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Institution: University of Maryland
Location: College Park, MD
Category:
  • Admin - Publications and Editing
Posted: 01/03/2013
Application Due: Open Until Filled
Type: Full Time
Salary: $50,000 to $63,000 USD Per Year
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Division of University Relations
University of Maryland, College Park

ANNOUNCEMENT OF POSITION VACANCY FOR Writer/Editor

Category: Exempt staff, full-time, 12-month appointment (# 107527)

The University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship campus of the State of Maryland and one of the nation's premier public research universities. Founded in 1856, the University of Maryland is strategically located 9 miles from the nation's capital, Washington, D.C., and 30 miles from Baltimore. It is one of 63 members of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The university has 72 programs ranked in the top 25 nationally and attracts over a half-billion dollars annually in sponsored research grants and contracts. Our diverse community includes almost 27,000 undergraduates, almost 11,000 graduate students and more than 10,000 faculty and staff members.

The Division of University Relations inspires excellence and achievement. We are a leader in illuminating the University of Maryland as a world-class institution with global impact. Our mission is to advance the goals of the University by increasing resources and support, enhancing awareness and affinity, and strengthening and developing relationships with the Maryland family and the greater community. Our core values are excellence, communication, and collaboration.

Position: The (Senior) Writer/Editor will write and research articles, brochures, video scripts, advertisements and e-communications that promote the university. This person will work particularly closely with the campus research community to produce science writing in a bimonthly newsletter and biannual mini-magazine, and will contribute briefs and feature stories to Terp, the university magazine published three times a year. In every assignment, the Writer/Editor will contribute creative, compelling, innovative writing and will assist the University Editor in ensuring that all materials published by the office are of the highest editorial standards, meet university identity guidelines and are aligned with university and client objectives and needs.

Qualifications:
Education (include licenses, certifications, etc.): B.A. or B.S. in journalism, communication, English or a science field.

Experience: Minimum of 7 years of proven communications excellence and/or project management experience in a professional writing and editing environment, particularly in feature writing and informational and promotional material.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: The ability to identify science-based story ideas and distill complex concepts into clear, engaging copy; The ability to manage multiple projects and evolving priorities and to see opportunities to present content in different platforms; The ability to work creatively, collaboratively and on deadline and budget; Strong writing, editing and proofreading skills, and strong interpersonal skills. Familiarity with higher education environment and knowledge of AP style are preferred.

Physical Demands/Work Environment: Traditional office environment.

Compensation: Salary range is $50,000s - $63,000s. Competitive and commensurate with experience. The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package, including 22 Days Annual Leave; 15 Days Sick Leave; 3 Days Personal Leave; 15 Paid Holidays; Tuition Remission; Health, Dental, Vision and Prescription coverage.

For best consideration, please apply by Monday, January 7, 2013. Position is open until filled. To apply, please visit the University of Maryland Human Resources website: https://jobs.umd.edu/ and upload cover letter of application, resume and names and phone numbers of three professional references in PDF format. Applicants must include three (3) writing samples to be considered. Please include email and complete mailing address in your application. Candidates must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the USA. No H1-B Visa sponsorship is offered for this position. For questions (ONLY) relating to this position, please contact urcareers@umd.edu.
The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.