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Earlham College
Earlham College - Richmond, IN, 47374

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job Details

Level: Experienced

Job Location: Earlham College - Richmond, IN

Position Type: Full Time

Education Level: 4 Year Degree

Job Category: Administrative


Earlham College is a Top 100 National Liberal Arts College located in Richmond, IN, a small city that's just a short drive away from several major metropolitan areas including Dayton, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Chicago.

Richmond and Earlham have a symbiotic relationship. Through research, studies, internships and volunteering, Earlhamites offer Richmond expertise and service as Richmond offers our students the chance to gain valuable, real-world experience. Our community assumes no religious affiliation but follows Quaker principles and practices, which include respect for persons, integrity, a commitment to peace and justice, simplicity, and consensus-based community decision-making. Earlham is committed to and proud of being a diverse and inclusive place most clearly visible in our student body: 20% of our student body are international, coming from 60+ nations in 2022, and 24% are domestic students of color. Faculty and staff also bring tremendous diversity to the College; many have lived and worked outside the United States, and they make a point of drawing on those experiences in their interactions with students. Additionally, Earlham makes it a priority to serve as a safe and welcoming place for LGBTQ+ communities and has a four-star rating on the Campus Pride Index. Our community is characterized by respect for every person and a commitment to social justice. Equity and inclusion are central to Earlham's institutional priorities and our leadership is committed to widening the path to an Earlham education.

Earlham College is seeking a Writer/Editor to join our team!


The writer/editor will develop, write, and edit short- and long-form content for a variety of Earlham College publications and digital outreach efforts. These include but are not limited to feature stories for the Earlhamite magazine, marketing copy for brochures, emails, posters, social media posts and advertisements, and website content. We’re looking for a natural storyteller with a knack for copywriting, a creative thinker, and a skilled proofreader. The ideal candidate will demonstrate relentless attention to detail, a willingness to learn Earlham’s For Good brand voice and tone, and the ability to write in both journalistic and persuasive styles.

The Writer/Editor will proofread copy written by our central marketing and communications team and campus partners for readability, grammar, and adherence to brand standards and Earlham’s style guidelines.

Position Detail:
The Writer/Editor is a member of the central Marketing and Communications team at Earlham, working in partnership with colleagues in various departments to craft content that appeals to prospective students and their families, alumni, donors and members of the campus community. Strong writing skills are a must; the ideal candidate for this role also will have experience with content marketing, storyboarding for video or visual storytelling and familiarity with the interplay of writing and design. The ability to balance multiple competing priorities is essential.

The Writer/Editor reports to the Assistant Vice President for Strategic Communications and works closely with other members of the MarCom team to enhance our written work. The marketing and communications staff plays an essential role in helping Earlham achieve its enrollment and fundraising goals. As a result, we take our work seriously and understand its strategic importance. That said, we don’t take ourselves too seriously — yes, we have a shared sense of purpose, but we also have a great sense of humor.

This is an in-person role, but Marketing and Communications staffers can work from home one day a week. Earlham’s culture is guided by our Principles and Practices, and in our collective work, we strive to create an environment of community and mutual respect.

An Earlham education prepares students to become catalysts for good in a changing world. In turn, the marketing team is committed to sharing that message — For Good. If you are interested in creative work and driven by the desire to create positive change, we’d love to hear from you.

Essential Functions:

  • Create a variety of written content on a daily basis; collaborate on communications strategy, design and execution.
  • Meet with colleagues in MarCom and campus partners regularly to understand their needs, identify opportunities for integrated messaging or collaboration and eliminate duplication of efforts.
  • Develop story-driven campaigns or projects that exemplify the For Good brand in action and showcase Earlham’s distinctive campus culture.
  • Identify and interview students, faculty members, alumni and others whose experiences and personalities help bring the Earlham story to life.
  • Develop custom, personalized messaging where applicable.
  • Create content and stories for a variety of uses, including the Earlhamite magazine, email marketing, event programs and promotions, print and digital publications, storytelling microsites, social media posts, advertising campaigns, the College’s website and more.
  • Work with the Marketing and Communications team to identify the best stories and determine the most compelling way(s) to tell them.
  • Edit or rewrite existing copy as necessary.
  • Proofread written communications before publishing.
  • Develop brief content quickly on tight deadlines.
  • Other duties as assigned. Occasional evening or weekend work is required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, creative writing or related field or commensurate experience
  • A passion for writing, a commitment to the College’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work, and an understanding of Earlham’s Principles and Practices.


