Interested candidates must apply through the UM Jobs website (umjobs.org/). A cover letter, not to exceed one page, is required. Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single electronic document. Your cover letter should indicate how you learned of this opening.
In addition, please submit three writing examples and three editing examples as either a link in your cover letter (be sure to provide the entire URL) or following your resume. Samples should represent the quality and breadth of work, relevant to this position.
Candidates who are not in compliance with these requests will not be considered.
The target salary range for this position is $82,000 - $92,000.
LSA Advancement champions the liberal arts at the University of Michigan by creating access and opportunities for learning, engagement, and giving that will improve the world. We believe deeply in the transformative power of LSA's research and education, so we work to the highest standards of excellence and with joy, in the conviction that what we do matters to our students, our state, and the world.
We seek an editorial manager who will join our communications team and act as the creative and managerial lead of a team of editorial staff members. In addition, the editorial manager will work with the communications director and editorial and creative teams to support and ensure the highest quality of editorial content for a variety of publications and outlets including the biannual LSA Magazine, LSA website, editorial stories, correspondence, and other materials.
The ideal candidate will be innovative and creative and will possess exceptional editing and writing skills, experience being a supportive manager, experience establishing and maintaining editorial content strategy and voice, a thorough grasp of how to integrate and maximize editorial content across print and online platforms, a passion for higher education, understanding of philanthropy, and will embody the tenets of positive organizational scholarship. See below for a more complete list of specific responsibilities.
Specific responsibilities include:
Editorial Review and Management (50%)
Manages all activities of the editorial staff who produce approximately 5,000 words of copy each week for a variety of publications, initiatives, and outlets including print and online
Assign and prioritize work including writing, editing, copy editing, proofing, for print and online
Coordinate staff activity and scheduling
Ensure high-quality, engaging, and error-free writing
Ensures deadlines are met
Authorizes the selection of authors, and illustrators and approves their work
Ensure that editorial content supports research and thought leadership from the college’s divisions and that writers maintain strong and positive relationships with departments and divisions
Ensure the successful completion of editorial elements of the LSA communications plan
Meet regularly with communications director to review current assignments, discuss new content opportunities, and provide status updates
Manage project review process, including developing and sharing analytics and success metrics
Establish policies and procedures to maximize the efficiency of the department operations, coordinate workload with outside vendors as needed, continually monitoring turnaround time, quality, and progress towards goals
Provide administrative supervision ofstaff (currently 3 positions), including performance management and feedback, staff professional development, and regular 1:1 meetings
Make decisions relative to the selection, promotion, utilization, retention, and compensation of both staff and freelance writers, in consultation with the communications director
Editorial Strategy and Direction (20%)
Provide creative guidance and editorial direction
Represent writing staff and their projects in collaborative meetings with other Advancement teams
Lead the exploration, development, and/or refinement of editorial voice
Develop strategies for new editorial content streams, including both assigning work and creating original content
Examine the team’s current approach to editorial review and make strategic recommendations for improvements/enhancements
Team Representation and Collaboration (30%)
As a member of the LSA Advancement Marketing and Communications Team:
Joyfully work with other leaders in Advancement to develop strategic goals and encourage cross-team collaboration and innovation
Act as a representative of the the team in various college and university meetings, and create strong relationships within the college and across the university community
Develop a positive, collaborative approach to further strengthen the team’s integration, communication, and work environment
Incorporate the values of positive organizational scholarship into the team’s culture
Ensure that all employees are motivated and guided to contribute fully to the realization of the college’s mission, vision, goals, and objectives
The most competitive candidates for the position will possess excellent communication skills, sound judgment, political sensitivity, strong collaborative instincts, and highly developed leadership skills. They also must be willing to support and create a culture which values the philosophy of positive organizational scholarship. The role will require a highly productive approach as both a hands on doer and leader of our operational function.
A bachelor's degree in related field and/or 6+ years relevant professional experience
Experience in developing and overseeing publications from concept to completion
Exceptional writing and editing skills, with a keen eye for details and editorial style
Expertise with copy editing and proofreading as demonstrated in work samples
Demonstrated commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion
Supervisory experience with a staff of professionals and the ability to manage performance and strategy.
Experience working on cross-team, integrated projects
Demonstrated ability to provide inspiring leadership to team members including direct reports and others, and to create a positive culture that supports professional and personal growth
Demonstrated interpersonal and leadership skills including experience in building and managing complex relationships across organizational boundaries and building positive relationships and strong partnerships
Strong interpersonal skills with the a thrive in a collaborative, team-based, positive work environment
Demonstrated impeccable attention to detail
Strategic thinker with the ability to manage multiple, competing priorities and deadlines
Solid analytical skills, with the ability to gather research and analyze data to drive business results
Demonstrated knowledge of Google (calendar, email, documents, spreadsheets) and/orMicrosoft (email, calendar, Word, Excel)
Experience working with highly confidential and sensitive information
A master's degree in related field and/or 8+ years relevant professional experience with 3-5+ years experience leading an editorial endeavor
3+ years of publication/editorial design experience
Experience in communications in a higher education development setting
Strong ability to manage multiple tasks with competing deadlines across a wide range of areas
Extensive creative direction and/or management experience demonstrating progressively increasing levels of responsibility
Experience leading a major, multi-year, cross-team branding effort
Extensive experience working within a project management system to both assign, track, and deliver creative work as well as manage team workloads. Specific experience with Wrike preferred
Website authoring experience and/or knowledge of
Experience with strategic planning, including development and implementation
Willingness to explore and practice the tenets of positive organizational scholarship
Working knowledge of the University organizational policies, rules, regulations, procurement and purchasing
Working knowledge of UM systems such as M-Pathways (PeopleSoft), DART, BusinessObjects, FootPrints, ServiceLink, Concur
Passion for the University of Michigan and the liberal arts
This position requires evening and weekend availability.
Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are all encouraged to apply.
The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitments to serve the diverse people of Michigan, fulfill the College’s Guiding Principles, and sustain the excellence of LSA.
The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future. The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by:
Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences.
Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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