December 10, 2014

JOB OF THE WEEK: American Medical Association, Director, Leadership Communications (Chicago, IL)

AMA logoThe American Medical Association (AMA), the nation’s largest professional Association of physicians, has a dynamic opportunity for the right individual as the Director, Leadership Communications in Enterprise Communications and Marketing (ECM).

This person will:

  • Provide strategic communications support to senior management and AMA Board of Trustees.
  • Write and manage other writers in the creation of speeches, presentations, talking points, scripts, blogs, op-eds, white papers and other communications, as needed.
  • Assist senior executives to succeed with internal and external communications that position them as thought-leaders, engage employees and external audiences, and solve their business and communications challenges.

Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Researching and identifying appropriate speaking venues in which to place the president or other senior executives;
  • Developing and/or overseeing development of speech outlines for executive approval and write, edit and guide others in writing speeches that compel audiences to think, feel or act in alignment with organizational goals;
  • Researching audience expectations, event agenda, topics and remarks of other speakers, physical space and need for audio/visual support, and assisting executives in focusing the purpose of each speech to tailor messages for audience appeal and impact
  • Working with ECM team to develop plans to expand reach of speeches to additional audiences via digital and print channels to increase range, penetration and reinforcement of messages, resulting in greater message visibility, recall and buy-in by targeted audiences

Requirements

To qualify for this position:

  • A minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in communications, speech and/or creative writing.  Master’s degree preferred.
  • Minimum 10 years of executive speechwriting with some experience in the health care industry strongly preferred.
  • A minimum of 7 years management experience in positions of increasing responsibility with a demonstrated record of success.
  • Proven expertise and experience in managing strategic communications including demonstrated examples of being immersed in a specific industry and accessing the history, products, services and corporate social responsibility activities of such industry.
  • Excellent relationship building skills and strong problem solving, written, verbal communications and presentation skills.
  • Best-in-class capabilities to remain current and aware of future-leading material for executive speeches, articles or op-ed pieces, by identifying and culling industry think tank and thought-leadership websites and publications.

TO APPLY: External applicants may apply by going to www.ama-assn.jobs and submit a resume. (PF tipster)

April 08, 2012

DOT Speechwriter Kieffer Heads to West Wing Writers as Principal

Jonas KiefferFirst reported in Politico’sPlaybook,” the DC-based firm West Wing Writers announced that Jonas Kieffer, Director of Speechwriting at the U.S. Department of Transportation, is joining the firm as its newest Principal.

Jonas served as Chief Speechwriter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

Before joining the Obama administration in 2010, Kieffer was Chief Speechwriter / Senior Writer at the Rockefeller Foundation from 2007-2010.  Before that he was a speechwriter for former Gov. Jon Corzine (D-NJ).

Kieffer is a native of Ann Arbor, MI and a 2005 magna cum laude graduate of Brown University.  (Politico’s “Playbook”)

November 13, 2011

JOB OF THE WEEK: Booz Allen Hamilton, Speechwriter (DC)

Booz Allen Hamilton logoThe Strategic Communications group at Booz Allen Hamilton is actively seeking an experienced Speechwriter to support a senior federal executive full time in the DC area.  We’re looking for someone with proven speech writing experiencing supporting flag officers, cabinet level executives, or Capitol Hill leadership.

Ideal candidate has 8+ years of communications experience with a specific focus on speech writing.

TO APPLY: Interested candidates can send their resume to me, David Haradon (Haradon_david@bah.com).  Additional information about careers at Booz Allen can be found at www.boozallen.com/careers.  This is an immediate opening and will close as soon as it’s filled.  No phone calls please. (PF tipster)

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