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A Cover Letter, detailing why you are interested in this role, AND
2-3 personal writing samples or Portfolio URL that best exhibit your writing style and skills.
About the job
USCâs Information Sciences Institute (ISI), a unit of the universityâs Viterbi School of Engineering, is a world leader in the research and development of advanced artificial intelligence, information processing, computing, and communications technologies. ISIâs 400 faculty, professional staff and graduate students carry out extraordinary information sciences research at three distinct locations - Marina Del Rey, CA; Arlington, VA; and Waltham, MA.
*This position is a 20 hour per week role and based in Marina Del Rey, CA with some occasional travel to USC locations within the Los Angeles area*
The part-time content writer will be responsible for creating newsworthy articles based on the research done at ISI. Working under the Public Communications Specialist, they will write compelling stories meant for a variety of audiences, most of them non-technical
Take the lead in the making of our monthly newsletter
Produce content for our website and social media as needed
Perform other related duties as assigned or requested. The university reserves the right to add or change duties at any time
Bachelorâs degree in Journalism or related field
Exceptional written and oral communication skills with an excellent command of the English language
Expertise with AP style guidelines and grammar
Possess solid news judgment and ethical decision-making skills
Deep curiosity and a knack for turning complicated concepts into good stories
Demonstrated ability to blend technical knowledge and expertise with excellent verbal/writing skills and the ability to communicate complex information to both technical and non-technical audiences
Ability to manage time and workload effectively and complete assignments promptly amid conflicting demands, multiple deadlines, competing requirements, and changing priorities.
Strong interpersonal skills to establish and maintain professional, effective working relationships with academic leaders; university administrators, faculty, staff, students;
Skilled at working as part of a team and collaborating with other individuals on a variety of levels
Ability to both take direction and work independently, establishing priorities, and following through on assignments.
Basic knowledge of social media platforms - able to create posts occasionally according to our guidelines
Experience with WordPress and content management systems a plus
Experience with newsletter softwares like Mailchimp is a plus
Preferred Job Experience:
3-5 years of experience as a journalist in tech and/or sciences
Required Documents and Additional Information:
Resume and cover letter required (may be uploaded as one file). Please do not submit your application without these documents
Portfolio of articles written on science and tech topics
Job openings are posted for a minimum of (5) five business days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled any time after the minimum posting period has ended, so please apply on the same business day if interested
USC has excellent benefits, including health benefits for staff and their family with access to the renowned university medical network; eligibility for retirement plans with employer contributions after one year of employment; tuition benefits for staff and their family; free Professional Development classes; central Los Angeles location with easy access to commuter trains, buses and free tram pick up services; discounts to sporting and other campus events
The University of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer that Values Diversity.
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 1 yearMinimum Field of Expertise: Experience with writing, editing, proofreading, and the preparation of materials for publication. Working knowledge of desktop publishing, word processing, graphics, design, and printing.
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.
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