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Feature Writer/Editor

Apply now Job no: 510760
Work type: Staff
Location: Monterey Bay
Categories: Temporary, Time Varies, Marketing/Communications

Classification:   Public Affairs/Communication Specialist III
Anticipated Hiring Salary:   $34.63 per hour
CSU Salary Schedule
Hours:  Hourly/Intermittent - Temporary
FLSA:  Non-exempt  

Priority Screening Date:   March 22, 2022
Recruitment Status:   Open Until Filled

(This is an hourly intermittent temporary position until May 1, 2023, which may be extended and/or become regular based on budget or operational needs.)

ABOUT CSUMB

Powered by an inspiring Founding Vision StatementCalifornia State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is a mid-sized comprehensive baccalaureate and masters granting university whose staff and faculty help transform student lives through a focus on student success and engagement through project-based learning, service learning in its regional community, and the promotion of multicultural and global perspectives on and beyond campus. CSUMB is both a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and has a vibrant, diverse student body of over 7,400 students.  The university’s Strategic Plan prioritizes inclusive excellence through recruiting and investing in the development of a diverse body of faculty, staff, and administrators. CSUMB’s sustainability initiative is to be carbon neutral by 2030. The university’s faculty and staff, many of whom live in the East Campus housing development, appreciate living and working so close to the shores of the beautiful Monterey Bay. As one of the 23 campuses in the California State University (CSU) system, CSUMB offers excellent benefits, including access to below-market-rate campus housing and competitive salaries for faculty and staff.

PURPOSE:

Under the general direction of the News and Information Manager, the Feature Writer/Editor reports to the Public Affairs/Media Relations Manager writes content bringing the voices, stories, resources and mission of CSUMB to life. In addition to crafting written content for dissemination on all official university platforms. The content writer/editor is a talented writer/editor who can pivot effectively between different projects, voices and channels with a knack for adapting copy based on the audience and platform.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Takes a lead role to conceptualize research, write and publish a wide variety of written content. Prepares and publishes content engaging to the campus internal and external audiences. Writes effectively under tight deadlines. Works collaboratively with individual departments, subject matter experts and content producers across campus. Ensures the overall consistency of message, tone, and style.

Other Functions:

Performs other job-related duties and special projects as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

Comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of communication, public affairs, media and/or marketing theories and concepts in order to develop and execute communication strategies and plans to promote and position the university. Expert knowledge of university communication objectives and ability to translate them into effective communication and media campaigns.

Knowledge of: practices, principles and techniques related to public affairs, media relations, and marketing; protocols and institutional etiquette related to public and media relations; media outlets including print, television, and radio; interview techniques and the ability to define and deliver media messages; market research, summary statistics as they relate to research, and related techniques; applicable software packages; basic web communication techniques, vehicles and formats.  Thorough knowledge of applicable copyright and other laws pertaining to publications and the news media. 

Skills: Strong story development and journalistic writing skills, as well as advanced editorial skills.  Expert networking and interpersonal skills including strong consultative and persuasive skills to work with internal and external constituents and the media.  Demonstrated organizational skills.

Ability to: Ability to keep abreast of public policy and public affairs issues; appropriately handle sensitive and confidential information; provide lead work direction; create and maintain relationships with key stakeholders across campus and advise them on university identity and style standards.  Ability to understand issues from a broad, strategic perspective; effectively manage media relations and apply effective media strategies and techniques. Demonstrated ability to market story concepts to university officials and media outlets. Ability to use market research to enhance the impact of communication strategies and campaigns. Working knowledge of appropriate use of statistical techniques

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Entry to the third level within this classification requires knowledge of the fundamentals of public affairs and/or media relations, and/or some exposure to marketing and marketing research. This background normally is obtained through a college degree, which includes relevant coursework in the field, and up to two years of related professional or technical experience. In addition, strong written and verbal communication skills with a solid foundation in grammar, spelling, and the composition of various communication vehicles are essential to initial entry to this classification.

SPECIALIZED SKILLS REQUIRED:

Experience as a writer in a fast-paced environment. Ability to create and manage writing campaigns around using standard journalistic tools, tactics, and principles. Able to manage a team of student assistants for content acquisition and creation.

Proven ability to learn new systems in a fast-paced environment.  Ability to work under the pressure of tight deadlines. Advanced proficiency with of cloud computing, productivity and collaboration tools (e.g. Google Apps).

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, English, or another relevant field and 5 years experience in communications, media relations, or other relevant field.

Highly desirable: Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to CSUMB’s Vision.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with CSUMB.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current employees who apply for this position.
  • The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083  as a condition of employment.
  • This position will have a duty to report to the Campus Title IX Officer information pertaining to victims of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence, and stalking as required by CSU Executive Order 1095.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid license to drive in the State of California, pass the Defensive Training Class, and be insurable under the University’s liability coverage.
  • May require occasional evenings and/or weekend work.

PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT:

Office environment with standard equipment and tasks.  Position requires working at a computer and desk for extended periods of time.  May require travel between campus offices and off-campus locations. 

There are components of this job which are deemed essential on campus.  This position will primarily work on the main campus, with occasional work from home. This position requires working on campus with students.  The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain our highest priority. In the fall, students, faculty, staff, and the community can expect that masks will be required and that the appropriate degree of social distancing will be in place in all areas based on evolving guidance.  Additionally, all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to be vaccinated before coming to campus.  All community members who work or attend class on campus should expect to participate in a random or periodic testing system.  CSUMB will communicate more information about vaccination requirements and testing protocols when the details become available.

BENEFITS/PERKS: 

CSUMB offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding vacation, health, dental and vision plans; membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS); and 14-paid holidays a year. For more information, visit CSU System Benefits. Additionally, as a perk, the University Corporation at CSU Monterey Bay provides access to affordable campus housing based on availability; visit Schoonover Employee Housing for more information.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

For full consideration, applicants must complete the required online application prior to the priority screen date found at csumb.edu/jobs. Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University. Materials submitted become the property of CSUMB and will not be returned.

CSUMB is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting University Personnel at (831) 582-3389. All employees must be eligible for employment in the U.S.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

CSUMB hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States and is an E-Verify employer. In compliance with federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics, you can view the notice of availability and access the Cal State University, Monterey Bay annual security and fire safety reports at https://csumb.edu/clery/asr-and-fsr-notices-availability/.

CSUMB requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at https://calstate.policystat.com/policy/9779821/latest/ and questions may be sent to universitypersonnel@csumb.edu.

CSUMB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus.

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER:

CSUMB is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. We value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. We consider qualified applicants for employment for their anticipated contributions and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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