Copy Editor

Dallas, Texas (US)
Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications
Apr 08, 2019
Metro Area
Full Time

The Copy Editor-Writer supports the marketing plan for the University in alignment with Development and External Affairs goals and SMU’s strategic plan. The position is responsible for all aspects of copy editing and proofreading across communications platforms. The Copy Editor-Writer also serves as editor or writer on assigned projects. 


Essential Functions:

  • Copy Editing/Proofreading: Integrate key marketing messages and creative concepts into copy across platforms; ask questions of appropriate sources to ensure accuracy; proof copy revisions from internal and external clients; coordinate deadlines and resources with Creative Marketing team to meet client needs.

  • Writing: Research background information, conduct interviews with appropriate sources, check facts and write copy to meet project objectives and deadlines; ensure copy is proofread by another team member; secure client and internal editorial approvals on deadline.

  • Other Tasks: Serve as a resource to members of Marketing and Communications team for writing, editing and proofreading across platforms; maintain data on key facts and statistics, proofreading process guidelines, SMU Editorial Style Guide and electronic spell-check dictionary; and other duties as assigned.





Education and Experience:

A Bachelor's degree is required. Master's degree is preferred. Degree in Journalism, Communications, English or related degree is desirable.


A minimum of three years of professional work experience with copy editing/proofreading and writing is required. 


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Candidate must demonstrate strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills, as well as the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. Strong writing skills with the ability to produce error-free communications and other materials are required. Strong knowledge of AP Style; usage, grammar and punctuation rules for proofreading; fact checking; and quality control are essential. 

Candidate must possess strong organizational, planning and time-management skills with the ability to proactively manage multiple simultaneous projects to ensure high-quality standards and all deadlines are met. Must also demonstrate a strong attention to detail. 

Candidate must possess strong problem solving skills with the ability to be resourceful, proactive and seek assistance as needed. The ability to work both independently and in a team-focused, collaborative environment are essential. 

Candidate must have a strong working knowledge of MS Word and Adobe Acrobat. FileMaker Pro, Excel and Asana or other project management platform are preferred. 

Physical/Environmental Demands:

- Sit for long periods of time


Deadline to Apply:

May 3, 2019


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