Senior Copywriter, University Communications

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia
$70,000 to $80,000 / year commensurate with education and experience

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The Creative Department within the Office of Communications at the University of Virginia is looking for a Senior Copywriter who is passionate about concepting big ideas, crafting language, and strengthening the narrative, tone, and voice of the institution. As a Senior Copywriter, you will be responsible for capturing the story of UVA and translating it into clear and compelling copy that aligns with University priorities. You must be a self-starter, comfortable with developing concepts and copy on a range of projects for UVA as well as various partners within the University, including the Office of Undergraduate Admission, Athletics, the President’s Office and many others. You will write everything from video scripts to ad headlines to landing pages to letters on behalf of UVA leadership. You must possess the ability to work within an established brand, while also bringing new ideas and creative thinking to projects.

Projects include:

  • Developing concepts and writing scripts for national TV advertising
  • Collaborating with filmmakers on narratives and scripts for various videos
  • Crafting web and print campaigns
  • Creating a range of web and print materials for various partners within UVA
  • Writing formal communications in the voice of various university leaders


  • Develop and translate original concepts into clear, compelling, on-brand copy
  • Be able to think big-picture, while also paying attention to the smallest of details
  • Collaborate with designers, developers, filmmakers, and photographers
  • Write in a range of styles and voices that meet the needs of various clients within UVA
  • Proofread print and digital copy, ensuring the highest standards are met through project development
  • Clearly and thoughtfully articulate the strategic thinking and rationale behind concepts and copy
  • Take ownership of projects from concept through production

To Succeed, You Must:

  • Bring 7 + years of related experience or the equivalent of a strong portfolio, agency experience a plus
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of craft, style, and syntax
  • Be able to develop and translate concepts into clear, compelling, in-brand copy for a variety of mediums in both digital and print
  • Possess a rigorous work ethic and sharp attention to detail
  • Be a self-motivated, creative problem-solver and multi-tasker
  • Enjoy working closely and collaboratively with a Creative team
  • Be comfortable with critiques and red-ink

University of Virginia/Office of University Communications/Creative Department

The Creative Department within the Office of University Communications at the University of Virginia works as a small creative agency within the University and consists of Art Directors, Designers, Writers, Photographers, and Filmmakers. Our work covers a variety of disciplines, including advertising, web, print, branding, environmental, editorial, social media, photography, and video concepting/creation. The Creative Department’s core mission is to strengthen UVA’s positive reputation and increase awareness of its many accomplishments. In addition to working on advertising, branding and design projects for the University as a whole, we collaborate on a wide range of projects with a variety of University partners, including the Office of Undergraduate Admission, Athletics, Licensing, and many others.

Samples of our work can be seen on University Communications website:

This position will remain open until filled. This is an Exempt level, benefited position. This position will not sponsor applicants for work visas. Anticipated Hiring Range: $70,000 to $80,000 / year commensurate with education and experience. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment. For questions about the position or the application process, please contact Daniel Strong, Senior Recruiter, at [email protected].

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


In 1819, the University of Virginia established a new model for intellectual exchange and cross-disciplinary collaboration in higher education. Two hundred years later, as a major research institution, we continue to challenge conventions, lead with ingenuity and advance knowledge for the common good.

What began as an innovative idea has become one of the nation’s leading public research universities, with over 21,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UVA also has over 3,000 full-time faculty offering more than 400 degrees.

Each of the University’s eleven schools has its own distinctive mission, working together to garner consistently high rankings—including #2 Best Value Public College (Princeton Review, 2016), #3 Public University in the Nation (U.S. News & World Report, 2016), and #3 Best Value Among Public Colleges (Kiplinger’s, 2016).  

As we invest in and strengthen our research capabilities, UVA seeks new faculty ready to uncover new insights, rewrite old rules and collaborate on intellectual discoveries.


As an R1 institution, the University’s research centers, consortia and laboratories are on the leading edge of discovery and technology, offering collaborative spaces for students and faculty to solve global problems.

Our professors are recognized members of major national scholarly and professional organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Our faculty’s engagement in interdisciplinary research is being facilitated by new research institutes specializing in everything from big data to brain functioning, and by cluster hires across schools.


UVA is also home to a nationally renowned academic medical center and the UVA Health System, which serves a three-part mission to treat patients, conduct translational research and train medical practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines.

Established as the nation’s 10th medical school in 1825, the institution has since grown to include a 612-bed hospital and a Level I trauma center, nationally recognized cancer and heart centers, a Children’s Hospital, and primary and specialty clinics throughout Central Virginia.

The UVA Medical Center is consistently ranked among the nation’s best hospitals by the U.S. News & World Report magazine and has been named among the top 25 percent in seven specialties.


The vast majority of UVA students come from the top 10% of their high school class, as well as from all 50 states, over 142 countries and a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds. Despite their diversity, all UVA students share a love of learning and a drive to achieve.

One of the reasons students choose Virginia is our unique residential culture. At UVA, the community of students, faculty and staff personifies the Jeffersonian idea that living and learning are connected. The Academical Village was constructed to support a unique residential experience, with faculty living in the Pavilions, students occupying Lawn rooms and the world-famous Rotunda at its heart. The University’s residential culture continues to support this experience today—strengthened by students, faculty and staff rich in backgrounds, ideas and perspectives. Our unique culture is also paying dividends in innovation:  UVA’s faculty have generated more than 130 patents since 2010.

Perhaps most importantly, faculty come to UVA knowing that instruction is as important as research, and they pride themselves on their many teaching awards.  Our best professors look for ways to encourage, mentor and develop tomorrow’s leaders inside and outside the classroom.


Living in Charlottesville you’ll find sophisticated restaurants, world-renowned wineries and breweries, cosmopolitan arts and music, friendly urban and suburban neighborhoods and a Piedmont landscape that has lured adventurous souls for centuries.  No wonder the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research named Charlottesville the “happiest city in America” in 2014.

In addition to UVA and its health system, several major employers have facilities in Charlottesville, including State Farm, Northrop Grumman, the U.S. Department of Defense, GE and others.  Charlottesville is also becoming a center for innovative start-up businesses.  The University also actively helps spouses and partners of faculty members build their networks and pursue employment opportunities with a wide variety of area employers. 

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, qualified individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination and may be entitled to reasonable accommodations to assist in their pursuit of employment at the University. This includes assistance in completing the online job application as well as reasonable accommodations during the interview process. Please contact the UHR Service Center: 434.982.0123 to request assistance.

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