Writer and Media Specialist (7477U) Job 25438 - CoE/College Relations
University of California Berkeley
August 2, 2018
Job Title: Writer and Media Specialist (7477U) Job #25438 - CoE/College Relations
Job ID: 25438
Location: Main Campus-Berkeley
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Department College Relations
The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley's culture of openness, freedom and acceptanceacademic and artistic, political and culturalmake it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.
Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at http://jobs.berkeley.edu/why-berkeley.html.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: 8/16/18
The College of Engineering at UC Berkeley is recognized for its educational and research excellence, consistently ranking among the top three engineering colleges in the United States. With more than 230 regular faculty members and 5,000 students located in seven academic departments, engineering is the second largest college on the Berkeley campus. The College Relations office supports the College's core projects and programs through marketing, communications, events, and fundraising efforts designed to reach over 60,000 alumni, friends, students, foundations, and corporate partners. In the most recently completed fiscal year, FY2017-18, the college raised more than $107 million in private gifts and in-kind support from individuals, corporations, and foundations. For more, visit: https://engineering.berkeley.edu.
The Writer and Media Specialist identifies and creates accurate and engaging content for a broad audience in support of the College of Engineering. Reporting to the Executive Director of Marketing and Communications, he/she will focus on news and feature stories and other strategic communications for print, digital, visual, and broadcast/video channels, highlighting the College's societal impact and leadership in engineering research and education.
Under minimal supervision, identifies, and creates content that highlights the people and activities at the College of Engineering for a broad audience. This includes coverage of research and programmatic news, faculty profiles, awards, and events for internal and external audiences.
Translates complex technical/scientific research into engaging content for a general audience.
Works with and helps manage freelance writers and contractors.
Tailors content to different audiences and publication platforms, including the College of Engineering's website, social media channels, print magazine, and brochures.
Keeps current with best practices in science/technical writing and communications.
Creates, develops, and implements comprehensive long- and short-term strategic communications plans.
Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
4-6 years' experience as a journalist, reporter, editor, public relations or media relations professional or equivalent experience/training.
Exceptional writing, editing, researching, and interviewing skills; knowledge of AP style a plus.
Proven ability to quickly and accurately translate complex, technical research into compelling stories for a general audience.
Excellent news judgment and knowledge of which platforms would be more appropriate for reaching specific audiences.
Strong organizational and analytical skills; ability to juggle multiple tasks and to work well under tight deadlines.
Strong interpersonal skills and political acumen.
Proficient in software applications and other technology required for written, digital, social media, and visual communications. Ability to oversee and work with contractors using such technology.
Knowledge of College and campus protocols and channels for communication internally and externally.
A strong and nuanced knowledge of current affairs, developments in technology, and issues in higher education.
Knowledge of content management systems (Drupal and/or WordPress) and relevant tools used for web site production.
Salary & Benefits
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
The University of California was chartered in 1868 and its flagship campus - envisioned as a "City of Learning" - was established at Berkeley, on San Francisco Bay. Today the world's premier public university and a wellspring of innovation, UC Berkeley occupies a 1,232 acre campus with a sylvan 178-acre central core. From this home its academic community makes key contributions to the economic and social well-being of the Bay Area, California, and the nation.