This position is responsible for researching and securing speaking opportunities, as well as researching current events, higher education best practices, and thought leadership in order to bring context to strategic counsel and execution regarding messages, positioning, delivery channels, and content as part of an executive communications program. This position will write and manage executive and strategic communications primarily for the chancellor, but also for vice chancellors, the board chair, and some trustees, as well as a wide variety of additional strategic writing. This position reports to the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer but works collaboratively with the Chancellor, Chief of Staff, Vice Chancellors, Marketing and Communications staff, and Board staff to deliver a strategic, consistent message that positions Minnesota State and its 37 colleges and universities with its key stakeholders.
About Minnesota State
Minnesota State is the largest single provider of higher education in the state. With 37 institutions, including 30 community and technical and seven state universities, Minnesota State serves 64 percent of the state's undergraduate student population.
We employ more than 15,900 dedicated faculty and staff focused on student success. We provide essential training and specialized certification options for business, industry, and professionals throughout Minnesota.
The work location is in the heart of downtown St. Paul, right in the skyway system. Benefits include excellent low cost and low deductible health and dental insurance, retirement package, tuition waiver at Minnesota State institutions (after three years of employment) and flexible working hours.
Minnesota State System Office is proud to be a Minnesota Yellow Ribbon agency.
Resume must reflect all minimum qualifications. Please enter your experience in chronological order, including the month and year of employment.
Bachelor's degree in Journalism, Speech-Communications, Public Relations, English, History, Political Science, Public Policy or a liberal Arts and Science discipline.
Four (4) years of experience in executive speech writing, journalism, public relations, with extensive professional writing for a variety of platforms, including oral presentations, social media, articles, correspondence, blogs, and websites.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to communicate persuasively, compellingly and concisely.
Ability to write for executive's individual tone, cadence, and style.
Ability to write clear, concise and compelling content for speeches and publications for a diverse range of audiences, as well as shape and improve others' writing to meet a high standard of excellence.
Outstanding ability to grasp the big picture as well as a meticulous eye for detail, including strong proofreading and editing skills.
Knowledge of rules of grammar and stylistic conventions, publication conventions and graphic standards and systems.
Strong research skills and ability to pull coherent content together from varied sources.
Excellent written and verbal communications skills, sound news judgement and ability to assimilate and analyze information from a variety of sources.
Ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines, and respond to quick turnaround times.
Political acumen with both internal and external stakeholders.
Strong project management skills, including demonstrated ability to identify problems and formulate solutions.
Personal computer literacy in a networked environment.
Ability to work independently and as a team player.
Minnesota State is unable to sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US.
Experience in a college or university setting, philanthropy, public policy, non-profit organization, government, or public service.
Experience in the changing higher education environment.
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Internal Number: 19005
About MINNESOTA STATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES, SYSTEM OFFICE
With its 31 institutions, including 24 two-year colleges and seven state universities, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is the largest single provider of higher education in the state of Minnesota. The colleges and universities operate 54 campuses in 47 Minnesota communities and serve about 250,000 students in credit-based courses. Overall, the system produces about 33,500 graduates each year. In addition to credit-based courses, the system offers customized training programs that serve about 153,200 employees from 6,000 Minnesota businesses each year. The law creating the system was passed by the Minnesota Legislature in 1991 and went into effect July 1, 1995. The law merged the state's community colleges, technical colleges and state universities into one system. The system is separate from the University of Minnesota.