The Senior Writer develops story ideas and provides superior writing to strategically support institutional goals of Bates College.
This position works under the guidance and support of the Editorial Director / Editor of Bates Magazine and BatesNews, our weekly news and storytelling website featuring coverage of students, faculty, staff, alumni, academics, and campus events, and programs. Working in a deadline-driven, newsroom-style environment, the Senior Writer will be flexible, curious, collaborative, and have a positive attitude. Wit is welcome; empathy valued.
The Senior Writer will have a writing style that can reach multiple audiences, including Bates alumni, parents, and prospective students and their families, through the college’s flagship storytelling channels and related Bates social-media properties, including enrollment-focused channels.
Develop story ideas and provides superior writing to strategically support institutional goals of Bates College.
Conduct interviews and gather accurate information to write excellent deadline-driven news and feature stories for online BatesNews, print Bates Magazine, and related Bates social media properties.
Providing occasional copywriting support for Bates clients.
Contribute to brainstorming and strategy discussions to support Bates Communications Office editorial work.
Develop professional relationships with college offices to ensure strategic editorial coverage.
Copyedit, proofread, and fact-check content produced by the Bates Communications Office as well as content generated by clients and internal communications.
As requested by the Editorial Director, will have the opportunity to lead Bates Communications Office editorial projects in collaboration with BCO colleagues.
Prepare digital images for web publication using photo-editing software.
Must have a bachelor’s degree, preferably in the liberal arts or communications.
5+ years of experience in journalism or the equivalent.
Familiarity with a contemporary college campus environment preferred.
Experience in text and page copyediting for both the academic and journalistic realms is strongly preferred, as is experience following editorial style and guidelines.
Skills and Knowledge
Keen attention to detail necessary for successful reporting.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Expertise in journalistic writing and newsgathering.
Ability to work collaboratively and collegially with a wide variety of college constituencies.
Strong interpersonal skills with ability to develop and mainain collegial relationships.
Must be flexible and have a positive attitude.
Demonstrated ability to write for and about a diverse community/populations and whose writing has proven to be culturally responsive.
Ability and willingness to work weekends, evening, on-call and other non-traditional schedules.
Commitment to equity and inclusion, and serving the needs of a culturally and educationally diverse community.
Expertise in developing story ideas that strategically support institutional goals.
Familiar with a contemporary college campus environment.
Skilled at reporting myriad topics.
Skill at text and page editing for both the academic and journalistic realms, including a strong ability to follow editorial style and guidelines.
Demonstrated flexibility to change the course of a project.
Bates College offers competitive salaries, excellent benefits (health, dental, sick leave, 24 days of vacation, 2 personal days, 12 paid holidays, dependent care subsidy, free parking, access to library and athletic facilities & more) and a supportive, collegial environment in a drug- and smoke-free workplace.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Bates College is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and providing an educational and work environment free from discrimination. The college prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, disability, genetic information or veteran status and other legally protected statuses in the recruitment and admission of its students, in the administration of its education policies and programs, or in the recruitment of its faculty and staff. Bates College adheres to all applicable state and federal equal opportunity laws and regulations. All college faculty, staff, students, contractors, visitors, and volunteers are responsible for understanding and complying with the Non-Discrimination Policy.
Inquiries concerning the college’s policies, compliance with applicable laws, statutes, and regulations (such as Title VII, Title IX, and ADA/Section 504), and complaints may be directed to Gwen Lexow, Title IX Officer, 207-786-6445 or via email at [email protected].
Bates is internationally recognized as a leading liberal arts college, attracting 2,000 students from across the U.S. and around the world.
Since 1855, Bates has been dedicated to educating the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community. Committed to opportunity and excellence, Bates has always admitted students without regard to gender, race, religion, or national origin.
Cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action, Bates prepares leaders sustained by a love of learning and zeal for responsible stewardship of the wider world. Bates engages the forces — intellectual trends, demographic changes, and technology — that are transforming higher education and the world into which our students graduate.
Bates has highly competitive admissions, graduates over 90 percent of its entering students, and more than half of its alumni earn graduate degrees. Bates employs 200 faculty members and 550 staff.
The college is proud of deep roots in the Lewiston/Auburn community, Maine’s second-largest urban area with a population of approximately 65,000. Bates is located on a beautiful, 133-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, an emerging city with an entrepreneurial climate, a lively arts scene, and a dynamic business community. Bates is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 350 miles north of New York City.
Founded in 1855, Bates is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, with a long history of commitments to principles of human dignity and diversity.Since its inception, Bates has been a coeducational, nonsectarian, residential college with special commitments to academic rigor and to programs and opportunities by qualified learners of all backgrounds. Historically, Bates students and graduates have linked education with service, leadership, and obligations beyond themselves.Bates has highly competitive admission, graduates over 90% of its entering students, and over half of its alumni earn graduate degrees. Bates has 1,700 students, 200 faculty members and 550 staff and administrative employees.The College is proud of its strong involvements in the Lewiston-Auburn communities, Maine’s second largest urban area, with a population of approximately 65,000. Bates is located on a beautiful, 109-acre, traditional New England campus in Lewiston, Maine, a lively small city enjoying an exciting economic and cultural revitalization. With an engaged citizenry, lively arts scene, and historic downtown, this walkable city is 35 miles north of Portland, 140 miles north of Boston, and 340 miles north of New York City.