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Assistant Director, Executive Communications at University of Houston - Downtown in Houston, Texas

Posted in General Business 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

This position is 100% on campus

Salary Range: $65,866/year or higher, commensurate with experience and/or education


The Assistant Director of Executive Communications supports the Office of the President. The Assistant Director manages executive communications for the University President, including letters, speeches, emails, newsletter articles, social media, and other correspondence. This position collaborates on executive communications strategies that support the university’s vision, mission, goals, and objectives. The Assistant Director of Executive Communications produces high-quality professional communications that support the UHD President’s objectives and further enhance UHD’s relationships with key stakeholders.


  • Serves as a principal executive writer for the University President.

  • May support the Office of University Relations with communications projects, writing assignments.

  • Collaborates with Advancement and University Relations leadership in strategizing executive communications.

  • Works to strengthen the Office of the President’s relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.

  • Staffs events for the Office of the President, supporting executive leadership.

  • Functions as a brand ambassador, ensuring key message points are incorporated in all executive communications, thereby preserving UHD’s brand internally and externally.


  • May have supervisory responsibilities

  • Performs all other duties as assigned


Direct Reports: None

Delegation of Work: N/A

Supervision Given: N/A



  • Knowledge of higher education processes

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Software

  • Knowledge of social media platforms including Twitter and LinkedIn

  • Knowledge of 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

  • Ability 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.)

  • Ability to craft communications at a high volume using a tone/voice that complements UHD leadership

  • Ability to respond to communications-related issues in a timely manner

  • Ability to multitask and prioritize assignments

  • Ability to collaborate with cross-functional groups across the organization

  • Ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community


Primary Work Location:

  • Works in an office environment

  • Some local travel required

 Physical Demands:

  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior work environment which does not subject the employee to any unpleasant elements

  • Position is physically comfortable; the individual has discretion about walking, standing, etc.

  • Occasional lifting, pushing, climbing, and pulling may be required

  • This position will require frequent attendance at off-campus events during non-standard business hours

  • The work environment involves minimal exposure to physical risks


Required Education:

  • Baccalaureate degree in Communications, Writing, Journalism, English or a related field from an accredited higher education institution

Required Experience:

  • Ten years of job-related professional writing experience

  • Experience in higher education, government, or corporate communications


  • None

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree

  • Experience in conducting research and completing writing assignments for upper-level administrators

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