Job Description Summary: As a member of the University Communications team, the Senior Writer is responsible for writing and editing content for multiple mediums including print, web, social, digital and advertising, with the goal of illustrating the impact of Furman and its students, faculty, staff and alumni. The Senior Writer will create and edit content for a wide range of print and digital communications including magazine stories, news releases, marketing and advertising materials, internal communications and speeches and presentations. The Senior Writer will adapt the tone of their writing to ensure that messages are targeted toward various audiences. Working in the Strategic Communications group, the Senior Writer reports to the magazine editor and assists the editor and Assistant Vice President for Strategic Communications in developing story ideas and strategies. The Senior Writer collaborates with creative services and digital marketing, faculty and staff to deliver creative and compelling stories. Furman University is a selective private liberal arts and sciences college committed to helping students develop intellectually, personally, and interpersonally and providing the practical skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly-changing world. Furman professors are exceptional teacher-scholars who mentor undergraduate students within a campus community that values and encourages diverse ideas and perspectives. Our recently-launched strategic vision, The Furman Advantage, promises students an individualized four-year pathway facilitated by team of mentors and infused with a rich and varied set of high impact experiences outside the classroom that include undergraduate research, study away, internships, community-focused learning, and opportunities to engage across differences. Furman is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff. The University aspires to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including gender, race, religion, spiritual belief, sexual orientation, geographic origin, socioeconomic background, ideology, world view, and varied abilities. Domestic partners of employees are eligible for comprehensive benefits. The Furman student experience is supported by a rich network of centers and institutes that includes The Riley Institute, The David E. Shi Center for Sustainability, The Institute for the Advancement of Community Health, The Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education, The Cothran Center for Vocational Exploration, The Shucker Center for Leadership Development, The Malone Center for Career Engagement, and our newest addition, The Center for Inclusive Communities. Furman is located in Greenville, South Carolina, which is one of the fastest growing cities in the Southeast and is ranked among "America's Ten Best" by Forbes Magazine. The charming downtown features excellent restaurants, in-town parks, shops, museums, galleries, music venues, and theaters. The city also has excellent public and private schools and a vibrant international community. A 20-mile bike and running trail connects the university to Greenville and to Travelers Rest, which was named "one of America's coolest small towns." The surrounding area abounds with outdoor recreational activities and has some of the most beautiful lakes, rivers, and mountains in the country. Greenville is within easy reach of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Atlantic Beaches. The newly renovated Greenville-Spartanburg Airport, located just 25 minutes from downtown, runs daily flights to major cities and airline hubs. Greenville is 2 1/2 hours from Atlanta and only one hour from Asheville, North Carolina. It is an ideal place to live and work.
Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in journalism or communications-related discipline required. Excellent writing and verbal communications skills. Demonstrated writing abilities for multiple styles and platforms and expertise of AP Style.
Preferred Qualifications: Master's preferred, with 5 or more years of experience in journalism, communications or related field. Experience in higher education or related field.
Salary Grade: Level 13 Salary commensurate with education and experience.
Special Instructions: Full Time