Leading the editorial team within UChicago Creative, the Director, Editorial serves as part of the senior staff at UChicago Creative, collaborating with design, photography, and multimedia to develop and deliver cohesive communications across all media. This role is responsible for conceiving, writing, editing, and managing a wide range of print and digital communications, including brand positioning, communications plans, and naming and taglines, long-form feature writing, event and advertising campaigns, video scripts, and a variety of other editorial content and marketing communications deliverables.
The Director, Editorial supervises the editorial team, currently consisting of a Senior Editor and a Writer, with strategic and creative editorial guidance and feedback on projects in progress; manages the editorial process, workload, and workflow; and maintains UChicago Creativeâ™s editorial guidelines and standards. Together, the editorial team will create compelling content that raises the Universityâ™s profile, adheres to and promotes the Universityâ™s brand pillars, meets strategic goals, translates complex research into accessible communications tools, and stewards the Universityâ™s voice for a range of audiences.
The ideal candidate will admirably represent UChicago Creative and University Communications in developing and maintaining successful relationships with senior level clients from across the University of Chicago. This person will bring a high level of creativity, strategic thinking, a journalistic attention to detail, and the ability to brainstorm and develop projects collaboratively as a crucial member of a creative team. In addition, the Director, Editorial should have a strong grasp of production workflow, the ability to develop creative solutions, and the skills to uphold departmental quality control measures.
As a brand ambassador and key stakeholder, contribute to and uphold the Universityâ™s brand pillars and messaging map, ensuring adherence in creative communications
Develop content strategy based on a unitâ™s or clientâ™s business objectives and an audience or end userâ™s needs. In partnership with interaction designers, oversee content guidelines for University websites.
Produce client proposals, assembling key content to pitch UChicago Creative to prospective client partners.
Build strong client relations through superb client communications and presentations, a client-centric attitude, and a mind for positioning and communications strategy.
Lead internal creative process, ushering projects to completion
Supervise the work of the Senior Editor and Writer and monitor team project capacity, supervising freelance writers as needed.
Research and communicate complex University of Chicago topics, including faculty research and University history and culture. This may include conducting one-on-one interviews as well as leading focus groups.
Write creative content for a variety of media, including messaging platforms, names and taglines, integrated campaigns, brochures, video scripts, websites, social media.
Work seamlessly with graphic designers, conceiving editorial and design concepts in tandem and allowing for design to inform editorial and vice-versa.
Superior writing and editorial skills with a high degree of creativity required
Demonstrated ability to write for established brands preferred
Familiarity with design and print production process preferred
Ability to engage with faculty research across a range of disciplines required
Excellent client service orientation required
Strong project management and organizational skills
Proficient in content management systems
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and multi-task in fast-paced environment
Education, Experience, and Certifications:
Bachelorâ™s degree required
Masterâ™s degree preferred
At least 10 years of professional experience in communications, journalism, English, or a related field required
Experience writing for the web and other digital media required
Nonprofit or higher education communications experience preferred
Licenses and Certifications:
Trained in The Chicago Manual of Style; editing certificate from the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Studies preferred
All required documents must be submitted to be considered for this position
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application
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