The University of Houston-Downtown – the second largest university in Houston – is a comprehensive four-year university offering bachelor’s and selected master’s degree programs and providing strong academic and career preparation as well as life-long learning opportunities. Located in the heart of the city, the University reflects the diversity of the Greater Houston Metropolitan Area, and, through its academic programs, engages with the community to address the needs and advance the development of the region. UHD is an inclusive community dedicated to integrating teaching, service, and scholarly research to develop students’ talents and prepare them for success in a dynamic global society. UHD draws students from throughout the Greater Houston area. UHD is considered one of the most ethnically diverse liberal arts institutions in the southwest, a distinction that indicates the student body accurately reflects the Houston community’s wealth of cultures, languages and nationalities. The University offers all students a specially tailored opportunity for quality higher education, as well as small classes. UHD employs over 1,100 faculty and staff.
Since opening its doors in 1974, UHD has grown in mission and service, and now offers baccalaureate degrees in 45 areas and nine master’s degree programs. Over 15,000 students attend classes in five colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities and Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences and Technology; and University College. UHD boasts over 56,000 alumni and is noted nationally as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Minority-Serving Institution. As one of the four distinct and separate components of the University of Houston System, UHD offers educational opportunities and access to students from a variety of backgrounds, including many first-generation college students, students who work full- or part-time, students with additional family obligations, and students who transfer from community colleges and other higher education institutions. The University of Houston System is a public system of higher education that includes three other universities in addition to UHD—the University of Houston, UH-Clear Lake and UH-Victoria.
We are currently seeking to hire a Manager of Executive Communications. In this role, you will support the Office of the President. You will develop executive communications for the University President, including letters, speeches, speaking points, emails, presentations, social media, and other correspondence. The selected candidate may be eligible for Hybrid Work, working remotely for up to two days per week after the initial 90 days of employment. The salary range for this role is $58,809/year or higher, commensurate with experience and/or education.
Serve as a principal executive writer, editor, and producer for the UHD’s Office of the President communications, including speeches, speaking points, campus emails, newsletters, social media posts, digital presentations, articles, and other executive-level communication needs
Attend key appearances by the President to ensure communications are handled appropriately (teleprompter, printed copies, PowerPoint) and documents the events with photography and video (if appropriate), social media posts, and follow-up communications
Serve as a liaison to University Relations to assist with content creation for digital platforms associated with the President to support institutional messaging and priorities
Collaborate with UHD executive staff to ensure cohesive messaging on behalf of the Office of the President
Maintain an archive of speeches, presentations, photographs, and content that can be easily accessed and shared
Function as a brand ambassador, ensuring to include key message points within all executive communications and preserving UHD’s brand internally and externally
Provide basic photography if required
Perform all other duties as assigned
Understanding of higher education processes
Knowledge of Microsoft Office Software
Familiar with social media platforms, including Twitter and LinkedIn
Proficient with email distribution platforms
Knowledge of web content management systems
Strong speaking and interpersonal skills
Ability to conduct research and write at an exceptional, professional level
Able to establish consistent messaging content to achieve the highest level of excellence for internal and external executive communications
Ability to effectively research and write across a range of communications vehicles (e.g., memoranda, remarks, briefings, presentations, policy documents, testimonies, op-eds, etc.)
Able to craft communications at a high volume using a tone/voice that complements UHD leadership
Ability to respond to communications-related issues on time
Able to multitask and prioritize assignments
Ability to collaborate with cross-functional groups across the organization
Able to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community
Able to occasionally travel locally
Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Writing, Journalism, English, or a related field from an accredited higher education institution
Minimum of five (5) years of job-related professional writing experience and executive communications
Experience in higher education, government, or corporate communications
Master’s degree is preferred
Experience in conducting research and completing writing assignments for upper-level administrators is preferred
Seven (7) plus years in professional writing experience and executive communications is preferred
Qualified candidates may submit their cover letter and resume online by clicking here.