CUNY Graduate Center
New York City, New York
Salary Commensurate with Experience
Sep 11, 2017
Institution Type
Other Organizations

Position Title:              Speechwriter (Non-teaching Adjunct)




Closing Date:               Open until filled


General Duties:
Completes non-teaching projects or complex work in support of a Campus or University administrative or academic department.  This work is generally of a temporary nature and requires specialized experience or expertise.
Campus Specific Responsibilities:
The Office of Communications and Marketing (C&M) is committed to positioning the Graduate Center as a premier institution of graduate education. To this end, C&M is responsible for promoting the achievements and scholarly activity of faculty, students, alumni, and staff via digital and print platforms, and for managing media relations and governmental affairs. This position is for 10-20 hours per week, with a maximum of 225 hours for the Fall semester, 225 hours for the Spring semester, and 175 hours for the Summer semester.
Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Speechwriter will manage a wide range of executive-level communications on behalf of the President.
Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Safeguard the image and reputation of The Graduate Center through clear, accurate writing in the President’s voice and style;
  • Write and edit speeches, reports, advocacy messaging, community notices, death notices, correspondence, and other materials in collaboration with President’s Office;
  • Manage President’s Office communications schedule and suggest upcoming news stories for the editorial calendar;
  • Create communications plans for major announcements and track materials to completion;
  • Provide sound counsel to the President on content, presentation, and timing of written materials;
  • Exercise the utmost professionalism in communicating with senior leadership, faculty, students, alumni, staff, government officials, and partners;
  • Handle sensitive topics and work matters with confidentiality and discretion;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in English, journalism, communications, or related field; Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum of 5 years’ professional experience
  • Superior skills in spelling, grammar, and syntax, with exceptional attention to detail
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills
  • Background in working with executive leadership
  • Flexibility in a fast-paced, high-volume environment
  • Strong project management skills
  • Collaborative work style
  • Background in higher education and/or government a plus but not required

Salary Range:


How To Apply:

Please send your resume, cover letter, and one writing sample to comms@gc.cuny.edu. Please include the job title that you are applying for in the subject line.

Equal Employment Opportunity:
CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.  At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups.  Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

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