  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience writing and/or editing in a professional setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures
  • Research and interviewing in either a journalistic or marketing context
  • Curating content to serve multiple audiences with different needs/interests
  • Relationship-building with clients or collaborators
Required Skills:
  • Excellent writing, editing and communication skills with knowledge of grammar and style guidelines.
  • The ability to develop content for a variety of media that captures an organization’s voice
  • The ability to tell evocative, inspiring stories concisely
  • Strong collaboration and organizational skills
  • Experience in managing and prioritizing multiple tasks and deadlines and working in a fast-paced, high-performing environment.
  • An openness to telling stories in new, innovative or unexpected ways.
  • Creative and critical thinking skills, organization and attention to detail.
  • The ability to focus while balancing multiple projects simultaneously.
Desired Skills:
  • Experience working in higher education and an understanding of persuasive writing for admissions and/or advancement.
  • Working knowledge of SEO
  • An understanding of visual storytelling and video storyboarding
  • A great sense of humor

Benefits Working at Earlham:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance*
  • Company paid Long-Term Disability after 1 year of full-time service*
  • Basic and Voluntary Life insurance*
  • Employee Assistance Program*
  • Campus Store Discount
  • Free ticket vouchers for Richmond Symphony Orchestra
  • Wellness Center Free Membership or Discount for eligible employees
  • Athletic Games-Free entry to all home games
  • Free entry into most Theatre/Music shows
  • Tuition Benefits for Immediate Family for eligible employees*
  • 403(b) Retirement* – For eligible employees, Earlham will contribute a non-elective contribution equal to 5% of gross pay after 2 years of service. After 3 years of service, this non-elective contribution increases to 8%. Vesting credit is available for new employees with previous service in the education sector with required documentation.
  • Many Wayne County Chamber of Commerce member businesses offer discounts to anyone with an Earlham ID

*All employee benefit offerings are subject to employee eligibility per plan documents.

The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

To Apply

  • Please submit the following application materials through our Earlham Careers Portal
    • Cover letter
    • Résumé
    • A link to your writing portfolio or a minimum of three writing samples
    • Statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion: The statement should describe how your values and leadership frame or center Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in your work.
    • List of three references with contact information

    Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

    Earlham College is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a diverse community, one that reflects the makeup of society at large and that particularly welcomes and supports individuals from groups that have been historically marginalized because of factors such as race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, and physical ability. The College strongly encourages applications from women and people of color. As an institution with a Quaker identity, the College also solicits applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

    Earlham's Work Authorization Policy

    Earlham utilizes E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility for all newly hired employees within the United States.


    Working at Earlham College

    Earlham is a selective national liberal arts college founded in 1847. Earlham's affiliation with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) informs our emphasis on seeking the truth wherever it leads, respect for persons, learning from and with one another, conflict management and peacemaking, diversity, global education and on international experience. 

    • Earlham's 1,019 students are bright, eager and hardworking; they report significantly higher numbers of books read, papers written, interaction with professors, and other predictors of successful educational outcomes than are reported nationally.
    • Earlham graduates pursue advanced degrees at a high rate. Between 1992 and 2006, 10 percent of Earlham College graduates completed doctoral degrees. In fact, Earlham is 29th among 1,533 U.S. institutions in the percentage of graduates who go on to earn Ph.D.s; 10th, in biological sciences. Many Earlham alumni are deeply and personally committed to social action and to trying to improve the world. (These findings are based on the Weighted Baccalaureate Origins Study for 1992-2006 provided by the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium. Rankings reflect relative size of institutions.)
    • Faculty at Earlham rate their working environment highly, citing the match between the College's mission and their own sense of personal and professional aims. Our governance structure emphasizes collaboration and consultation. The Faculty Meeting and all committees operate by consensus-seeking rather than by voting.
    • Earlham's faculty have created a rich liberal arts curriculum that values interdisciplinary study. The College's recently redesigned General Education Program prepares students for a life of critical knowledge and informed action. Faculty actively lead international study programs in which 70 percent of our students participate for at least a semester.
    • The Richmond/Wayne County community of 70,000 is small enough to need and value the contributions and expertise of Earlham faculty and students. Our faculty often provide advice and leadership aimed at improving the quality of life and are involved with educational, environmental, social service, cultural and governmental organizations in Wayne County. In addition, faculty engage Earlham students in community-related research and presentations.
    • At the same time, our community is large enough to provide a microcosm of urban challenges. The community enjoys a symphony orchestra, civic theater, art and historical museum, environmental education center, regional arboretum, and miles of improved hiking and nature trails in the geologically rich Ordovician limestone Whitewater River gorge. Five institutions of higher education are located in Richmond and Wayne County: Earlham College, Earlham School of Religion, Bethany Seminary, Indiana University East and Ivy Tech State College.
    • Richmond is near three airports: 45 minutes west of Dayton, Ohio; an hour east of Indianapolis; and 75 minutes northwest of Cincinnati.
    • For more information about openings, contact Becky Thomas, academic dean and vice president for academic affairs.

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