Writer for University Initiatives and Student Life
Company: Brown University
Posted on: November 19, 2021
Brown Universitys Writer for University Initiatives and Student
Life serves as part of the News and Editorial Development unit in
the Office of University Communications. The writer is a strategist
and cross-platform content producer who develops and guides
editorial content for externally facing communications about
initiatives being undertaken by the University and aspects of the
Brown University experience that pertain to campus life outside of
academics. This includes communicating about news and information
that comes out of the University administration pertaining to
Browns role in the community, leadership initiatives, Corporation
activities and major fundraising; communicating about programs,
initiatives and services that frame the student experience beyond
the classroom; and communicating about Browns robust student life.
To share major programs and activities that help demonstrate what
is uniquely Brown, the writer develops and maintains a relationship
with units within the Office of the Vice President for Campus Life,
the Office of Policy and Planning, the Office of Admission, the
Office of Financial Aid, and other key administrative units, as
well as the many student identity centers and student organizations
on campus. The writer shares information about University
initiatives and student life activities via news releases,
websites, e-communications, online and print publications, and
other strategic vehicles intended to demonstrate Browns strengths
among external audiences. The editorial responsibilities are
multifaceted, supporting the news, media relations, social media
and Web functions of the Office of University Communications, along
with strategic editorial support for campus clients.
A college degree is required.
Minimum five years of professional experience in journalism and/or
Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing news
Excellent writing and editing skills, including proficiency in
Associated Press writing style.
Demonstrated ability to research information, conduct effective
interviews and write well and quickly.
Experience using computing tools for conducting research on the
Internet, for communicating by e-mail, for writing documents that
are properly formatted in appropriate templates, and maintaining
appropriate story databases.
Experience developing effective messaging tailored to
Ability to sustain and build rapport with stakeholders.
Proven experience managing multiple projects in a deadline-driven
Comfort with using online databases, editing tools and content
Demonstrated ability to support a community of diverse perspectives
and cultures in an inclusive environment.
The Writer for University Initiatives and Student Life represents
the University in a very public way, preparing information for
local, regional and national media about Brown and its programs.
The writer also is a collaborator and guide on effective
communications, and must cultivate understanding of communications
strategy among administrators in campus units. The Writer needs to
be a person of diplomacy, poise and confidence, qualities that come
from a well-developed understanding of the University and its
The writer is expected to work occasional nights and weekends,
aligned with special events that occur at times during the academic
Applicants must submit an application that includes a cover letter,
resume with employment history and three published work samples:
news release, feature article/profile, and an announcement or news
release reflecting "breaking news" written on deadline.
NOTE: Candidates selected for initial and final rounds of
interviews will be required to complete a writing exercise.
All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion
of a background check.
In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on
campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive
the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work,
unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. For
more information, please visit the Healthy Brown
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Writer for University Initiatives and Student Life
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Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any
staff position at Brown University you must submit an application
form for each position for which you believe you are qualified.
Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please
include a cover letter and resume with each position
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Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive
academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers
applicants for employment without regard to, and does not
discriminate on the basis of, gender, sex, sexual orientation,
gender identity, national origin, age, race, protected veteran
status, disability, or any other legally protected status.
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