Presidential Speechwriter and Special Projects Advisor
Location: New York
Job Summary/Basic Function:
Reporting to the Chief of Staff to the President, the Presidential
Speechwriter and Special Projects Advisor collaborates with the
Strategic Communications team in the Institutional Advancement
office to implement communications according to the communications
and thought leadership strategy developed by TC Generation.
These communications cover, both internal and external audiences,
including the Board of Trustees, current students, faculty, staff,
alumni, donors, government officials, and the media. Communications
developed include, but are not limited to, remarks and speeches for
the President at Teachers College, Columbia University events,
including Convocation, State of the College, New Student
Orientation, and any event involving the President (like board
meetings, conferences, alumni and faculty-driven events, such as
Academic Festival, and more).
The position will also generate other documents, such as reports
that originate out of the President's Office (e.g., strategic
priorities, Faculty reports, Board reports, briefing books and
minutes, book forwards), and will execute other documents in
response to larger college-wide strategies set by the Strategic
Communications team, including Presidential social media content,
op-eds, and media prep. The Speechwriter/Special Projects Advisor
may also be called on to support other special projects within the
On occasion, this position will edit communication materials
written by others to ensure that the text is accurate and
appropriate. This resourceful, collaborative member of the
President's Office must have excellent writing skills; a good eye
for detail; strong organizational skills; knowledge of current
affairs as they relate to education, psychology and health; the
ability to work well under deadline and is up to date on the
current frames and positioning of DEI principles.
• Work closely with the Institutional Advancement team, in
particular the Assistant Vice President of TC Generation, Senior
Director of Strategic Communications and Director of Executive and
Internal Communications to implement the communications strategies
developed by the Strategic Communications team in consultation with
the College's public relations agency SKDK. Recurring meetings with
TC Generation and the Strategic Communications team will be
• Maintain consistent branding in all Presidential
• Write critical communications, including speeches, remarks,
presentations, briefings, talking points, reports, op-eds, letters
to the editor, high-level correspondence, website and social media
content for the President, targeting both internal and external
audiences (such as faculty, students, alumni, prospective students,
staff, and education/business leaders).
• Write and/or edit remarks from other writers on the Strategic
Comms team and in Advancement to be consistent with the President's
voice and proofread/fact-check to ensure that information is
accurate (i.e., provide a final set of eyes and approval on all
written communications from the Office of the President.)
• Establish and foster relationships with key Teachers College
constituencies, such as the President's cabinet and Faculty to
ensure relevant input and timely review of the President's
communications that support the priorities of these groups while
promoting the overarching vision, values, and brand of the
President and Teachers College.
• Collaborate with internal TC offices and teams, such as Human
Resources, College Events, Student Affairs, academic programs and
more, to develop remarks and communications as needed.
• Crisis communications to be handled in partnership and
collaboration with Strategic Communications and PR agency of
record. Work proactively on anticipated sensitive College issues
and coordinate proposed communications through TC Generation and
its Strategic Communications team to ensure that all steps are
consistent with the College's wider communications strategy.
• Follow workflows developed by TC Generation for trafficking
messages internally to ensure accuracy, appropriateness prior to
• Coordinate closely with members of Strategic Communications in
the Institutional Advancement Office to stay abreast of emerging
topics, issues, events, and opportunities for messages on behalf of
• Use sound judgment and work discreetly on sensitive or
confidential assignments, and maintain the trust and confidence of
• Determine and coordinate with Strategic Comms appropriate
responses to correspondence, prioritizing timing and content of
messages based on changing day-to-day circumstances.
• Maintain an awareness of presidential & executive
communications best practices, current research about alumni
audience preferences and needs, and issues in higher education that
resonate with target audiences.
• At least five years of experience in communications, preferably
in higher education.
• Capability to learn the President's "voice" and to meet
expectations for written style and content for a variety of
audiences, and to accept and apply constructive criticism.
• Experience collaborating directly with senior-level
administrators or executives.
• Extensive experience researching, writing, and editing
communications content in a higher education institution, social
justice organization or comparable cause-related organization under
tight time constraints in a variety of styles.
• Demonstrated experience writing compelling speeches for internal
and external audiences that advance institutional priorities and
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively, use sound
judgment in making decisions, balance multiple priorities, and
communicate proactively with stakeholders about project risks or
• Experience compiling media briefings and media prep
• A deep commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and social
• Superior communication skills to facilitate requests with
• Exceptional writing and storytelling skills, understanding how to
create content that draws an audience.
• Keen attention to detail with strong organization and time
management skills. Ability to prioritize and manage a high volume
of detailed work with conflicting priorities, and deliver on a
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Google
• Proficiency in online communications tools (Twitter, Facebook,
LinkedIn, YouTube, etc.)
• Experience in writing for and/or managing executive or
presidential communications programs.
• Experience working in higher education and on social justice
• Demonstrated interest in the higher education industry.
• Bachelor's degree in communications, journalism, or a related
Aug 09, 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
To apply, please visit: https://employment.tc.columbia.edu/cw/en-us/job/510253/presidential-speechwriter-and-special-projects-advisor