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 Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor offices at the Danforth Campus.
Develop, research, and write original, compelling editorial content for The Common Reader, Washington University in St. Louis’s online “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.
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 communicate 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.
The hiring range for this position is $37,401 - $47,717 annually.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
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.
Applicant Special Instructions:
Please submit a cover letter with your application materials.
You may upload your cover letter and other documents after submitting the application by selecting "add attachment" on the My Activities page, accessible by clicking in the My Activities box on the upper right hand side of your home page at https://jobs.wustl.edu/.
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.