Senior Writer/Editor

Staff Exempt Boston, Massachusetts


Description

Summary of Position:

The Senior Writer/Editor plays a critical role in the University’s Division of Communications and within its Office of Public Affairs, developing, writing, assigning, editing, and approving internal and external communications, including website news and feature stories, press releases, University internal and external messaging, newsletter content, social media posts and more. The person in this position manages and posts news and feature content on the University’s website. The Senior Writer/Editor works collaboratively with communicators across the University—including the Marketing office--to create, share, cross-promote and maximize content across a broad range of platforms, all with the purpose of elevating the University’s reputation and brand.

 
Primary Duties/Responsibilities

  • Regularly write and edit a variety of internal and external communications including:
    • News and feature articles and other content for the University website
    • Press releases, with polling releases a major responsibility
    • Internal University messaging
    • Magazine and newsletter articles
    • Commencement materials
    • Op-ed pieces
    • Letters
    • Remarks and events scripts
  • Edit news and feature stories, University messages, magazine and newsletter articles, and other materials
  • Manage home page news and News page content; Generate story ideas; Work with writers to develop angles on proposed stories
  • Manage website content and enter it into content management system; Select and Photoshop appropriate illustrations
  • Manage Public Affairs Facebook and Twitter messaging
  • Work collaboratively with communicators across the University—including the office of Marketing and Communications—to create, share, cross-promote and maximize content across a broad range of platforms, all with the purpose of elevating the University’s reputation and brand.
  • Manage Inside Suffolk weekly employee newsletter, which entails coordinating with HR and other departments, editing most submissions, and creating News Digest summaries.
  • Works with the VP of Communications and the Office of Public Affairs to promote University faculty expertise and research. Proactively promotes faculty and their research and responds to media inquiries seeking faculty expertise as a secondary University spokesperson on certain matters.
  • Work closely with the VP of Communications to develop communications strategy and response to media inquiries regarding University matters.
  • Assists the VP of Communications in developing emergency response and crisis response strategies and communications. Serve as the VP of Communications’ designee in developing emergency and crisis communications response in the absence of the VP of Communications.
  • Work with members of the Public Affairs team on strategy and planning to further the University mission and goals

Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Accomplished storyteller, editor and content manager with a minimum of five years experience working as a writer and editor, preferably with experience in higher education

Suffolk University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff that reflect the broad range of human experience who contribute to the robust exchange of ideas on campus, and who are committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment.  We strongly encourage applications from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented because of race/color, gender, religious creed, disability, national origin, veteran status or LGBTQ status. Suffolk University is especially interested in candidates who, through their training,  service and experience, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the University community.

Suffolk University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, genetic information, or status as a veteran in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs, activities, or employment.