Writer 2

Location
Chicago
Posted
Jan 24, 2017
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3) is an academic research center established to advance adolescent sexual and reproductive health and well being. Ci3 works with youth and faculty from diverse disciplines to design interventions such as narratives, games, and design-based interventions.

Unit Job Summary: We seek a writer to support our principal investigator and colleagues with writing across two programs; The office of the Vice Provost for Academic Leadership Advancement, and Diversity and The Center for Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Innovation in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Ci3). This person researches, writes, and edits a variety of communications, publications and/or reports. Writes analytic, interpretive, or highly individualized features utilizing personal subject matter expertise. Determines, researches, verifies, writes and edits content material. Under supervision, may assist with writing and/or editing technical/scientific material for manuals or journals. Assists in writing and project management for federal and foundation grants. The Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Leadership, Advancement, and Diversity focuses on faculty development, dual career support, and creating a diverse and inclusive campus. This position entails collaborating with the Vice Provost in researching and writing compelling funding proposals and supporting documents for Federal, foundation, and private donors. This position will research and independently incorporate changes, comments and critiques from multiple reviewers using excellent writing and editing skills; exercise sound judgment with regard to appropriate points of emphasis and persuasive impact. Describe complex academic subject matter in clear language and present concise rationales for funding. Other job activities include managing multiple projects at once, keeping a comprehensive plan of all work in progress and complete work on schedule. Ensure production of timely and accurate materials according to established guidelines. Implement systems and follow-up processes, work and write under pressure, use independent judgment to produce high quality work within tight time constraints. Assist in editing or writing proposals, reports and other communications to prospective donors and previous funders. Drafing documents and policies for diversity and inclusion and faculty development. Fulfill other writing, copy-editing, proofreading and other editorial duties as needed. Seek opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance, including building networks within the University and with colleagues at peer institutions.

Unit Education: An advanced degree or a minimum of two years of professional work experience in writing and editing, communications, grant writing, development or similar professional or academic work experience required.

Unit Experience: Deep knowledge of academic writing. Experience with and knowledge of computer operation; knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc) essential. Competencies To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate some or all of the following competencies: - Analytical: Synthesize complex or diverse information into digestible, compelling materials for lay and academic audiences. - Written Communication: writes clearly and informatively; varies writing style to meet needs; presents numerical and qualitative data and findings effectively; able to read and interpret written information. - Teamwork: Balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives. - Strategic Thinking: Understands organization's strengths and weaknesses; identifies external opportunities for organization's funding streams. - Planning/Organizing: Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; plans for additional resources; sets goals and objectives; organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; develops realistic action plans. - Dependability: Follows instructions; responds to management direction; takes responsibility for own actions; keeps commitments; commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan. Required Knowledge of grammar, punctuation, spelling, and style Excellent verbal and written communication skills Editing skills Creativity Analytical skills Problem-solving skills Decision-making skills Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative Strong interest in sexual and reproductive health and rights Strong interest in diversity Degree in relevant field: English, social science

Unit Job Function Competencies: Problem-solving skills required. Attention to detail required. Organizational skills required. Ability to work independently and as part of a team required. Knowledge of Microsoft Office preferred. Analytical skills preferred.