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University of Colorado Director, Executive Communications in Boulder, Colorado

Director, Executive Communications

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Boulder, CO

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University Staff



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Job Summary

The Office of Strategic Relations and Communications at CU Boulder encourages applications for the Director of Executive Communications. This position provides oversight for executive communications on the Boulder campus in support of the University Communications strategic plans. This includes developing and executing executive communications plans, writing speeches, op-eds and other executive communications for the chancellor and chief operating office or his/her designees, collaborating with News Services on executive-level news releases and media relations, Development and Alumni Relations, and managing special projects as assigned.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

Strategic Relations and Communications facilitates an integrated approach to campus wide marketing and communications to inspire greater CU Boulder engagement, affinity and support.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

The director is responsible for:

  • Developing and strategic executing executive communications plans for the chancellor and COO.

  • Researching and writing speeches for the chancellor and selected university administrators as required.

  • Providing media relations counsel at the executive level, in conjunction with the associate vice-chancellor for strategic communications and the university spokesperson.

  • Providing support for the associate vice-chancellor on issues management, including researching sophisticated and sensitive topics, drafting statements and fact sheets for public and internal distribution, and conducting environmental scans for potential issues. Developing press releases relative to executive level issues, in conjunction with News Services.

  • Writing and editing the chancellor's and COO editorials, newsletters and stories for both internal publications and public audiences.

  • Preparing special reports, presentations, white papers, position papers and related collateral materials that support Chancellor and executive leadership issues, programs and activities.

Ongoing duties planned and implemented by the director include:

  • Attending regularly scheduled meetings of University Communications.

  • Serving as a member of University Communications' Action Team (UCAT) during emergencies and crises.

  • Managing special promotional projects.

  • Attending/recording and managing transcriptions of chancellor speaking engagements whenever feasible.

What You Should Know

  • For the time being, this position will be remote will be expected to return to work on campus once possible.

What We Can Offer

The hiring pay range for this position is $97,000 - $130,000, relocation is available.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Three years of experience in journalism, communications, speech writing, public relations or related work.

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.

What You Will Need

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.

  • Strategic thinking skills.

  • Strong emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to be collaborative and adaptable.

  • The ability to research, interview, and capture information.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • 10 years of experience in journalism, communications, speech writing, public relations or related work.

  • Journalism experience.

  • Master's degree.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials online:

  • A current resume.

  • A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications, and responsibilities of the position.

You will not be asked to upload references at this time.

Please apply by Monday, January 31st for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.