Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Office of Provost in the South Brookings building on the Danforth Campus.
Develop, research, and write original, compelling editorial content for The Common Reader, Washington University in St. Louis’s “Journal of the Essay.” This position requires a thorough knowledge of current science, current events, as well as vital issues and questions familiar to an educated, academic audience.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Research topics including science, social science, economics, political science, history, the humanities, and literature for original editorial, blog, and article ideas.
Write and refine researched article idea into compelling, stylish, grammatically correct prose. Staff writer will produce a minimum of two blog entries weekly of at least 500 words each; weekly essay, article or review of 2,000 words or more; one feature of 3,500 words monthly.� Procure or provide leads on photographs, illustrations, or other visual elements (preferably in the public domain) to accompany published articles and posts. Staff writer will also be expected to pitch ideas for articles to journal editors, as well as suggest new writers for the journal.
Provide occasional editing assistance including headline writing, line and copy editing, and editorial direction to journal staff of editor and managing editor.
Perform other duties as assigned.
B.A. or B.S., with post-bachelor’s matriculation either current, or in-process.
Master’s degree in social science, history, specialized study of humanities, or literature.
Excellent writing skills, oral communication skills, an ability to commincate obscure or esoteric ideas and animate them in vibrant, compelling prose.
Thorough knowledge of grammar, political history, philosophy, music, popular music, sports, and multiple other subjects both popular and academic a definite plus.
Successful candidate must provide writing samples, with preference given to published articles and essays.
The hiring range for this position is $35,958 - $45,864 annually.
-Retirement Savings Plan -22 vacation days -8 Paid Holidays -Sick Time -Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children -Free Metro Link/ Bus pass -Free Life Insurance -Health, Dental, Vision -Health Savings Accounts (HSA) -Long Term Disability Insurance -Flex Spending Plan -Other Benefits
Human Resources website (hr.wustl.edu)
Applicant Special Instructions:
Job duties can be performed remotely at home or off-site, with regular consultation of in-house office staff.
Intermittent travel may be required depending on story assigned.
Internal Applicant Instruction:
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
Washington University in St. Louis, a medium-sized, independent university, is dedicated to challenging its faculty and students alike to seek new knowledge and greater understanding of an ever-changing, multicultural world. The University offers more than 90 programs and almost 1,500 courses leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in a broad spectrum of traditional and interdisciplinary fields, with additional opportunities for minor concentrations and individualized programs. The faculty is composed of scholars, scientists, artists and members of the learned professions. They serve society by teaching; by adding to the store of human art, creativity, understanding, and wisdom; and by providing direct services, such as health care.