Department: Law Communications Salary/Grade: EXS/6
The Communications Editor is responsible for writing, editing, and proofreading marketing communications materials (including articles for the alumni magazine and various newsletters, promotional brochure copy, web content, press releases, social media posts, and Dean's remarks/presentations) with a special emphasis on content coming out of the Bluhm Legal Clinic. The Communications Editor creates new content for the Law School's web site and other electronic communications as well as writes and edits content for external print publications including marketing brochures and newsletters. Working closely with department leadership and the web team, the Communications Editor will manage the content and maintain the consistency of the Law School's Web presence and help effectively promote the Law School's strategy and message online.
Print Publications and Collateral Material
Develop and write original content and update and edit existing content for Law School print publications, including articles for the Law School magazine and various newsletters; content for brochures, invitations, and programs; identify and interview appropriate faculty, students, alumni, and staff as subjects for communication pieces.
Write press releases promoting Law School events and news to be posted on Law School web site and to be distributed through University’s central media relations group.
Independently collect, write, edit and help format online announcements, stories, and information to keep the Law School’s.
Web site and social media fresh and appealing for marketing and informational purposes; monitor and update current content of the.
Law School's web site and social media outlets.
Use experience and sound communications practices to determine how new web content supports or promotes the Law School's strategic plan and overall marketing strategy; recommend web site enhancements.
Work with internal constituents to draft effective web copy and keep their departmental web copy accurate and up to date; may assist with organizing their navigation, content, and pages; ensure consistency, quality and unified voice across the Law School site.
Monitor and update features on the Law School Home page and post “In the News” items; assist other departments in posting content to Law School website; monitor student, faculty, and staff postings on the Law School's calendar.
Work with the Director of Marketing and Communications and the Office of Alumni Relations to write, build, and distribute monthly E-Briefs (e-newsletter).
Develop and edit content for other electronic communications, including e-mail messages and e-mail campaigns; build and distribute electronic communications, as needed.
Executive and internal communications
Independently develop, write, and edit speeches/remarks, letters, web communications and presentations for the Dean (for internal and external audiences).
Write internal e-mail announcements to highlight events/achievements involving or of interest to students, faculty, and staff.
Provides back-up proofreading and production assistance, as needed.
Co-supervise and contribute to development of Program.
Assistant; delegate tasks for project support as appropriate.
Create/format and update/edit PowerPoint presentations.
Performs other duties as assigned
A bachelor's degree in Journalism, Communication, or English, or related field or the equivalent combination of education, experience, and training from which comparable skills can be acquired.
3-5 years' professional writing experience, including writing magazine feature stories and newsletter articles, promotional brochure copy, and online content, and experience working in new media, web-based projects, and internal/corporate communications.
Strong proofreading and editing skills; knowledge of Chicago Manual of Style.
Creative writer and thinker.
General understanding of Web design and usability, although this is not a design position.
Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint; working knowledge of Excel; knowledge of HTML and willingness to learn web authoring programs.
Ability to handle multiple tasks and deadlines simultaneously.
Must be able to work independently as well as collaboratively.
Excellent judgment as well as interpersonal, negotiation, organizational skills and sense of humor.
Ability to work with individuals at all levels in the organization.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
Previous experience working in Photoshop, Acrobat, and web content management systems.
Web content writing experience.
Experience in both external and internal communications.
Previous client-relations experience (internal or external).
Demonstrated ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
Knowledge of multiple Web browser and navigation standards.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 37499
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.