Editor 3

Sep 27, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Editor 3

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The School of Humanities and Sciences (H&S) is the center of a world-class liberal arts education at Stanford University. The largest school encompassing the humanities and arts, social sciences, and natural sciences, H&S has 23 departments and 23 interdisciplinary programs. It is the university's home for fundamental research.

The position of editor reports to the director of public relations for H&S and works closely with a second editor on the public relations team. This position is responsible for managing and planning the preparation and development of publications, both print and web. With a strong understanding of higher education, the editor helps tell the story about the research, teaching, and learning taking place in the school for a wide-range of audiences: current and prospective students, parents, alumni, donors, OOD fundraisers, friends of the university, general public, and more. The editor must be proficient in writing content from scratch (including conducting interviews) and editing/repurposing existing materials for communications and stewardship purposes.

This position is also responsible for taking the lead to manage and update the content on the school's central Drupal website, humsci.stanford.edu. The editor will work closely with the director of public relations to new generate content for the website and ensure existing information is accurate and up-to-date. The editor will have had experience managing Drupal sites and using analytics to inform decision making.

The ideal candidate is a strong storyteller (writer and editor) who is also a strong project manager. They must take the initiative to solve problems and learn new tools to help them, as well as the team, be successful. The successful candidate will be a critical thinker with strong analytical skills, self-motivated team player, well organized, and able to follow through on commitments while managing multiple projects.


  • Generate new content and edit existing content for print and web, including H&S printed promotional materials, web content, feature stories, and fundraising materials (white papers and proposals).
  • Manage editorial and production process that is complex in nature and reaches across organizational levels.
  • Identify stories and themes, and monitor editorial/publication progress.
  • Ensure that information included in publications follows policies and procedures.
  • Make decisions on proposed changes and amendments to communications or publications.
  • Supervise the distribution of the publications.
  • Cultivate new methods to promote and disseminate information.
  • Maintain high-level interactions with specialized constituents to promote departmental goals, visions, and strategies.
  • Apply advanced knowledge to determine the approach necessary to achieve department objectives.
  • May manage budget and negotiate contracts with vendors.
  • Assist the department head in evaluating workflow, resources, and make recommendations. May supervise professional or support personnel and may conduct performance evaluations, hiring, and staff management.
  • May develop and implement long-term and short-term strategic plan for a unit and across organizational line.* - Other duties may also be assigned


    Education & Experience:

    Bachelor's degree and eight years of relevant work experience or combination of education and relevant experience. Master's degree preferred.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to oversee all aspects of editorial and publication process.
  • Demonstrated advanced editorial and public relations skills and the ability to synthesize material from multiple sources.
  • Demonstrated ability to determine publication and editorial approaches.
  • Extensive experience managing and coordinating complex editorial and publication projects.
  • Expert level knowledge of job-required tools and applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and allocate department resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and apply ingenuity and creativity in solving complex problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply discretion and judgment in evaluating implications of information release to internal and external audiences.
    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Preferred:

  • Skilled writer and editor, who is familiar with Chicago Manual Style and Associated Press. Knowledge of Stanford's internal styles preferred but not required.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Experience and advanced knowledge managing front end of Drupal CMS. Advanced understanding of how content types and features are built in Drupal. Ability to talk to web developers in Drupal speak.
  • Proficient in InDesign. Experience using Photoshop and Illustrator helpful.
  • Proficient in web content strategy. Ability to write for the web (e.g., Yahoo! style for digital environments) and meeting accessibility standards. Ability to use data from Google Analytics. Awareness of SEO best practices. Knowledge of basic HTML preferred but not required.
  • Experience writing promotional materials for a university environment and fundraising materials for donors and gift officers at nonprofits.
  • Experience using a D-SLR camera and processing RAW images preferred.Certifications and Licenses:



  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, and grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally grasp forcefully, writing by hand.
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork; lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


  • Occasional work on evenings and weekends.WORK STANDARDS:

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.
    Final offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of national criminal background check, national sex offender registry search and, where applicable, driving record.

    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

    Job: Communications

    Location: School of Humanities and Sciences
    Schedule: Full-time
    Classification Level:

    To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: stanfordcareers.stanford.edu

    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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