Brandeis University is delighted to announce a career opportunity for a Senior Research and Features Writer in the Communications team. If you are looking for an opportunity to work at a beautiful university campus with lots of perks including free parking and access to a top of the line athletic facility, look no further! At Brandeis we offer a competitive benefits and compensation package which includes medical, dental and life insurances.Â We also offer a generous paid time off benefit including 15+ holidays.Â If you hope to advance your career through educational opportunities, Brandeis offers tuition benefits for employees, dependents and spouses.Â Our 403b retirement savings plan includes a generous match.
The Senior Research and Features Writer promotes Brandeis research in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences to targeted internal and external audiences through well researched and reported stories, including multimedia stories, from short web news items to long-format Brandeis Magazine features. The positionâ™s primary objective is to raise the universityâ™s visibility, reputation, and thought leadership, particularly in the sciences, among alumni, donors, peer institutions, philanthropic foundations, faculty, staff and prospective students. Other key target audiences include local, national, and global media. The person in this position will achieve this objective by creating mission-driven content for multiple platforms, including Brandeis Magazine, Brandeis Stories, photography, videography, and social media; and by promoting key stories in the digital and print media.
Reporting to the Executive Director of Strategic Communications, this position helps refine and implement the university's overall content strategy and advance institutional goals, including positioning the university for success in the upcoming campaign to raise donor support for the sciences.
Key Job Responsibilities:
1. The Senior Research and Features Writer: 90%
Generates and writes strategic content from short posts to magazine cover stories which raise the visibility and prestige of the university through all channels, including Brandeis Stories, Brandeis Magazine, photography, videography, social media, external media and specialized research-oriented publications such as Futurity and The Conversation.
Interacts regularly with faculty and alumni, translating complex scientific and scholarly concepts into readable, accurate and engaging content for general audiences.
Collaborates with other communicators on all platforms, from social media toÂ Â videography and photography. Works closely with Brandeis Magazine editor-in-chief to generate and write compelling stories that advance strategic goals.
Consults/collaborates with Institutional Advancement on raising donor and foundation engagement, particularly in the sciences, with the aim of supporting philanthropy.
Promotes Brandeis faculty thought leadership in a range of academic disciplines with a special emphasis in the following areas: basic science and social science research.
Shows an ability to learn about a wide variety of scientific concepts and advances, and communicate their importance in clear, compelling narratives for educated but general audiences.
2. Other duties as assigned - 10%
BA/BS plus 5-8 years work-related experience
Regularly uses complex verbal and written skills. May train others in functional area and interact with others across the University and/or externally. May make presentations to department or management/leadership.
In-depth knowledge of concepts, practices and procedures with ability to use in varied situations.
Has frequent contact with others outside of workgroup, both inside and outside the university. Results have major implications on the management and operations of an area within a department.
As a medium-sized private research university with global reach, we are dedicated to first-rate undergraduate education while making groundbreaking discoveries. Four major academic units with 3,600 undergraduates and 2,050 graduate students comprise the University: the College of Arts and Sciences, the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, the International Business School, and the Rabb School of Continuing Studies. In 1985, Brandeis was elected to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), which represents the 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada. Brandeis has been ranked among the top 35 national universities by U.S. News & World Report every year since the rankings’ inception. Our 235-acre campus is located in the suburbs of Boston, a global hub for higher education and innovation. Our faculty are leaders in their fields, as passionate about teaching and mentorship as they are about pushing the boundaries of knowledge. Our students are motivated, compassionate, curious and open to exploring new and challenging experiences. Brandeis was founded in 1948 as a nonsectarian university under the sponsorship of th...e American Jewish community to embody its highest ethical and cultural values and to express its gratitude to the United States through the traditional Jewish commitment to education. By being a nonsectarian university that welcomes students, teachers and staff of every nationality, religion and orientation, Brandeis renews the American heritage of cultural diversity, equal access to opportunity and freedom of expression.