Assistant University Editor at Washington and Lee University

The Assistant University Editor works collaboratively with colleagues in University Advancement, including Development and Alumni Engagement, to develop communications for the university’s alumni, donor and parent audiences and to develop strategies and tools to help the university nurture its relationships with those audiences more broadly. The Assistant University Editor will assist in the development of advancement periodicals, including three annual issues of W&L: The Washington and Lee University Magazine, and two annual issues of Discovery, the newsletter for W&L’s School of Law. The successful candidate will also take a lead role in the development of website content and the creation and distribution of electronic newsletters for alumni, parents and friends.

Lexington, VA

POSITION SUMMARY

Reporting to the University Editor, the Assistant University Editor works collaboratively with colleagues in University Advancement, including Development and Alumni Engagement, to develop communications for the university’s alumni, donor and parent audiences and to develop strategies and tools to help the university nurture its relationships with those audiences more broadly.

The Office of Communications and Public Affairs is committed to the development of an inclusive environment and we strive to advance diverse perspectives and approaches in carrying out the mission of Washington and Lee University.

This full-time position is based in Lexington, Virginia, at one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. The application is available online at https://apply.interfolio.com/69738

Review of credentials will begin immediately. The anticipated start date for this position is January 6, 2020.

ESSENTIAL AND RELATED FUNCTIONS:

  • Develops materials in support of upcoming capital campaign, including case statements, website content, donor profiles and a campaign newsletter.
  • Assists the University Editor in the development of advancement periodicals, including three annual issues of W&L: The Washington and Lee University Magazine, and two annual issues of Discovery, the newsletter for the School of Law.
  • Takes a lead role in the creation and distribution of electronic newsletters including Generally Speaking (monthly), Women in General (two issues/year), and Inside W&L (two issues/year).
  • Writes and edits feature stories, donor profiles, newsletters, annual alumni and parent giving print collateral in support of advancement initiatives.
  • Serves as communications liaison for University Advancement, ensuring quality and consistency of service from Communications and achievement of goals and objectives for alumni engagement and philanthropic support.
  • Serves as a member of the communications office content strategy group, participating in the development of story ideas and the strategic integration of key messages and institutional storytelling in advancement materials.
  • Ensures brand and messaging consistency across all platforms of advancement communications.
  • Provides copy editing and proofreading services to other members of the Communications and Public Affairs office and other offices across the university.
  • Covers university events.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 5-7 years of experience in communications, marketing, or development, preferably in higher education. Expertise in development writing, digital marketing, social media, and website content, and an understanding of how to inspire donor and volunteer engagement across diverse audiences. Excellent writing, editing and interpersonal communication skills. Superb attention to detail and proven experience in proofreading/copyediting. Experience working with writers, photographers and designers to produce quality publications within strict budgets and deadlines. Aptitude for strategic thinking and the use of metrics in developing strategy, assessing effectiveness, and achieving goals. Ability to collaborate and build relationships, to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and parents, and to understand the essence, culture, and values of the Washington and Lee community. Ability to manage multiple tasks, prioritize, and perform well on deadline as well as on long-term projects.