Executive Communications and Speechwriter - Office of the Vice Chancellor

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UAE Nationals are encouraged to apply

New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) seeks to appoint an Executive Communications and Speechwriter.  The Executive Communications and Speechwriter reports to the Office of the Vice Chancellor and External Relations, and is primarily responsible for writing major addresses, brief remarks, talking points, opinion editorials, presentations, and internal and external communications for the Vice Chancellor and broader office as required. They will also be asked to develop materials and write for other members of the leadership team when necessary.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Primary writer of speeches, remarks, talking points, articles, opinion editorials, and other public or internal comments by the Office of the Vice Chancellor.
  • Working with the Office of the Vice Chancellor as well as External Relations, maintains awareness of schedules, key dates, and the expected length and topics for upcoming speaking engagements
  • Ensures that the appropriate message development, positioning, and other core communications goals are accomplished in each piece
  • Oversees all Executive correspondence for Vice Chancellor, including thank you notes, follow up letters, gift acknowledgments, etc
  • Assists the Internal Communications Manager as required with reviewing, editing, and distributing internal executive communications
  • Works with the AVC, External Relations and other senior leaders as required to keep informed of the University’s position on key events, issues, and policy, and develop messaging and remarks that align with the overall communications strategy
  • Works closely with the Vice Chancellor and other members of the senior leadership team to develop an understanding of their style and preferences for speeches and remarks
  • Works with the AVC, External Relations and Chief of Staff to the Vice Chancellor during the review, editing, and approval stage in order to ensure a high quality final product
  • Assists in preparing briefing documents for the Vice Chancellor and other senior leadership team in advance of events, to ensure they are appropriately briefed and adequately prepared
  • Conducts independent research to support and strengthen speeches, remarks, and other communications as required
  • Performs other duties as required in support of the Public Affairs and Communications department

Required Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or related field

Required Experience:

  • At least 7 years of related work experience in writing and editing
  • Exceptional writing ability. Outstanding verbal and analytics skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken English, Arabic a plus
  • Proven ability to adapt writing style to specific speakers, audiences, and occasions
  • Excellent copyediting and proofreading skills
  • Proven ability to translate complex ideas into speeches and remarks that effectively communicate NYU Abu Dhabi’s core goals
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to produce quality work on deadline
  • Organized and detail-oriented with strong time management skills
  • Ability to take direction and edits
  • Must be able to interact with NYUAD leadership while demonstrating a high level of professionalism

Other Information

NYU Abu Dhabi is a degree-granting research university with a fully integrated liberal arts and science undergraduate program in the Arts, Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Engineering. NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU New York, and NYU Shanghai, form the backbone of NYU’s global network university, an interconnected network of portal campuses and academic centers across six continents that enable seamless international mobility of students and faculty in their pursuit of academic and scholarly activity. This global university represents a transformative shift in higher education, one in which the intellectual and creative endeavors of academia are shaped and examined through an international and multicultural perspective. As a major intellectual hub at the crossroads of the Arab world, NYUAD serves as a center for scholarly thought, advanced research, knowledge creation, and sharing, through its academic, research, and creative activities.