The Association of American Universities, an association of America’s leading research universities, seeks applications for the position of Editorial Officer. This position reports to the Associate Vice President for Communications. The Editorial Officer will support AAU’s mission by preparing, reviewing, and distributing various written materials which AAU uses to communicate with its core constituencies and the broader public.
The Editorial Officer will work quickly and skillfully, in a fast-paced and collegial environment, to write and/or edit news releases, constituent newsletters, and other written products that communicate AAU’s views to members and the public. This includes rapidly synthesizing complex subject matter into digestible content for both internal and external audiences. Applicants should have a proven ability to write, edit, and produce effective communications rapidly and a demonstrated mastery of AP style and standard English grammar. This mastery includes spelling, punctuation, and strong proofreading skills. Familiarity with federal legislative, administrative, and budgetary processes are a plus.
The Editorial Officer will support AAU’s public relations objectives through daily media monitoring, research, and reporting. Applicants should have a demonstrated ability to analyze complex issues and explain them effectively through a variety of media as well as the ability to synthesize disparate pieces of information about complex topics rapidly into coherent and concise messages. Applicants should have strong technical expertise in MS Word as well as other Office 365 programs and Zoom; experience with Salesforce Marketing Cloud (or Pardot), a media monitoring tool (such as Meltwater), and proficiency with software related to email distribution and content management.
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Applicants will ideally: (1) possess exemplary written and oral communication skills; (2) be highly creative, with the ability to organize and arrange written material in a logical order, tell the appropriate story, and adhere to branding and style guidelines; (3) have strong interpersonal skills and a positive, professional attitude; (4) have an intellectual curiosity that translates to innovative thought and execution of new ideas; (5) have a proven record of working effectively and collegially; and (6) demonstrate the ability to succeed in a dynamic, fast-paced work environment involving many individuals with different backgrounds and interests.
Applicants should have 2-6 years of experience in a professional writing/editing role and a bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, English, or a related field.
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. AAU offers robust health, dental, retirement savings, commuting, and other benefits. AAU is an equal opportunity employer.
To be assured of full consideration, please send a cover letter, resume, writing sample, salary requirements, and where you found this listing by April 16th, 2021 to: • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Please reference Editorial Officer) • Roxanne Murray, Vice President for Administration Association of American Universities 1200 New York Ave, NW, Suite 550 Washington, DC 20005
About The Association of American Universities
Founded in 1900, the Association of American Universities is composed of America’s leading research universities. AAU’s 65 research universities transform lives through education, research, and innovation.
Our member universities earn the majority of competitively awarded federal funding for research that improves public health, seeks to address national challenges, and contributes significantly to our economic strength, while educating and training tomorrow’s visionary leaders and innovators.
AAU member universities collectively help shape policy for higher education, science, and innovation; promote best practices in undergraduate and graduate education, and strengthen the contributions of leading research universities to American society.