Digital Writer/Editor (Communications Publications Writer-Editor)

CUNY Graduate Center
New York City, New York (US)
Salary commensurate with education and experience
Jun 24, 2019
Metro Area
New York
Full Time

Digital Writer/Editor (Communications Publications Writer-Editor)
Job ID: 20539
Compensation: Salary commensurate with education and experience
Closing Date:  July 11, 2019

The Graduate Center, CUNY is the focal point for advanced teaching and research at The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation's largest urban public university. With over 35 doctoral and master’s programs of the highest caliber, the Graduate Center fosters pioneering research and scholarship in the arts and sciences and prepares students for careers in universities and the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. The Graduate Center’s commitment to research and scholarship for the public good is exemplified by its more than 30 centers, institutes, and initiatives, including its Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), a 200,000 square-foot facility in upper Manhattan, designed to promote collaboration among scientists in five areas of global research and innovation: nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences.

The Graduate Center (GC) benefits from highly ambitious and diverse students and alumni—who in turn teach hundreds of thousands of undergraduates every year. Through its public programs, the Graduate Center enhances New York City’s intellectual and cultural life.

The Digital Writer/Editor in the Office of Communications and Marketing will report on and write engaging stories. Reporting to the Director of Communications, this position will develop social media, web, and e-newsletter content covering faculty and student research at the GC and throughout CUNY. 

This position will end in December 2020.

Duties include but are not limited to:
- Reports on and writes engaging articles for the web about research in the humanities, social sciences, sciences, and arts by CUNY professors and students. 
- In consultation with fellow editor, finds and selects images and multimedia content to accompany articles and social media posts.
- Copy edits, fact checks, and proofreads articles and content.
- Creates social media posts for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and other platforms.
- Posts stories and multimedia content to the web using WordPress.
- Cultivates and sustains working relationships with research active faculty across the university; seeks newsworthy information about faculty and student research on a proactive basis.
- Contributes content for bi-weekly e-newsletter and assists with layout using MailChimp or comparable programs.
- Analyzes social media and website traffic metrics and applies data to inform content strategy. 
- Cultivates and sustains media relationships with the science and research media including traditional print, online, and web2.0 media, and pitches story ideas to individual members of the media.
- Reports on and writes engaging stories about faculty and student scholarship in the sciences, social sciences and humanities, including through news and feature articles, profiles and interviews.

CUNY Title Overview:

    - Writes and prepares written material on College issues and event and provides professional support to College communications programs. 
- Researches and writes items in a variety of formats for publication in print, web sites, and presentations 
- Participates in planning communications projects and contributes to decisions on content and style 
- May assume editorial responsibility for communications projects; reviews and edits the work of others 
- May coordinate production of written materials 
- Adheres to journalistic standards for fact-finding, research, verification, and style 
- Performs related duties as assigned.


Bachelor's Degree and four years' related experience required.

A preferred candidate should have:
- Experience as a writer and editor.
- Strong news and editorial judgement.
- Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.
- Demonstrated success with writing a variety of news content, including short stories, longer features, profiles, and interviews.
- Experience developing content for social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
- Exceptional copyediting, proofreading, and fact-checking skills and strong attention to detail.
- Ability to meet tight deadlines and manage multiple projects in a fast-paced, high-volume environment.
- Proven ability to generate engaging social media content.
- Strong visual and multimedia storytelling abilities.
- Knowledge of academic research.
- Experience with science writing for a general audience.
- Familiarity with Photoshop 
- Ability to work collaboratively.
- Ability to work in a dynamic and flexible environment with changing requirements.    

How to Apply:
1. Please apply using the link below: 
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2. Go to and search for Job ID 20539.

Equal Employment Opportunity:
CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.  At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups.  Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

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