Write and edit content for communications channels – 50% • Identifies and capitalizes on opportunities for reinforcing key College messages and themes via college communications channels. • Develops “persona(s)” and practices that increase engagement with large and diverse audiences for all units of the College. • Writes, edits and proofreads the majority of the college’s written content, from internal news briefs to promotional copy to long-form feature-length stories for external audiences. • Contributes writing and editing skills to various electronic newsletters. • Follows University and College style guide(s) and practices. • Attends University story-sharing meetings to promote College news with other University editors. • Creates and updates editorial standards for use throughout the College.
Serve as managing editor for various print publications projects - 20% • Works with the Director of Advancement and unit supervisors to identify and conceptualize content for various audiences. • Establishes and manages project budgets and timelines. • Evaluates performance of printed materials against established communications goals.
Conducts media relations for the College of Veterinary Medicine – 15% • Serves as a point of contact for news media searching for expert comments on stories involving veterinary medicine. • Coordinates proactive media relations with University Relations staff and the College’s research communications position. • Identifies and creates content well-suited for media relations that advances the College’s missions.
Supervisor – 10% • Identifies and contracts with a variety of freelance writers, copy editors, illustrators and graphic designers to assign projects, and edit submissions to meet communications goals, and University and College style and branding requirements. • Recruits and hires student interns who write and edit content for College publications. • Trains others within the College in areas of expertise.
Contributes multimedia content to College channels – 5% • Takes photographs and/or shoots video that supports written content for the College’s publications, websites, social media, and email newsletters. • at events for college publications and other communications. • Staffs freelance-led photo shoots to ensure that resulting images fit project needs, and that University standards and procedures are followed.
Required Qualifications • BA/BS degree and four years of experience. • Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills. • Demonstrated experience in managing communications projects, budgets and contracts. • Demonstrated multimedia skills, including Adobe Photoshop and iMovie skills.
Preferred Qualifications: • BA/BS degree in journalism, communications, marketing, public relations or related field plus four years of full-time professional experience writing and editing for organizational-level printed or electronic publications, or ten years combined equivalent education and experience. • Two years of experience managing the production of printed or electronic publications. • Advanced photographic and/or video skills as demonstrated by portfolio samples. • Publication design experience, including Adobe InDesign skills. • Writing and editing experience in an academic or health care organization. • Experience as a project manager providing project planning, execution, evaluation and communications. • Experience as a trainer in a communications or educational context.
Internal Number: 337047
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