The Writer/Editor (hereafter, 'Writer') for the MSMC department at NU-Q has responsibility for conceptualizing, researching, writing and/or editing clear, positive ideas about the school and all of its constituencies that showcase NU-Q's programs, teaching, research and events for print and various multimedia communication channels. Working closely with the Director of MSMC, the writer will interact regularly with members of the school's administrative team, departmental and program directors, faculty, students and staff. The Writer helps ensure message consistency and works as an integral part of a multi-disciplinary marketing team to strengthen NU-Q's branding efforts. The Writer also may review and edit writing by others including fellow marketing staff, NU-Q leaders, faculty, agencies or consultants.
Develop and/or write content for publications such as annual reports, admissions view books, strategic plans or commemorative books;
Develop content for technical manuals or handbooks to support business functions such as financial aid, career services or student affairs;
Develop communication targeted directly to current and prospective students, faculty/staff, future alumni, strategic partners and other constituents such as newsletters and direct/one-to-one marketing pieces;
Write copy for marketing collateral such as brochures or copy for advertising;
Write or edit scripts for videos;
Develop news articles, features/packages, informational material and other content for various channels from time to time;
Proof and/or edit work developed by others prior to publication such as news releases, marketing copy, occasional papers, bylined articles, op-eds, etc.;
Identify, research and develop profiles of leadership, faculty, students or staff;
Assist Dean's Office with introductions, forewords, speeches and other communications as necessary;
Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications: (Education and experience)
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in English, Journalism or a related field or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired;
Three to five years professional writing experience, preferably in a university, nonprofit or agency setting.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Superior skills in interviewing, integrating ideas, writing persuasively and editing with emphasis;
The ability to work collaboratively with colleagues in a team environment;
Proficiency with personal computers and a wide range of business and creative software;
Outstanding organizational skills and the ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously and flawlessly;
A confident, professional and positive attitude;
Strong verbal and written interpersonal communication skills.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
Successful completion of a full course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a master's or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience;
5-10 or more year’s professional writing experience, preferably in a university, nonprofit or agency setting.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Familiarity with the culture and mission of a major research university;
Upbeat, 'can-do' attitude with high level of energy and sense of humor;
Excellent journalistic judgment;
Marketing savvy and creativity.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 35318
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.