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Creates and curates long-form content for a wide range of topics related to the advancement of science, recruitment of students, faculty research, awards, divisional initiatives, and life in the PSD. Optimizes content across a variety of digital channels to drive value and engagement of PSD audiences.
Manages the entirety of the content life-cycle: identifying story ideas, writing articles, identifying distribution channels, and selecting new opportunities to (re) promote existing stories and other content.
Plans and coordinates the development and production of marketing campaigns and collateral intended for recruitment purposes, these materials may include, but are not limited to: press releases, brochures, posters, one-pagers, copy for digital ads, blogs, or other digital material.
Manages website content and ensures that PSDâ™s website is compliant with accessibility standards. Provides website guidance to PSD units on a case-by-case basis.
Coordinates, curates, and develops content for the PSD monthly newsletter, including writing compelling copy, editing graphics, and obtaining proper approvals for publication.
Coordinates with the Digital Marketing Specialist to produce appropriate multimedia content for news stories.
Works with other university communicators to coordinate cross-divisional campaigns and projects â“The Day Tomorrow Began, South Side Science Festival.
Tracks, analyzes, and reports on monthly data across PSD website and newsletter.
Works alongside the Digital Marketing Specialist and the Director of Communications to develop, maintain and organize content calendar for PSD news, awards, research, etc.
Works with the Director of Communications to contribute to strategic planning for Communications and Divisional initiatives, as well as other special projects (South Side Science Festival, Trailblazers Wall, amongst others).
Makes contributions to the media interface, including writing press releases, planning and organizing media coverage for major events, and crafting responses to sensitive or controversial issues.
Solves moderate to complex problems related to the writing, preparation, and/or delivery of information from or about the unit.
Performs other related work as needed.
Previous experience working with nuanced and complex topics, capable of drawing out a simple message and reframing it for different audiences and communication touch-points.
Previous experience creating and coordinating newsletters and social media multimedia content (graphics and videos).
Proven track record writing digital content and managing content projects from inception to launch.
Experience supporting an editorial, publishing, or media team.
Successful track record streamlining and expanding content efforts across different channels and audiences, implementing best content practices, and managing multiple workstreams.Â
Technical Skills or Knowledge:
Experience writing and editing for media, generating ideas, managing editorial processes, stakeholder input, and content calendars.
Superb communications skills as a writer, editor, and proofreader with particular experience in long-form writing for general audiences.
Strong computer skills, including working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Sharepoint, Powerpoint), Project management tools (Monday.com, Asana, Airtable, Trello, etc.), Mailing services (Mailchimp, Constant Contact, Substack, or others) and Content Management Systems (Wordpress, Squarespace, Droopal, or others).
Well organized and collaborative self-starter who has a passion for groundbreaking science and high-quality content.
An expert storyteller who can translate complex topics into accessible and compelling narratives using different formats.
Understands how to use content as part of marketing efforts to attract and retain students, faculty and staff.Â
Attention to detail and ability to make sound decisions in a fast-paced environment.
Experience with science communications/writing strongly preferred.
Deep understanding of the media landscape and a strong news sense.
Excellent time management and organization skills.
Capable of building rapport with PSD audiences to imagine and create intuitive, easy-to-understand content.
Diplomacy, sound judgment.
Strong interpersonal skills that allow them to work in a multicultural environment.
The position is eligible for partially or fully remote work schedule.
Occasional night and weekend work may be required.
Cover Letter (preferred)
Published writing sample (link or PDF of article, blog, op-ed, web copy, etc.)â”STEM content (preferred)
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