Major Duties: General summary: We're looking for a remarkable communications professional to support WMU's senior leadership in communicating its vision to all of WMU's constituents. As a member of the University's strategic communications team, the executive communications specialist is responsible for effectively expressing the administration's voice, enhancing the visibility and thought leadership of its executives, and providing related writing and research support.�- Leads the creation of the president's communications and thought leadership strategy and those of the University's team of senior executives.- Writes speeches, letters, op-eds and other high-level communications, primarily for WMU's president and, on occasion, for trustees and vice presidents, which are directed toward alumni, business groups, community groups, donors, enrolled students, governmental entities, internal audiences, professional organizations, prospective students and other key constituencies, and does so in a manner that establishes, promotes and maintains a strong University brand.- Creates, leverages and schedules opportunities in local, state and national venues, targeting editorial boards, business leadership groups and gatherings of other key audiences for executive-level communications that promote the WMU brand. - Assists the University's executive leadership team with special communications projects. - Supports the president's office and chief of staff with the president's social media presence.- Crafts Universitywide messages from the WMU administration.
Minimum Qualifications: - Bachelor's degree or higher in communication, journalism, public relations or other related field from an accredited institution.- Eight years' relevant experience.- Three years' experience in speechwriting, executive communications strategy and developing a brand or executive voice. - Experience working well under pressure and deadlines. - Proven excellence in interpersonal, written and verbal communication. - Ability to think, plan and execute on multiple projects simultaneously. -Impeccable professionalism.
Internal Number: 352_56922
About Western Michigan University
One of the top-100 public universities in the United States, Western Michigan University is committed to being learner centered, discovery driven and globally engaged. Founded in 1903, what was once Western Michigan College became Michigan's fourth public university in 1957. Since then, WMU has undergone dramatic growth in size and stature. Today, the University offers more than 240 academic programs to students pursuing degrees through the doctoral level. More than 20 percent of its 25,000 students are enrolled in graduate course work, studying in disciplines ranging from atomic physics and graph theory to medieval literature and blind rehabilitation. Of 101 graduate offerings available, 30 lead to a doctoral degree.