State University of New York at Oswego — Copy Editor / Writer

The Office of Communications and Marketing at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications to fill a full-time Copy Editor/Writer position.

Posting Date:  January 3, 2020

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

Benefit Information: The State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package.  For more information on benefits for full-time United University Professions (UUP) professional staff, visit: https://www.suny.edu/media/suny/content-assets/documents/benefits/benefit-summaries/FTUUPbenefitsummary-Dec-2019.pdf  or http://www.suny.edu/benefits/

Date of Appointment:  As soon as possible

Description of Responsibilities:
The Copy Editor/Writer, reporting to the Director of News and Media and also engaging with the Chief Communication Officer and all core function areas of the college’s Communications and Marketing team (Marketing/Digital Services, News & Media, Design and Print Services), will produce high-quality internal and external news content that helps tell the SUNY Oswego story. A skilled reporter, writer and editor with basic competency in multimedia the Copy Editor/Writer will tell stories through the use of various platforms, including social media, short and long format writing, news releases, media advisories, web and emerging media.

The Copy Editor/Writer will also:

  • Write, proofread, fact check and edit engaging and interesting content for a variety of audiences. May include preparation of news stories, print materials, scripts for programs and video messages, and editing of web content, as needed.
  • Proactively cultivate ideas for stories about the college, students, faculty or other opportunities for media coverage. 
  • Play an active role in developing content for two primary digital publications: (1) Oswego Today, an e-newsletter produced every weekday while classes are in sessions, and (2) Campus Update, a bi-weekly campus publication.
  • Assist with day-to-day management of the college Events Calendar; assist with posting events, reviewing submitted events, and editing events as needed. 
  • Manage the “hometown” news program about student achievements, working with Campus Technology Services and other departments as necessary to perfect accuracy. Proofread copy and check content produced by other staff members.
  • Work with Marketing Content Creator to craft posts (text and visual) for the college’s official social media channels, and serve as a key resource in assisting with the institution’s social media strategy.

SUNY Oswego works continuously to create an inclusive environment which respects, embraces, and promotes cultural safety, belonging, civil discourse, cultural humility, and other values and goals outlined in SUNY Oswego’s Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan (https://www.oswego.edu/diversity/). As such, the Copy Editor/Writer will be expected to contribute to these efforts and possess communication and interpersonal skills necessary to engage effectively with an increasingly diverse community of students and colleagues.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, communications, marketing
    or related field at time of application
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proven track record of writing engaging stories and content across all media
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment
  • A strong relationship builder who possesses the ability to mine and identify stories from key partners.
  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to connect news content with social media (content and strategy)
  • Experience with or interest in working with a diverse community.

To Apply:

  • Submit a cover letter addressing qualifications and specifically addressing your experience with or  commitment to working with a diverse set of community members
  • Resume
  • Writing sample, portfolio or links to up to three writing samples
  • Copy of unofficial transcript for required degree showing degree awarded and date conferred
  • Contact information for three professional references  (only the three referees listed in your Interview Exchange application can be considered and contacted)  to:

https://oswego.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=119431

If you have any questions about the position, please e-mail:
Tim Nekritz, Search Chair at tim.nekritz@oswego.edu 

Files must be complete (all documents in the application instructions submitted) to be considered.  Official transcripts are required at time of appointment. Background checks will be conducted for finalists.

Visa sponsorship not available for this position.

Description of Department: The Office of Communications and Marketing supports the mission and goals of SUNY Oswego by building awareness (of people, place, and programs/facilities) among targeted audiences, and telling the story of SUNY Oswego through our students, faculty, staff and alumni to internal and external audiences. The office performs this communications and marketing work—in its effort to enhance Oswego’s reputation—through its four core functions: Digital Services; Integrated Marketing; News/Media; and Design & Print Services.  A staff of professionals serves colleagues all across campus in an integrated approach to deliver targeted marketing strategies and communication tactics, generate positive publicity in traditional and new media, develop website, digital and e-communication products, and/or produce engaging print communication. SUNY Oswego’s Office of Communications and Marketing has been recognized for its work, receiving awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Educational Digital Marketing, APEX, SUNY Council for University Advancement and other professional associations.

Description of SUNY Oswego: Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public comprehensive college located in Central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 45 minutes from Syracuse. Named one of “Top Up-and-Coming Schools” in U.S. News “America’s Best Colleges” in 2010, a Kiplinger’s “Best College Value” for 2015, and a “Best Northeastern College” by Princeton Review every year since the first edition in 2003, Oswego offers its 8000 undergraduate and graduate students preeminent academic programs in the arts and sciences, business, communications, and teacher education. The College’s success is built on providing students outstanding educational experiences with attention to a liberal arts and sciences foundation, practical applications, interdisciplinary approaches, independent scholarly and creative work, and skills for living in multicultural and global communities. The emphasis on faculty-mentored student research and creative projects is evidenced by Quest, a daylong symposium spotlighting original student research; a stipend program for students engaged in research and creative work; and the Global Laboratory, a STEM-based research abroad program at top-ranked universities around the world. SUNY Oswego is an unusually collegial and vibrant community and is in a time of wonderful opportunities with extensive facilities construction and renovation, a forward-looking strategic plan, and expanded outreach to regional, national, and international communities. 

Additional information about SUNY Oswego can be found at www.oswego.edu.

Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity. SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively engaged in recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.  We encourage applications from qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim SUNY status, or criminal conviction. Please see our full non-discrimination policy https://www.oswego.edu/human-resources/non-discrimination-policy

In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to work in the United States per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. 

Requests for reasonable accommodations of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Human Resources Office by calling 315-312-2230 or emailing hr@oswego.edu.   

For Campus Safety information, please see the Annual Security and Fire Report (Clery):  https://www.oswego.edu/police/annual-report.

SUNY Oswego is a smoke free/tobacco/e-cigarette free campus. Further policy details, including education and cessation resources, can be found at: https://www.oswego.edu/human-resources/sites/human-resources/files/tobacco_smoke_free_policy_final.pdf

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation.  If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at info@goer.ny.gov.

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