Senior Writer

About City of Hope

City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 6,000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research. City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation's 20 leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

Position Summary:

City of Hope's Internal Communication team is looking for a Senior Writer/Speechwriter who will join us in creating compelling stories for our leaders to share, translating complex ideas into engaging content. You will work closely with our senior leaders to write pieces that inspire, deepen understanding and help drive change. These include executive speeches for internal and external audiences, talking points, essays, and other persuasive materials. Specifically, you must be able to connect audiences with our mission and our vision of the future.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Ensures that all communication vehicles contain appropriate COH messages.
  • Collaborates on the ongoing analysis of current communications materials related to COH initiatives and makes recommendations to streamline production and delivery. (put this later)
  • Serves as writer and/or editor on high-level, high-impact projects such as: speeches and talking points for executives, articles for publications, web copy,
  • Conduct the necessary research and interviews on key topics and issues in order to draft appropriate content, including key COH messages, for speeches and other executive communications to be delivered to internal and external audiences.
  • Stay aware of key company strategies and projects and their implications for the organization as well as maintaining an understanding the quality of important relationships between the organization and its major stakeholders.
  • Will organize, implement and multiple messages simultaneously.
  • Will need to assess and evaluate business problems and address them with creative communications solutions.
  • Manages and monitors budgets for assigned area.
  • Personally models the highest standards of collaboration.

Follows established City of Hope and department policies, procedures, objectives, performance improvement, attendance, safety, environmental, and infection control guidelines, including adherence to the workplace Code of Conduct and Compliance Plan. Practices a high level of integrity and honesty in maintaining confidentiality.

Performs other related duties as assigned or requested.

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:
  • B.A. in Communications, English, Journalism, Marketing or related field.
  • Experience may substitute for minimum education requirements.
  • 5+ years experience in communications/writing, preferably in non-profit, academic or medical setting.
  • Preferred experience: the successful candidate should have proven professional experience as a speechwriter for corporate management or other high-profile personalities
  • Experience with project management.

Preferred Experience:
  • Interviewing, writing various types of materials, editing.

  • Possess exceptional writing talent; ability to organize complex information into logical and compelling communications; strong vocabulary; excellent grasp of grammar and style; well developed organizational skills and ability to meet simultaneous deadlines; strategic planning, public speaking, negotiation.

  • Microsoft Office

City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

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