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Founded in 1843 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross is among the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 3,100 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.
Holy Cross highly values the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community. To work at The College is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members, students, faculty and staff. The College's commitment to diversity is an important feature of the Holy Cross education. Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross is building a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support our values of diversity and inclusiveness. Job candidates of all diverse backgrounds who embrace the open and inclusive culture of Holy Cross are welcome and encouraged to apply.
Reporting to the Managing Editor of Digital Content, the Writer works to tell the Holy Cross story across all our digital and print platforms, including the College's website, social media, the Holy Cross online newsroom, digital and print marketing pieces, and our alumni publication, Holy Cross Magazine. This standout writer plays a key role in bringing Holy Cross to life through crafting interesting, readable stories about Holy Cross that appeal to a wide variety of audiences. This requires a deep understanding of important messages about the College, and how those messages resonate differently with students, faculty and staff, prospective students and families, Holy Cross alumni and the broader public.
In addition to writing, this individual works closely with the social media manager and others in the Office of College Marketing and Communications to craft creative digital content, including photos and graphics, for the college's social platforms and other digital properties.
Major Areas of Responsibility
Writes assigned and self-generated news stories, feature stories, reports, and other content for publication in all College media, primarily for Holy Cross' online newsroom and Holy Cross Magazine.
Shows professionalism in collaborating with and interviewing campus partners and students for stories; proactively reaches out to stakeholders and follows up on leads.
Demonstrates good judgment in identifying stories, and pitches ideas and proposals to the Marketing and Communications team.
Helps create other forms of digital content, including photos, videos, graphics and social media content for a variety of channels.
Serves as a key member of a multi-platform content team charged with working collaboratively to maximize storytelling and support strategic marketing initiatives. Other team members include producers of photography, video, digital content, social media and traditional media.
Assists in researching, organizing, formatting, writing, editing and proofreading digital content, print publications and other material.
Posts online content, ensuring compliance with style guidelines.
Bachelor's Degree in a related field.
At least 2-3 years of professional writing experience.
Excellent writing and editing skills.
Experience with Adobe software suite. Familiarity with social media platforms is a plus.
A deft and lively writer, with excellent grammar, spelling, and proofreading skills, as well as demonstrated skill in crafting both news items and compelling feature stories.
Can work independently within a highly collaborative team.
Ability to work well under pressure and within strict deadlines.
Superior written and verbal communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple assignments at once, and prioritize appropriately.
Demonstrated ability to take a story idea and conduct necessary research and interviews to produce a coherent, persuasive piece.
Strong work ethic; exhibits professionalism and dependability in working with a range of community members?including students, faculty, alumni, senior leadership, and trustees.
Flexibility and ability to multitask; takes initiative to identify Plan B when Plan A goes awry, and seeks out new resources to execute.
Demonstrated innovation and creativity.
Service-oriented and community-minded.
Strong interpersonal skills, including collegiality, a sense of humor, good listening and an ability to engage successfully with a range of individuals and personalities.
Understands, values and respects diversity as an individual, in a team and within groups while fostering an inclusive and supportive environment.
Understands and appreciates the mission of Holy Cross as a leader in undergraduate liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition.
To prevent the infection and spread of COVID-19, and as an integral part of its public health and safety measures, College of the Holy Cross requires that all successful applicants show proof of full vaccination by an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine before beginning employment, unless an exemption from this policy has been granted. Applicants believing they need an accommodation of this policy because of a disability, sincerely-held religious belief, or otherwise should inform Human Resources after an offer of employment is extended; please do not include any medical, genetic, or religious information on your application materials.
This is a full-time, exempt position
The College of the Holy Cross is a private, Jesuit Catholic, undergraduate institution serving approximately 3,100 students. Founded in 1843, Holy Cross is the oldest Catholic college in New England and has a tradition of academic excellence. It is located atop Mount Saint James in Worcester, Massachusetts. The picturesque, 174-acre campus is an award-winning and registered arboretum.
Worcester is a city of approximately 200,000 people centrally located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is approximately one hour from Boston, Hartford, and Providence, and three hours from New York City. Worcester is known as the Heart of the Commonwealth. Worcester offers many cultural and recreational opportunities which you can read more about here.
The College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and complies with all Federal and Massachusetts laws concerning Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action in the workplace.
A member of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA).
The College of the Holy Cross is a highly selective Catholic liberal arts college in the Jesuit tradition. It enrolls about 3,000 students and is located in a medium-sized city 45 miles west of Boston. The College seeks faculty members whose scholarship, teaching, advising, and on- and off-campus service demonstrate commitment to the educational benefits of a richly diverse community. Holy Cross aspires to meet the needs of dual-career couples, in part through its membership in Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (http://www.heccma.org) and the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (https://new-england.hercjobs.org/)
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ABOUT COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS: Founded in 1843 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross is among the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 3,000 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition. Holy Cross highly values the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community. To work at The College is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members, students, faculty and staff. The College's commitment to diversity is an important feature of the Holy Cross education. Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross is building a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support our values of diversity and inclusiveness. Job candidates of all diverse backgrounds who embrace the open and inclusive culture of Holy Cross are welcome and encouraged to apply.
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