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Writer\/Editor, Office of Communications

Suffolk University
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not Specified
Closing date
Sep 16, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Business & Management, Marketing & Sales, Communications, Other Communications, Public Relations & Advertising, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Public Relations & Marketing (Campus), Editing & Publications Management
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Full Time
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Suffolk University is a private, urban university located in the heart of downtown Boston. Our college green is the Boston Common and we are steps from dozens of historic sites including the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, City Hall and the Massachusetts State House. We have no real boundaries to our campus—Boston and Suffolk blend together.

Suffolk has been committed to creating an exceptional learning experience since 1906. Our vision is to be recognized as a dynamic institution that fosters engaged learning, rigorous scholarship, innovative thinking, and community collaboration across disciplines. We will ensure that Suffolk graduates are versatile and prepared for modern society and the new world market. We will provide rich curricula, experiential learning opportunities and professional mentoring through increased collaboration with alumni and community partners. We will recruit, mentor, and support a diverse faculty of teacher-scholars who are passionately committed to preparing our students to be leaders in the global community. We will inspire investment in a Suffolk community that is built on ethical, forward-thinking leadership, teamwork, and cooperation.

We compete for the best talent. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse community. We are actively seeking applicants from groups that might be under-represented because of race/color, gender, religion, real or perceived disability, national origin or LGBTQ status. As part of our commitment we encourage you to complete the demographic portion of the application in addition to submitting your cover letter and resume/CV as it will assist us in targeting our recruitment efforts.

Please note that Suffolk University conducts background checks as a condition of employment.

We are also committed to the well-being of our employees. Our terrific benefits package for benefits-eligible positions include, but are not limited to:
  • Generous paid time-off programs and commitment to work-life balance
  • Tuition free course benefits in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the Sawyer Business School for employees with additional tuition benefits for spouses, domestic partners, and children
  • Top-notch well-being care available through Harvard Pilgrim Medical/Delta Dental and a Flexible Spending Account
  • Pre-tax commuter benefit
  • Employee Assistance Program that provides employees and their family members with initial assessment, referrals and short-term counseling for personal and work challenges
  • Discounted home and auto insurance

  • Description

    Suffolk University is excited to announce a career opportunity as a Writer/Editor in the Division of Communications!

    Suffolk’s Division of Communications, including its Offices of Marketing & Communications (OMC) and Public Affairs (OPA), consists of storytellers, professional strategists, writers, designers, and multimedia producers offering a depth of expertise in a variety of media. We tell the story of the University across a range of audiences and media producing everything from news and feature pieces, to long and short-form videos, collateral and advertising, and web and social media content.

    Summary of Position:
    Working within OMC, the Writer/Editor will play a critical role in helping to drive Suffolk University’s institutional brand and strategic goals forward through the development of innovative and targeted copywriting. This position will craft copy that informs, compels, promotes, engages, and influences our audiences which include prospective and current students and families, influencers, faculty and staff, the Boston community, and alumni. S/he will produce copy for use across the marketing spectrum, from digital, to print collateral, and other advertising and communications platforms.

    The qualified candidate will be a smart, creative writer who will work closely with a cross-functional team to develop strategically inspired and creatively-led ideas. S/he must be willing and able to do the groundwork necessary to craft well-conceived, fully-informed content—diving into research, meeting with and interviewing stakeholders, cultivating an in-depth understanding of the program, initiative, etc. The Writer/Editor will conceptualize, write, revise, edit, and proofread digital and print projects that drive and support the brand vision and deliver against strategic institutional goals. This person must be able to produce long copy, short copy, scripts, social posts, and be a master of the headline.

    Primary/Principal Responsibilities:

    • Conceptualize, write and edit compelling copy that conveys the institution's brand message
    • Write and edit for marketing campaigns that deliver on strategy and meet project objectives
    • Craft copy appropriate to channel and format, including emails, landing pages, websites, social media, direct mail, advertising, etc., as well as design and intended audience
    • Apply writing strategies for the digital world, integrating SEO best practices into all web content
    • Proactively identify content/copy gaps and inconsistencies in University communications
    • Second-edit and proofread project copy, as needed
    • Collaborate with the OMC editorial team and other University communications colleagues to ensure appropriate and consistent usage of University brand voice and tone and in the establishment, maintenance, and education of editorial standards/style
    • Follow trends in communication, marketing, and higher education, to identify those that may impact or influence the department’s work
    • Work with the OMC team to meet University needs; performing other duties as assigned


    • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, marketing, advertising, or communication; graduate degree preferred
    • 5+ years marketing communication experience, preferably in higher education; agency experience is also valuable
    • Proven content writing and copywriting experience across all mediums
    • Knowledge of digital marketing tactics, including SEO, email marketing, content marketing, and web analytics
    • Excellent research and interviewing skills
    • Exceptional attention to detail and strong listening skills
    • Highly organized, flexible, and able to manage multiple projects under tight deadlines while maintaining a high level of quality and accuracy
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office and other collaboration, content management, and asset management systems
    • Strong portfolio that demonstrates creativity, expertise, and attention to detail

    Suffolk University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, genetic information, or status as a veteran in admission to, access to, treatment in, or employment in its programs, activities, or employment. Suffolk University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff that reflect the broad range of human experience who contribute to the robust exchange of ideas on campus, and who are committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment. We strongly encourage applications from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented because of race/color, gender, religious creed, disability, national origin, veteran status or LGBTQ status. Suffolk University is especially interested in candidates who, through their training, service and experience, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the University community.

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