Senior Writer

Long Beach
Mar 15, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Senior Writer

The salary range for this classification is $4,104 to $6,795 per month. Starting salary may be set as high as $6,667 per month based on education, skills and experience.

Office of Public Affairs

Appointment Dates
Full-time temporary position to May 31, 2019 with no permanent status granted. Temporary assignments may expire prior to the ending date.

Position Description
The campus seeks broad news coverage highlighting excellence in higher education - including faculty engagement in the fields of the arts, business, health, trade and tourism, science, engineering and more. Content must parlay into domestic and international news, politics and public policy and global commentary. The senior writer must survey a wide range of sources to propose topics to the editorial team each week, and then distill large amounts of information into sharp, succinct press announcements and digital content.

The Senior Writer is responsible for developing storylines, writing and editing press announcements and digital content for distribution to news outlets, trade publications, online websites, blogs and over social media ecosystems. The senior writer must survey a wide range of sources to help develop content topics with the editorial team each week. He or she must be able to spot news pegs in academic topics and research and then present the information in a conversational, cohesive manner to help it reach a broader audience through press announcements and digital content. The position will also be called upon to ¿pitch¿ stories to key news media.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
California State University, Long Beach is looking for a skilled, nimble writer with a strong news background to write regular content and press announcements that secure features in print, broadcast and online outlets. The ideal candidate can write quickly, accurately and creatively about a broad array of topics -- with at least five years of experience covering news and politics. The candidate must be fearless with the execution of new and old technologies including Press Page, Cision, social media channels and more.

The ideal applicant is a self-starting avid news consumer who can study and adapt to CSULB¿s voice and style, write accurate, engaging, concise copy with little editing. Versatility, creativity, and adaptability, namely, an ability to work under pressure and changing priorities, are critical.

Ability to communicate with an ethnically and culturally diverse campus community. Ability to follow all university policies, procedures, and guidelines including but not limited to safety, civility, information security, and non-discrimination policies and procedures. Ability to contribute to a positive university experience for each and every student, and assist in achieving the university's commitment to a "vision of excellence."

Education and Experience
Equivalent to a bachelor's degree in a related field and four years of related professional experience required. Five years of experience covering news and politics preferred.

Equal Employment Opportunity
CSULB is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, Vietnam era veteran status, or any other veteran's status. CSULB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To view the University's Annual Campus Crime Report go to: Copies of the report are available upon request. To request a copy, contact the University Police Department at (562) 985-4101.

How To Apply
Required: With your resume, please include a link to your best pieces.

Excellent benefits through CalPERS (health, vision, dental), tuition fee waiver, generous vacation and sick leave, and 14 paid holidays each year.

General Information
The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

California State University Long Beach expects respectful, professional behavior from its employees in all situations. Acts of harassment or abusive conduct are prohibited. Demonstrated appropriate professional behavior, treating others with civility and respect, and refusing to tolerate abusive conduct is expected of all employees.

Please read the full job announcement at Refer to Job #1013399. CSULB is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to excellence through diversity, and takes pride in its multicultural environment.


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