Senior Writer and Editor

Communications · WALLA WALLA, Washington
Department Communications
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

WHITMAN COLLEGE

Located in the historic community of Walla Walla, Whitman’s beautiful tree-lined campus is home to an intellectually dynamic, diverse, and supportive community of some 500 staff and faculty and 1,500 students. With an endowment exceeding $500 million, fiercely loyal alumni, exceptional students, and accomplished faculty and staff, Whitman College continues to build on its national reputation for academic excellence ranking as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country.


WALLA WALLA, WA

Located in southeastern Washington’s scenic wine country and nestled at the foot of the Blue Mountains, Walla Walla is a diverse community that puts the best of small-town America within easy reach. The town of nearly 32,000 residents boasts a thriving Latino community, representing over 20 percent of the county population. 


The Whitman College campus is located at the top of Walla Walla’s historic main street which is ranked one of the best in the U.S. It mixes charming shops with trendy cafés and boutiques. Its numerous wine tasting rooms, gourmet restaurants, and abundant public art provide ready destinations and entertainment.


Many Whitman employees live only minutes from campus in one of the many historic and charming neighborhoods nearby. And Walla Walla has the shortest commute in the country according to the U.S. Census Bureau.


The rivers, woods, hills, mountains, and canyons that surround Walla Walla offer a diverse range of activities. Walla Walla is much drier than its neighbors to the west. Residents and visitors enjoy the bounty of sunny days by canoeing, kayaking, fly-fishing, hiking, skiing, rock climbing and bicycling around town and in the nearby area.


 Check out wallawalla.org for more!

 

POSITION PURPOSE 

The Senior Writer and Editor develops and edits content for whitman.edu, Whitman Magazine, and print and digital publications for varied external and internal audiences, including prospective students, alumni, donors and the campus community.

 

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES

  1. Under the direction of the Director of Content, serve as the managing editor for written news and feature content produced for Whitman’s content channels, including Whitman Magazine and the Whitman Newsroom. This includes day-to-day management of Newsroom content, including assigning stories to staff, student and freelance writers, managing and maintaining story ideas and production, and considering the best mode for sharing content.
  2. Oversee day-to-day production of Whitman Magazine, including making magazine writing assignments to staff and freelancers, editing content, design coordination, and managing logistics (scheduling, production, distribution and budget management).
  3. Work closely with the Director of Content to set strategy around coverage of college activities and people, prioritize stories, identify appropriate print and digital channels, create editorial calendars for print and digital content, and communicate across the content team, social media and public relations.
  4. Coordinate with staff, student and freelance photographers and videographers to ensure appropriate coverage and consistent messaging.
  5. Hire, train and supervise student writers, including managing assignments and coordinating relevant training.
  6. Write and edit website content, including news, features, spotlights/profiles, and institutional copy, ensuring consistency in quality and voice.
  7. Post and edit content on whitman.edu, using the college’s web content management system.
  8. Copyedit, proofread, and fact check materials as assigned.
  9. Other content or department tasks as assigned.

 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Individuals must be able to explain and/or demonstrate that they possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to safely perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation.

 

  1. Exemplary writing and editing skills, adaptable for diverse audiences and a range of purposes, including but not limited to web, print, email marketing and fundraising.
  2. High level of creativity, with the ability to strategize content and concepts and see them through from start to finish.
  3. Excellent proofing, copy editing and fact-checking skills; ability to communicate effectively and creatively, both verbally and in writing; thorough knowledge of English language, grammar, spelling, punctuation and usage. Knowledge of AP (Associated Press) Style or the ability to learn and apply AP Style, as well as Whitman style guidelines, to writing.
  4. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to interact and collaborate with diverse individuals, teams and groups.
  5. Ability to establish and maintain effective and positive working relationships with the college’s leaders as well as students, faculty, staff, donors, alumni and the general public, in part to conduct effective interviews for stories.
  6. Ability to prioritize projects, establish and meet deadlines (sometimes on a tight timeline), and to work effectively with a team and in an independent manner.
  7. Ability to serve as a writing and editing mentor and resource for staff writers, student interns, campus colleagues and freelancers.

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Bachelor’s degree in communications, English, journalism, or related field and five years public relations writing or journalism experience, or any combination of experience that provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job.  Experience editing a college magazine strongly preferred. Ability to actively and positively contribute to the college’s core values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Please submit three writing samples and two or three editorial project examples (e.g., magazines, brochures, websites).

 

START DATE: December 1, 2020

APPLICATION REVIEW WILL BEGIN ON OCTOBER 15, 2020.

 

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  • Location
    WALLA WALLA, Washington
  • Department
    Communications
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time
  • Minimum Experience
    Mid-level