Copy Editor, University of Chicago Magazine

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5235 S. Harper Court

60674 Strategic Communications

About the Unit
The University of Chicago Campaign: Inquiry and Impact (, 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. The University of Chicago Magazine is the primary link between more than 150,000 sophisticated, intelligent readers including alumni, faculty, friends, and students and one of the world's leading universities. Produced quarterly, the Magazine reflects the intense, energetic atmosphere of the University, taking an in-depth look at Chicago's innovative thinkers, groundbreaking research, influential alumni, and student life.

Job Information

Job summary:

  • Copyedit, fact-check, and/or proofread the print and electronic versions of the quarterly University of Chicago Magazine , the biweekly e-newsletter UChicago Short List , and other print and online materials produced by Alumni Relations and Development (ARD) Communications.

  • Assume responsibility for accuracy, consistency, grammar, punctuation, usage, spelling, and style of all University of Chicago Magazine copy (print issues, online issues, web exclusives, correspondence, reader surveys, solicitations, etc.), UChicago Short List, and other materials produced by ARD Communications.
  • Fact-check the University of Chicago Magazine, the College magazine the Core, and other publications as needed against appropriate background materials such as writers' notes, interview recordings and transcripts, books, online references, and the alumni database.
  • Review a wide variety of ARD Communications projects including, but not limited to, brochures, newsletters, fundraising appeals, web pages, emails, invitations, programs, and advertisements for grammar, usage, accuracy, consistency, and style. Ensure consistency of style and usage across stories and platforms.
  • Follow and assist with maintaining the ARD Communications style guide. Stay current with changes in The Chicago Manual of Style and AP style.
  • Assist the editors of the University of Chicago Magazine with future story ideas, scheduling, and print and online production. Assist editorial team in project research including, but not limited to, archival or online research.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. Seek opportunities for professional development that will enhance job performance, including building networks within the University and with colleagues at peer institutions.

  • Communicate Effectively and With Influence
  • Display Emotional Intelligence
  • Demonstrate University Stewardship and Serve as a Brand Ambassador
  • Foster Partnership and Collaboration
  • Display Courage & Conviction

Additional Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher required.

  • A minimum of two years of relevant professional writing, editing or similar professional work experience required.
  • A minimum of one year of proofreading experience required.
  • A minimum of one year of fact-checking 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.

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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Posting Statement:

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

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Full time

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: 3/27/2018
Application Due: 5/26/2018
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