Senior Writer and Magazine Editor

Walla Walla, Washington State
Our starting salary for this position is targeted around $56,000 annually.
Oct 02, 2019
Metro Area
Full Time

Senior Writer and Magazine Editor

Whitman College

Whitman College is inviting applications and nominations for a key communications role with the Whitman College. 


Whitman College has great stories to tell. And we’re looking for an experienced magazine editor to help us tell them. The senior writer and magazine editor will oversee production of our three-times-a-year alumni magazine, telling the stories of the college, our students and alumni. Whitman is a thriving liberal arts college in Walla Walla, Washington. Our 17,000 alumni are loyal and passionate Whitties who are using their education to change the world.

Redesigned for the May 2019 issue, Whitman Magazine is putting a fresh face forward to tell stories that support the college’s strategic goals. These initiatives include building a diverse and welcoming community that is inclusive of students from all backgrounds, races, cultures and socioeconomic statuses; celebrating our unique location in Walla Walla and the opportunities it brings; and talking about the way our faculty are innovating the curriculum to push our students further.

Our senior writer and magazine editor will use the strategic lens of these college priorities to produce an engaging, visually stunning and intellectually rigorous magazine that supports our enrollment, fundraising and alumni engagement goals.

This person will manage our online newsroom, with both staff and student writers, and help the Content Team prioritize articles, as well as identify the best avenues for storytelling. Whitman College is a close-knit and dynamic work environment and offers full health benefits, retirement and tuition assistance for employees and their families.

Salary range and benefits

Our starting salary for this position is targeted around $56,000 annually.  The position is full time and works 12 months per year.  The position is eligible for full benefits including retirement savings and dependent college tuition benefits, and will earn 4 weeks of vacation per year.

Principal accountabilities

  1. Under the direction of the director of content, serve as the managing editor for written news and feature content produced for Whitman’s content channels, including Whitman Magazine and the Whitman Newsroom. This includes day-to-day management of Newsroom content, including assigning stories to staff, student and freelance writers, managing and maintaining story ideas in Wrike, and considering the best mode for sharing content.
  2. Oversee day-to-day production of Whitman Magazine, including making magazine writing assignments to self, staff and freelancers, editing content, design coordination, and managing logistics (scheduling, production, distribution and budget management).
  3. Work closely with the director of content to set strategy around coverage of college activities and people, prioritize stories, identify appropriate print and digital channels, create editorial calendars for print and digital content, and communicate across the content team, social media and public relations.
  4. Coordinate with staff, student and freelance photographers and videographers to ensure appropriate coverage and consistent messaging.
  5. Hire, train and supervise student writers, including managing assignments, coordinating relevant training and growing their knowledge of AP style and journalism/marketing procedures.
  6. Write and edit website content, including news, features, spotlights/profiles, and institutional copy, ensuring consistency in quality and voice.
  7. Post and edit content on, using the college’s web content management system, as needed.
  8. Copyedit, proofread, and fact check materials as needed.
  9. Other writing and editing as assigned.

Knowledge, skills and abilities

Minimum requirements :  Bachelor’s degree in communications, English, journalism, or related field and five years public relations writing or journalism experience, or any combination of experience that provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability required to perform the job.  Experience editing a college magazine strongly preferred. Skills that contribute to the diversity of the college are appreciated.

Individuals must be able to explain and/or demonstrate that they possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to safely perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation.

  1. Exemplary writing and editing skills, adaptable for a range of purposes, including but not limited to media, internal communication, magazine, Web, marketing and fund-raising.
  2. Excellent proofing, copy editing and fact checking skills; ability to communicate effectively and creatively, both verbally and in writing; thorough knowledge of English language, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage.
  3. Thorough knowledge of AP Style; able to learn and apply the Whitman style guide to appropriate writing.
  4. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the college’s leaders as well as students, faculty, staff, donors, alumni and the general public, in part to conduct effective interviews for stories. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to interact with diverse individuals and groups.
  5. Ability to establish and meet deadlines, and to work effectively with a team and in an independent manner.
  6. Ability to prioritize projects; work quickly, accurately and thoroughly, with attention to detail, and to meet deadlines in an environment of frequent interruptions and sometimes unrealistic timelines.
  7. Work requires strict adherence to deadlines, a high level of creativity, and the ability to work with little supervision at times.
  8. Excellent organizational, conceptual, writing and editing skills that contribute to ability to serve as a mentor-supervisor for student interns, staff writer, campus colleagues, and freelancers.

To Apply

All application materials should be submitted electronically via the Whitman College Human Resources Web site via the link provided.  Candidates will provide a letter of application addressing qualifications for this position and a resume. 

Whitman College is building a diverse academic community and welcomes nominations of and applications from women, members of historically underrepresented groups, persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the College’s learning environment