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Senior Writer/Editor, Science and Research Communications

University of Oregon

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Senior Writer/Editor, Science and Research Communications

Job no: 528288
Work type: Officer of Administration
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Communications/Public Relations/Marketing

Department: College of Education, HEDCO Institute
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $75,000 - $85,000 per year
Compensation Band: OS-OA07-Fiscal Year 2021-2022
FTE: 1.0

Application Review Begins
Application review begins October 27, 2021; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Complete applications must include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Department Summary
The HEDCO Institute is a research and outreach unit within the University of Oregon (UO) College of Education (COE), which aims to close the gap between educational research and practice. The HEDCO Institute's core mechanism for improving practice is through the conduct of authoritative rapid evidence reviews and research syntheses that meet the immediate decision-making demands of local, state, and national school leaders. The work of the HEDCO Institute is carried out by a team of faculty and staff who work collaboratively with affiliated faculty at the UO and an external advisory board comprised of research and policy partner institutions, school leadership organizations, professional societies, foundations, and business and industry partners. The HEDCO Institute also provides research and outreach training and experience to students from across the COE and the UO.

The HEDCO Institute is a central research and outreach unit in the COE that operates within the Dean's Office. Functions of the HEDCO Institute thus facilitate the success of the entire college as well as external alumni, donors, and community partners.

Position Summary
The Senior Writer/Editor is the lead producer and editor of the science writing that translates the findings of rapid evidence reviews and other research originating from the HEDCO Institute. The Senior Writer/Editor collaborates closely with Institute faculty and staff to create communication products and materials that distill complex scientific information into compelling and accurate language and formats appropriate for local, state, and national K-12 school leaders and other key stakeholder audiences.

The Senior Writer/Editor:
  • Researches, writes, and prepares communication materials that translate the findings from Institute research, primarily evidence syntheses and rapid reviews;
  • Maintains fruitful relationships with Institute faculty, staff, and students;
  • Stays informed of the latest trends and news in K-12 education to best position the Institute's research communication efforts;
  • Provides counsel and authority on appropriate levels of coverage and timing for release of Institute research news stories and product releases;
  • Is the key content reviewer for print and web publications that support the Institute's research outreach efforts;
  • Collaborates and coordinates with other communications personnel across campus and related agencies (on and off-campus) to develop clear and accurate messaging about the Institute's science and research.

    This position is responsible for strategically translating and promoting the Institute's research to media, school leaders, lawmakers, legislators, donors, and other influencers. It requires a professional-level understanding of the scientific fields of education and human development as well as research communication protocols in the social, behavioral, and educational sciences. The Senior Writer/Editors will work closely with the Institute's Executive Director, Partnerships Director, Digital Communications and Marketing Specialist, affiliated faculty, and student workers to support knowledge translation efforts.

    There is potential for this position to be fully or partially remote.

    Minimum Requirements
  • B.A. or B.S. in communications, journalism, or related field
  • Three or more years of experience writing and/or editing science news for higher education, science-oriented organizations, newspapers, or magazines

    Professional Competencies
  • A commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • High attention to detail and accuracy in writing, spelling, grammar, and composition
  • Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • Superior news judgement, sharp editing, strong research skills, accurate reporting, clear and style-appropriate writing and other skills and conventions of print, photographic and digital media
  • Ability to accurately translate complex topics for lay audiences
  • Ability to use photography, photo software, and other tools that maximize visual value of products
  • Familiarity with best practices for digital content channels: websites, social media platforms, video, podcasts, etc.
  • Ability to work independently, manage time and work on multiple deadlines while exercising discretion and judgement
  • Demonstrated success working as a member of a team
  • Thorough knowledge of Associated Press style
  • Familiarity with science and research industry publication norms

    Preferred Qualifications
  • Five years of experience writing and/or editing science news for higher education, science-oriented organizations, newspapers, or magazines
  • Experience writing and/or editing for a research university
  • Experience writing on K-12 education and/or human development science areas
  • Master's degree in communication, journalism, science, or related field
  • Membership for two-plus years in the National Association of Science Writers or American Medical Writers Association

    FLSA Exempt: Yes

    All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

    The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

    The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at [email protected] or 541-346-5112.

    UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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    We’re a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities—one of only 36 public universities committed to scientific exploration and interdisciplinary research. We’re founded on and committed to a tradition of classic liberal arts education. One dedicated to overcoming barriers and discovering how much there still is to discover. We’re driven by what we don’t know, and by finding the answers.


    Who we are and will continue to be
    We exist to provide access to a high quality education for those who want one. Students who will help us shape the future. We’re here to spread knowledge, because knowledge is the wealth of any civilization. It adds depth and meaning to the world, and it can change lives on the most fundamental level, for the better. And we exist to cultivate excellence in all things, by preparing students to be active participants in a global society. Students who question critically, think logically, communicate clearly, act creatively, and live ethically. This is who we are. Who we’ve always been. And who we will continue to be.

    Serving the state, nation and world since 1876

    The University of Oregon is a comprehensive public research university committed to exceptional teaching, discovery, and service. We work at a human scale to generate big ideas.


    We strive for excellence in teaching, research, artistic expression, and the generation, dissemination, preservation, and application of knowledge. We are devoted to educating the whole person, and to fostering the next generation of transformational leaders and informed participants in the global community. Through these pursuits, we enhance the social, cultural, physical, and economic wellbeing of our students, Oregon, the nation, and the world.


    We aspire to be a preeminent and innovative public research university encompassing the humanities and arts, the natural and social sciences, and the professions. We seek to enrich the human condition through collaboration, teaching, mentoring, scholarship, experiential learning, creative inquiry, scientific discovery, outreach, and public service.


    We value the passions, aspirations, individuality, and success of the students, faculty, and staff who work and learn here.
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    We value our diversity and seek to foster equity and inclusion in a welcoming, safe, and respectful community.

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