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Reporting to the University Editor, the Assistant University Editor works collaboratively with Communications colleagues and key stakeholders across campus to develop communications for the university community and to create strategies and tools to help the university nurture its relationships with its diverse constituents more broadly. This individual focuses on content production for designated university publications, websites and social media channels, as well as edits/proofs all official university publications for print and digital publication.
Washington and Lee University actively promotes a dynamic and inclusive environment that allows students and employees of multiple backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives to learn, work, and thrive together. Successful candidates will contribute to that environment and exhibit potential for excellence in their areas of expertise.
Assists the University Editor in the development – from conceptualization to production – of signature university publications, including W&L: The Magazine, annual reports, the law school newsletter, and other publications as needed.
Takes a lead role in the creation and distribution of alumni-facing print tabloids, such as the Law Newsletter, and designated electronic newsletters with an Advancement focus including Generally Speaking (monthly) for alumni and Family Connection (monthly) for parents.
Writes alumni-related news articles, feature stories and profiles for the W&L magazine, website and other university publications.
Supports development of digital alumni magazine presence.
Serves as a member of the Communications Office content strategy group, participating in the development of story ideas and the strategic integration of key messages and institutional storytelling in advancement materials.
Edits stories by staff and freelance writers for alumni magazine, website, newsletters and other publications. Edits and proofreads material designed and produced by the Communications Office.
Conducts writing/editing training for university community; serves as an editorial resource for other departments.
Ensures brand and messaging consistency across all platforms of advancement communications.
Covers university events.
Additional related duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 5 years of experience in communications, marketing, or development, preferably in higher education. Expertise in news and feature writing, and an understanding of how to inspire connections to W&L across diverse audiences, and the ability to write and adapt copy for all communications platforms. Excellent writing, editing and interpersonal communication skills. Superb attention to detail and proven experience in proofreading/copyediting. Excellent storytelling abilities and the capacity to frame W&L's current and evolving story in a clear and compelling way to W&L alumni. Experience working with writers, photographers and designers to produce quality publications within strict budgets and deadlines. Aptitude for strategic thinking and the use of metrics in developing strategy, assessing effectiveness, and achieving goals. Ability to collaborate and build relationships, to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and parents, and to understand the essence, culture, and values of the Washington and Lee community. Ability to manage multiple tasks, prioritize, and perform well on deadline as well as on long-term projects.
Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please include a cover letter, resume, and three writing samples (either uploaded with application materials or shared through a link). Upload documents to the Resume/CV upload section of the application. You will be asked to provide names and contact information for three professional references on the application form.
External Applicants: Application instructions for external applicants are located on the jobs.wlu.edu or here.
Current W&L Employees: Apply from your existing Workday account. Instructions are located at jobs.wlu.edu or here.
Work Schedule: M-F, 8:30am - 4:30pm.
Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling.
Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
Working Conditions: The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.
Types of Work: Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
Position Type: Position Type: Exempt, Full Time, Benefit Eligible
Minimum Pay: $55,131.00 - Pay Commensurate with Experience
The university requires employees to become fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and new employees must provide proof of at least their first shot prior to the first day of employment. Boosters are required. Individuals may seek a medical or a religious exemption to the vaccination requirement.
Washington and Lee is a top-ranked, private institution in Lexington, Virginia where we integrate the rigorous inquiry and critical thinking of a liberal arts curriculum with nationally accredited undergraduate programs in business and journalism, and a graduate School of Law. Our graduates, mentored by a faculty of teacher-scholars, are ready to make a meaningful impact wherever they go in the world.The campus is a national historical landmark, the city offers small-town charm, and the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains provide unparalleled surroundings. Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a ...campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all-inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
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