Staff Writer

Job description

Requisition Number S1459

Position Number 999159

Position Classification Title Public Communications Speciali

Functional Title Staff Writer

Position Type Staff

Position Summary

The staff writer is a communication professional who serves as a writer and copy editor in University Communications, often with quick-turnaround times. The position's broad skill set requirements involve:

Research, writing, editing and fact-checking stories with the primary focus of informing internal and external audiences and constituencies about the University's research, programs, arts and creative programs, services, events, faculty, staff and students. He/she is expected to be knowledgeable about research, programs, activities, faculty and students in assigned professional schools, departments, programs and other areas. Research, writing, editing and fact-checking will be for Campus Weekly, UNCG Now, UNCG Research magazine, UNCG Alumni Magazine and other print and web venues, including videos. The staff writer will also assist in securing photographs for publication with the stories.

Minimum Qualifications


Preferred Qualifications

Experience in writing for magazines.
Experience in writing for the web and using WordPress or similar platforms.
Experience with science-related communications or publications.
Experience with video and/or photography.
Experience in writing in a branding, public relations or advertising environment.
Knowledge of AP Style and experience using style guides.

Alternate Option

If no applicants apply who meet the required competency level and training & experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must complete and submit an electronic application for employment to be considered. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing an electronic application. The application must be completed in full detail for your qualifications to be considered.

Applicants are required to upload the following documents with their electronic application:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • List of References
  • Writing Sample(s) - One document can be uploaded under this title. If multiple samples exist, applicant may need to scan into one document.

Applicants are required to upload a list of references of at least three (3) professional references that includes:

  • Name
  • Company Name
  • Type of reference (Professional, Supervisor, Colleague, Academic or Personal). One (1) of those references will need to be a current or previous supervisor.
  • Email Address
  • Contact Phone Number
    Applications are not successfully submitted until an online confirmation number has been received at the end of the application process.

Recruitment Range $33,946 - $39,018

Org #-Department University Communications - 33901

Work Hours of Position Monday - Friday 8 A.M. - 5 P.M. Occasional nights/weekends

Job Family Information and Education

Competency Level Contributing

Open Date 03/08/2018

Close Date 03/24/2018

Job Close Date

FLSA Non-Exempt

Salary Grade Equivalency 64

Number of Months per Year 12

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
  4. Writing Sample(s)
Optional Documents
  1. Reference Letter 1
  2. Reference Letter 2
  3. Reference Letter 3
  4. Link to Professional Portfolio
  5. Research Statement
  6. Other Documents
  7. Link to Recordings

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Which of the following options best describes your higher education history?
    • No Response
    • Bachelor's Degree or higher in a directly related field
    • Bachelor's Degree or higher in an unrelated field
    • Associate's Degree in a directly related field
    • Associate's Degree in an unrelated field
    • 3 years
    • 2 years
    • 1 year
    • less than 1 year
    • High School Diploma or GED
  2. * How many years of experience in a directly related field do you have?
    • No Response
    • 6 or more years
    • 5 years
    • 4 years
    • 3 years
    • 2 years
    • 1 year
    • 4 months
    • less than 4 months
  3. * Do you currently have a valid drivers license?
    • No Response
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Have you acquired your Bachelor's Degree?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Are you currently a permanent, time-limited or RIF employee of UNCG?
    • No Response
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Are you currently a UNCG employee?
    • Yes
    • No
  7. If you have previous experience working with State Institution/Agency, please explain.

    (Open Ended Question)

  8. * Using your own words, describe what professionalism means to you.

    (Open Ended Question)

  9. If you have four (4) or more years of directly related experience, please describe in detail.

    (Open Ended Question)

  10. * Do you have the ability to work well with others to achieve a common goal?

    (Open Ended Question)

  11. * Do you have experience in higher education?
    • Yes
    • No
  12. * Describe your experience multi-tasking in a fast-paced work setting.

    (Open Ended Question)

  13. * Do you have experience posting and/or managing company or university social media platforms? If so, describe your experience. Be sure to include which platforms you were responsible for.

    (Open Ended Question)

  14. * A writing test will be given during the first or second round of interviews. Are you comfortable with taking a writing test?
    • Yes
    • No
  15. Do you understand that the salary range advertised is not negotiable?
    • Yes
    • No
  16. * Please indicate how you learned of the vacant position for which you are applying:
    • UNCGjobsearch Website
    • Greensboro News & Record
    • Carolina Peacemaker
    • Other Newspaper
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • Other Professional Journal
    • UNC System Job Board
    • Other Online Job Board
    • Personal Networking
    • Other
  17. If you selected "Other", please provide the name of the resource here.

    (Open Ended Question)

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Posted: 3/10/2018
Application Due: 3/25/2018
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