Skidmore College seeks an experienced, intellectually curious, detail-oriented and enthusiastic Editor/Writer to join the Office of Communications and Marketing.
Reporting to the Director of Campus and Media Relations, the Editor/Writer is responsible for planning, researching, writing and editing of content and publications which align with Skidmore College’s strategic plan and support the needs of the College.
The Editor/Writer must have demonstrated ability to identify newsworthy topics, write compelling copy and adapt content for use in a variety of platforms.
Ideal candidate will have the ability to develop written copy that tells stories clearly and effectively, while improving visual content of stories through the use of photographs, videos, animations, infographics and other creative assets.
The ideal candidate will be a creative self-starter with sound editorial judgement and excellent research, writing and copyediting skills.
The Editor/Writer is a team player who is able to communicate well and work collaboratively with colleagues within the Office of Communications and Marketing, departments and individuals across the entire College, and external audiences.
Specific areas of responsibility include: - Research, write, copyedit and proofread news and feature articles, news releases, email newsletters, web content, promotional content and social media for the Skidmore website and various communications channels - Lead production of Scope Monthly digital alumni magazine (11 issues per year), with responsibility for developing appropriate text and visual content to best serve Skidmore alumni. Write, edit text and select images to produce and publish the monthly digital magazine and maintain the associated website. - Coordinate and assist with researching, writing, editing and production of Scope print magazine - Lead production (including researching, writing and editing) of the Skidmore Weekly Bulletin - Research and interview faculty and staff to develop content for weekly web updates, manage content for online faculty experts guide and media showcase - Copyedit, fact check and proofread content across multiple channels for various offices to ensure the highest level of quality, accuracy and consistency in grammar, spelling, punctuation, style and tone - Must be fluent in Associated Press writing style - Manage and post online content via web authoring software and various content management systems, platforms and apps - Write, edit and lead the production of print programs for regularly scheduled College events (Commencement, Honors and New Student Convocations, lectures, competitions and other campus events) - Lead production and copyediting process for the College Catalog and various College brochures - Manage freelance writers
About Saratoga Springs
Located 30 miles north of Albany, New York State’s capital, Saratoga Springs is perennially short-listed as one of the most interesting and vibrant small cities in the U.S. The city’s dynamic downtown area—just a short walk from Skidmore—is brimming with galleries, clubs, museums, shops, coffeehouses and restaurants.
Famed for its mineral waters, Revolutionary War battlefield, and the nation’s oldest thoroughbred racetrack, Saratoga Springs is equally renowned as an arts and cultural destination. The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is summer home to the New York City Ballet, Philadelphia Orchestra and is a performing venue for top rock and jazz musicians.
Saratoga’s location near the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains puts an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities within an hour’s drive. Boston, New York City, and Montreal are each approximately 180 miles from the campus.
Minimum qualifications: - Bachelor’s degree and 7+ years of professional experience in media, publishing, communications or journalism - Demonstrated ability to write timely and compelling news stories that appeal to a broad range of audiences - Excellent proofreading skills and great attention to detail - Knowledge of Associated Press writing style - Outstanding communication, time management and organization skills, with an ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously in a deadline-driven, fast-paced environment - Flexibility and ability to shift priorities to accommodate urgent deadlines - A self-starter with solution-oriented approach - Ability and willingness to work during weekends and evenings on important, high-visibility stories, assignments and special events during the academic year
Salary is commensurate with experience.
Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, dating violence, or stalking, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.
Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable background check result.
Internal Number: 2177
About Skidmore College
Skidmore is a highly selective liberal arts college with a reputation for its creative approaches to just about everything. With its relatively small size and student-faculty ratio, the College is a close-knit academic community. Skidmore is known for its faculty of teacher-scholars devoted to the instruction and mentoring of undergraduates; approximately 2,400 talented men and women from some 47 states and 46 countries.In the universe of selective, private liberal arts colleges, Skidmore's distinctiveness is expressed in the statement that "Creative Thought Matters". This idea reflects not only the historical strength of the College's programs in the fine and performing arts but also the understanding that creativity is required for achievement in any area of human endeavor.The city of Saratoga Springs is widely recognized as one of America's great communities. It is located in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, within a three-to-four-hour drive from New York City, Boston or Montreal. Travel & Leisure calls Saratoga Springs one of "America's Greatest Main Streets" as well as "one of the best college towns in the nation," Money Magazine says it's one of the nation's top 100... places to live, and Princeton Review describes it as a "perfect college town." It's a community rich in history and tradition. Famed mineral waters, a Revolutionary War battlefield, and the nation's oldest thoroughbred racetrack represent portions of that history. Also, it's a community of arts and culture. The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) is the summer home to the New York City Ballet, Philadelphia Orchestra, and a performing venue for top rock and jazz musicians.The Skidmore College community awaits your arrival, so if you welcome challenges and are interested in making a difference, come join us!