Writer

Location
Houston, TX
Posted
Jun 20, 2017
Institution Type
Community College
The Organization

Houston Community College (HCC) is an open-admission, public institution of higher education offering a high-quality, affordable education for academic advancement, workforce training, career development and lifelong learning to prepare individuals in our diverse communities for life and work in a global and technological society. We're proud to say that 98 percent of our graduates step into a job in their field of study immediately upon graduation. One of the largest community colleges in the nation, HCC has served the Greater Houston area for over four decades. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Schools Commission on Colleges, we offer 300+ associate degree and certificate programs to 75,000+ students across 13 Centers of Excellence and online each semester. We are proud to be No.1 among all community colleges in the nation in providing associate degrees to minorities and No.1 in educating international students, with 10.4 percent of our student population from outside the USA. Our vision is to become the Employer of Choice in support of our mission for Student Success by attracting, retaining and motivating the best employees.

The Team

Some of the brightest minds in academics and business are choosing HCC as their teaching home. When you join our talented faculty team, you'll play a special role as teacher, mentor and academic advisor. We'll support you in your professional development as you contribute your knowledge and expertise to HCC, our students and the community. SUMMARY

Responsible for writing and editing newsletters, media releases, articles, speeches, resolutions, commendations, copy for ads, brochures and pamphlets, PowerPoint presentations, letters and reports. Work as part of the Communications Department team in providing communications and marketing support to the System and colleges.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
  1. Write and edit newsletters, media releases, articles, speeches, resolutions, commendations, ad copy, brochures, pamphlets, letters, and report with a mastery of AP style writing; coordinate photography as appropriate; work with the graphics department on production; create Power Point presentations, meeting scripts, and collateral materials;
  2. Write HCC News for daily publication on the Internet and email;
  3. Provide communications consulting, writing and editing support to HCC staff; and
  4. Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above. The qualifications listed below are representative of the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.

EDUCATION

Bachelor's degree in a Communications discipline, journalism or public relations degree is required.

EXPERIENCE

Five (5) years of professional experience in writing and editing communications materials. Experience as a newspaper editor, public relations practitioner, media writer, media relations contact or feature writer is preferred.

Experience with a variety of communication channels and devices, including print and electronic media, presentation or design programs.

Experience in writing and editing copy for fact sheets, brochures, displays and other promotional material.

Experience with media requests for information, coordination of interviews and preparation of individuals to respond to the media.

Experience in an institution of higher education preferred.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
  1. Ability to use computer-based communication tools: Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel. Knowledge of Photoshop and Illustrator helpful, but not required;
  2. Project management and organizational skills, with the ability to work in a high-volume communications environment with tight deadlines and fast turnarounds;
  3. Excellent composition, writing, grammar, spelling, basic math and analytical skills
  4. Professional, effective verbal communication and presentation skills;
  5. Knowledge of tracking media coverage and targeting appropriate markets;
  6. Knowledge of selecting appropriate stories, interview college personnel and external sources when appropriate. Good interviewing skills;
  7. Ability to research, analyze, interpret information and a variety of data related to HCC
  8. Ability to create effective presentations in PowerPoint;
  9. Ability to establish and follow journalistic guidelines and style standards;
  10. Ability to work effectively in a team environment and share tasks; and
  11. Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality.

Next steps: If you always have the student experience in the forefront of your planning and execution, if you're a collaborator, an innovator and a person who gets things done, apply today!
Location

Houston is a city with limitless possibilities:

  • Fourth-largest city in the U.S. and home to 54 Fortune 500 companies, second only to New York City's 55.
  • Approximately 145 languages are spoken here.
  • Overall after-taxes living costs are 5.6 percent below the average for all 308 urban areas recently surveyed.
  • Houston is a major-league sports town, and don't forget the annual Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo.
  • The weather is great! Mild winters ensure that outdoor activities can be enjoyed year-round.
  • World-renowned medical care. The Houston metro area has long been known for its first-rate healthcare system, with many Houston area hospitals consistently ranking among the nation's top institutions.
  • With over 150 museums and cultural institutions in the Greater Houston area, museums are a large part of Houston's cultural scene.
  • Houston is the Culture & Culinary Capital of Texas with more than 7,500 restaurants and eating establishments covering 60+ cuisines.

    If this sounds like the role for you and you're ready to join an amazing team, please apply right away.

    It is the policy of the Houston Community College System to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or veteran's status. Individuals with disabilities, who require special accommodations to interview, should contact the Employment Services Office at (713) 718-8565.
    HCC values its employees and their contributions, promotes opportunities for their professional growth and development, and provides a positive working and learning environment that encourages diversity, innovation and creativity, and inclusion.

  • This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor.

    This job description may be revised upon development of other duties and changes in responsibilities.

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