6568 Presidential Speechwriter/Presidential Communications Director (Administrator II), Office of

Job description


San Diego State University (SDSU) is one of the 23 universities that comprise the California State University (CSU) system.  The CSU system promotes student success through opportunity and a high-quality education that prepares students to become leaders in the changing workforce, making the CSU system a vital economic engine for California.  

SDSU takes pride in more than a century of achievement in education, research, and service. SDSU ranks in the top 10 for students studying abroad and for diversity; Forbes, Fortune and U.S. News & World Report rank it top 25 for entrepreneurship; and the university has produced 85 Fulbright student scholars in the past decade. Renowned for its academic excellence, the university is home to top-ranked graduate programs and offers 91 undergraduate majors, 76 master’s programs, and 23 doctoral degree programs.

  Position Information  

The Presidential Speechwriter/Presidential Communications Director reports to and supports a highly visible and strongly engaged President, fulfilling a key role in ensuring the intentional and effective communication of President’s vision, priorities, interests, perspective, and style.  They are attuned to the University’s context and those of the various communities that the University serves and engages.  They work closely with University leaders to remain apprised of the University’s issues and positions and to collaborate and coordinate on Presidential communications.  Using superior writing and communication skills, the Presidential Speechwriter/Presidential Communications Director prepares speeches, talking points, remarks, stories, articles, news releases, op-ed pieces, reports, executive correspondence, and social media communications for the President.  The Presidential Speechwriter/Presidential Communications Director serves as the chief communications counsel to the President.  They find and tell compelling stories and know the perfect words for the right moment.  They are professionally proficient in both English and Spanish, experienced in sophisticated writing and editing in both languages, and know how to engage varied audiences. 

For more information on San Diego State University, please click here.

The Ideal Candidate

San Diego State University is seeking an exceptional bilingual English/Spanish communications professional. The ideal candidate has superior knowledge of grammar usage and editorial style and is skilled in voice and message strategy.  They have extensive knowledge of public relations principles and practices.  They possess a commitment to public service, a demonstrated high-level of personal integrity, and a strong record of achievement.  

  Compensation and Benefits  


San Diego State University will offer a competitive salary based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.


San Diego State University offers a rich benefits package that includes:

  • Extensive leave benefits: 14 paid holidays, 24 vacation days, and 12 sick days per year  Retirement security through a CalPERS defined benefit pension and retiree healthcare benefits An array of health, dental and vision coverage at no- or low-cost to the employee California State University system fee reduction program (fee waiver) for employee or qualified dependent

See our benefits page for comprehensive information on our robust benefits package.


Minimum Qualifications 

An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university


Five or more years of experience in speechwriting, public relations, and communications


Full professional proficiency in English and Spanish reading, writing, and speaking


Demonstrated experience with and/or commitment to working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups


Preferred Qualifications and Specialized Skills

A graduate degree from an accredited college or university


Experience supporting an executive or official for a large public sector, non-profit, or educational institution


  Application Procedures  

To apply for this position, please click on the "Apply Now" button on this page.  You must submit your application by clicking on the "Submit" button. If you need assistance completing your application, please click here

Applicants with disabilities requiring assistance may call (619) 594-7099. 

General Information

All management and executive employees shall be required to provide a written statement to the appropriate administrator of any and all outside employment. Employees shall also provide a written statement of outside employment if a written request by an administrator is made.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. 

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a smoke free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.




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Job No: 6568
Posted: 3/14/2018
Application Due: 5/13/2018
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Salary: Compensation San Diego State University will offer a competitive salary based on the qualificatio