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The CUNY Office of Communications and Marketing works in partnership with the University???s academic and administrative offices and the 25 colleges to promote CUNY???s unique mission and transformative role as an engine of social mobility. The office includes eight divisions: Media Relations, Editorial, Creative, Social Media, Marketing, Multimedia, CUNY TV and Citizenship Now. Together the teams manage all aspects of press and public relations, editorial content, art design, publishing, social media, advertisement, web development, TV, video and podcast production to tell the story of the premier urban public university in the United States.
Under the direction of the Executive Editor forthe Office of Communications and Marketing, the communications writer will research, report, write, review, edit and produce informative content for press releases, statements, op-eds, talking points, letters, speeches, testimonies, and other communications for internal and external constituencies.
In addition to the CUNY Title Overview, duties will include, but are not be limited to the following:
Performs substantive information gathering and writing to support writing Chancellor briefings, remarks, etc;
Researches, reports, and verifies content, and transforms complex concepts into clear and meaningful communications for a variety of internal and external audiences;
Reviews published research papers, grant proposals, abstracts and reports to identify work being generated in the University that would be of interest to education and general news media outlets;
Adapts written style and content to reflect the voice, values and priorities of theUniversity and theChancellor;
Partners with central administrative leaders and campus communications officers to develop and coordinate content, messaging and announcements that advance strategic communication goals;
Cultivates amiable working relationships with administrators, faculty, and staff members across the University to develop knowledge of ongoing, planned, and notable/newsworthy research, programs, courses, and events that would be of interest to internal or external audiences;
Proofreads, fact checks and copy edits releases, articles, booklets, posters, and other written materials for the Office of Marketing and Communications and other University offices and departments;
Conceives editorial content for the University???s website and works with key staff to develop digital assets.
Note: Until further notice, this is a hybrid position, eligible to work remotely and work in the office. All CUNY employees must reside within a commutable distance in the tri-state area.
Bachelor's Degree and six years' related experience required.
Preferred Qualifications, in addition to general strengths in collaboration, critical thinking, change management, communications, creativity and problem solving, ideal candidates will also possess:
Six to ten years of related writing experience
Advanced degree in English, journalism, public relations, communications or a related discipline.
Experience as a successful writer, in a speechwriting, journalism, academic or other related context.
Thorough knowledge of the fundamentals of writing, grammar, syntax, style and punctuation, as well as appropriate editorial style and publication guidelines and standards (e.g. AP).
Ability to write quickly, persuasively and clearly on various topics related to public universities and higher education.
Ability to work cooperatively in a diverse, fast-moving creative team with multiple ongoing deadlines.
Strong interpersonal communication and relationship-building skills to appreciate the value of others and work effectively with diverse internal and external stakeholders and constituents.
Editorial integrity and professional credibility to work discreetly on sensitive assignments, exercise sound judgement, and manage confidential information.
Strong research and analytical skills with aptitude for understanding complex issues and the ability to translate and simplify them for various audiences, plus attend carefully to factual details.
Strong organizational and project management skills to handle various priorities, accept direction and work independently and collaboratively to deliver high quality work and meet deadlines.
CUNY TITLE OVERVIEW
Oversees implementation of communications programs and produces communications in all media to meet a variety of College needs
Provides creative direction for publications and marketing materials, such as catalogs, annual reports, brochures, direct mail packages, print advertising and other marketing materials
Works with College clientele (faculty, administrators, and student representatives) to understand their communications objectives, select appropriate messages, formats, and distribution methods, set production timelines, and establish appropriate editorial and design approaches
Provides creative direction and supervision to external and/or internal creative resources such as writers, photographers, illustrators and graphic designers
Ensures consistent application of standards and guidelines for College materials, such as graphic identity standards
Manages production activities, including creating printing specifications and arranging procurement of services, managing work flows, and production schedules, and assuring a quality finished product
Prepares sensitive and high-priority communications such as speeches for use by senior management
Performs related duties as assigned.
Higher Education Associate
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS
Salary range is $66,455 - $102,017. Salary commensurate with education and experience.
CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.
Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment.
HOW TO APPLY
For full consideration, submit a position focused cover letter and resume with your online application. Your cover letter should clearly explain how your experience and credentials fulfill the duties and qualifications outlined.
The direct link to the job opening from external sources is: https://home.cunyfirst.cuny.edu/psp/cnyepprd/GUEST/HRMS/c/HRSHRAM.HRSCE.GBL?Page=
CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.
About CUNY City University of New York (System Level)
The City University of New York provides high-quality, accessible education for more than 269,000 degree-credit students and 270,000 adult, continuing and professional education students at 25 campuses across New York City. The University is an integrated system of senior and community colleges, graduate and professional schools, research centers, institutes and consortia. From certificate courses to Ph.D. programs, CUNY offers postsecondary learning to students of all backgrounds. It provides the city with graduates trained for high-demand positions in the sciences, technology, mathematics, teaching, nursing and other fields. As CUNY has grown, the University also has strengthened its mission as a premier research institution, building an array of modern facilities and expanding the ranks of its world-class faculty. Throughout its history, the University has been an integral part of the city and state through partnerships with public schools, economic development initiatives, immigration aid and financial advice services and other community outreach programs. Today, CUNY faculty and staff continue to benefit New York City — as well as the entire nation — by serving as policy exper...ts to business and government, advisers to nonprofit institutions, civic organizations and community groups. Students, too, are strongly encouraged to experience the cultural, educational and community-based opportunities of the five boroughs, through a network of internships and fellowships, to embracing the city as their campus.
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