Editor for Institutional Content (Communications Publications Editorial Manager)

New York, NY
Jun 10, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


  • OPEN TO CURRENT CUNY EMPLOYEES ONLY-------------------------------------

The Graduate Center (GC) is the principal doctorate-granting institution of the City University of New York (CUNY). Offering more than thirty doctoral degrees from Anthropology to Urban Education, and fostering globally significant research in a wide variety of centers and institutes, the GC provides academic training in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The Graduate Center is also integral to the intellectual and cultural vitality of New York City. Through its extensive public programs, The Graduate Center hosts a wide range of events - lectures, conferences, book discussions, art exhibits, concerts, and dance and theater that enrich and inform.

The Editor for Institutional Content reports to the Director of Communications and will serve as the co-editorial director. This is an integral position in the Office of Communications and Marketing.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • In collaboration with the Director of Communications and other GC executives, establishes top-level brand messages and ensures that they are carried out consistently across the institution — for example, in publications, on the website, at lectures and cultural events — and assists in developing high-level communications initiatives;
  • In collaboration with the Director of Communications and the Communications team, develops and maintains a GC visual and editorial style guide;
  • Assumes a lead role for institutional editorial, including website content for GC leadership pages, advancement, top-level landing pages, and support of organizational priorities such as special events, including Commencement and campaign projects;
  • Writes/edits news and features stories on faculty, students, and alumni in coordination with staff writers;
  • Assists the Director of Communications in the development and execution of communications plans and prepares editorial plans to support institutional priorities and makes content recommendations to the Director;
  • Serves as a lead writer and editor for the President's Office, including writing/editing remarks, President's messages, and select correspondence;
  • Assists in developing the institutional content for social media;
  • Cultivates relationships with Centers and Institutes to develop and leverage brand-building activities;
  • Assists in the development and execution of a crisis communications and emergency communications strategy;
  • Serves as a special advisor to the Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs as well as the offices of the President and Institutional Advancement;
  • Supports the Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs on external relations projects and requests;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Bachelor's Degree and six years' related experience required.


A preferred candidate should have:

  • Superior skills in spelling, grammar, and syntax, with exceptional attention to detail including mastery of AP style.
  • Familiarity with Web writing, editing, publishing, and content management systems. Knowledge of SEO principles.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Flexibility in a fast-paced, high-volume environment and ability to prioritize workload according to volume, urgency, etc.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Experience building and implementing an integrated strategic communications plan within a complex organization.
  • Familiarity with the important issues affecting higher education and an understanding of the role of graduate education in the context of higher education.
  • Experience working with not-for-profit organizations.
  • Expertise in directing institutional crisis and emergency management planning and response activities.
  • Experience with fundraising.
  • Ability to train colleagues and create and deliver presentations to groups.
  • Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends.


Oversees implementation of communications programs and produces communications in all media to meet a variety of College needs

  • Provides creative direction for publications and marketing materials, such as catalogs, annual reports, brochures, direct mail packages, print advertising and other marketing materials
  • Works with College clientele (faculty, administrators, and student representatives) to understand their communications objectives, select appropriate messages, formats, and distribution methods, set production timelines, and establish appropriate editorial and design approaches
  • Provides creative direction and supervision to external and/or internal creative resources such as writers, photographers, illustrators and graphic designers
  • Ensures consistent application of standards and guidelines for College materials, such as graphic identity standards
  • Manages production activities, including creating printing specifications and arranging procurement of services, managing work flows, and production schedules, and assuring a quality finished product
  • Prepares sensitive and high-priority communications such as speeches for use by senior management
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Higher Education Associate




Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


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June 21, 2017


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

Location: Graduate Center

Job Title: Editor for Institutional Content (Communications Publications Editorial Manager)

Job ID: 16603

Regular/Temporary: Regular


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