Lead Writer, Editorial and Engagement

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5235 S. Harper Court

60674 Strategic Communications

About the Unit
The University of Chicago Campaign: Inquiry and Impact (http://campaign.uchicago.edu), the most ambitious and comprehensive campaign in the University's history, is raising $5 billion to support faculty and researchers, practitioners and patients, and students and programs across the University. Launched in October 2014, the campaign supports priorities in every division, school, department, and institute, and aims to engage 125,000 alumni and friends over its five-year duration.

Job Information

Job Summary:

  • As editor of Alumni Relations and Development's (ARD) primary periodicals geared toward alumni and friends of the undergraduate College and a key campaign constituency, plan and create strategic communications that foster a culture of community, engagement, and philanthropy. Plan, research, write, assign and edit the Core magazine (biannually) and College Review email newsletter (quarterly or more), using data to inform strategy.

  • In partnership with the ARD Communications Editorial, Design, and Digital teams, meet sophisticated standards of research, writing, accuracy, and design, upholding ARD messaging, tone, style, and brand guidelines.
  • Collaborate with College and Development administrators to understand and align priorities and to foster and maintain relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Research complex institutional and academic subject matter by interviewing faculty, alumni, administrators, and other experts, and by reading complex background materials.
  • Work with assigned writers to assist in connecting sources and on editing story drafts. Work with writers and designers to help secure photographs or other art.
  • Serve as marketing communications writer, supporting ARD Communications project work by writing and editing materials as assigned, including but not limited to: social media, emails, letters, website content, video scripts, brochures, invitations and advertisements.
  • Support Lead Development Writer on College-related fundraising communications, including specific fundraising goals and annual fund solicitations.
  • Contribute research and writing to other ARD Communications periodicals, including the University of Chicago Magazine and divisional alumni newsletters.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues University-wide as well as with donors, faculty, students, volunteers, and outside vendors to ensure successful execution of all projects and effective communication of UChicago messaging and brand.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. Seek opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance, including staying current in omni-channel communications, trends, and building networks within the University and with colleagues at peer institutions.

  • Communicate Effectively & With Influence
  • Display Emotional Intelligence
  • Demonstrate University Stewardship & Serve as a Brand Ambassador
  • Foster Partnership & Collaboration
  • Exhibit Business Acumen & Organizational Astuteness

Additional Requirements

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher required

  • A minimum of five years of professional work experience in nonprofit management, development, alumni relations, marketing, public relations, sales or similar professional work experience required.
  • A minimum of four years of relevant professional work experience in writing and editing required.
  • A minimum four years of progressively responsible professional experience in editorial, publishing or higher education work preferred.
  • A minimum of two years of leading a project team or managing staff preferred.
  • A minimum of one year of experience developing and managing budgets preferred.
  • University campaign experience preferred.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
  • Demonstrated skill and knowledge of, or ability to learn quickly, the internal workings of the University as well as the technology tools available to the Office of Alumni Relations and Development, including Griffin (the University's Donor Relationship Management System), Microsoft Windows computer environment, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access required.
  • Experience analyzing, investigating and solving database issues required.
  • Experience using Business Objects or other database reporting software preferred.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
  • Willingness and ability to travel to campus and/or non-campus locations for University business.
  • Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

(NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.)

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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About Us
The University of Chicago is an urban research university that has driven new ways of thinking since 1890. Our commitment to free and open inquiry draws inspired scholars to our global campuses, where ideas are born that challenge and change the world.

We empower individuals to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of original ideas. Students in the College develop critical, analytic, and writing skills in our rigorous, interdisciplinary core curriculum. Through graduate programs, students test their ideas with UChicago scholars, and become the next generation of leaders in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government.

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Job No:
Posted: 3/14/2018
Application Due: 4/3/2018
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