Communications Specialist - Staff Writer

10004, New York City
Competitive Salary
Sep 28, 2017
Metro Area
New York
Full Time


The communications specialist -- staff writer supports the firm’s strategic marketing and visibility efforts through developing content for all of the firm’s platforms, publications and other communications needs.  This role, working directly with lawyers and staff in the U.S., Europe and Asia offices, helps ensure that the Firm continues its strong standing in core practices areas and gains increased recognition in growth areas. 

The specialist will rely on writing skills to draft compelling, thoughtful copy for collateral materials, directory and award submissions, press materials and the firm’s digital marketing needs; and he or she will draw on administrative strengths to coordinate content development and meet deadlines.  The person in this role will gain a 360-degree understanding of the firm and its practices while developing a wide range of legal marketing skills.

This role is an opportunity to grow and develop professionally while working with incredibly smart, creative people in a collegial, collaborative work environment. 

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Content development

  • Draft and edit a wide variety of content to meet strategic business needs, including but not limited to:
    • Collateral materials such as brochures and trifolds
    • Firm publications
    • Firm web site and practice group web properties
    • Rankings and awards submissions
    • Press releases and related material
    • Lawyer bios and practice descriptions
    • Thought leadership
    • Video scripts
  • Shepherd copy through editing and approvals processes to meet deadlines.
  • Work with the Creative Services team to appropriately integrate copy into designed layouts for publications, collateral materials and other creative work product.
  • Communicate in a timely fashion with team members and internal clients, using clear tracking tools, regarding the status of writing projects.

In addition, responsibilities related to maintaining firm and client information are to be adhered to by all employees. This includes complying with the firm’s information security policies, protecting firm assets from unauthorized access, disclosure, modification, destruction or interference, and reporting security events or potential events or other security risks to management.


  • Excellent writing, editing, proofreading and research skills (a writing and editing test is required)
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills, with a high level of attention to detail.
  • Understanding of transactional and litigation terminology and processes.
  • Proficiency in standard spreadsheet, database, word processing and presentation applications as well as with a variety of online and new media information resources. Knowledge of any CRM system is also helpful. The Firm provides additional training in core software programs, if needed, to enhance skills and speed of work.
  • An ability to handle time-sensitive requests from multiple lawyers, across time zones, and to generate quality work product in a fast-paced environment. Excellent interpersonal skills. Strong deadline orientation.
  • A commitment to the highest standards of excellence and professionalism that are the hallmarks of Sullivan & Cromwell’s legal practice

Education and/or experience

  • Three to five years of experience working for a law firm, financial institution or other professional services firm; previous experience in copywriting in a marketing, advertising or media relations capacity preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Legal or business journalism experience a plus

Work environment  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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