Communications Associate, Office of the President

Posted On: January 14, 2016

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Media Organization: Yeshiva University

Company Description

Founded in 1886, Yeshiva University (YU) has a strong tradition of combining Jewish scholarship with academic excellence and achievement in the liberal arts, sciences, medicine, law, business, social work, Jewish studies, education, psychology, and more.

We are a leading global educational institution that employs 2,000 people across our various campus locations -- Wilf Campus, Beren Campus, Brookdale Center, the Gruss Institute in Jerusalem, the Boys High School in Manhattan and the Girls High School in Queens. From the distinguished faculty who teach here, to the dedicated staff, we work to fulfill our mission: to “bring wisdom to life” through all that we teach, by all that we do and for all those we serve. We seek to attract and retain engaged and committed individuals who contribute to an exciting working environment, where there is a sense of community and belonging, balanced with a significant cross section of people from diverse backgrounds working and studying together.

The University offers an excellent compensation package, and a broad range of employee benefit plans, including immediate participation in the University's retirement plan. Staff members are typically eligible for four weeks paid vacation each year and have access to a shuttle to nearby subway locations.

Job Description

Yeshiva University

Job ID 2016-9265
Campus Wilf-Amsterdam Ave & 185th St
Posting Date 1/11/2016
Employee Classification Exempt
Department Office of the President
Position Type Regular Full-Time
The Communications Associate is a gifted writer who will provide communications support for the president and senior executives. The ideal candidate must be able to think strategically and should possess a strong understanding of higher education and the Jewish community. The Associate will serve as the primary collaborator for the President as well as members of his cabinet, and will focus on a variety of speeches, presentations, keynote addresses, ceremonial scripts, statements, letters, op-eds, articles, and digital communications.
***Applicants should include a writing sample with their submission.

Office of the President
• Work closely with Executive Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff in managing the details of the President's speaking opportunities at various meetings, events, and special appearances
• In advance of events and engagements, gather helpful information for the President, Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff, including but not limited to: supporting facts, information on attendees and their expectations, statistics, and anecdotes
• Research and draft major remarks and presentations for the President, ranging from important works to more routine remarks such as welcomes and dedications in close consultation with him
• Suggest books, articles, divrei Torah, jokes, and stories
• Work with all members of the Office of the President in ensuring that all communications remain consistent with stylistic standards
• Serve as on-site aide to the President, or body person, at various events within the university and beyond
• Assist the Director of Institutional Advancement, Office of the President with follow-up letters and emails for the President relating to development efforts
• Assist the Senior Vice President in communicating messages to various groups, boards, cabinets, councils and committees to support the Presidents vision and initiatives
• Guide the Stanton Fellow in drafting remarks and letters for President and various Vice Presidents in ensuring that required research and tasks are completed in a timely fashion
Office of Communications and Public Affairs
• Work directly with the Office of Communications and Public Affairs in coordinating institutional messaging with the vision of the President
• Assist with preparing the President for interviews with various media outlets
• Maintain the President's social media presence, including web site and Twitter account
• Leverage the President's calendar by identifying additional potential speaking or publicity opportunities
• Work with CPA staff to develop and write speeches, presentations, position statements, letters to the editor, op-eds and articles
• In the event of urgent and/or controversial situations pertaining to the University, serve as a member of the President's crisis management team

Experience and Educational Background
• Bachelors or masters degree in journalism, English or communications or related field preferred
• 2-3 experience in speechwriting
Skills and Competencies
• Excellent written and verbal communications skills
• Ability to develop relationships at all levels of an organization
• Strong research capabilities
• Fluent in social media

Yeshiva University is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans


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