The Writer produces copy tailored for publication across all communications platforms, including the university website, alumni magazine, social media, video, mailers, email and press releases. The Writer is actively engaged with departments and programs across campus to ascertain internal university news to be proposed for coverage and attends and writes stories on university events. Reporting to the Associate Director, Content and Marketing, this position assists other members of the Communications and Public Affairs office with copy editing a variety of written materials and proofing print publications.
Washington and Lee University actively promotes a dynamic and inclusive environment that allows students and employees of multiple backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives to learn, work, and thrive together. Successful candidates will contribute to that environment and exhibit potential for excellence in their areas of expertise.
Essential and Related Functions:
Receives story assignments and writes copy (including full-length features, short articles, profiles, social media posts, news releases, web content, brochures, and video scripts) tailored for publication across all communications platforms as assigned.
Requests photography to accompany assignments appropriate to each platform.
Maintains regular contact with designated academic departments, centers, and leaders of special initiatives to ascertain internal university news to be proposed for coverage.
Attends university events (sometimes at night or during weekends), such as lectures and student events, to cover and write stories.
Along with other writers and staff members, provides copy editing and proofreading services to colleagues in Communications and Public Affairs and other offices across the university.
Additional related duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree in English, Communications, Journalism or related field required along with a minimum of three years of experience in daily news, magazine and/or marketing writing. Must have the ability to write and adapt copy for all communications platforms and have excellent copy editing and proofreading skills. Proficiency with MS Office programs, PC or Apple desktop computers is required. Must have excellent collaborative and interpersonal communications skills. This position requires the incumbent to attend occasional university events (sometimes at night or during weekends), such as faculty and guest lectures, to cover and write stories.
The university requires employees to become fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and new employees must provide proof of at least their first shot prior to the first day of employment. Individuals may seek a medical or a religious exemption to the vaccination requirement.
Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please include a cover letter, resume, and three writing samples (either uploaded with application materials or shared through a link). You will also be asked to provide three professional references.
External Applicants: Application instructions for external applicants are located on the jobs.wlu.edu or here.
Current W&L Employees: Apply from your existing Workday account. Instructions are located at jobs.wlu.edu.
Work Schedule: M-F, 8:30am - 4:30pm.
Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in handling.
Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
Working Conditions: The worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.
Types of Work: Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
Weekly Hours: 35
Minimum Pay: $55,131.00 Pay commensurate with experience.
Washington and Lee is a top-ranked, private institution in Lexington, Virginia where we integrate the rigorous inquiry and critical thinking of a liberal arts curriculum with nationally accredited undergraduate programs in business and journalism, and a graduate School of Law. Our graduates, mentored by a faculty of teacher-scholars, are ready to make a meaningful impact wherever they go in the world.
The campus is a national historical landmark, the city offers small-town charm, and the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains provide unparalleled surroundings.
Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.
Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the devel...opment of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all-inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.