About Virginia Tech:
Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.
The University Writer is a member of the University Relations team and plays a critical role in meeting the Division of University Advancement's objectives. The University Writer will research, write, edit, and proofread content for various platforms. The University Writer will generate news and feature stories as well as marketing and communications copy to support the strategic priorities of Advancement and the university.
For University Relations' various platforms and affiliated communicators, and in support of the Advancement mission to inform, engage, and partner with a diverse spectrum of audiences, the University Writer will be charged with creative output and consultation across the university. The University Writer will research, write, and edit stories and other content, support various storytelling platforms, establish and share best practices, develop branded messaging, and more. The University Writer will work on assignments to develop story ideas, contact sources, shoot short videos, and take pictures for posting to the Virginia Tech News site, the Virginia Tech homepage, the university's official social media channels, Virginia Tech Magazine, the Virginia Tech Monthly email newsletter, and other platforms. The University Writer will write in a variety of styles, from profiles to social media posts to news stories, and on various deadlines, from daily assignments to longer-term projects.
Bachelor's degree in journalism, English, communications, or related discipline, or Master's degree
Demonstrated track record of professional experience in a communications field with evidence of excellent writing and editing skills
Versatility in a range of writing styles, with the ability to make complex stories interesting and understandable
Excellent interpersonal skills
Experience interviewing a wide range of sources
Experience using the Macintosh platform and Microsoft Office applications
Ability to work under pressure, prioritize competing assignments, and organize work to meet deadlines
Ability to work individually and within a team environment, alongside writers, editors, photographers, graphic designers, web developers, video producers, marketers, stakeholders, and more, in order to accomplish objectives
Experience in magazine and/or Web writing and editing
Experience in a digitally driven storytelling environment
Knowledge of standard copyediting marks
Experience writing and editing in Associated Press style
Experience working in a content management system
An understanding of graphic design, photography, video, and/or branding/marketing principles
Experience measuring the performance of content and audience behavior
Experience in a higher education environment
Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
Tenure Status: Continuous
Percent Employment: Full-time
Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.
For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.
Review Date: 04/06/2017