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Manager, Presidential Communications, George Washington University - Washington DC

Reporting directly to the President's Chief of Staff, the Manager of Presidential Communications (MPC) supports the President's outreach to all internal and external audiences in support of the University's operational efforts and strategic goals and develops content for all speaking engagements, media interviews, web and social media, and thought-pieces and works with the executive and decanal leadership teams to help coordinate messaging across the institution. The MPC also supervises a small staff responsible for the daily briefing book.

Produces all daily briefing documents for the President. Writes all talking points, speeches, press quotes, blogs, and correspondence for the President. Determines a speech's, letter's, or essay's emphasis, length, and format and organizes materials accordingly. Updates President's Office web site and social media pages, to include posting new material and photos. Stays current on internal and external developments that influence daily communication.

Engages multiple university schools, departments, and offices to obtain information relevant to events in which the President participates. Coordinates with other offices for show-flow scripts for big events and to ensure continuity of messaging across the institution.

Coordinates preparation for all media interviews with the Office of Media Relations. Coordinates the President's messages in all university publications. Develops strategies to communicate with all GW stakeholders. Interviews people in a range of different circumstances, seeking out and investigating events via contacts, press releases and other media. Works with the Office of External Relations to develop and implement metrics to assess the effectiveness and university impact of presidential communications.

Works with Office of the Board of Trustees to coordinate all messages from the President and VPs to the Board of Trustees.

Researches issues in higher education for opinion editorials and other visibility opportunities for the President and analyzes background information related to events in order to be able to provide complete and accurate information. Checks reference materials, such as books, news files, or public records, to obtain and verify relevant facts.

Explains complex issues in an interesting and concise manner for University audiences. Captures the essence of a message and writes compelling pieces. Spots inconsistencies and errors in materials in print and digital proofs.

Works with Development and Alumni Relations on introductory and follow up correspondence and philanthropic communications.

Supervises a small staff responsible for the production of the daily briefing book to ensure quality of materials produced and that all content has been proofread and is current for the purposes of preparing the President for his daily activities. Manages the teams schedule, ensures team is fully staffed and properly trained, and conducts annual performance reviews and monitors professional development.

Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.


Acts as project manager and central point of contact for the daily briefing preparation. This includes ensuring that all presidential briefings are coordinated appropriately, identifying gaps in content and working with internal offices to supplement materials including performing any necessary research, managing staff who assist with the preparation of the daily briefing book, and providing a final review of the briefing book.

Performs copyediting and grammatical checks on all presidential communications, including talking points and formal remarks. This may include occasional writing and external communications.

Assists with reviewing Board of Trustees materials, to include talking points for the Board Chair, and participates in Board of Trustees meetings as requested.

Performs other duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Preferred Qualifications:

Deadline-driven individual, and someone who thrives under pressure.

Prior experience working in a newsroom or similar environment.

Strong communication abilities, particularly writing/editing, as well as verbal.

Prior management experience.
Prior experience in a higher education environment.

Prior experience providing support to high-level executives and/or high-profile individuals.

Ability to maintain confidential and sensitive information.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 6 years of relevant professional experience. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

About George Washington University

GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. The university has more than 20,000 students from all 50 states, the District and more than 130 countries studying a rich range of disciplines: from forensic science and creative writing to international affairs and computer engineering, as well as medicine, public health, the law and public policy.

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