Executive Speechwriter (Contract)

Job Post Information* : Posted Date 3 days ago(1/23/2023 7:38 PM)
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Your Challenge:

At HIMSS, we are a catalyst for change in the health and wellness ecosystem. As one of the largest and most experienced global healthcare associations, it is our responsibility to lead this revolution. Our mission is to reform health globally through information AND technology. Our staff, nearly 300 world-wide, are vital to achieving that mission. We are looking for team members who are curious to ask “What if…?” and have the tenacity to fight for the change we believe in. Join HIMSS to be part of the transformation of health and wellness.


Position Purpose:

This position plays a key role in helping bring to life HIMSS’s purpose to deliver on our vision to realize the full health potential of every human, everywhere. The position creates speeches for the HIMSS CEO that support our strategy, enhance our long-term relationships, and inspire our members and other health professionals around the world. The primary responsibility for the role is to craft high-quality speeches and other written content for our global CEO, supporting the CEO as the lead spokesperson for HIMSS in order to increase the reach, influence and impact of the HIMSS brand.


This position is a short-term contract position providing speechwriting support to the CEO for the HIMSS Global Conference & Exhibition 2023.


Essential Functions:

  • Write high-quality speeches for the HIMSS CEO and support CEO as the lead spokesperson and storyteller for HIMSS.
  • Create strategic messaging that conveys HIMSS’s corporate narrative to external and internal audiences, including media, policymakers, market suppliers, partners and, particularly, HIMSS’s 100,000+ members across the globe.
  • Research, develop, write and edit a wide variety of materials for the HIMSS CEO, including quotes, video scripts, speeches, talking points, backgrounders, narratives and thought leadership pieces, as well as correspondence with key stakeholders and other written materials.
  • Interact with senior leaders across HIMSS to remain current on the society’s strategy, priorities, research and services.
  • Support the Senior Manager, Writing & Editing in the coordination of positioning and messaging across all HIMSS functions.
  • Weave HIMSS’s accomplishments, strategies and business goals into meaningful messaging and narratives into CEO speeches.
  • Build trust with CEO, using limited face time to draw out ideas and preferences and create outstanding personalized content.
  • Partner with HIMSS teams to execute against strategy, conduct research and write under deadline pressure.
  • Review all internal and external facing collateral distributed on behalf of CEO.
  • In partnership with the Strategic Communications team, develop and update integrated internal and external strategic communication plan for CEO, including messaging development.
  • Prep CEO and develop messaging for key government-focused events, in partnership with the Government Relations team.

What you will need to be successful:

  • Bachelor’s or other advanced degree in liberal arts, business, communications, marketing, healthcare or similar field.
  • 7-10 years professional speechwriting experience, preferably in executive communications.
  • Outstanding writing and interview skills, and extensive experience in positions that required writing messaging, reports, articles, briefings and other materials.
  • Exceptional editing, storytelling, researching, fact-checking and proofreading skills to deliver messages that are clear, accurate and persuasive.
  • Experience working closely with and writing for high-level executives, including working proficiently in a fast-paced, changing environment, and working well under pressure to deliver high-quality communications under tight deadlines and on short notice.
  • Ability to inspire trust and confidence from executive leadership, and maintain a high degree of professionalism and confidentiality.
  • High personal motivation supporting a strong work ethic, flexibility and creativity.
  • Strong negotiation, organization and people skills.
  • Strong leadership, problem solving, critical thinking, active listening, and persuasive oral, presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as and collaboratively.
  • Ability to work well with a wide range of internal and external partners to incorporate new information and work toward appropriate decisions and reach desired outcomes.
  • Understanding of and experience communicating about complex global and domestic issues, including health, education, climate and other socioeconomic issues.

Why we love HIMSS, and why you will, too:

  • Diverse, collaborative and winning team environment.
  • Flexible working arrangements, opportunity to work 100% remote.
  • Competitive pay and comprehensive healthcare coverage.
  • Generous paid time off, including time off to volunteer!
  • Wellbeing programs to support all of your emotional, physical and financial needs
  • Emphasis on continuous learning and development.


Are you a Changemaker?


Together, we’ll do amazing things for healthcare.


HIMSS is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Vets/Disabled





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