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Bard College at Simon's Rock seeks a creative, efficient, and versatile writer and digital content producer to join the Marketing and Communications team.
The Writer and Digital Content Producer reports to the Vice Provost and plays a key role on the team, which is collectively responsible for creating a variety of external communications including student, faculty, and alumni profiles; advertising and marketing materials; website and social media content; program descriptions; publicity; and magazine feature articles to promote academic programs, campus life, and fundraising. The writer should be adept at writing news stories and human interest features as well as compelling copy for advertisements, brochures, and social media with the ability to publish content across a variety of digital platforms The Marketing and Communications department is a collaborative environment and this position will contribute to projects across a variety of media.
As a team member, you'll be contributing to a unique learning environment where students start college early. The mission of Bard Academy and Bard College at Simon's Rock is to inspire the curiosity and creativity of motivated younger scholars with a challenging, empowering, and inclusive education in the liberal arts and sciences. Our commitment to cultivating and maintaining a welcoming environment of equity and inclusion extends beyond the classroom to every member of the campus community.
Bard College at Simon's Rock and Bard Academy are equal opportunity employers and we encourage applications from those who contribute to our diversity, as the values of equity and inclusion are core to our institutional mission. AA/EOE.
Plan and produce content for social media and monitor trends in social media tools, design, and strategy
Collaborate with campus partners, conduct interviews and research to develop human-interest features and timely news pieces
Create concise, compelling copy for marketing and advertising
Publish website content
Copy edit, fact-check, and proofread to ensure consistency and accuracy according to style guide
Write press releases
Assist with Provost Office communication and crisis communication
Qualifications and Experience
A demonstrated commitment to and knowledge about diversity, equity, and inclusion as critical components of academic excellence and student success
Ability to craft stories that speak to the hearts and minds of a unique audience and motivate them to act
At least three years of writing experience, preferably in higher education or an independent secondary school
Ability to communicate messaging points in marketing pieces with eloquence and impact
Proven experience using social media for marketing purposes
Command of language and vocabulary
Comfort with receiving and interpreting feedback from multiple sources
Comfort with writing for a variety of media and audiences
Proven ability to handle multiple projects and deadlines while maintaining a high level of attention to detail
Interest in the unique educational model and mission of Simon's Rock
Bachelor's degree, preferably in a major that involved substantial writing
Experience writing for enrollment marketing and fundraising
Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite
Experience with project management platforms, such as Asana, Basecamp, or Wrike.
Experience with email marketing platforms, such as Emma, Constant Contact, or Mailchimp.
Experience publishing and/or managing website content on a CMS.
Photography and video production skills, ability to identify and execute on ways that photography and video can enhance and complement text
Experience writing for and about diverse people
About Simon's Rock
Located in Great Barrington, MA, Bard College at Simon's Rock is the country's only residential college of the liberal arts and sciences specifically designed to provide highly motivated students with the opportunity to begin college after the 10th or 11th grade.
Bard Academy at Simon's Rock is the nation's only two-year high school that provides guaranteed admission to early college after 10th grade to one of the most respected academic institutions in the United States, Bard College at Simon's Rock. We haven't condensed high school; instead, we've created a program that takes a collegiate approach to learning. Unlike many high schools, at Bard Academy, asking questions is not a distraction, but a welcome starting point for intellectual discovery in a truly academic, inclusive, and supportive community.
This is a full-time position with benefits. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check. Simon's Rock is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage applications from candidates of all races, nationalities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and socioeconomic levels.
To apply for the position please provide the following in PDF format:
Please include articles, press releases, and at least two social media posts.
Contact information for at least three references
No phone calls, please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information.
Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.
Building on a 150-year history as a competitive and innovative undergraduate institution, Bard College's mission has expanded across the country, around the world, and to meet broader student needs.Now, approximately 2,000 undergraduates study in Annandale and more than 200 graduate students study in Bard programs, plus nearly 1,000 students in our early colleges. Total enrollment for Bard College and its global affiliates is approximately 5,000 students. The undergraduate program at our main campus in the Hudson River Valley of upstate New York retains a reputation for scholarly excellence and civic engagement. We are committed to enriching culture, public life, and democratic discourse by training tomorrow's thought leaders.
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