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Sanford Health Professional Returnship Associate - Communications in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Job Title: Professional Returnship Associate | Communications | Sioux Falls

City: Sioux Falls

State: SD

Department : HR Academic Affairs - Intern Program

Job Schedule: Part Time

Shift: Days

Hours Per Shift: Other


Contributes to Sanford operations and processes while gaining skills and integrating back into a working environment, gaining experiences that align with the mission, vision and values of the organization.

Works collaboratively with organization leadership and department teams, enhancing knowledge, refreshing skills and improving the delivery of quality healthcare. Under guidance, designs and completes a project that will provide development and enhancement within department. Attends training and development opportunities.

Possesses knowledge of successful approaches, tools, and techniques for dealing with changes and adapting to a changing environment; ability to adapt as needed.

Demonstrates a willingness, interest and ability to enhance one's personal career development. Incorporates new information and concepts quickly, in addition, displays strength in re-learning information in a timely manner. Demonstrates the ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment. Displays the ability to meet deadlines.


  • Participates in communication planning and project team meetings

  • Meets with stakeholders to gather communication requirements

  • Develops communication strategies

  • Develops key messages and talking points

  • Develops communication timelines

  • Writes and edits communications, partnering with stakeholders for reviews and approvals

  • Utilizes graphic design and video teams to enhance delivery and drive employee engagement

  • Copy-edits and reviews communications to ensure they meet voice and brand standards

  • Delivers communications via appropriate channels

  • Updates and maintains content on internal employee intranet sites


Identifies project management tools and requirements within own function. Develops a clear, complete understanding of needs and problems through careful listening, probing, reflecting, and summarizing. Demonstrates an expectation that there will be ongoing shifts in demands and priorities. Delivers formal and informal stand-up presentations or demos to audiences of all kinds. Collaborates with departmental associates and management. Applies available tools and resources to work efficiently. Asks questions and accepts feedback non-defensively. Adapts easily to changing work demands. Utilizes specific approaches and tools for checking and cross-checking outputs. Utilizes available tools or approaches for increasing knowledge of self-motivation. Researches business related data and generates and interprets basic analytics.


The communication specialist is responsible for planning, developing and implementing internal communication strategies across the enterprise and helps to create informed, engaged, and inspired workforce through the development of effective internal communications. Responsible for the effective delivery of employee communication programs through a wide range of mediums to create impact and engagement. Develops internal communications tactics including email, video, and intranet. Ensures messages are delivered in the appropriate voice and with the appropriate creative presentation, including visual imagery, videos, or graphics. Creates simple, clear and effective communication for all levels with Sanford Health. Partners with the creative team in marketing to add visual, video and animation elements to communications where appropriate. Creates and maintains positive working relationships with partners and stakeholders to understand priorities and needs. Conducts final review and approval before communications are released.


Associate or bachelor's degree required.

Minimum five years relevant experience preferred. Individuals who have been out of the structured workforce for 24 months or longer required.

Experience in healthcare industry preferred. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products preferred.

Depending on department, applicable licensure/certification may be required.

Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Marketing, or related field is required.

MBA or Master’s degree in communications or related field is preferred.

Minimum of three years relevant communication and/or writing experience, preferably in a large and complex corporate setting, is required.

About Sanford Health:

At Sanford Health, we are dedicated to the work of health and healing.

Every day, we show that commitment by delivering the highest quality of care to the communities we serve.

We are leaders in health care and strive to provide patients across the region with convenient access to expert medical care, leading-edge technologies and world-class facilities.

In addition to strong clinical care, we are also committed to research, education and community growth.

We engage in medical research to not only discover innovative ways to provide care, but also cures for common diseases.

We continuously seek new ways to achieve our vision of improving the human condition here in your community, across the region and around the world.

The entire team at Sanford Health recognizes the value of healthy families and communities.

We continue to gain momentum and expand our reach. Together, we can make a positive difference now, and in the future.

Sanford is an EEO/AA Employer M/F/Disability/Vet.

If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request an accommodation for help with your online application,

please call 1-877-673-0854 or send an email to .

City: Sioux Falls

State: SD

Job Function: Student Services

Job Schedule: Part Time

Shift: Days

Req Number: WD16369