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Writer Editor

Dean's Office Los Angeles, California

Position Summary

The USC Rossier School of Education seeks an experienced editor and writer to craft prose at the executive level to join the Dean’s Office. This person will be responsible for a variety of writing projects, including the dean’s communique, speeches, talking points, and panel presentations; and must have the ability to package ideas methodically.  Ideal candidate will understand objectives of each project, use research to gain a broader understanding of a topic and ask pivotal questions to bring projects to fruition.  This person will also be responsible for content-focused campaigns around school initiatives, faculty research, alumni and donor profiles, and the development of articles, video scripts, social media strategies and other communication collateral.  The ideal candidate will be a team player and a collaborative storyteller who is able to translate academic research into compelling narratives that engage both academic and non-academic audiences. Familiarity with K-20 education is essential.  

Job accountabilities include, but are not limited to the following.

  • Writes and edits documents for the school (e.g. articles, brochures, letters, newsletters, speeches). Identifies and determines topics or subjects for various projects.
  • Develops and manages speech calendar for the Dean.
  • Researches, verifies, reads, proofs, edits and rewrites copy. Ensures accuracy and completeness of projects. Interviews sources when appropriate.
  • Schedules and coordinates all aspects of publication production in order to meet all applicable deadlines, such as design, typesetting, layout, paste-up, printing, binding, distribution, etc.
  • Interprets technical, specialized and/or academic material from a wide variety of disciplines or sources to produce written communication pieces for a general audience.
  • Designs and creates documents using computerized graphics, desktop publishing and word processing software. Determines type(s) of artwork (e.g. illustrations, photos, charts, graphs, design covers) to accompany documents while considering compatibility, content, audience, style, format, intent, etc.
  • Assists in maintaining editorial writing quality for the school’s website.
  • Interacts with all internal and external sources necessary to successfully complete assignments.

A bachelor’s degree and three years of experience as a professional writer is required.  A degree in journalism or communications is preferred, as is some experience in higher education.  A demonstrated commitment to equity and improving opportunity and outcomes for historically underserved groups are especially desired.

About USC and the Rossier School of Education

The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities. In a comprehensive 2018 ranking, The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education ranked USC 17th among more than 1,000 public and private universities.

Over the past 100 years, the USC Rosser School of Education has emerged as a leader in innovative, collaborative solutions to improve education outcomes.  It has a distinguished past built on the principles of equity and excellence, and the courage to break new ground. This commitment is recognized in its mission to prepare leaders to achieve educational equity through practice, research and policy. The school’s work is field-based, in the classroom, as well as online, having pioneered a highly successful and rapidly expanding online Master in Teaching (MAT) program that was the first from a major research university. It supports the most forward-thinking scholars and researchers, whose work is having direct impact on student outcomes in K-12 schools and in higher education. Under Dean Karen Symms Gallagher’s leadership, USC Rossier has risen to #10 among graduate schools of education in the U.S. News and World Report rankings.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: A cover letter and resume must be attached to your application submission.

REQ20066201 Posted Date: 01/10/2019

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