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Writer / Editor

Iowa City, IA

Job Reference #: 72959

Job Information:

Office of Strategic Communications
Social Media Coordinator & Education Writer

Strategic Communications is seeking candidates to support the College of Education communication strategy to targeted audiences through the creative development and delivery of the content.

Position Summary
Support communication strategy to targeted audiences through the creative development and delivery of the content. Research, write, edit, proof, and publish information that effectively and accurately supports the communications strategy for the University of Iowa College of Education. Write and publish information aimed at diverse audiences, ranging from the media to the lay public, tailoring the message and content to maximize effectiveness. May be responsible for one or more publications, media relations, marketing materials, or specific projects. Manages the college’s social media presence, as well as oversees contributors. Strategizes and builds social media campaigns. Possesses strong content creation skills.  
Required Education
A bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required.

Required Qualifications
  • Journalistic reporting and writing experience with strong knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of strategic communications and journalistic reporting, writing, and editing is required.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and verbal communication skills in English. Ability to produce a variety of documents that demonstrate command of language, clarity of thought, and orderliness of presentation; ability to use the tools, techniques, and media to communicate internally and externally; ability to use summarization and simplification techniques to explain complex technical concepts in a simple, clear language appropriate to the target audience.
  • Demonstrated ability to research, write, copyedit, and proofread, as well as work within deadlines and use web technologies and social media; ability to develop, produce, and distribute print and electronic materials such as online and print feature content and marketing materials.
  • Experience with website curation/content management systems.
  • Experience publishing and maintaining various organizational, business, or institutional social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
  • Proficiency in relevant computer software applications, including Microsoft Office as demonstrated by published work and samples.
  • Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and civil manner while appreciating the unique contribution of individuals from varied cultures, race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
  • Demonstrate strong organizational skills, high attention to detail and follow-up, as well as the ability to effectively prioritize and manage multiple tasks and projects.
  • Knowledge of rapidly changing online and social media environment; experience in staying abreast and implementing modern techniques for conveying messaging and communications. 
  • A valid U.S. driving license. The person selected for this position will have their driving information reviewed, and must meet UI Fleet Safety Driving Record Review Standards.

Desired Qualifications
  • Preferred typical relevant experience is 3 – 5 years.
  • Demonstrated ability to investigate and write about relevant education topics and contemporary issues related to the College’s areas of study.
  • Experience managing social media for higher education.
  • Basic photo editing skills, such as cropping or resizing photos.

To apply visit our website at Reference requisition #72959

The University of Iowa is consistently recognized nationally and internationally for its teaching, research and service. US News & World Report ranks the University of Iowa College of Education and its professional graduate programs among the top programs nationwide. For more information concerning the University of Iowa College of Education, visit our website at

Iowa City offers many diverse activities usually available only in larger cities. Iowa City serves as a meeting place for scholars, artists, and scientists and is home to excellent hospitals, as well as medical, scientific, and social science research. The relationship between Iowa City and the University is very friendly, cooperative and supportive.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Posted 06/13/18

Job ID: 64635