Assistant Chief of Staff for Presidential Communications and Special Projects

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Job Title: Assistant Chief of Staff for Presidential Communications and Special Projects
Location: Case Main Campus
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 8691

The Assistant Chief of Staff for Presidential Communications and Special Projects is responsible for advancing initiatives of the Office of the President through written communications, the conduct of research, and preparation of related materials at the direction of the Chief of Staff. The Assistant Chief of Staff will be responsible for all communications originating from the President and select designees, including speeches, talking points, op-ed columns, articles, social media posts, website content and correspondence. The Assistant Chief of Staff will work closely with the Chief of Staff (and engage with leaders that the Chief of Staff recommends) to identify emerging priorities and discern when and how to begin the process of informing key stakeholders and larger constituencies about them.


    Through regular consultation with the Chief of Staff, identify major themes and focus areas for communications from the President, and develop engaging approaches to introduce them to campus stakeholders. Conceptualize research and provide writing support to the president, including for speeches, talking points, written statements, publication messages, website content and correspondence. Communicate information of a highly complex nature in a clear, concise and compelling way. (70%)Manage, oversee and prioritize all requests for communications from the president. Develop and sustain contacts with university leadership, faculty, staff, and other constituents that aid in achieving objectives. As directed by the Chief of Staff, coordinate with University Marketing and Communications as needed to ensure that messaging and timing of communications does not inadvertently conflict with other priority communications .(15%)As directed by the Chief of Staff, attend meetings and perform special projects, including those related to priorities in Government Relations and Local Government and Community Relations. (15%)


    Perform other duties as assigned. (<1%)


Department: Frequent interaction with the Chief of Staff and other staff within the Office of the President.

University: Regular interaction with university leaders; as needed contact with faculty and staff.

External: Regular contact with a variety of alumni, donors, friends and officials.

Students: Occasional contact with students.


No direct supervision responsibility.


Experience: 5 to 7 years of communications experience, preferably within higher education settings.

Education/Licensing: Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline.


    Ability to write quickly and well.Mastery of a variety of prose styles—including writing for digital channelsUnderstanding of the essential elements of persuasive, engaging writing, as well as the distinctions between speeches, articles, letters and other forms of communication.Capacity and willingness to learn the president’s voice and provide communications that match it.Ability to translate complex topics in ways that engage, inform and inspire.Understanding of the written and visual elements and structure of effective presentations - whether with visual aids (i.e. PowerPoint or other formats) or without –and ability to prepare such presentations quickly and well. Appreciation of the value of collaboration with multiple stakeholders in the development and revisions of key communications.Recognition of the importance of constructive feedback in continuous improvement and consistent enhancement of communications from the president.Exceptional interest in and talent for research.Superior interpersonal, communication and narrative skills.Outstanding planning and organizational skills.Demonstrated ability to work independently while also seeking appropriate guidance and providing necessary updates to supervisor and colleagues.Knowledge of CWRU or willingness to learn the campus quickly.Proficiency in MS Office products including Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Ability to meet consistent attendance.Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors, and customers face to face.

General office environment.

Diversity Statement

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Reasonable Accommodations

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.





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Posted: 2/18/2021
Application Due: 2/23/2021
Work Type: Full Time