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University of California, San Diego
La Jolla
United States
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Posted: 08/10/2021
Executive Communications Specialist
Salary: 59,700 - 92,000

UC San Diego


Filing Deadline: Wed 8/25/2021

Hiring Salary Range: $59,700 - $92,000 /year

The Executive Communications Specialist works with management to develop and execute organizational communication and market branding strategy. Designs and implements information campaigns. Reporting to the Chief Communications and Marketing Officer (CCMO) and working directly with the Senior Director of Executive Communications, the Executive Communications Specialist drafts executive leadership content to broadly communicate the Chancellor's vision and initiatives to advance UC San Diego. Coordinates with the Senior Director of Executive Communications in researching, writing, editing, and cataloging remarks, and preparing speeches and presentations that will be delivered by the Chancellor and other leadership as needed to internal and external audiences.

The Executive Communications Specialist develops executive level communications signed by or attributed to the Chancellor- from campus notices and correspondence to quotes and social media entries that are sensitive, complex and critical in nature. Collects and analyzes information, exercises sound political judgment and applies institutional knowledge to initiate and respond to Chancellor correspondence. In coordination with the Senior Director of Executive Communications, works closely with the Chancellor’s Office, senior leaders and University Communications staff to research a broad range of topics as background for speeches and other presentations; actively manages Chancellor communications projects through various communications avenues including newsletters, podcasts, blogs, social media or other avenues as needed; and executes content development for the chancellor’s website, blog and social media.

Assists with the determination of topics, themes and messages that will appropriately reflect UC San Diego’s institutional character, accomplishments and goals. Provides input on communication strategies, long-range planning and strategic initiatives, as appropriate. Ensures that Chancellor’s communications foster two-way communications between the administration and employees and ensures that the UC San Diego community and other target audiences are fully informed about major campus activities, including long-range planning and strategic initiatives. Serves as a strong facilitator and liaison to advance the organization's mission and goals. Actively, deliberately and thoughtfully infuses inclusivity and diversity throughout university communications. Promotes a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion, respect and superior customer service to internal and external constituents.

• A cover letter is required for a complete application packet.


• Bachelor's degree in a related area with three (3) years of relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of experience/training.

• Experience researching, writing and editing compelling and effective executive communications content for internal and external audiences.

• Strong expository and journalistic writing skills, using correct grammar, syntax and format.

• Knowledge and skills to advise and consult with management to ensure delivery of the desired message to the target and/or broad general audiences.

• High of judgment and skill to understand the actions necessary to ensure constituents receive appropriate information from leadership.

• Experience in conducting interviews and gathering the research requisite for speeches and articles.

• Proven ability to identify, understand, analyze and interpret complex written materials, situations and concepts.

• Solid written, verbal, interpersonal communications, active listening and political acumen skills.

• Ability to communicate imaginatively, effectively and persuasively.

• Knowledge of the organization, its achievements, mission, vision, goals, policies, practices, infrastructure, and a strong knowledge of current affairs, and issues in higher education and / or health sciences.

• Knowledge of location protocols and channels for communication internally and externally.

• Demonstrated competency and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.


• Job offer is contingent upon satisfactory clearance based on Background Check results.

Our employees enjoy competitive compensation packages and educational opportunities in a diverse, stimulating workforce.

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: