The Editor-Writer is the editorial lead for publications, online, advertising, and marketing collateral. This position is a creative, flexible editor and writer who can analyze the needs of multiple university clients and work with the creative team to use strategy to determine the concept, brand, and copy direction of a wide range of print and digital projects. The position not only writes copy but also edits it for grammar, style, tone, organization, and appropriate language, depending on the type of communication. The incumbent is an effective storyteller who can write and edit that story to fit a wide variety of media. This position equally leads and consults on editorial initiatives for University Publications clients and collaborates with University Marketing account directors on advertising and other promotional assignments. The editor-writer must have demonstrated knowledge of professional editorial practices and processes and the Chicago Manual of Style.
Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, communications, or related field.
Five years of professional writing and editing experience, preferably for a company, newspaper or magazine, advertising or public relations agency, nonprofit organization, or college or university
Demonstrated knowledge of professional editorial practices and processes, standard editing-proofreading marks, and the Chicago Manual of Style
Ability to develop and write creative, compelling and accurate content in a variety of styles for diverse audiences
Proven communication and collaboration skills with internal teams and clients
Ability to work independently and exercise professional judgment
Ability to manage multiple projects and workflow in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
The candidate must juggle competing priorities, demonstrate strong analytic and creative skills, pay attention to detail, adhere to schedules and work well independently and in collaborative teams. The position requires considerable flexibility, as back-up for numerous positions is sometimes required, and the skills in demand for any particular project can vary widely. Research and interviewing skills are sometimes needed.
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