Office of University Communications - Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh - (19002275)
The Executive Speechwriting Specialist is responsible for preparing original, professional, effective, and compelling high-profile communications that are relevant on local, regional, and national platforms and capture the vision and message of the University.
The incumbent will write, edit, and produce content for speeches, talking points, presentations, keynote addresses, video scripts, and other communications of significance on behalf of the Director of Executive Speechwriting and designated senior leadership, tailoring communications as necessary to address audiences of various constituencies and industries. As such, the incumbent will be charged with engaging and cultivating relationships with numerous constituencies including, but not limited to, University leadership, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and critical external stakeholders to understand the viewpoints and dynamics of these populations. The incumbent serves as a critical member of the University Communications team, supporting multiple members of the University's senior leadership and the Director of Executive Speechwriting. The incumbent will consult and advise on executive communications strategies and messaging, ensure consistency, and provide recommendations for enhancement. This requires business acumen and the ability to think strategically. The incumbent is expected to perform research, verify content, and transform complex concepts into clear and meaningful communications. The incumbent must demonstrate the ability to meet strict deadlines and handle sensitive, confidential information.
A qualified candidate will have experience in both creative and academic or business writing. Though not required, experience in theater, broadcast news, or other performative work is preferred. A bachelor's degree is required. Candidate must submit an example of a speech written for presentation.
Prior speechwriting experience is preferred. Bachelor's degree in communications, marketing, journalism, public relations, English, or combination of training and experience essential to the position. Proficiency with Microsoft Office/Outlook.
Assignment Category: Fulltime-Regular
Job Classification: Staff.Communications.II
Minimum Education Level Required: Baccalaureate
Minimum Experience Level Required: 2-3 years experience
Work Schedule: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Hiring Range: $26,988.00 - $43,212.00
Relocation Offered: No
Visa Sponsorship Provided: No
Background Check: For position finalists, employment with the University will require successful completion of a background check
Founded in 1787, the same year the U.S. Constitution was signed, the University of Pittsburgh is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. One of three state-related research universities in Pennsylvania, Pitt is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which comprises 62 preeminent doctorate-granting research institutions in North America.Pitt faculty members have expanded knowledge in the humanities and sciences, earning such prestigious honors as the National Medal of Science, the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” grant, the Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award, and election to the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. Pitt scientists have defeated polio, unlocked the secrets of DNA, lead the world in organ transplantation, and pioneered TV and heavier-than-air flight, among numerous other accomplishments.Pitt students have earned Rhodes, Goldwater, Marshall, and Truman Scholarships, among other highly competitive national and international scholarships.Alumni have pioneered MRI and TV, won Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes, led corporations and universities, served in government and the military, conquered Hollywood and The New York Times bestsellers list, and won Super Bowls and NBA championships.