The John Chambers College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University is seeking applications for a Senior Writer. An integral part of the John Chambers College of Business and Economics Strategic Communications Team, the Senior Writer provides a high level of writing, research, storytelling, editing and media strategy for the College and related Start-up West Virginia initiatives.
Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Communications, Engagement and Impact, the Senior Writer is able to produce high-quality writing to support a wide range of projects across the John Chambers College of Business and Economics and for Start-up WV efforts. This experienced writer seeks out stories, creates content for news, public relations and internal communications efforts, and works with the Chambers Strategic Communications Team to share and repurpose these efforts across multimedia platforms. The John Chambers College of Business and Economics and Start-up West Virginia leadership turns to a Senior Writer to create everything from feature articles to news releases, from talking points, to internal communications, magazine articles and op-ed columns on behalf of the College and Start-up West Virginia leadership.
In order to be successful in this position, the ideal candidate will:
Write and edit news releases, statements and media advisories, both for the John Chambers College of Business and Economics and Start-up West Virginia initiatives.
Oversee the writing and editing featured articles.
Seek out stories within the College related to academic research, faculty successes, student achievements and experiential learning, outreach, alumni news, development news and initiatives that elevate the academic profile of the College and Start-up WV.
Work closely with University Relations/Communications to strategize on media relations and internal communications initiatives as it relates to College and Start-up West Virginia initiative.
Arrange and conduct interviews for both print, video and online products.
Assist with the planning and production of multimedia projects.
Maintain relationships with key communicators across campus in order to be collaborative when opportunities exist to partner on stories and initiatives.
Bachelor's degree in communications, journalism or a related field required. (Equivalent significant, directly related experience may be substituted for education requirement); Master's degree preferred.
At least 2 years experience with interviewing, writing and editing for a media outlet or public relations, communications or marketing agency preferred.
Valid Drivers License
At West Virginia University, we pride ourselves on a tireless endeavor for achievement. We are home to some of the most passionate, innovative minds in the country who push their limits for the sake of progress, constantly moving the world forward. Our students, faculty and staff make this institution one of the best out there, and we are proud to stand as one voice, one university, one WVU. Find out more about your opportunities as a Mountaineer at https://talentandculture.wvu.edu/
West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities and veterans.
Job Posting: Jun 10, 2019
Posting Classification: Non-Classified
Exemption Status: Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Internal Number: 175702
About West Virginia University
West Virginia University, founded in 1867, has a long and rich history as a public, land-grant institution. WVU encourages scholarship and offers high-quality academic programs while serving the state of West Virginia and the nation. WVU statewide includes campuses in Beckley, Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg and Morgantown – which has been ranked as a #1 Small City in America. WVU is an R1 Doctoral Research University (Highest Research Activity), one of only 115 nationwide. WVU offers 212 degrees throughout the 14 colleges and schools. Areas of specialty include STEM education, healthcare in Appalachia, shale gas utilization, radio astronomy and forensics. WVU researchers have helped confirm the existence of gravitational waves and uncovered diesel vehicle emissions discrepancies. Statewide, there are over 31,000 graduate and undergraduate students along with 190,000 alumni worldwide. WVU is reinventing West Virginia’s future by strengthening education, healthcare and broad-based prosperity.