Washington, United States
Salary Not specified
Nov 03, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

University of Puget Sound
Job ID: 5459
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Appointment: Regular, full time (1.0) FTE

Position Summary: The successful candidate is a compelling copywriter who can bring ideas to life and enjoys working closely with a creative team of communications and higher education professionals. Responsibilities include writing compelling content for a wide-ranging set of marketing projects, including website, marketing collateral, and campaign-driven digital ads, all designed to inform, engage, and inspire prospective students, their families, the campus community, and Puget Sound's alumni. The ideal candidate has journalism or advertising experience and is as comfortable writing long-form content as they are writing ad copy. They must be team-spirited, have an eye for detail, and be able to juggle multiple projects.

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:
  • Write and create original content for a wide variety of external collateral to include brochures, newsletters, letters, website, presentations, video scripts, press announcements, annual reports, etc., designed to serve key audiences, including prospective students, alumni, and donors.
  • Write creative stories to advance Puget Sound's brand and raise visibility for the work of faculty members, students, and key strategic initiatives.
  • Work collaboratively on the development of marketing and communications initiatives.
  • Maintain relationships with faculty members and students to learn about work of interest for university publications and promotion efforts.

Supervisory Responsibilities
Reports to Associate Editorial Director. May supervise work-study student as needed.

Budget Responsibilities

Responsible for executing work within established budgets.

Minimum Requirements / Qualifications:

The successful candidate will be a self-driven creative, strategic thinker who can create original content. Strong, creative writing and editing skills are essential, plus:
  • Bachelor's or advanced degree, and at least three years of professional experience in journalism, public relations, marketing and communications, or related field, with a portfolio of original copywriting. Must be able to not only write but identify and develop stories.
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking and creative problem-solving skills
  • Highly organized and accurate; comfortable working within a style guide; strong grammatical and editing skills; attentive to details.
  • Strong work ethic; resourcefulness and willingness to take on wide-ranging responsibilities.
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently in a deadline-driven environment both independently and as part of a team.
  • The ideal candidate is creative, flexible, articulate, collaborative, curious, and audience-focused; is passionate about the liberal arts; is open to and excited by new ideas; and has a sense of humor.
  • Ability to respectfully work, communicate and provide leadership within a diverse campus community.

Compensation and Benefits: Decisions about starting salaries are made based on the extent and relatedness of the candidate's education and experience and on internal equity and market considerations.

Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit:

Application Deadline: Review of application materials will begin November 13, 2020. To ensure consideration, interested individuals are encouraged to submit their application by that date.

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest

Applications submitted without the required attachments will not be considered.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a background inquiry and if applicable for the position, drug screen, physical test and functional assessment.

Diversity Statement:
  • We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.
  • We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.
  • We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.

Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit:

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply
For complete job description and application instructions, visit:

About Puget Sound
Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" ( to learn more about the college.

As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA