Description: As member of the University Relations team, the part-time staff writer is responsible for promoting news, achievements and research of Lander University's students, faculty, staff, alumni and donors. The staff writer is responsible for generating creative and compelling story ideas; conducting interviews with a broad range of subjects; writing and editing press releases as assigned for print and digital distribution; publicizing institutional priorities via press releases and marketing materials; building contacts within the news media industry; and coordinating content for use on web and social media platforms. The staff writer is also responsible for contributing feature stories and other content for the Lander Magazine. As assigned, the staff writer will assist with editing content on web and other strategic messaging to ensure consistency, accuracy and attention to institutional priorities and goals.
Minimum Requirements: Bachelor's degree in journalism, mass communications or related field. Three to five years of experience in newswriting or public relations, or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience. Communications experience in academia preferred. Must have strong skills in providing excellent customer service and demonstrate strong ethics. A valid driver's license and safe driving history are required. Because of the nature of this position, the staff writer is required to work some nights and weekends.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Must have an expert command of the English language and Associated Press style, with superb writing, interviewing and editing skills. Accuracy, reliability and enthusiasm are required. Must be able to meet strict deadlines while handling multiple assignments. Should have comfortable familiarity with Microsoft Office suite, with knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite a plus. Familiarity with DSLR cameras and basic knowledge of photography preferred.
Hourly Rate: $16.21
University Hours: 8:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday
Work Hours per Week: up to 25 to include nights and weekends
Applications must be submitted online at www.careers.sc.gov Receipt of individual applications not acknowledged. See position status at www.lander.edu/hr. Lander University is a tobacco-free campus. All final candidates are subject to successfully completing background requirements.
Lander University is committed to equal opportunity employment and being an employer of choice. Lander believes that corresponding differences within the faculty and staff, whether based on ethnicity, race, gender, religion, age, or other experiences, are tremendous assets to the role of Lander as an educational institution and within the community, region, and state. Moreover, Lander is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. As a result, it is the policy and commitment of Lander that it will not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or other protected characteristics.
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