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NC State University
Raleigh, NC

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This position will assist the director of communications and marketing, as well as the public communications specialist with writing and content creation to be used on the Wilson College of Textiles website. This position will draft content and communications — primarily articles — around student and faculty projects and achievements; college events; research projects and milestones; alumni news; industry partnerships; extension and more. These communication pieces will aim to raise brand awareness and recognition for the Wilson College of Textiles and support recruitment of undergraduate, graduate and distance education students.

This position will typically be assigned 1 to 3 stories per month, with the expectation that each story is completed in 12 hours of work or less.
For each story, the incumbent will:

  • Conduct between one and three interviews.
  • Write story (~700 words) and short excerpt for website preview. Story target length will be given during assignment.
  • Incorporate edits/review from subjects.
  • Incorporate feedback/edits from Wilson Communications team (unlimited rounds).

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Job City & State:

Raleigh, NC


Wilson College of Textiles

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Contract Writer

Work Schedule:

5-10 hours per week, flexible work arrangements

Other Work/Responsibilities:

Independently assimilate and compose articles and occasionally other written materials to be published on the Wilson College of Textiles’ news website.

Write stories within the framework of NC State and the Wilson College’s editorial guide (incorporates AP Style), style, tone and voice. Work with subjects to ensure accuracy. Incorporate edits to story draft from the public communications specialist and/or the director of marketing and communications.

Work with the remote story subjects (e.g. alumni) to source on-brand photography in the correct file formats and sizes.

Apply thorough knowledge of the methods and techniques of planning, writing and editing and producing content.

Minimum Experience/Education:

Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the area of assignment; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Department Required Skills:

Knowledge of Google Suite and Zoom or some other tool to conduct remote/virtual interviews.

Must possess strong writing skills to include news, feature and marketing copy.

Must have high quality communication skills and be comfortable conducting virtual and in-person interviews.

Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing or related discipline, or equivalent combination of training and experience.

Knowledge of Associated Press Style.

Ability to adapt to/work within new brand and editorial styles.

Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and independently.

Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education:

Previous experience with news and feature writing and/or scientific/research communication.

Required License or Certification:


Valid NC Driver's License required?:


Commercial Driver's License Required?:


Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate based upon experience

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NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.


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