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University Advancement has an outstanding opportunity for an Editorial Assistant.
POSTION PURPOSE The Editorial Assistant supports and expands the UW News office's ability to effectively share the University of Washington's stories and track its media reach. The position's main focus is to assist preparing materials of average to high complexity for publication in digital format, and to help connect journalists with UW experts in several areas of research. The position also provides some opportunities for writing news releases and other stories.
This position requires a willingness to be flexible, to experiment, and to adapt to a rapidly changing media environment is essential.
The position requires a high degree of initiative in identifying the appropriate experts for media requests on certain topics, and excellent communication skills in the process of making these connections between reporters and UW’s experts. The employee should be able to use creative approaches to solve complex problems while functioning with a fair degree of autonomy in decision-making.
The employee should have experience writing or editing pieces with correct grammar, AP style, flow and readability, and will join a team of writers that regularly peer-edits releases and stories before publication.
Finally, this position serves as the first point of contact for many people visiting in person or calling and emailing the UW News office.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES Daily monitoring and reporting of the UW's mentions in the media, as well as regular preparation of other reports.
Answering phones and greeting drop-in visitors to the UW News/University Marketing & Communications office.
Writing blog posts and occasional news releases.
Conducting research on best practices and assisting public information specialists, as needed.
Identify stories on research and education that have the best potential for attracting state, regional, or national/international news coverage, as well as stories that are most likely to be of interest to UW friends and constituents.
Assist in deciding the best ways to make the story available to a variety of audiences, including the news media.
Handle incoming calls from members of the media-seeking experts from the UW, particularly in the areas of economics, business, communications, arts, humanities, and history and world affairs.
Develop collaborative relationships with academic and administrative units across the University, particularly in the areas noted above.
Demonstrate excellent writing and editing skills.
Serve as primary backup on planning and posting of items on the UW News social media accounts – primarily Facebook and Twitter – and coordinating with UW's director of social media on these efforts.
Serve as primary backup on production and maintenance of the UW News homepage and the UW Today email newsletter.
Effective communications: Expresses oneself clearly and empathetically in interactions with other in all forms of communication, i.e., verbal and written, one-on-one and group, etc.
Interpersonal Awareness: Builds and maintains positive relationships and actively contributes as a member of working teams to achieve results.
Professional Credibility: Takes responsibility for meeting goals, objectives, obligations, and solving problems while representing the mission, vision and values of the organization.
Critical Thinking: Obtains, analyzes and evaluates information effectively in the face of ambiguity. Makes appropriate decisions based on relevant information and experience.
Ethics and Trust: Models and upholds the values of candor, openness, inclusiveness and honesty despite internal and external pressures. Acts consistently with Washington State ethical guidelines and organizational core values and beliefs.
Valuing Diversity & Inclusiveness: Respects, values and contributes to the UW’s commitment to inclusiveness and diversity.
REQUIREMENTS The position includes a variety of technical elements, including some photo editing, spreadsheet maintenance, basic HTML, graphics elements for various reports, PowerPoint and other software expertise.
The position requires an individual who is willing to experiment, enjoys working in a collaborative environment and has the necessary skills to manage expectations of diverse groups of faculty and administrators.
This position requires a bachelor's degree in journalism or a related field and 2-3 years' experience in public information, news media and/or public relations.
Excellent communication skills and demonstrated familiarity with the rapidly changing technology and media environment, and various platforms of news dissemination are essential.
Experience in developing multimedia products is desirable. Knowledge of how to work with digital media, including social media, and willingness to experiment are required.
Experience with WordPress, Excel, Google Analytics, email newsletter software, basic HTML and preparation of written material and photos for digital publication.
Must be an excellent writer/editor, with the proven ability to craft strategic content and messages from multiple voices, for a variety of audiences.
Experience using a variety of media – including audio, video and social media – is highly desirable.
Rough breakdown of duties: Media monitoring and reporting (35%); media relations, such as connecting reporters with UW experts (30%); phones and drop-in welcoming (15%); email and website production (10%); other duties (10%).
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT This position requires a flexible schedule as the workload and times vary considerably.
Must be willing to travel when necessary.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
BENEFITS As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
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, 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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