The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.
The UW School of Public Health (SPH) is one of the nation's premier schools of public health. With nearly 1,500 students, the School's academic, research and service missions are supported by more than 250 full-time faculty members and more than 500 staff who work within five academic departments Biostatistics, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Global Health (joint with the School of Medicine), Health Services - and the Office of the Dean.
The Communications team within the Dean's Office of the University of Washington School of Public Health seeks a versatile, experienced Content Producer / Strategist with excellent reporting and writing skills for both online and print vehicles and proven experience in content strategy. The emphasis will be on telling stories and crafting messages for key external and internal audiences that highlight the impact of our faculty, students and staff in creating healthier and sustainable communities locally and around the world. The position will support, and incorporate in its work, the School's diversity values to embrace and build on diverse perspectives, beliefs, and cultures to promote public health.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Content Producer/Strategist role includes reporting and writing short to medium-length stories for print publications, websites and online newsletters; creating content for and overseeing the School's social media channels; and maintaining an editorial calendar. It will include finding and writing compelling items about our cutting-edge research, innovative teaching and transformative student experiences.
The Content Producer/Strategist role also includes working with a multimedia specialist/graphic designer to ensure stories have a strong visual element. The role will include assisting the Director of Communications in developing and refining marketing and communication strategies, including overseeing compliance with UW branding guidelines.
The role requires creativity, initiative, and attention to detail, along with the ability to see the big picture and context. It requires the ability to demonstrate, in audience-friendly and compelling ways, the breadth, depth, and community impact of our research, projects, and teaching. It requires high energy and doggedness to find compelling stories about our people and work, and the professional acumen to know what formats to use to tell them best.
Specific duties include:
Develop and write content for print vehicles such as newsletters and annual reports
Produce and edit internal newsletters
Develop and write short-form content for online vehicles such as websites, e-newsletters and other email campaigns
Develop and write content for, and monitor, social media while expanding our social media reach and impact
Take occasional photographic portraits of students and faculty
Record short videos of faculty and students when needed
Maintain communications with SPH faculty, student, staff, departments and affiliated research centers in order to report on timely news
Assist in preparing materials for infographics
Interview faculty, staff and students on their work and research
Find and report on newsworthy events, people and research
Translate scientific and academic descriptions into language for the general public
Assist other units within the Office of the Dean in producing and editing internal and external communications
Advise on best practices for communications and marketing strategies
Assist with media relations
Take responsibility for project management and oversight
Meet tight deadlines
Create networks of communications professionals both within and outside the University with the goal of leveraging talents, coordinating efforts, and remaining informed of both emerging stories and best communications practices
Keep current with conceptual and technological developments in Communications, specifically ones that will enable us to tell our stories more effectively
Travel to other UW and SPH locations throughout the Greater Seattle area as necessary to gather background information for content
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
B.A. in communications, journalism, English, or other relevant area of formal academic training
At least 3 years experience in writing and/or content strategy development
Excellent writing and reporting skills
The ability to find and recognize newsworthy projects and people within SPH
Examples of accurate and compelling reporting, writing, and editing for online and print media
Examples of content development and strategy
High degree of proficiency in Microsoft Office and PowerPoint applications
The ability to work outside normal business hours occasionally when necessary, grace under pressure and a sense of humor
Previous health or science writing/communications experience very desirable
Demonstrated experience with social media vehicles, email campaigns, public information print and online content development, and writing and editing for non-technical audiences on the web
Experience working in a university environment
Condition of Employment:
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Criminal Conviction History, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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