Reporting to the University Editor, the Assistant University Editor works collaboratively with colleagues in University Advancement, including Development and Alumni Engagement, to develop communications for the university’s alumni, donor and parent audiences and to develop strategies and tools to help the university nurture its relationships with those audiences more broadly.
STATUS: Full-time, 12 Month, With Benefits WORK HOURS: 8:30-4:30 Monday-Friday with occasional evening and weekend hours FLSA: Exempt MINIMUM PAY: $54,155 / year
The Office of Communications and Public Affairs is committed to the development of an inclusive environment and we strive to advance diverse perspectives and approaches in carrying out the mission of Washington and Lee University.
The anticipated start date for this position is January 6, 2020.
ESSENTIAL AND RELATED FUNCTIONS:
Develops materials in support of upcoming capital campaign, including case statements, website content, donor profiles and a campaign newsletter.
Assists the University Editor in the development of advancement periodicals, including three annual issues of W&L: The Washington and Lee University Magazine, and two annual issues of Discovery, the newsletter for the School of Law.
Takes a lead role in the creation and distribution of electronic newsletters including Generally Speaking (monthly), Women in General (two issues/year), and Inside W&L (two issues/year).
Writes and edits feature stories, donor profiles, newsletters, annual alumni and parent giving print collateral in support of advancement initiatives.
Serves as communications liaison for University Advancement, ensuring quality and consistency of service from Communications and achievement of goals and objectives for alumni engagement and philanthropic support.
Serves as a member of the communications office content strategy group, participating in the development of story ideas and the strategic integration of key messages and institutional storytelling in advancement materials.
Ensures brand and messaging consistency across all platforms of advancement communications.
Provides copy editing and proofreading services to other members of the Communications and Public Affairs office and other offices across the university.
Covers university events.
Other related duties as assigned.
Strategic Thinking - Keeps the University's strategic objectives in mind when developing and contributing to plans and initiatives for own work group. Is able to explain the link between team goals and the University's strategic direction to work group. Makes informed decisions based on a clear understanding of the impact and consequences involved. Considers key financial factors (e.g., budget, revenue, resources) when making decisions.
Change Adaptability - Stays focused on own work and responsibilities in a changing work environment. Is able to quickly reprioritize to ensure resources (e.g., work group members, systems, tools, etc.) are in place to achieve change objectives. Responds positively and is supportive of change initiatives.
Communication and Networking - Articulates thoughts clearly and is able to offer logical arguments to gain acceptance of an idea in a positive manner. Consistently communicates to work group and/or supervisor ensuring that everybody is well informed. Proactively builds informal networks at own level and uses them to drive results within own work group.
Drive for Results - Seeks to identify specific improvements or opportunities to combine duplicate efforts to increase efficiency. Takes personal responsibility for seeing tasks and assignments through to completion. Sets high standards for work/deadlines and demonstrates a drive to deliver quality work within the allotted time.
Self Development and Motivating Others - Establishes productive working relationships by actively participating in meetings and activities. Listens carefully, encourages and accepts other points of view. Seeks work group input and encourages their participation and involvement. Stays informed on events, trends and other developments in own field of work (e.g., regulations, policies, standards and practices).
Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 5-7 years of experience in communications, marketing, or development, preferably in higher education. Expertise in development writing, digital marketing, social media, and website content, and an understanding of how to inspire donor and volunteer engagement across diverse audiences. Excellent writing, editing and interpersonal communication skills. Superb attention to detail and proven experience in proofreading/copyediting. Experience working with writers, photographers and designers to produce quality publications within strict budgets and deadlines. Aptitude for strategic thinking and the use of metrics in developing strategy, assessing effectiveness, and achieving goals. Ability to collaborate and build relationships, to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and parents, and to understand the essence, culture, and values of the Washington and Lee community. Ability to manage multiple tasks, prioritize, and perform well on deadline as well as on long-term projects.
Repetitive movement of the hands, wrists and or fingers.
Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling.
Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
Review of applications will begin November 18, 2019 and continue on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants should submit the following materials at http://apply.interfolio.com/69738
list of three professional references with contact information
three writing samples, including short features, profiles or fundraising collateral. Links to online publications are acceptable.
Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all?inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Statement of Commitment to Diversity
Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.
About Washington and Lee University
Washington and Lee University is an independent liberal arts university founded in 1749, named for an early benefactor (George Washington) and an innovative president (Robert E. Lee). The campus is a national historical landmark, the city offers small-town charm, and the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains provide unparalleled surroundings. Students govern themselves in a community based on trust and honor. The faculty of teacher-scholars pursues a student-oriented approach to scholarship and nurtures lifelong relationships with the pupils. The curriculum blends traditional liberal arts and sciences with pre-professional programs in business, journalism and law. W&L prepares graduates for a life of learning, achievement, leadership, service and engaged citizenship in a global society.