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Strategic Communications Specialist

University of Delaware
Delaware, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jun 2, 2023
University of Delaware

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The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from Minority Group Members, Women, Individuals with Disabilities and Veterans. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at

Job No: 500062
Work Type: Staff
Location: Newark/Hybrid
Categories: Communications & Public Relations, Full Time



Under the general direction of the Senior Director of Leadership Communications, the Strategic Communications Specialist assists in creating vibrant and compelling storytelling about the University’s reach and impact on campus, in Delaware and the region, and throughout the world. The Strategic Communications Specialist facilitates the development of speeches, presentations, emails/letters, reports, web content, media statements and other material. The ideal candidate must possess strong writing skills in a variety of formats, as well as an understanding of how words, photographs and graphics can complement and enhance one another. As a key content creator, the Strategic Communications Specialist will provide unique insights and writing competencies to develop meaningful stories and messages that support the University’s vision and goals as articulated in the strategic plan, Forward & Forever. This content helps form the building blocks of multiple, high-level institutional communications by top administrators and University publications and websites designed to reach internal and external stakeholders. The Strategic Communications Specialist works collaboratively with colleagues in UD’s Office of Communications and Marketing (OCM), the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, and other administrative and University-wide campus units.


  • Gather, analyze and synthesize data and information that help tell the UD story and advance the University’s objectives and priorities.
  • Research and draft communication materials for the University’s senior leadership.
  • Assist in providing content for various University websites, such as those focused on the strategic plan, Delaware impact and other initiatives.
  • Contribute data and insights to help inform a communications strategy that promotes the University’s administration as thought leaders and experts in various fields.
  • Conduct research to support communications planning and strategy that promotes the University’s administration as thought leaders and highlights UD’s value and impact in the State and beyond.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of all privileged and sensitive information.
  • Serve as back-up to the Senior Director of Leadership Communications, as necessary.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in communications or related field and five years of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Outstanding writing and oral communication skills.
  • Creative thinking skills to synthesize multiple sources of information and develop content that informs and inspires a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated skill in researching a variety of topics, with awareness of the accuracy and reliability of information sources.
  • Ability to independently manage a large workload of varied communication projects on tight deadlines, meeting the highest standards of accuracy, clarity and sensitivity.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to collaborate and work effectively with UD leadership, faculty, staff and creative professionals.
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Demonstrated understanding and consideration of the differing needs and concerns of individuals with varying identities, cultures, and backgrounds.
  • Committed to fostering a workplace culture of belonging, where diversity is celebrated, and equity is a core value.

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