You've seen this before:
Well, the New York City Comptroller’s Office is looking for a speechwriter to be part of its "fast-paced communications team."
Leaving aside the question of why communication in a comptroller's office would have to be conducted at a break-neck pace—but keeping in mind my recollection that this position does seem to come open pretty often—I read into the ad further:
"Candidates are expected to have experience working in fast-paced, deadline-driven environments and should have demonstrated skill in quickly producing clean, creative and targeted written copy. Candidates should be able to write well under time constraints and handle a variety of challenging responsibilities on a wide range of policy areas."
Again, let us not question the breadth of policy areas covered by NYC comptroller Scott Stringer. I'm sure it feels vast to him. And Stringer speaks a lot, "across the five boroughs," on "a wide variety of speaking engagements," often explaining "complex messages to diverse audiences." (Audiences which may or may not include some real dummies.)
So the writer is required, among other things, to have "demonstrated responsiveness and reliability, and must be able to handle several projects simultaneously; evidence of prior deadline driven assignments expected."
Read: In your writing samples, don't send us no sonnets.
Finally: "Those who write quickly, creatively, and independently are strongly encouraged to apply."
Oh, "creatively" too! Well, in speechwriting, that goes right along with "independently." Ah yes: The old "write down my ideas as if I had them" routine.
Salary range: $75K-$100K.
I wouldn't do this job for twice that.