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This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Department of Strategic External Projects and Outreach. This position is for the Medical School Campus.
The Executive Writer in the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor (EVC) and Dean is a newly created position reporting to the associate vice chancellor for medical campus strategic external projects and outreach (AVC). In partnership with the AVC and working in close coordination with the EVC’s chief of staff and others throughout the university, the Executive Writer will have primary responsibility for producing communications, in various formats and to diverse audiences. Critically, the Executive Writer will strengthen coordination, collaboration and creativity in support of communications delivered by and on behalf of the EVC.
The Executive Writer will help to lead the creative strategy for significant communications, including overall message and tone, with content oriented toward an array of audiences. The Executive Writer will be expected to write with wit, warmth, and intelligence; develop relationships with subject matter experts across the School of Medicine; and respond to feedback with positivity and eagerness. The writer must be able to meet immediate and changing deadlines, work with multiple editors, and meet the highest standards of composition. In all of these things, the Executive Writer must capture the “voice” of the EVC and sustain it through communications in all of these various formats.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Conduct the full range of activities required to prepare and submit speeches, presentations (including PowerPoint), briefings, remarks, backgrounders, reports, statements, high-level correspondence, and website content, targeting both internal and external audiences, such as faculty, alumni, prospective students, staff, and business leaders.
Direct and manage the development of high-end and highly individualized written materials, such as white papers and scientific articles.
Manage the review process for content they develop.
Liaison closely with departments, centers, and offices within WUSM to ensure timely and relevant input into written communications and in other matters of relevance to the Dean
Provide the AVC with appropriate reports and updates on projects; work collaboratively to produce material aligned with the overall strategic communications goals as developed by the AVC.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, communications or a related discipline and seven to ten years of relevant experience.
Demonstrated experience as an outstanding speech writer and strategic communicator, preferably in higher education, biotech/pharmaceuticals, healthcare or another related professional field.
History of writing at the executive-level; and of working confidently with staff of all levels.
Effective working knowledge of higher education, academic research, and/or healthcare.
Effective verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
Demonstrated Microsoft Office Suite skills.
Ability to work confidently with staff of all levels, including members of the University’s senior executive team in addition to the EVC and Dean.
Ability to break down science into lay terms, as well as the ability to write for more sophisticated audiences.
Demonstrated track record of strong writing/creative storytelling, strategic thinking, and excellent research and fact-checking.
Strong organizational skills and the ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks and manage complex, often competing priorities.
Ability to work under pressure, set deadlines, and collaborate with other team members to schedule workflow accordingly.
Respect for confidentiality and a strong sense of professional ethics with a high degree of diplomacy.
The hiring range for this position is $78,874 - $104,499 annually.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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