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Executive and Development Communications Manager

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Position type: Staff Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: University Relations
Salary: Salary commensurate with experience
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General Summary of Position:

University Relations is responsible for promoting the university to the campus, prospective students and families, alumni, granting institutions, legislators, the region and the general public.

The position is an experienced professional who writes on behalf of the chancellor and senior university leaders with an added emphasis on elevating advancement messaging to strengthen relationships with alumni and university donors. The position will report to the Executive Director of Communications and will also take direction from the Director of Editorial Services.

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, English or related field.
  • At least 5 years of experience in communications, public relations, advancement communications or speechwriting
  • Demonstrated experience in speechwriting or development writing and writing on behalf of others in a variety of formats and styles for multiple audiences
  • Evidence of strong writing, editing and communications skills
  • Knowledge of AP Style
  • Ability to meet deadlines and multitask

Additional Considerations:

  • Experience in higher education marketing, communications or development
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to make sound editorial judgments
  • Ability to take direction and work as part of a team, as well as independently
  • Experience developing and implementing communications plans
  • Cultivate relationships within campus community and help University Relations and Advancement colleagues make educated decisions about content
  • Discretion required in speaking with university leaders, alumni, donors, students, faculty and staff about campus matters

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Only Internal Professional (SEIU 888 Professional Union) Bargaining candidates will be considered during the first 10 business days of the posting. All other candidates will be considered after that period. 

This is a SEIU 888 Professional Union position, Grade P19.

Initial review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications are received.      

Please include a cover letter, resume and three writing samples, one of which is a speech (must upload all 3 writing samples into one document), with your application. Names and contact information of three references will be required at the time of application.

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