Executive Communications Specialist

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Logo Posting Number STA00338PO18 Classification Title Public Information Specialist Internal Title Executive Communications Specialist Campus Columbia 01 College/Division Division of Administration and Finance Department Presidential Communications Band 4 Advertised Minimum Salary $26,988 Advertised Salary Range $26,988 - $45,000 Location of Vacancy Part/Full Time Full Time Hours per week 37.5 Work Schedule

Standard working schedule: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Must be willing to work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of the department.

Type of Staff Position Full-time Equivalent (FTE) Basis 12 months Job Search Category Administrative

About UofSC

The University of South Carolina System is comprised of the state's flagship university in Columbia (founded in 1801 and currently one of the top 50 "Best Colleges" according to U.S. News and World Report), three regional comprehensive universities (USC Aiken, USC Beaufort and USC Upstate), and Palmetto College consisting of four two-year campuses (USC Lancaster, USC Salkehatchie, USC Sumter, USC Union and Fort Jackson/Extended University). Together, the USC System institutions offer more than 450 degree programs on campus and online and are uniquely positioned to meet the state's educational, cultural, health and research needs. The System employs nearly 14,000 people who work daily to improve the lives of students, fellow South Carolinians and the world. Our diverse engaged faculty and staff enjoy a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment.

Position Description

Advertised Job Summary

The Executive Communications Specialist promotes the University of South Carolina and enhances the university's local, state and national reputation and image through the execution of the written, electronic and verbal communications and messaging of the university president and other senior administrators.

Reporting to the Director, Executive Communications, the Specialist assists the Director in responding to diverse University matters through correspondence, research, reports, Web, electronic and print communications, and University and community forums; creating and executing a statewide Presidential community outreach program; and developing speeches, talking points, thought leadership pieces, including op-eds, letters to the editor, blog posts and other written and digital formats.

This individual brings energy and enthusiasm to promoting and protecting the University of South Carolina brand, maintains awareness of state and national current events, and demonstrates the ability to recognize opportunities to engage at the intersection of the public discourse and higher education.

Minimum Qualifications (Classified and Unclassified positions)

Bachelor's degree.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor's degree and experience working in a communications field that requires constituent correspondence and proactive constituent outreach.


The Executive Communications Specialist is an organized, enterprising self-starter with executive presence. Must be adaptable to new technology including production management and team collaboration software. Project management skills and a proven ability to meet tight deadlines are a must. Verbal communication skills and an open, collaborative approach are necessary for success in this role.The Executive Communications Specialist helps define problems first, then solve them through strategic thought and planning. A desire to develop professionally and keep abreast of developing trends in communications is required. Demonstrated experience in researching topics, writing and editing varied types of content is important. A strong portfolio of writing, speech writing and a proven ability to meet deadlines is required. Ability to work in a rapid-response, team environment.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies Desired Start Date If Research Grant/Time Limited, give end date Job Open Date 03/14/2018 Job Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicant

Positions are advertised for a minimum of five (5) business days on our job website. After five (5) business days, positions can be closed at the discretion of the department at any time. This position is open until filled. This employment site is updated on a regular basis. The length of the recruitment and screening process may vary from position to position, depending upon a variety of factors. Should review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted by phone or email.

Quicklink for Posting http://uscjobs.sc.edu/postings/28046 EEO Statement

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, protected veteran status or genetics.

Position Attributes

Hazardous weather category Non-Essential Safety Sensitive or Security Sensitive No

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have at least a bachelor's degree?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Writing Sample(s)/Sample Publications
  4. List of References and Contact Information
Optional Documents





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    Posted: 3/15/2018
    Application Due: 5/14/2018
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