Develops news, editorial and marketing content and/or copy edits all marketing communication collaterals, including the College’s external and internal publications, website, media releases, social media messages and announcements. Provides support in developing College overall messaging and brand by ensuring its consistency, tone, and style across all communication channels.
Last Updated: 05/31/19 Department: Office of Communications
Supervisor: Senior Director of Communications and Media Relations
Status: Regular FLSA Classification: Creative Professional Exemption Grade: 05
Benefits: Full employment benefits subject to the terms and conditions in the plan and policy documents.
CSA Reporter: No FERPA: No Mandatory Reporter: Yes Responsible Employee: Yes
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Writes and edits content, stories, profiles, announcements, news, and marketing communications for multiple stakeholders across various platforms and communication channels both in print and electronically.
Assists the Senior Director of Communications and Media Relations with publications and targeted messaging through:
Editorial Development and Production Planning: writes and edits for the College’s magazine, The Participant (two print editions and one electronic edition annually). Assists in shaping the theme, content and storytelling to meet the strategic goals for each issue.
Content Development: writes, edits and provides quality management for College-wide publications, newsletters, brochures, website other publications, and projects. Assist in the development of new College-wide print or electronic publications that pushes institutional communication goals.
Join the communications management team in conceptual design of print/digital vehicles for multiple College clients.
Develops and edits targeted social media messaging.
Identifies compelling academic program stories: faculty and student profiles to share with the College’s multiple constituencies. Manage project life cycles from conducting interviews, writing to editing the editorial projects.
Copyedit all printed and digital marketing communications materials to ensure that content and information is accurate and supports the College’s messaging strategies, tone and guidelines.
Supervise and ensure that approved content is accurately translated on to multiple platforms.
Work collaboratively with staff, students, alumni and faculty to identify and develop content and collateral that effectively targets multiple stakeholders/audiences and meets department’s strategic goals.
Assist with stewardship of the Pitzer College brand. Specifically, respond to inquiries about College policy regarding use of the Pitzer brand, logo, identity, etc.
Assist with content development for marketing-related initiatives including advertising, event promotion, and online promotion.
Perform other related duties as required.
Supervisory Responsibility: None.
Work Hours: This is a full-time position working 12 months per year. The regular hours for this position are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. These hours may vary due to needs of the College or department.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
The individual must possess knowledge, skills and ability to be able to successfully perform the essential functions of the position, or be able to explain or demonstrate how the essential functions will be performed, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.
Superior writing and proof reading skills in English.
Strong ability to write for specific audiences within the style of marketing, advertising and brand development.
Strong ability to work successfully on tight deadlines and under pressure.
Ability to manage multiple projects and work assignments effectively and successfully.
Proficient in recent versions of Microsoft Word and Outlook, as well as Adobe professional software.
Must work effectively and professionally with multiple constituencies, including offices of Communications, Advancement, Admissions, President, as well as, faculty and students etc.
Working knowledge of publication development and production.
Ability to work productively and without close supervision.
Education: A bachelor’s degree is required; an emphasis in writing, journalism, communications or marketing is preferred.
Experience: Must have five to eight years of demonstrated success in strategic marketing communications, including experience in publication and journalism or ad writing.
Licenses/Certifications: None required.
Preferences: A degree in writing, journalism, or communications.
Other Requirements: None.
Working Environment: Work is performed in an office setting with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions, and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. May occasionally work outdoors for events and activities.
Physical Requirements: This is generally a sedentary position. Must be able to:
Sit for prolonged periods of time;
Operate a computer for prolonged periods of time;
Communicate with others by email, in person and over the telephone;
Read printed materials and a computer screen;
Have the mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment;
Assist with the set-up and teardown of event tables, signage and other materials. (Requires reaching overhead, grasping, pulling, pushing, stooping, bending, and twisting); and
Have the stamina to manage a high-volume workload in a fast-paced work environment.
The Claremont Colleges, a consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges, two graduate institutions, and Claremont University Consortium, which provides shared institutional support services, is reminiscent of the Oxford-Cambridge model. The undergraduate colleges include Pomona College, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, and Pitzer College. The two graduate institutions include Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute.