Sr Communications Spec

Rochester, NY


Reporting to AVP for Executive Communications, the Assistant Executive Communications Manager researches and prepares remarks for the University President, responds to emails, correspondence, and other inquiries, and serves as part of an office team that evaluates the President’s engagement calendar. This role creates clear, consistent talking points, op-eds, emails, social media posts, and other communications as needed for the President. The position works closely with the AVP for Executive Communications to develop President Mangelsdorf’s public platform.


Executive Communications

Develops, executes, and edits communications for the President, including key content messages for speeches, emails, presentations, columns, correspondence, social media posts, videos, websites, and opinion pieces.

Research and Prep

Prepares briefing materials, talking points, and background information for executive interactions with various audiences.

Collaboration and Coordination

Partners with other communication professionals to integrate communications for maximum impact

Outreach and Media Relations

Liaises with staff responsible for a variety of community outreach activities. Assists in coordinating media interviews, public appearances, and meetings, ensuring executives are well-prepared and have appropriate messaging.

Strategy and Planning

Working with the AVP for Executive Communication, identifies opportunities to align executive messaging with the University’s mission, goals, and broader campaigns. Manages a communications calendar for the office, as well as the day-to-day flow of communication requests, prioritizing tasks to ensure timely responses.

Issues Management

Provides immediate support during crisis communication situations by assisting executives with messaging and partnering with key stakeholders to develop communication strategies.

Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in communications, public relations, journalism, or a related field (Master's degree preferred) required.

  • Minimum of 5 years’ demonstrated experience in daily executive communications, public relations, or corporate communications required.

  • Higher Education experience.

  • or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

  • Excellent communication skills required.

  • Strong organization skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously required.

  • Proficient in using communication tools and software, and social media platforms required.

  • Intellectual curiosity and the drive to understand complicated communication topics required.

  • Highly accountable with strong attention to detail required.

  • Ability to work with diverse stakeholders required.

  • Experience in handling daily communication needs in a fast-paced environment required.

  • Ability to uphold confidentiality and exhibit the highest level of professionalism required.

  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team required.

The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion to advance the University’s mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create – and Make the World Ever Better. In support of our values and those of our society, the University is committed to not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law. This commitment extends to the administration of our policies, admissions, employment, access, and recruitment of candidates from underrepresented populations, veterans, and persons with disabilities consistent with these values and government contractor Affirmative Action obligations.

How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Pay Range

Pay Range: $62,525 - $93,766 Annually

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

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