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Associate Director of Executive Communications

University of California, Los Angeles
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Associate Director of Executive Communications
University of California Los Angeles

Requisition Number: 36417
Salary: Salary commensurate with skills, knowledge and experience.

Position Description:
UCLA Strategic Communications (StratComm) brings UCLA's mission and values to life by inspiring positive action as UCLA's lead storytellers, reflecting the multifaceted diversity of our university and surrounding communities. Demonstrating and reinforcing the university's commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in all creative work is central to StratComm's success. We believe a workplace culture that values EDI practices is essential to building strong teams, which translates to robust ideas, strategies and creative content that resonate with UCLA's diverse audiences.

Reporting to the Director of Executive and Internal Communications, the Associate Director of Executive Communications supports the director in managing the team as designated by the director and works with campus leaders and colleagues in Strategic Communications to develop important communications for top university leadership on a wide variety of matters that demonstrate clarity, accuracy, nuance, humanity and transparency. These communications will include speeches, presentations, notes, letters, op-eds and broader communications. This position will require the successful candidate to work effectively with top executives, translating complex, nuanced and at times jargon-laden information into clear, understandable and useful communications for a variety of audiences including students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents. This position will require an experienced writer with strong attention to detail and deep appreciation for processes and protocols for working successfully in a large and complex organization. Strong editing skills are also critical to this role, as many materials will need to be refined and adapted for ease of reading without losing the voice of the individual signing the message. This position will also be required to assist the director in editing communications produced by members of the team.

In addition, the Associate Director of Executive Communications will play a supporting role in the other areas that make up the Executive and Internal Communications function: The candidate will help develop UCLA's internal communications infrastructure and create and manage new processes and tools that improve the flow of information within the university; and will support critical EDI and campus climate-related communications efforts.

Other possible duties for the person in this role include writing assignments serving internal communications needs for the UCLA Newsroom and other campus channels.

The successful candidate for this position will have experience working in highly matrixed organizations with an often high volume of communications needs for diverse audiences, promoting and protecting the reputation of high-profile leaders in a competitive media landscape. Strong research skills, a collaborative mindset, respect for the time of leadership and attention to detail are essential skills and qualities. This person will be required to manage multiple projects and deadlines.

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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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy,

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Working at University of California, Los Angeles

UCLA is a public research university located in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 1919 and is the second oldest of the ten campuses affiliated with the University of California system. UCLA offers over 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines and enrolls about 26,000 undergraduate and about 12,000 graduate students from the United States and around the world every year.

UCLA features the College of Letters and Science, seven general campus professional schools, and four professional schools for the health sciences. The UCLA College of Letters and Science has 34 academic departments and 900 faculty, and houses the majority of UCLA's 129 undergraduate majors as well as the students in the Graduate Division of Letters and Sciences. The UCLA College Honors Program is also housed in the College. The College of Letters and Science's programs are divided into five academic divisions: humanities, social sciences, life sciences, physical sciences, and the International Institute. UCLA also offers certificate programs, undergraduate degree-credit and continuing education credits for non-full-time students through its UCLA Extension education program.

The 2010 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranked UCLA as the 24th best university in the nation and 32nd best in the world. In the 2007 edition of U.S. News and World Report, UCLA Medical Center was ranked best in the West, as well as one of the top 3 hospitals in the United States alongside Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 15 of the 16 medical specialty areas examined, UCLA Medical Center ranked in the top 20.

The campus' location in Los Angeles makes excursions to local museums, theaters, or other entertainment venues relatively quick and easy.

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