Editorial Specialist - College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Office of Communications and Marketi...

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Editorial Specialist

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Office of Communications and Marketing

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Editorial Specialist is a member of the Office of Communications and Marketing and is responsible for writing about the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) and its units. This person will bring a news and public relations perspective to the office. He or she will work closely with team members and unit partners to produce high-impact stories about faculty, students, alumni, and donors that strengthen the reputation of the college and its many units. This person will conduct all work with college goals in mind, and work within the college brand and messaging framework.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.


  • Write news and feature stories for the college’s communications channels including its print magazine, e-newsletters, blog, social media, and websites.
  • Write copy for the college’s collateral materials including brochures, reports, video scripts, email messages, and invitations.
  • Write, edit, and curate copy for college e-newsletters and assist with planning and production.
  • Identify stories, write news releases, and assist with pitching to the media.
  • Monitor external news stories about the college and its units.
  • Serve as social media back up by writing social posts and posting to social channels.
  • Contribute to and work within project management systems used by the office.
  • Perform other duties as needed to further the goals of the college.


Required: A bachelor's degree in marketing, business administration, journalism, public relations, communication, English, creative writing, or a related field. One year of professional experience working in the advertising, promotions, public relations, communications, journalism, or a related field. Experience with standard word processing software. Professional experience using social media.

Preferred: A successful track record in pitching stories to the media and responding to media requests. Experience writing about complex topics.

Successful candidates will have the ability to work under tight deadlines while balancing multiple projects. Ability to maintain high standards of integrity and accuracy while presenting information in an engaging and informative way. Strong written and oral communication skills. Strong organizational skills. Ability to think creatively and collaboratively.


This is a full-time 12- month Marketing Associate position. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.


Applications must be received by June 27, 2019. To apply for this position, create a candidate profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu. If you already have a profile, you will be redirected to that existing profile via email notification. To complete the application process:

Step 1) Submit the Staff Vacancy Application.

Step 2) Submit the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability forms.

Step 3) Please make sure that your cover letter and/or resume clearly articulates how you meet the minimum qualifications for this position. Upload your cover letter, resume (months and years of employment must be included), and academic credentials (unofficial transcripts or diploma may be acceptable) and names/contact information for three references.

In order to be considered as a transfer candidate, you must apply for this position at https://jobs.illinois.edu. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For questions regarding the application process, please contact 217-333-2137. For further information regarding application procedures, you may contact the search committee at [email protected].

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

College Name or Administrative Unit:College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Category:2-Administrative Title:Editorial Specialist - College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Office of Communications and Marketing (115003) Open Date:06/07/2019 Close Date:06/27/2019 Organization Name:LAS Communications and Marketing




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Posted: 6/12/2019
Application Due: 6/27/2019
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