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CUNY Professional Communications Writer, Office of the Exec Vice Chancellor & Univ Provost, Academic Affa in New York, New York

Job Title: Professional Communications Writer, Office of the Exec Vice Chancellor & Univ Provost, Academic Affairs

Job ID: 20829

Location: Central Office

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

POSITION DETAILS

The Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost oversees all academic policies governing the University’s 25 institutions, more than 1,400 academic programs, 200 majors leading to associate and baccalaureate degrees, and 800 graduate degree programs. In a single integrated system, the Office is responsible for the strategic leadership, development and implementation of University-wide initiatives aimed at raising academic quality, improving student success, and providing New Yorkers with equal access to quality education. To publicize the new Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost’s vision of a cohesive and engaged executive Office of Academic Affairs, a highly skilled and creative Professional Writer is needed to prepare original, effective and compelling communications that capture this vision and are aligned with key academic initiatives and institutional priorities.

The Professional Writer will be responsible for implementing and enhancing an overall communications plan for the Office of Academic Affairs, including robust internal and external communications and social media presence, that will drive staff cohesion and awareness, and will build upon and contribute to the University’s strategic communications plan. Reporting to the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Strategy and Operations/Chief of Staff to the Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost, the Professional Writer will research, write, review, edit, and produce intellectually-inspiring content for speeches, op-eds, remarks, talking points, testimonies, presentations, keynote addresses, emails, and other communications of significance addressing academic and general audiences, plus internal and external constituencies. Other key duties include, but will not be limited to the following:

  • Performs substantive research and writing to support the publication of various reports, proposals, and briefings on EVC/UP initiatives and strategic priorities.

  • Adapts written style and content to reflect the voice, values and priorities of the EVC/UP and drafts official correspondence on their behalf.

  • Develops an annual communications calendar for that includes consistent updates to the various administrative and deliberative bodies associated with the Office of Academic Affairs in collaboration with the EVC/UP and key senior staff.

  • Partners with the University’s Office of Communications and Marketing to develop and coordinate text, messaging and announcements that advance their strategic communication goals.

  • Researches and verifies content, and transforms complex concepts into clear and meaningful communications for a variety of internal and external audiences.

  • Manages editorial content on the website and blog, and works with key staff to develop and manage digital assets and social media presence.

  • Manages databases, archives, and other content associated with assignments.

  • Discretely addresses confidential, sensitive and/or delicate assignments, exercising sound editorial discernment and maintaining the trust and confidence of the EVC/UP, senior executives and their staff.

  • Conducts research and reviews metrics to evaluate communications efforts.

  • Participates in selected University-wide projects committees, task forces, and study groups as requested.

QUALIFICATIONS

MINIMUM

  • Bachelor’s degree and six years’ related experience required.

  • Professional writing, speech writing, scholarly, or technical writing experience required.

  • All candidates will prepare a writing sample as part of the interview process.

PREFERRED

  • Advanced degree in English, journalism, public relations, communications or a related discipline.

  • Experience as a successful writer, in a speechwriting, journalistic, academic, or other related context.

  • Impeccable writing skills with thorough knowledge of the fundamentals of writing, grammar, syntax, style, and punctuation, as well as appropriate editorial style and publication guidelines and standards (e.g. AP).

  • Ability to write quickly, persuasively, and clearly on various topics related to public universities and higher education.

  • Strong interpersonal communication and relationship-building skills to appreciate the value of others and work effectively with diverse internal and external stakeholders and constituents.

  • Editorial integrity and professional credibility to work discreetly on sensitive assignments, exercise sound judgement, and manage confidential information.

  • Strong research and analytical skills with aptitude for understanding complex issues and the ability to translate and simplify them for various audiences, plus attend carefully to grammatical and factual details.

  • Competency using desktop design software and multi-media platforms plus experience with blogging (e.g., WordPress), social media platforms (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat), print and online publishing tools (e.g., Word, PowerPoint/Keynote, Adobe Creative Suite), and contact management systems.

  • Computer proficiency using administrative, academic, research or financial systems, databases, and programs to research and verify information.

  • Strong organizational and project management skills to handle a changing agenda, accept direction, and work independently and collaboratively amid ambiguity to deliver high quality work and meet deadlines.

CUNY TITLE OVERVIEW

Oversees implementation of communications programs and produces communications in all media to meet a variety of College needs

  • Provides creative direction for publications and marketing materials, such as catalogs, annual reports, brochures, direct mail packages, print advertising and other marketing materials

  • Works with College clientele (faculty, administrators, and student representatives) to understand their communications objectives, select appropriate messages, formats, and distribution methods, set production timelines, and establish appropriate editorial and design approaches

  • Provides creative direction and supervision to external and/or internal creative resources such as writers, photographers, illustrators and graphic designers

  • Ensures consistent application of standards and guidelines for College materials, such as graphic identity standards

  • Manages production activities, including creating printing specifications and arranging procurement of services, managing work flows, and production schedules, and assuring a quality finished product

  • Prepares sensitive and high-priority communications such as speeches for use by senior management

  • Performs related duties as assigned.

CUNY TITLE

Higher Education Associate

FLSA

Exempt

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS

COMPENSATION

Salary commensurate with education and experience.

BENEFITS

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.

HOW TO APPLY

For full consideration, submit a cover letter and resume online via CUNY's web-based job system, addressing how your experience and credentials fulfill the responsibilities and qualifications outlined.

The direct link to the job opening from external sources is:

https://home.cunyfirst.cuny.edu/psp/cnyepprd/GUEST/HRMS/c/HRSHRAM.HRSCE.GBL?Page=HRSCEJOB_DTL&Action=A&JobOpeningId=20829&SiteId=1&PostingSeq=1

CLOSING DATE

Open until filled

JOB SEARCH CATEGORY

CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

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