The Writer for the Life Sciences serves as part of the News and Editorial Development unit in the Office of University Communications. The writer is a strategist and cross-platform content producer who develops and guides editorial content for externally facing communications about the teaching, research and service missions of the University, with a special emphasis on the life sciences. This includes the Division of Biology and Medicine, the School of Public Health, Brown Institute for Brain Science, and other departments and centers in the life sciences. S/he develops and maintains a relationship with academic and administrative units in the life sciences to help further their goals to promote their faculty, students, programs and events via news releases, websites, online and print publications, and other strategic vehicles intended to demonstrate the programsâ™ strengths among external audiences. The editorial responsibilities are multifaceted, supporting the news, media, social media and Web functions of the Office of University Communications, along with strategic editorial support for campus clients.
With a special emphasis on the life sciences, develop news coverage of the teaching, research and service missions of the University, including guiding and supporting writers in other units across the University in contributing effective news coverage.
Develop ideas, research tips and employ excellent writing skills to develop news and feature stories that also may serve as press releases for other news organizations.
Contribute to the Universityâ™s internal news bureau by using the full range of tools to disseminate news coverage, including posting stories to the Universityâ™s news site, coordinating with other campus offices for posting on relevant websites and in newsletters, and conferring with colleagues developing content for social media.
Communicate regularly with key faculty, staff, administrators and communications partners on campus to coordinate the dissemination of news and information about faculty and students working in the life sciences. This includes working closely with the Division of Biology and Medicine, the School of Public Health, Brown Institute for Brain Science, and other departments and centers in the life sciences.
In a partnership model with other campus communicators, serve as a liaison, guide and editor for other writers across campus to guide the development of news stories that may contribute to Brownâ™s news operation.
Working in cooperation with the Web Strategy team, contribute knowledge of the life sciences to multimedia projects that convey key University messages.
Participate in and complete special projects, as assigned by directors and project supervisors in the Office of University Communications, and inform supervisors of workload to determine proper balance of competing priorities.
Serve as a media relations officer and adviser to units across Brown for attracting national and local media coverage of significant scholarship, research and initiatives in the life sciences.
Maintain the Universityâ™s relationships with appropriate reporters and editors who cover the life sciences, proactively pitching stories to journalists, and develop and maintain lists of journalists with specific interest in news within the areas of the life sciences for ease of distribution.
Provide media support for major University events (lectures, symposia, public conferences, etc.) that are likely to be of interest to the general public. This includes major events hosted by the University or student organizations with speakers or topics in the life sciences.
Guide faculty with such media-related activities as writing op-eds and proactively seek opportunities to place faculty experts in news media, including through the Universityâ™s broadcast studio.
Help provide preparation to faculty and administrators in the life sciences who will participate in news media interviews.
Assist University departments, campus offices and student groups in development of communications approaches and materials, including providing strategic guidance, support and assistance in developing the most effective modes of editorial content spanning key print and digital communications.
Working in close collaboration with design staff and members of the Web Strategy team, guide campus clients in developing and finalizing content for a range of strategic print and electronic documents, including brochures, journals, programs, annual reports, certificates, invitations, websites and a full range of electronic communications.
Using a service-based approach, develop relationships with campus clients to establish routine schedules for working collaboratively on new and recurring projects.
Working in cooperation with the Web Strategy team, assist in developing, shaping, refining and/or editing website content for client websites to ensure sites follow University editorial style and usability standards.
Take a deadline-driven role in working with the Web Strategy team to shape and review publications documents to meet communications objectives, standards for content consistency and guidelines for editorial style before such documents are approved for print or online publication.
Help serve as a liaison for freelancers developing editorial content, particularly in the life sciences.
Make time for story planning and professional development, and integrate coordination of duties to help achieve overall Communications goals, including regular and frequent reports to appropriate directors and semi-regular engagement with the AVP for Marketing Communications on client-based projects.
Update projects in appropriate logs and databases.
Inform editor of workload to determine proper balance of competing priorities.
Reserve time for creative thinking and planning.
Identify and request appropriate professional development.
A college degree is required. Advanced degree preferred â¨
Minimum five years of professional experience in science and/or health journalism, public affairs, and/or media relations required
Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing news coverage plans
Excellent writing and editing skills, including proficiency in Associated Press writing style â¨
Demonstrated ability to research information, conduct effective interviews and write well and quickly â¨
Experience using computing tools for conducting research on the Internet, for communicating byâ¨e-mail, for writing documents that are properly formatted in appropriate templates, and maintaining appropriate story databasesâ¨
Experience developing effective messaging tailored to audiences
Ability to sustain and build rapport with stakeholders
The life sciences writer represents the University in a very public way, speaking with authority to local, regional and national media about Brown, its research and its academic programs. The writer also is a collaborator and guide on effective communications, and must cultivate understanding of communications strategy among faculty and administrators in campus units. The writer will need to be a person of diplomacy, poise and confidence, qualities that come from a well-developed understanding of the University and its people.
The writer is expected to work occasional nights and weekends, aligned with special events that occur at times during the academic year.
Applicants must submit an application that includes a cover letter, resume with employment history and three published work samples: news release, feature article/profile, and an announcement or news release reflecting "breaking news" written on deadline. Candidates selected for interviews on campus will be required to complete a writing and editing exercise.
All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal and education records check satisfactory to Brown.
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Writer for the Life Sciences
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