The Office of Communications and Marketing at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications to fill a full-time Copy Editor/Writer position.
Description of Department: The Office of Communications and Marketing supports the mission and goals of SUNY Oswego by building awareness (of people, place, and programs/facilities) among targeted audiences, and telling the story of SUNY Oswego through our students, faculty, staff and alumni to internal and external audiences. The office performs this communications and marketing work—in its effort to enhance Oswego’s reputation—through its four core functions: Digital Services; Integrated Marketing; News/Media; and Design & Print Services. A staff of professionals serves colleagues all across campus in an integrated approach to deliver targeted marketing strategies and communication tactics, generate positive publicity in traditional and new media, develop website, digital and e-communication products, and/or produce engaging print communication. SUNY Oswego’s Office of Communications and Marketing has been recognized for its work, receiving awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Educational Digital Marketing, APEX, SUNY Council for University Advancement and other professional associations.
Posting Date: January 3, 2020
Review Date: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
The Copy Editor/Writer, reporting to the Director of News and Media and also engaging with the Chief Communication Officer and all core function areas of the college’s Communications and Marketing team (Marketing/Digital Services, News & Media, Design and Print Services), will produce high-quality internal and external news content that helps tell the SUNY Oswego story. A skilled reporter, writer and editor with basic competency in multimedia the Copy Editor/Writer will tell stories through the use of various platforms, including social media, short and long format writing, news releases, media advisories, web and emerging media.
The Copy Editor/Writer will also:
Write, proofread, fact check and edit engaging and interesting content for a variety of audiences. May include preparation of news stories, print materials, scripts for programs and video messages, and editing of web content, as needed.
Proactively cultivate ideas for stories about the college, students, faculty or other opportunities for media coverage.
Play an active role in developing content for two primary digital publications: (1) Oswego Today, an e-newsletter produced every weekday while classes are in sessions, and (2) Campus Update, a bi-weekly campus publication.
Assist with day-to-day management of the college Events Calendar; assist with posting events, reviewing submitted events, and editing events as needed.
Manage the "hometown" news program about student achievements, working with Campus Technology Services and other departments as necessary to perfect accuracy. Proofread copy and check content produced by other staff members.
Work with Marketing Content Creator to craft posts (text and visual) for the college’s official social media channels, and serve as a key resource in assisting with the institution’s social media strategy.
SUNY Oswego works continuously to create an inclusive environment which respects, embraces, and promotes cultural safety, belonging, civil discourse, cultural humility, and other values and goals outlined in SUNY Oswego's Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan (https://www.oswego.edu/diversity/). As such, the Copy Editor/Writer will be expected to contribute to these efforts and possess communication and interpersonal skills necessary to engage effectively with an increasingly diverse community of students and colleagues.
Submit a cover letter addressing qualifications and specifically addressing your experience with or commitment to working with a diverse set of community members
Writing sample, portfolio or links to up to three writing samples
Copy of unofficial transcript for required degree showing degree awarded and date conferred
Contact information for three professional references (only the three referees listed in your Interview Exchange application can be considered and contacted) to:
If you have any questions about the position, please e-mail:
Tim Nekritz, Search Chair at email@example.com
Files must be complete (all documents in the application instructions submitted) to be considered. Official transcripts are required at time of appointment. Background checks will be conducted for finalists.
Visa sponsorship not available for this position.
Bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, communications, marketing or related field at time of application
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Proven track record of writing engaging stories and content across all media
Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment
A strong relationship builder who possesses the ability to mine and identify stories from key partners.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Ability to connect news content with social media (content and strategy)
Experience with or interest in working with a diverse community.
With a student body of 8,000 students, the State University of New York at Oswego is large enough to offer more than 110 programs of study yet small enough for students to form lifelong bonds with each other and their professors and mentors. Learning-centeredness is Oswego's organizing principle for decisions about responsibilities, activities, resources, and academic and physical environments as the college addresses the widening missions of public higher education in the 21st century and continues to advance the public good. Students study in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; School of Business; School of Communication, Media and the Arts; and School of Education as well as innovative interdisciplinary programs that cross traditional boundaries. Oswego opens doors for students with highly rated experiential learning and study-abroad opportunities.The state has invested more than $800 million in campus renewal at Oswego since 2000, bringing new luster and technologies to old buildings and adding wholly new state-of-the-art facilities. The college's new construction is all designed to meet the LEED Gold standard of the U.S. Green Building Council.Inspired by a shared commit...ment to excellence and the desire to transcend traditional higher-education boundaries, SUNY Oswego strives to be a premier institution that provides a transformative experience to a diverse body of students, empowering them to live ethical and meaningful lives and build a better world. Strong traditionThe college was founded in 1861 as a teacher training school by Edward Austin Sheldon, who embraced and popularized some of the most innovative teaching methods of his day. Oswego became one of the State University of New York's founding members in 1948 and evolved into a full-fledged arts and sciences university college in the SUNY system by 1962, when it entered a period of rapid growth: as enrollment soared, 29 new buildings opened in the 1960s alone.The legacy of 19th century founder Edward Austin Sheldon still underpins the college's identity and invigorates its vision. Sheldon built a powerful public asset to meet the needs of rising populations and was one of the original adopters of experiential learning as a compelling pedagogy. LocationThe college's 690-acre campus, featuring nearly a mile of Great Lake shorefront, is scenic every season of the year. Lake Ontario with its connected waterways and natural beauty is the focal point for world-class sports fishing, outstanding opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts, community parks, living history through maritime museums and Fort Ontario, and festivals like Oswego's Harborfest as well as a thriving port. To the north are the Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence Seaway, to the south the vineyards of the Finger Lakes. Syracuse is the metropolitan cultural hub for Central New York, a 45-minute drive from Oswego. Its international airport is closer still. SUNY Oswego also has a branch campus in Syracuse, where it offers degree completion programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.Welcome Videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BaPSio0v2JYFast Facts http://www.oswego.edu/about/facts.htmlAccreditations http://www.oswego.edu/about/facts/accreditations.htmlInteractive Map http://www.oswego.edu/about/visit/maps/campus/index.html#placemarks//zoom/16/lat/undefined/lon/undefinedFollowing State University of New York at Oswego on Twitter https://twitter.com/sunyoswego