Reporting to the Executive Director of Communications and Media Relations and serving as a leader on the Communications and Marketing team, the Editorial Director is responsible for strategic management and implementation of editorial content for Columbia College. Overseeing media relations, website production, social media and video, the director serves as the gatekeeper of the College's voice and tone and ensures these platforms consistently represent the College's mission to provide the best possible undergraduate experience.
Oversees all editorial initiatives, including multiple website properties, social media channels and video. Supervises strategy, writing and execution of timely and compelling content, including maintenance of the College's editorial calendar, management of web workflow and social media schedule, and administering updates to the style guide. Directly supervises Associate Director for Interactive Media, Web Content Manager and Temporary Web Producer.
Manages both proactive and reactive media relations on behalf of Columbia College, including student press outlets like The Columbia Spectator, bwog and The Blue and White. With guidance from the Vice Dean of the College, coordinates responses with senior staff and partners with University colleagues to develop a thoughtful response to every press inquiry. Writes daily media report and pitches external press on new initiatives emerging from the College and its partners.
Serves as primary writer for press releases, news stories, event write-ups and media advisories. Copy edits communications collateral to ensure consistent voice and tone. Advises College staff and campus partners on best practice guidelines and implements cross-functional improvements to existing editorial standards. When appropriate, conducts fact-checking for Columbia College leadership and assists with preparation, editing and production of various communications, including communications from the Dean's office, late breaking developments, and other types of internal and external communications.
Together with Executive Director of Communications and Media Relations and Director of Marketing Strategy, serves as a member of the CC/SEAS On-Call and Emergency Response team and provides leadership in the management of student, parent and campus communications related to significant and/or disruptive events. Creates and distributes talking points to assist with crisis mitigation.
Contributes ideas and works with Office of the Dean Staff to develop ways in which to use data and analytics to measure results and guide future content creation and distribution.
Serves on communications-related committees.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree or its equivalent required, plus a minimum of seven years of relevant experience required.
Managerial experience required and must be willing to work evening and weekend hours as needed.
Ideal candidates are self-directed strategic thinkers who are skilled at critical, analytical and creative thinking while also comfortable digging in to produce original work.
Exemplary written and oral communication skills, and excellent editorial, interviewing, proofreading, and research skills with a reputation for flexibility, integrity and discretion.
Ability to write to diverse audiences and synthesize facts, trends, events into coherent messaging and storytelling on behalf of Columbia College.
Must be detail oriented, calm under pressure, and have the ability to think creatively while working both independently and as part of a team.
Peerless content development skills with experience in complex organizations.
Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and juggle multiple responsibilities in high-volume, fast-paced environment, working collaboratively with people at all levels.
Strong editorial judgment with intuitive understanding of multimedia content and adherence to best practices.
Able to stay abreast of best-in-class techniques and technologies.
**Applications submitted without a resume or cover letter will not be reviewed.**
Master's Degree in Communication, Journalism, Higher Education or related field preferred.
Familiarity with higher education constituencies, structure and administration desirable.
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