Editorial Director

Location
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Posted
Jun 12, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The editorial director is responsible for the creation and management of print and digital communications for Kalamazoo College. This position serves as the College’s primary writer and editor and implements marketing and communication strategies and plans. A member of the Office of College Marketing and Communication, this position reports to the associate vice president for marketing and communication and directly supervises two employees, plus students and freelancers. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Editor and primary writer of LuxEsto, the College’s twice-yearly magazine; BeLight, the College’s electronic newsletter; and SummerLux, the College’s printed newsletter
  • Edits and publishes “This Week at K” internal email
  • Writes and proofs marketing and communication materials
  • Writes, proofs and manages advertisements
  • Manages photography shoots for events, publications and advertisements in conjunction with the Director of Publications
  • Writes web copy, including News and Events stories, in conjunction with the Director of Online Content
  • Manages Hornet Hive messaging to faculty, staff and students; including some writing and editing of messages
  • Produces the College’s annual winter holiday card video in conjunction with the Media Producer
  • Speechwriter for the President and other College executives
  • Reviews, edits and sometimes writes important correspondence for the President
  • Compiles Dean’s List three times a year
  • Supervises the Sports Information Director and the Director of Media Relations and Online Content. 

Qualifications:

Position requires a bachelor’s degree in English, communication, journalism or related field with 7+ years professional experience. Demonstrable professional skills expected include writing and editing magazine articles, marketing and communication brochures and materials; speechwriting; advertising management and creation; and writing and editing for web publications. 

The successful candidate will exhibit:

  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Impeccable proofreading skills and knowledge of grammar
  • Knowledge of style guides; New York Times Manual of Style preferred
  • Project management and organizational skills
  • The ability to adhere to deadlines
  • An ability to work independently and collaboratively with teams
  • Ability to build and maintain working relationships across campus
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Flexibility in work hours – some nights and weekends required
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite products
  • Familiarity with WordPress is a plus
  • Familiarity with liberal arts institutions or higher education preferred