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Director of Speechwriting (16111)

Date: Oct 8, 2021

Location: Distrcit of Columbia, DC, US, 20016

Company: American University


This position will be a critical member of the University President’s immediate staff focused on helping the President hone, shape, and express her voice on issues of importance to the campus community and beyond. This position will lead speechwriting and other communications processes for the University President, working closely with the University’s Chief Communications Officer and other senior leaders at the university as well as a wide-range of internal offices and external parties. Additionally, this position will work on special projects that advance significant priorities of the university.

Essential Functions

  1. Lead the speechwriting and talking point development process for the President. This will include: researching and drafting speeches, talking points, and other externally-facing communication materials for the President; coordinating with senior leadership across the university and external parties to develop communications materials; and supporting the President to maximize the impact of public appearances.

  2. Draft, edit, and clear written communications for the President. This will include: researching and drafting campus memos and newsletters, reports, op-eds, articles, and book chapters; coordinating with senior leadership across the university and significant external parties to edit and refine these materials; and ensuring that the President’s written communications align with the overall university communications strategy.  This will also include handling social media for the President, working in close collaboration with the Office of University Communications and Marketing.

  3. Oversee other critical projects at the Office of the President. This will involve overseeing correspondence for the President, as well as the process for the President’s Award, working with the Special Assistant and the Senior Assistant to the President.

  4. Working with the Chief of Staff to the President on special projects that advance significant priorities for the university and the President.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Exempt
  • Function Leader B

Salary Range

  • Commensurate with experience.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Five or more years of relevant work experience.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Master's degree.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • Demonstrated record of speechwriting and developing and implementing communications strategy for a senior executive or principal.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to get up-to-speed quickly on new and complicated policy areas.
  • Demonstrated experience in working in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage responsibilities independently and work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to work well with a wide-range of people at all levels of the university and with external parties.
  • Sense of humor.
  • Knowledge in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on successful completion of a background check.
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  • Click here to learn about American University's unique benefit options.


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