Staff Writer

Posting Details

Position Title

Staff Writer

Additional Information

Benefits and Community



Administrative Exemption



Length of Assignment

Full-Time At-Will

Position Function

Serve as a Staff Writer on the University Marketing and Communications team, preparing content for engaging our target audiences, including intensive writing and storytelling components; compose and edit persuasive, accurate, and engaging copy for a variety of media; research various topics and industry trends; ensure consistency with the university’s brand voice; and serve as back-up to the communications team.

Minimum Education

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

Minimum Experience

Completed internship in marketing or communications position or a corporation, agency or college/university.

Minimum Other

Portfolio of published work; excellent grammar and writing skills; able to multitask, prioritize, and manage time efficiently; self-motivated and self-directed; proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and Google Docs; and an understanding of search engine optimization best practices.

Authorization to work in the US

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Preferred Education

Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, communications, or a related field from an accredited institution.

Preferred Experience

Experience working in higher education, as a freelance writer, or in an agency setting; experience curating content across multiple platforms to meet different audience needs; ability to visualize the best way to present content; demonstrated storytelling; experience incorporating key brand messages for an organization; knowledge of web content best practices, media relations, basic communications and marketing strategies and pitching stories; project management experience managing multiple projects at once; working effectively with individuals and teams; and comfort with using project management software; experience using analytical tools to help develop content and monitor its success; and client relationship skills.

Preferred Other

Thorough knowledge of AP Stylebook and Chicago Manual of Style.

Pre-Employment Screening

Requires successful completion of a background check and education verification.

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EEO Statement

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.

EEO /AA Employer/Veterans/Disabled.

About Ball State University

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.


University Relations and Communications:140150

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Duties & Responsibilities



Job Duty

Assist the Communications team with promoting the university through clear, persuasive, and compelling copywriting. Create marketing and communications deliverables for the purpose of telling Ball State’s story to multiple audiences. This includes rewriting portions of client-prepared copy, or editing client prepared copy for content, tone, style, grammar and communication plan objectives; adapt writing appropriately depending upon media (online, publications, correspondence, scripts, etc.); execute a wide range of styles depending upon intended audience, tailoring copy appropriately for alumni, donors, prospective students (undergraduate, graduate, or online), peers, and other populations.



Job Duty

Serve on creative teams comprising of project managers, creative strategists, marketing specialists, videographers, photographers, copywriters, and editors to develop or provide original content for appropriate publicity and communications materials, including printed publications, correspondence, reports, direct mail, advertisements, the Web, other electronic media (i.e., video, DVD, PDF publications), the university’s alumni magazine, and collateral materials.



Job Duty

Conduct research and interviews with internal and external sources in support of writing projects; communicate appropriately and effectively with internal and external stakeholders; ensure the accuracy and integrity of all content produced.



Job Duty

Exercise independent judgement, critical thinking, and communication skills when assisting colleagues on proper university style; promote a storytelling approach.



Job Duty

Manage multiple and competing priorities to ensure timely delivery of critical projects; requires an understanding of how projects relate to the broad strategic goals of the university and of the department; monitor and adhere to project production schedules; communicate routinely and thoroughly with supervisor and project managers about work progress.



Job Duty

Serve as back-up to the division’s communications team, providing copy editing, proof-reading, and fact-checking support as work volume requires.



Job Duty

Perform other related duties as assigned.

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Information regarding transcripts

The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earned is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.

Special Instructions Summary

Please convey in your cover letter and/or resume how you meet the minimum qualifications for the vacancy as indicated in this posting.

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Undergraduate Transcripts