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Executive Strategic Communications Specialist, UMKC, 89542

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UMKC's Office of Strategic Marketing and Communications

Job Description

UMKC is seeking a highly experienced and versatile writer to produce polished executive communications primarily for the Chancellor but also for other members of the executive leadership team. The Executive Strategic Communications Specialist will focus on a range of written materials and presentations for internal and external audiences including speeches, talking points for meetings and events, digital emails, announcements, memos, correspondence and PowerPoints.

This individual will be a key support for the Office of the Chancellor and will work very closely with the Vice Chancellor of Strategic Marketing and Communications in executing high level work in a fast-paced environment, learning the Chancellor’s voice and preparing communications that strategically deliver key messages and information to campus and community.

The successful candidate will be a creative, inspiring writer who is naturally prolific, and – in drafting speeches – shows a knack for telling compelling stories that draw on rigorous research. This person should be a curious thinker, broad reader, and quick writer who is comfortable working as part of a team, and who is also comfortable with a number of communications channels and technologies, including digital email and web writing.

The ideal candidate will have the following capabilities:

Strategic focus : Demonstrated ability to create written product that meets strategic messaging goals for university, working closely with Vice Chancellor of Strategic Marketing and Communications to develop broad and targeted communications.

Strong writing and editing: Write and edit high-level communication materials for Chancellor and other executive leaders for UMKC, including reports, talking points, certain newsletters, presentations, scripts, and briefing documents that reinforce our mission, goals, and priorities.

Excellent skills in storytelling and synthesis . Distill information from interviews, meetings, documents and various sources to convey compelling messages that align with our mission, goals, and priorities.

Strong practices in content verification and review. Adhere to current division of Strategic Marketing and Communications practices in place that include rigorous editing and review of content for quality, accuracy, AP style, UMKC style and other best practices as well as achieving goals for messaging and voice that are specific to executive communications. Further, executive communications must be well coordinated with overall university communications to achieve optimal impact.

Analysis and goal setting: In partnership with other communication team members, create metrics and routinely analyze the impact of communication vehicles and messages, and refine as necessary.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 4 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary

Preferred Qualifications

• A Bachelor's Degree in English, Journalism, Communications or a closely related field and at least three years of professional writing experience, preferably in an academic environment is required.

• Exceptional, dedicated writer with the ability to write for the spoken word, written and digital media alike.

• Strong project management and time management skills including the ability to work quickly and creatively, sometimes under pressure when content needs to be developed in a tight timeframe.

• Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office tools (especially Word and PowerPoint) and digital email tools as well as familiarity with Adobe Suite, social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook and editing in cloud-storage tools (Box, Sharepoint).

• Ability to research, collect, and organize information from diverse sources.

• Strong interpersonal skills including capacity to collaborate with others.

• Strong attention to detail and ability to adhere to stringent processes for editing and review of written material with key internal partners and coordination for staging cues and other relevant checks and balances.

• A capacity to respond receptively to feedback.

• Experience in a professional setting preferred.

Anticipated Hiring Range

$56,864 - $65,000 commensurate with experience, education, and internal equity.

Application Materials

Applicants must combine all application materials (cover letter, resume, and list of five references with contact information) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment.

Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

If you are experiencing technical problems, please call (800) 488-5288.

Note, you must provide a description of job duties for each Work Experience entry on your application. Please carefully review the application instructions section of our Careers page prior to submitting your materials.

Application Deadline

Open until filled, review of applications to begin immediately.

Other Information

Full-time, benefit eligible

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. As part of your total compensation, the University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, short- and long-term disability, paid parental leave, paid caregiver leave, and educational fee discounts for all four UM System campuses. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at .

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research, and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit or call Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Office of Equity & Title IX at 816-235-6910.



The University of Missouri-Kansas City, one of four universities of the University of Missouri System (UM System), is a doctoral research-intensive public university offering traditional and interdisciplinary programs. The University is designated as a high research activity university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is home to 13 colleges and schools; indeed, few urban universities have the depth and breadth of disciplines (ranging from medicine to the performing arts) offered at UMKC. The University enrolls more than 16,000 students, coming from 48 states and more than 95 countries, in more than 125 academic areas. The student population includes 47% undergraduates, 31% graduates and 22% dual-enrolled HS students. Providing a stimulating classroom experience is paramount at UMKC. The institution’s diverse and international faculty hold doctorates or the highest degree in their field at an impressive 83%. UMKC has earned national and international recognition for the quality of its faculty, students, research and community leadership.

UMKC aspires to be an exemplary public urban research university of the 21st century, pursuing excellence as a human-centric learning and discovery community, fostering equity, diversity and inclusion to enrich the lives of the people and region we serve.

As an urban research university, our mission at the University of Missouri-Kansas City is to promote learning through the discovery, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge of public value across a broad spectrum of disciplines and fields of study. UMKC celebrates the individual and embodies diversity and inclusion by intertwining these goals with innovation to enable transformational impact aimed at bringing cultural, social, health, and economic prosperity to the metropolitan, regional and global communities we serve.

The University is located in a Kansas City metropolitan area that is among the most entrepreneurial cities in America with a population of more than 2.4 million and a diverse portfolio of industries and businesses. Home to a diverse base of corporate centers, high-tech firms and prominent non-profits, Kansas City is an inspiring example of 21st century economic transformation, with UMKC sitting at its heart. From thriving corporate headquarters such Garmin to tech startups such as ZOLOZ and ShotTracker, KC’s business community is strong.

Kansas City offers the best of both worlds—a vibrant, urban community with Midwestern appeal. The city’s rich history and its modern-day, innovative thinking come together to create an eclectic group of neighborhoods that offer a little something for everyone. From thriving arts districts, an energetic downtown nightlife, casual to upscale shopping and champion sports teams, you will have no problem making yourself at home. Of course, one of Kansas City’s biggest claims to fame is its food, especially its world-famous barbecue. Foodies will delight in the culinary scene found throughout the city. Ranging from award-winning chefs to cozy pizza joints, Kansas City definitely is not lacking any flavor.

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