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Brandeis University Presidential Writer in Waltham, Massachusetts

Brandeis University is delighted to announce a career opportunity to serve as the Presidential Writer reporting to the President?s Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor. We are seeking an experienced writer who has prepared a variety of high-level communications for an executive or senior leader, including, for example, speeches, remarks, communications, presidential statement, remarks, crisis communications, and correspondence. In this role, you would ensure all communications align with the President?s voice and the strategic goals of the university. In this role you will have dynamic interaction with the President, Chief of Staff, and other senior leaders. As a key member of the President?s staff you would also develop effective working relationships and coordinate messaging with colleagues in the Office of Communications, Marketing and External Relations, as well as academic leaders and staff in the offices of Institutional Advancement, Provost, Finance and Administration, Student Affairs, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. You must have superb writing skills, excellent attention to detail, and a commitment to accuracy. Diplomacy, trustworthiness, discretion, and creativity are indispensable qualities of the Presidential Writer. You must also have the ability to write effectively and clearly across a range of media?often while working under tight deadlines. You will possess an ability to capture the distinctive voice of the President in speeches, remarks and correspondence. Additional responsibilities include: Drafting all formal written communications from the President, including: messages to the campus community, alumni, trustees, and parents; articles and correspondence in internal and external publications; and selected formal correspondence with individuals. Drafting talking points and full speeches that the President uses in various venues. This may include speeches to large groups, remarks at receptions for faculty, donors, parents or students, and talking points in small settings on campus and off campus. Working closely with the President and senior leaders of the university, develop the president?s communications and messaging strategy. Working with the Office of Communications, Marketing and External Relations, implement a strategy to promote the goals that President Liebowitz outlined in his October 2018 speech, ?A Framework for Our Future,? as well as the objectives that emerges from its corresponding committees and working groups. While not responsible for drafting every message, you will coordinate with, and provide guidance to, other offices on presidential communications, and messaging to donors, alumni, parents, faculty, students, and staff. In coordination with the President?s Executive Assistant, interact and partner with relevant units on campus at which the President has been asked to speak. Conduct research regarding topics, individuals, and issues to ensure that all presidential remarks are informed and current, and reflect most favorably on the president and Brandeis. Identify areas for streamlining presidential communications efforts and develop standard practices for recurring messaging. Identify potential avenues to expand effective presidential communications and messaging at Brandeis and beyond. Coordinate with others in the Office of the President in the preparation of daily briefing materials for the President. Attend staff and calendar meetings in the Office of the President, to anticipate and coordinate all circumstances in which the President will be expected to make remarks. Oversee email communications, including replies to university-wide correspondence. Undertake special projects for the President and the Chief of Staff relating to communications strategy. Other duties as assigned. What you need to succeed Bachelor?s degree, significant and high-level communications experience in a higher education setting, ability to capture the President?s voice.