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The Research Writer is a key member of the Arts & Sciences communications team. They promote Arts & Sciencesâ™ strategic goal to build its reputation for research impact by driving faculty thought-leadership and highlighting innovation in scholarship and entrepreneurship. They are responsible for writing and publishing clear, concise, and high-quality content from academic research for a variety of audiences across multiple channels. They work closely with faculty from various disciplines, research centers, and University MarComm. They play a critical role in executing communications projects to shape and evolve the Arts & Sciences brand, build awareness, inspire engagement and philanthropy, and position our research programs regionally, nationally, and globally.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
Execute editorial projects related to research communications:
Write, edit, and publish content that translates research into applied knowledge for global audiences and organizations of all sizes.
Work with faculty to understand and translate their work as subject matter experts through intense collaboration.
Contribute to editorial strategy:
In collaboration with the communications director, develop and execute a strategy to inject faculty research expertise into coverage of timely and topical news events.
Work with school and university partners and resources to publish research content in a manner that lends itself to a non-research global audience using both written and visual execution that supports the vision, mission, values, and brand of Arts & Sciences.
Dissemination of work:
Write and translate research content for publication or distribution through Arts & Sciences and WashU channels (e.g., social media, public outreach, Arts & Sciences YouTube channel) to promote faculty thought-leadership through research.
Assist Arts & Sciences communications director in developing communications that elevate the overall brand of the school. This will include, e.g., content for web, print collateral, social media, newsletters and e-communications.
Other duties as assigned.
Five years of journalism or research writing experience.
Higher education experience.
Significant experience in journalism, research communications, or research-focused media relations.
Demonstrated enthusiasm for and experience in a field related to the natural or social sciences or humanities.
Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal, with demonstrated ability to write clearly and persuasively and to contribute to creative projects.
Demonstrated effective verbal, written, and interpersonal communications skills and effective organizational and analytical skills.
Advanced knowledge of writing and editing best practices and use of style guides.
Intermediate or advanced skills in developing creative content using storyline and infographics.
Advanced interviewing and listening skills.
Solid news judgment.
Skilled at making complex, dense research material accessible to a general audience.
Team player, able to thrive in a fast-paced, competitive environment; willing to contribute when help is needed outside of primary job responsibilities.
Attention to detail.
Organized and flexible with the ability to prioritize and work under time constraints and meet project deadlines.
Creative thinker with innovative spirit.
Enthusiasm and ability to look for new and better ways to develop content and perform tasks.
Executes work with a high level of diplomacy, demonstrating calm under pressure and fantastic interpersonal skills.
Proficient with Microsoft Word and other standard office programs. Proficient with Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop and InDesign.
Bachelorâ™s degree in journalism or related degree.
Minimum of three of journalism or technical writing experience.
$50,500.00 - $86,200.00 / AnnuallyThe salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.
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All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees. Benefits eligibility is subject to employment status, full-time equivalent (FTE) workload, and weekly standard hours. Please visit our website at https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/ to view a summary of benefits.
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