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The University Marketing & Communications department has an outstanding opportunity for a Content Editor.
The Content Editor reviews, corrects and improves content developed by University Marketing & Communications (UMAC). By collaborating with the UMAC team and colleagues across the UW, the Content Editor contributes actively to the development of cohesive, compelling, inclusive and accurate communications — including feature stories, event materials, strategic communications, advertising, admissions materials and more.
Candidates should understand the UW’s brand and be enthusiastic about its mission. The Content Editor helps produce thoughtful, factual content that aligns with the UW’s brand voice, style and strategic goals.
The primary duty for this position is to edit and produce compelling, effective content that supports UMAC goals and engages target audiences, including the public, students, faculty, staff, donors, alumni and volunteers. Occasional light copywriting may also be required. This position is part of the UMAC Creative Team and includes brainstorming and collaborating with designers, photographers, videographers and web developers. Within the Creative Team, the Content Editor will be part of the Content Team of writers and editors, reporting to the Assistant Director of Content, Editorial.
General scope of work includes:
• Adhering to UW editorial style and AP style, provides proofreading, copyediting and developmental editing of original content for a variety of communications, including but not limited to: feature-length stories, admissions materials, advertising (TV, radio, print, outdoor and web), event collateral and scripts, toolkits, internal communications, newsletters (print and digital), brochures, magazine copy, website copy, social media, direct email and digital content. • Provides fact-checking and ensures accuracy and consistency across all UMAC creative work. • Acts as a project manager on assigned projects, collaborating with colleagues from UMAC and other units to coordinate details and ensure successful completion. • Fosters and maintains relationships within UMAC and with units across the UW. • Participates actively in strategy sessions for story ideas and development. • Stays current on evolving trends in language, communications and editing, including staying informed and up to date on equitable language and representation of marginalized communities. • Completes other duties as assigned.
Effective communications: Engages clearly and empathetically in interactions with others in all forms of communication, including verbal and written, one-on-one and group, etc.
Interpersonal awareness: Builds and maintains positive relationships and contributes actively as a member of working teams to achieve results.
Professional credibility: Takes responsibility for meeting goals, objectives and obligations, as well as solving problems while representing the mission, vision and values of the organization.
Critical thinking: Obtains, analyzes and evaluates information effectively in the face of ambiguity. Makes appropriate decisions based on relevant information and experience, and advocates with confidence for those decisions.
Ethics and trust: Models and upholds the values of candor, openness, inclusiveness and honesty, despite internal and external pressures. Acts consistently with Washington state ethical guidelines and the core values and beliefs of the organization.
Diversity and inclusiveness: Respects, values and contributes to the UW’s commitment to inclusiveness and diversity. Approaches inclusion as a lifelong learner, committed to examining personal beliefs and biases and continuously developing as a member of a team devoted to equity.
Bachelor’s degree in English, communications, marketing or a related field and at least two years of diverse editorial experience in communications, marketing, advertising, copyediting or a related field.
Equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills have been acquired may substitute for degree.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to work collaboratively with writers, graphic and web designers, video producers and art/creative directors. • Experience editing content for print, web, social media and other digital media. Must be comfortable working at all editorial levels (heavy, medium and light edits, and developmental, line/copy editing and proofreading) and with marking up digital and hard copy. Familiar with AP style and the use of a house style guide. Candidates may be required to complete a copyediting test for consideration for this position. • Demonstrated ability to adjust voice and tailor communications for multiple audiences. • Demonstrated experience editing for inclusive and equitable language, and working with content to center and elevate underrepresented experiences and voices. Experience working with diverse groups of people and contributing to a multicultural, equitable workplace. • Demonstrated organizational proficiency, strong attention to detail, and excellent project and time management, including the ability to collaborate with others and prioritize work. Must be able to work in a team environment and independently. Must be flexible in a fast-paced setting and be able to stay focused and work well under deadline pressure. • Skill and ease working professionally with many constituencies (including staff, faculty, students, alumni, friends, donors and volunteers) and serving as an ambassador of the University. • Proficiency using Mac and PC computers. Demonstrated strong computer skills, including proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook), and particularly with the Track Changes function in Word and Adobe PDF markup tools. Experience editing in WordPress a plus.
• Professional experience in constituent communications or in a nonprofit or higher education environment. Familiarity with the University of Washington is a plus. • Experience working for an in-house marketing department, advertising or public relations firm, or in journalism or publishing. • Experience with content management systems and project management software; familiarity with the editorial functions of Adobe Acrobat and InDesign/InCopy (graphic design experience not required). • Knowledge of advancement principles, policies and procedures.
• Cubicle/open workspace environment that may result in additional or higher levels of noise and visual distractions. • Occasional/partial telework arrangements may be possible if approved by the Content Editor’s team and department.
Application Process: The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process. These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others. Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select “Apply to this position”. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your “My Jobs” page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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