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Speech Writer

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UC Davis
Davis, California, United States (hybrid)
26 days ago


UC Davis

Davis, CA  Position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule (working onsite and offsite) to accommodate workload and meet deadlines

Speech Writer

Salary Range: $65,100/annually - $116,700/annually – Subject to a department budgeted maximum amount; commensurate with education and experience

Under the general direction of the Executive Director, provide for the development of a variety of speeches, talking points, presentations, thought leadership pieces and suggested remarks for a variety of Chancellor communications to the UC Davis campus community. These remarks will be used by the Chancellor to present University issues and brand messages that will translate the vision, themes, and messages into successful communication opportunities for the University. This position will work closely with the Executive Director and other campus partners to make sure the messages are prepared in a timely, efficient and effective manner, often after consulting with campus groups that have invited the Chancellor to speak at a particular event. Remarks and talking points will be responsive to the Chancellor’s goals and priorities, as well as the overall goals and priorities of the University. Major audiences include the University community, alumni, faculty, students, donors, higher education leaders, and other academic stakeholders.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education/experience in communications (public relations, media relations, public affairs, marketing, writing, journalism, etc.) for a large, complex institution.
  • Demonstrated writing experience for different voices, audiences, and through different communication mediums.
  • Experience conceptualizing and shaping communications pieces with skills to tell stories and structure an argument; fluent communicator with careful attention to detail, nuance, and style based on speaker, audience and intended message.
  • Interpersonal and client relationship skills to develop collaborative and productive partnerships to provide high-quality service.
  • Skill to work independently with minimal supervision to accomplish high-profile tasks and to meet multiple and concurrent deadlines.
  • Critical thinking skills to generate innovative ideas, think strategically, originate action and establish priorities, and be creative and resourceful in achieving objectives.
  • Organizational and time-management skills to coordinate many details of multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment with constantly shifting priorities and tight deadlines.


  • Experience with speechwriting for high-level executives, senior leaders, and/or public figures. Presentation design skills to tell stories using data, charts, design and other storytelling techniques.
  • Knowledge of the University, its mission, campuses, policies and achievements.
  • Political acumen and extraordinary sensitivity to the perceptions and concerns of others to craft communications that respond to political realities and stakeholder needs.
  • Analytical skills to interpret data and information, draw conclusions, and display data in such a way as to effectively support the positions taken in strategic public communications.


Background Check

This position is a critical position and subject to a background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation including criminal history and identity checks.

To view full job description and submit an on-line application visit UC Davis Career Opportunities at:

Job ID# 58218

The University of California, Davis is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Information

  • Job ID: 70673515
  • Workplace Type: Hybrid
  • Location:
    Davis, California, United States
  • Company Name For Job: UC Davis
  • Position Title: Speech Writer
  • Job Function: Communications

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