Colgate University Assistant Editor, University Publications in Hamilton, New York

Job Description

Colgate's Office of Communications is staffed by a team of talented, creative, and collaborative individuals who believe that the quality of their work and the success of the university are intertwined. Among its many functions, the office produces the Colgate Scene, operates the university's official social media accounts, manages the university's web presence, conducts media relations, coordinates admission marketing, and supports advancement fundraising communications. This collegial yet demanding environment is ideal for communications professionals who want to prove their talents and test their skills in an unparalleled liberal arts setting. A new era is underway at Colgate, and our third century is about to begin. At this crucial moment, successful applicants will have the opportunity to create, curate, and share the unique Colgate story with the nation and the world.

Colgate University seeks an energetic, talented, and creative communications professional to join the editorial team in the Office of Communications.

This editorial role is primarily focused on the Colgate Scene magazine, but includes editorial content for other publications and media. Accountable for creating high-quality content and contributing to developing strategies that foster positive and increased engagement of alumni and other constituents. Responsible for developing, editing, writing, and delivering high-quality content on deadline.

Essential Functions

Individuals will be expected to master the following technical competencies: Content Creation and Production: Ability to edit and proofread copy written by others and ensure that final products are in line with standard guidelines and Colgate's editorial style. Ability to conduct research and interview in order to write creative, engaging, clean copy. Communications Planning and Strategy: Ability to work with the managing editor to plan and organize project schedules. Pitch story ideas in line with the magazine's mission as well as the university's strategic plan and priorities. Technical Software: Demonstrated ability to use relevant content creation systems and technologies across multiple platforms and media, including, but not limited to, social media and e-mail. Where applicable, advanced expertise in the use and leverage of social media, e-mail, and other relevant outreach applications and channels. Demonstrated ability to use specific applications such as Microsoft Office and Google Drive. Customer Service: Demonstrated ability to build relationships in directing and managing multiple volunteers. Work cooperatively with campus constituents, as well as external constituents on creation of content.

Additional Essential Functions:

Individuals will be expected to master the following behavioral competencies: Personal Accountability for Results: Takes responsibility for decisions, performance, and outcomes; behaves in a responsible manner with a positive attitude; shows self-awareness and openness to feedback. Effective Communication: Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills; shares information and seeks input from others; adapts communication to diverse audiences; protects private and confidential information. Problem Solving and Decision Making: Analyzes and prioritizes situations to identify and solve problems; generates solutions to improve efficiency and quality; involves others in solving problems and making decisions; factors organizational goals into decisions; makes clear, transparent, and timely decisions. Change Management: Responds positively to changing university initiatives and readily adapts behavior to maintain effective performance; understands the long-term direction of the university and can relate this to departmental area; adapts to new methodologies; identifies and acts on areas where change is appropriate. Leadership and Teamwork: Applies skills and knowledge to provide a climate to achieve departmental and organizational success; balances individual and department goals; helps others perform at their best; builds productive relationships to enhance individual and organizational effectiveness; treats others with respect; resolves conflicts among team members. Creativity and Innovation: Generates, explores, encourages, and implements innovative ways of creating strategic value for the university, division, department, and individual level; critically assesses the effectiveness of new initiatives. Diversity and Inclusion: Demonstrates respect for people and their differences; understands the benefits of a diverse workforce; earns the trust and respect of others; includes and welcomes others; works to understand the perspective of others; promotes opportunities to experience diversity within our community. Sustainability: Understands the impact of decision making and personal behavior in achieving the university's commitment to a sustainable and carbon-neutral campus; supports and advances the university's sustainability initiatives; influences others to use sustainable practices.

Qualifications(Education and Experience)

Colgate seeks an energetic, talented individual with a passion for effective communication and the ability to deliver projects on time. This is an ideal opportunity for an entry-level candidate.

  • A Bachelor's degree in English, communications, journalism, or related field is required.

  • Demonstrated excellent writing, editing, publication, and project-management skills.

  • A strong detail orientation, exceptional command of grammar, and a familiarity with style guides is required.

  • Strong command of Microsoft Office Suite and Googledocs is required.

  • A solid comfort level interviewing others is required.

  • Must be capable of creating and maintaining productive and collegial working relationships with a culturally diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and visitors on a daily basis.

Additional Preferred Qualifications:
  • A minimum of 1 year of experience in communications, journalism, or related field is preferred.

  • Knowledge or experience in higher education communications is desirable.

  • Familiarity with WordPress or Drupal is preferred.

  • Archive/online research experience is preferred.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants should attach two writing samples with their application and cover letter.

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, genetic information, victims of domestic violence and stalking, familial status, and all other categories covered by recruitment, hiring, upgrading, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, recall, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation and selection for training at all levels of the employment. Colgate University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities/Females/Persons with Disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.

Job Category: Professional/Administrative

Position Title: Assistant Editor, University Publications

Requisition Number: 1161

Division/Department: COM-Communications

Full time/Part Time: Full-Time

Temporary: No

Working hours: Days

Job Open Date: 05-09-2017

Job Close Date: Open Until Filled

Application Types Accepted: Professional/Administrative