University of Chicago Alumni News Editor in Chicago, Illinois

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The University of Chicago Magazine is the primary link between more than 150,000 sophisticated, intelligent readers including alumni, faculty, friends and students and one of the world's leading universities. Produced quarterly, the Magazine reflects the intense, energetic atmosphere of the University, taking an in-depth look at Chicago's innovative thinkers, groundbreaking research, influential alumni and student life.

The University of Chicago Campaign: Inquiry and Impact (, the most ambitious and comprehensive campaign in the University's history, will raise $5 billion to support faculty and researchers, practitioners and patients, and students and programs across the University. Launched in October 2014, the campaign supports priorities in every division, school, department, and institute, and aims to engage 125,000 alumni and friends over its five-year duration.

Please note: This role is located in Harper Court at 5235 S Harper Court - the corner of 53rd Street and Lake Park. For more information:

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Alumni News Editor:

Produce the Peer Review section, which includes class news, for four print issues per year. Write and edit copy. Work with a designer to lay out the section using InDesign. Cut or add sidebars as necessary to fit space. Enter final corrections into the layout and upload completed files to the printer.

Write and produce Short List, the primary biweekly e-newsletter for 150,000-plus UChicago alumni, parents and friends. Choose mix of stories, write blurbs and headlines, prepare newsletter for digital production. Collaborate with colleagues across ARD during the editing process.

Work with a team of 60-plus volunteers who serve as the Magazine's class correspondents, setting deadlines and helping them solicit class news. Edit the columns that the class correspondents submit?approximately 20 printed pages per issue?for consistency with Magazine style, correct usage, logical sense and appropriate content. Ensure accuracy of all materials with assigned fact-checker.

Write class news for alumni who do not have a class correspondent from materials submitted by alumni. Find appropriate art for the Peer Review section, including identifying archival photos pertinent to different class years to publish as sidebars and write captions. Write Notes for short alumni news items, Releases pages for alumni books, films and recordings and obituaries for the Deaths section.

Attend story- and issue-planning meetings. Participate in line editing, copyediting, fact-checking and proofreading of features and other Magazine departments. Assist in researching art. Secure art use permissions. Read several drafts of all Magazine materials, looking for consistency of style, correct usage, concision and clarity. Review Google alerts and other news sources to identify story ideas for upcoming issues.

Monitor the Magazine's main email account and respond to a high volume of telephone, email and mail requests, working closely with the editor of the Magazine. Coordinate campus distribution of finished magazines. Manage the Magazine's campus and local advertising programs, record advertisement reservations and bill advertisers. Assists editors throughout ARD Communications with other projects as assigned, including web stories and social media, donor proposals, and stories for other department publications. May oversee the work of freelancers, editorial assistants and student assistants. May write other articles as assigned.

Perform other duties as assigned. Seek opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance, including building networks within the University and with colleagues at peer institutions.


Bachelor's degree or higher required.


A minimum of two years of relevant professional work experience in writing, editing or similar professional work required.

Experience using InDesign and Excel preferred.


Current authorization to work permanently in the United States required. A current resident of the Chicago area or willing to relocate to the Chicago area required.

Excellent command of written English required. Knowledge of grammar, punctuation, spelling and style (Chicago and AP) required. Knowledge of standard editing and proofreading marks required. Creativity required. Analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills required. Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required.

Strong verbal and writing skills, high attention to detail and follow-up, and excellent organizational skills required. Ability to manage confidential information with discretion and tact required. Strong leadership qualities, including the ability both to delegate and to execute, thereby leading by word and by example required. Ability to work collegially and collaboratively in a team setting required. An exceptional work ethic and track record of personal initiative required. Outstanding interpersonal and communications skills characterized by the ability to listen, to speak and to write well required. Flexibility and adaptability to new programs in an emerging and changing environment required. Demonstrated skill and knowledge of, or ability to learn quickly, the internal workings of the University as well as the technology tools available to the Office of Alumni Relations and Development, including Griffin (the University's Donor Relationship Management System), Microsoft Windows computer environment, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access required. Willingness and ability to travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for University business required. Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends required. Dress code of business or business casual attire required.

Required Job Seeker Documents

Resume Cover Letter

Optional Job Seeker Documents

Requisition Number: 103541

Departmental Job Title: Alumni News Editor

Type of Position: Staff

Number of Positions Available: 1

Division: Alumni Relations & Development

Department: 60630-Alumni Relations & Development

Work Location: Campus - Hyde Park

Work Schedule: Full-Time

Hours/Week: 37.5

If other than regular hours (M-F, 8:30-5:00) please detail: Regular with evenings and weekends as needed

Benefits Eligible?: Yes

Union (If applicable): Non-Union

Pay Grade: NA

Pay Range: $55000

Pay Frequency: Monthly

Does this position require incumbent to operate a vehicle on the job?: No

Is a Background Check Required?: Yes

Is Drug Testing Required?: No

Employee Referral Bonus Amount: None

Posting Date: 09-05-2017

Remove from posting on or before: 03-05-2018