City of Boston

Assistant Speechwriter (PT)

Posted Date 2 months ago(4/6/2023 8:06 PM)
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Mayor's Office
Regular Part-Time
May Mayors Office
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The Mayor’s Office Assistant Speechwriter (Part-Time) will support the creation of speeches, talking points, and select written collateral for Boston Mayor Michelle Wu. Reports to the Director of Speechwriting

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Is a strong, well-rounded writer with an instinct for rhythm and musicality that’s equaled by their ability to apply structures and frameworks to outlining and drafting processes. 
  • Is a creative researcher, willing to get their hands dirty to excavate the perfect anecdote, but knows their limits and is comfortable reaching out to subject matter experts when outside support is required to obtain the right story or stat.
  • Is eager to immerse themselves in Boston’s history, politics, and communities, and to get up to speed quickly on the nuances of municipal governance.


  • Leading research efforts to support the creation of drafts.
  • Originating, proofing, and editing drafts.
  • Coordinating with internal and external stakeholders to gather relevant information for drafting.
  • Assist with general project management and planning for upcoming events to ensure ample time for researching, brainstorming, drafting, and revision.
  • Occasionally staff in-person events with Mayor Wu to deliver scripts/cue cards, operate the teleprompter, or handle last-minute edits or revisions.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • 3 years of experience working in speechwriting, executive/strategic communication, journalism, or policy writing.  A bachelor's degree in a related field is preferred and may be substituted for (2) years of the required experience.  
  • An ability to distill complex policies and ideas into clear, compelling, conversational, rhetoric.
  • Knowledge of Boston neighborhoods and culture.
  • Excellent attention to detail and strong research and fact-checking abilities.
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced environment, managing multiple deliverables, and meeting tight deadlines.
  • Familiarity with the Google family of applications and tools.
  • Boston residency required. 

*Salary will be adjusted to 25 hours per week ($50,011- $72,825)


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