5005 Writer-Editor


TITLE Writer-Editor




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Director, Creative Services

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Vice President for Marketing and Communications


The Writer/Editor uses invention, imagination, originality, and talent to develop, write, and edit materials for print and electronic publications, which may include, but are not limited to, reports, magazines, newsletters, brochures, booklets, ads, and posters. The Writer/Editor proofreads original copy, as well as prepared materials, for readability and grammatical correctness. The Writer/Editor works closely with the Director of Creative Services in matters concerning editorial style and format in order to ensure consistency and quality of written materials to be published in print or online.


Education: A Bachelor’s degree in English, Communication, Journalism, Public Relations or a related area is required.

Experience: Either one year work experience in a professional position writing or editing materials for publication or a minimum of three semesters experience in a part-time position in a similar professional setting is required.

Skills: Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required, especially an ability to write for external publications. Strong proofreading and editing skills are required. Organizational and planning skills are required. Knowledge of word processing is required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Other: The scope of the job requires some evening and weekend work and occasional travel.


1. Helps to promote the University to alumni, donor and internal audiences by contributing a unique or fresh interpretation in preparing feature stories for University publications, including alumni and employee publications, and assisting in the gathering, writing and editing of material for related publications.

2. Helps to promote the University to prospective students by using invention, imagination, originality and talent in preparing copy for University recruitment publications.

3. Assures the production of material consistent with established guidelines by organizing materials and completing writing assignments in accordance to set standards regarding order, conciseness, style, and terminology.

4. Contributes to the development of various publications by reviewing published materials and recommending revisions or changes in scope, format, and content or determining the need for development of new material.

5. Assures consistency with standards by editing, standardizing, or making changes to material prepared by other writers or other personnel.

6. Develops subject matter for publication by conferring with University clients.

7. Supports Creative Services by maintaining a project log of documents and other records and files, working with other staff members as part of a team to facilitate the reuse and storage of electronic document files, and assisting in the supervision of an office staff of editorial graduate assistants and student employees.

8. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

9. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as directed by the Director of Creative Services.

10. Contributes to the overall success of the Office of University Relations by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Writer/Editor is supervised by the Director of Creative Services and assists in supervising an office staff of editorial graduate assistants and student employees.