Graduate Assistant Writer

Primary purpose

The graduate assistant for the publications office writes content for some of the most highly visible materials published by the University, including Missouri State alumni magazine, admissions marketing and recruitment materials, a faculty research piece and fundraising/development materials. This is a year-round assistantship.

Description of work

  • Researches, develops and writes content for alumni magazine, admissions student recruitment brochures, recruitment pieces for various academic colleges and departments, research publications, development publications and various other print and Web uses
  • Interviews alumni, donors, faculty and students and writes profile stories
  • Writes marketing and recruitment text using approved University style guidelines

Qualifications

  • Firm grasp on English language — beyond ability to execute proper sentence construction, punctuation and grammar, applicant’s writing must also display invention, imagination, originality and talent
  • Interviewing and writing skills
  • Must be able to meet deadlines with minimal supervision
  • Must be accepting of works being edited for style, clarity, content and length

Education requirements

Bachelor’s degree in communication, creative writing, journalism, English, professional writing or related area

Knowledge

  • Must know how to read and write the English language
  • Knowledge of software, such as Microsoft Word
  • Knowledge of using email
  • Knowledge of using social media
  • Knowledge of conducting research as it applies to writing stories
  • Knowledge of Associated Press writing style not necessary but is helpful

Abilities

  • To write/edit stories, informational brochures and other publications
  • To transition between writing styles, from long-form narrative to short-form, scannable bits of information
  • To write and edit using style guides (utilizing both Associated Press and a guide specific to MSU)
  • To represent the University with a high level of professionalism and customer service
  • To work in front of a computer for long periods of time
  • To perform routine tasks without losing attention to detail
  • To communicate effectively with fellow employees
  • To handle several tasks at once while paying attention to detail

Physical requirements

May push, pull or carry up to 25 pounds.

Working environment

Primarily indoors with heating and cooling regulated in a general office environment.

Miscellaneous requirements

  • Must meet the requirements of employment as stated by Missouri State Graduate College.
  • Should have valid driver’s license if operating a vehicle to conduct University business.
  • This GA position requires an average of 20 hours a week.
  • This GA position may very rarely require night and evening work. During weeks when the GA works more than 20 hours, comp time is given the following week.

How to apply

  • Please submit the following items to Publications@missouristate.edu:

    • Download, complete and submit an application for graduate assistantship 
    • Three writing samples done in either journalistic, public relations or marketing style (i.e., profile stories, news stories, advertisements, brochures, press releases). Length of less than 500 words preferred. 
    • A letter of interest and current resume