • Communications and Events team to identify, design and create materials and meetings/events that will deliver corporate and business unit messages to key audiences.
  • Acts as a representative for Communications & Events team to effectively communicate company positions, corporate goals and objectives to the business unit, as well as key business unit initiatives and objectives back to Communications & Events team.
  • Masters relevant industry and business unit information.

Walgreens (, one of the nation's largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), a global leader in retail and wholesale pharmacy. Walgreens is proud to be a neighborhood health, beauty and retail destination supporting communities across the country, and was named to FORTUNE* magazine's 2019 Companies that Change the World list. Approximately 8 million customers interact with Walgreens in stores and online each day. As of August 31, 2019, Walgreens operates 9,277 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with its omnichannel business, Walgreens also provides specialty pharmacy and mail services and offers in-store clinics and other health care services throughout the United States, most of which are operated by our health care strategic partners.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and at least 2 years of experience developing, executing and integrating communications plans OR a High School Diploma/GED and at least 5 years of experience developing, executing and integrating communications.
  • Experience leading cross-functional teams.
  • Experience providing counsel, influence and challenge to the thinking of business leaders.
  • Experience writing and editing in AP style.
  • Experience with project management (for example: planning, organizing, and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives).
  • Experience leading and completing multiple projects on deadline.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Journalism, Communications and/or English.
  • Bachelor's degree and at least 5 years of experience developing, executing and integrating communications plans
  • Experience in the healthcare industry
  • Experience in the indirect management of team members, including assisting in the development, training and assignment of work/projects to other members of a team.



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