The Executive Director of Executive and Strategic Communications in the Office of University Communications is a key leadership role responsible for developing and implementing strategies to advance Drexel University’s reputation by positioning the President, Executive Vice President/Treasurer/COO, Executive Vice President/Provost and other senior administrators as thought leaders in higher education. He/she will be responsible for the task of providing strategic counsel and writing support for these offices and supervising the director of strategic communications.
The Executive Director of Executive and Strategic Communications reports directly to the Associate Vice President for University Communications and serves as part of the University Communications administrative team. He/she will work closely with the Senior Vice President and collaborate with members of the University Communications team and other key contacts across the University.
• Work closely with the Senior Vice President to plan national communications outreach and strategic direction for executive leadership.
• Research, write and edit speeches, presentations, talking points, event and video scripts, and op-eds for the President and executive leadership.
• Oversee the development and distribution of special messages to University constituents, including trustees.
• Responsible for the production of the President’s Annual Report, and other key publications such as the Strategic Plan, Community Impact Report and Commencement Programs, working closely with the creative and publication teams within University Communications and key stakeholders from across the University.
• Support the strategic plan by researching and identifying appropriate regional and national speaking venues for the executive leadership to amplify the University’s profile by positioning executives as thought leaders among higher education peers, business associates, legislators and other stakeholders and communities.
• Partner with senior leadership to discern and decide which speaking invitations should be accepted and declined.
• Closely monitoring higher education-related issues and the competitive landscape to adjust university positioning and messaging as required.
• Own the process about the status of speaking engagements by consistently demonstrating a solid understanding about speech objectives, audiences and their expectations, event agendas, topics and remarks of other speakers, and the importance of key details such as expected attire, physical setup, and audio/visual support needs.
• Attend presentations with executive leadership and/or provide advance scouting, and manage presentation rehearsals as needed.
• Ensure expectations of executive leadership are being met through event debriefs and identifying processes for improvements and constructive feedback as needed.
• Ensure consistent messaging across different communication vehicles and platforms, including executive leadership websites.
• Be available 24/7 to provide strategic advice and writing support for sensitive issues that may occur at night or on weekends.
• Provide speech training for executive leadership when needed.
• Meet regularly with the Vice President and Executive Director of the Office of the President to coordinate presidential communications.
• Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or related major. Advanced degree preferred.
• Minimum eight years of strategic counsel and speechwriting experience for C-suite executives from higher education, political leadership, corporations or foundations.
• Outstanding oral and written communication and editing skills.
• Two to five years of management experience, motivating and encouraging staff.
• Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects is essential and ability to suddenly shift priorities and deadlines on occasion to execute unexpected projects in a short timeframe.
• Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to work with a wide range of individuals, including high-level academic and administrative leadership and their staffs.
• Experience providing creative and art direction to designers.
• Ability to anticipate requests before they are received.
• A strong strategic orientation, commitment to excellence, and attention to detail.
• Ability to handle information with sensitivity, discretion and solid judgement.
• Technical proficiency in Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Outlook), and online communications tools (WordPress, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc.).
• Ability to think independently and with limited supervision.
• Ability to travel with executive leadership regionally, nationally and internationally if necessary.
How to Apply:
Resumes only accepted online at: www.drexeljobs.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=80827