University of Washington - Seattle, WA

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The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoy outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The President of the University of Washington provides executive leadership and direction that supports the vision, mission, and values of the university while fostering effective and efficient operations, strategic planning, growth, and development. The President leads the nation’s top public university, which is second among all universities, public and private in attracting federal research funding. It is essential that the President have an office staff he can rely upon to help him best serve the university and the state.

We have an outstanding opportunity for a Writer to be responsible for composing, editing and/or contributing to developing speeches, presentations, correspondence, briefings, reports and other communications for the Office of the President.

This person will play a key role in proactively identifying communication needs and opportunities, maintaining comprehensive documentation, and collaborating with University departments and colleagues as necessary to produce and disseminate materials for and on behalf of the President's Office.

Competitive candidates will possess proven ability to compose clear and concise communications, proofread accurately, demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, possess meticulous attention to detail, and excellent organizational skills. Inherent to success in this position is the ability to exercise discretion, maintain confidentiality, demonstrated skills in sustaining multiple projects through all stages while meeting strict deadlines, and a high level of proficiency with office automation.

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate strong verbal communication skills, adjust to shifting priorities and work collaboratively and professionally with members of the University at all levels in order to meet project deadlines.

Under general supervision of the Special Assistant to the President/Manager, the Writer will work closely with members of the President's Office, primary communication contacts from other University offices and other University leadership and staff to accomplish the following responsibilities:

* Serve as writer/editor on key projects, which may include reports, policy briefs, articles, faculty/student/staff success profiles, newsletters, speeches/talking points, op-ed pieces or educational materials.

* Develop or refine strong, consistent messaging for use in all strategic communications, such as print and web, university relations, media relations, and donor relations. Target messages, tone and style to resonate with the interests of different audiences.

• Bachelor’s degree English, Journalism, Communications or related field and 4-5 or more years of related experience.
• Must have demonstrated ability to write clearly and proofread accurately, and adhere to desired style and tone.
• Strong oral and written communication skills as well as excellent interpersonal skills.
• Ability to exercise independent judgment as well as work collaboratively as a member of a team.
• Meticulous attention to detail, and excellent organizational skills.
• Demonstrated skills in planning work activities, setting priorities, sustaining multiple projects through all stages, and meeting strict deadlines.
• Self-starter with a high capacity for acquiring and using new knowledge and skills.
• Ability to research and understand complex subjects.
• Ability to exercise discretion and maintain confidentiality.
• Demonstrated computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office applications.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
• Experience with higher education and understanding of mission and goals of such institutions
Condition of Employment:
A satisfactory outcome from a criminal background verification will be required prior to hire.

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.

Application Process:
Part of the application process for this position includes completing an online cover letter assessment as well as the Employment Eligibility Assessment to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. The assessment(s) will appear on your screen for you to complete as soon as you select "Apply to this Position" on this job announcement. Once you begin the assessment, it must be completed at that time. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until the assessment is complete.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability , and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or dso@uw.edu .

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