Kenyon College is seeking a Writer — capable of capturing the unique culture and myriad of voices on campus — to join the Office of Communications.
The Writer is a gifted storyteller who cultivates relationships and sources within the College community to highlight the diverse experiences of its members, from current students, faculty and staff to alumni, families and donors. With a strong background in writing and editing both news and feature stories, as well as an ability to write in a range of styles (from press releases to ceremonial remarks), the Writer is a dynamic communications professional who can deftly develop and create web-based, digital and print content for internal and external audiences.
Whether covering current campus news, digging deep to discover a story’s hook, or following a fine-tuned instinct for compelling narrative, the Writer plays an important role in articulating Kenyon’s distinctive position within the world of higher education and also broader public perception.
The Writer reports to the Director of Public Relations and Campus Communications and works in close collaboration with a team of experienced strategists and award-winning creatives, contributing to staff meetings and advising on editorial projects, to amplify Kenyon’s genuine brand voice and personality. The position requires regular campus presence, with some opportunity for a hybrid schedule.
- Manages the College’s online news, features and blogs by writing, editing and curating content in in support of messaging goals
- Partners with the Web Strategy team and Digital Content Editor to manage digital editorial calendar
- Disseminates news, stories, blogs and information across multiple channels
- Reviews and edits sensitive internal communications for clarity and tone; assists in developing response plans, drafting FAQs and guiding social media strategy
- Drafts or edits remarks and citations for College ceremonies
- Partners with and provides research for President’s editorial writing, remarks and other ceremonial writing
- Develops and drafts editorial content for campus digital newsletters: Kenyon Today and Talk of the Hill
- Produces news releases in collaboration with offices across the College Assists Director of Public Relations and Campus Communications in fielding media inquiries, especially local
- Serves as a member of crisis communications team
- Regularly contributes to the Kenyon Alumni Magazine
- A bachelor’s degree
- At least three years of experience in a communications endeavor
- Excellent writing and research skills
- Ability to quickly develop a feel for Kenyon's unique culture, cultivate relationships and sources across campus, and tailor communications to the campus climate
- Knowledge of the issues facing private liberal arts colleges and higher education in general
- Experience in higher education is preferred
- Fluency in AP style
Applicants should submit up to three writing samples accompanied by a letter of interest and resume.
Kenyon College is a nationally prominent, private liberal arts college where academic excellence goes hand in hand with a strong sense of community and close relationships among students and professors.
Compensation and Benefits
Salaries at Kenyon are competitive and commensurate with experience. In addition to an attractive salary, Kenyon offers benefits for employees and their family members. Children of employees are eligible for 100% tuition waivers at Kenyon, and through the Great Lakes Colleges Association, children of employees are eligible for 85% tuition waivers at fifteen other of the nation's finest liberal arts colleges.
We also offer health and dental insurance, TIAA retirement, and many other benefits, including provisions for a spouse, families, and domestic partners. Details about benefits as well as conditions of employment are described more fully in our Staff Handbook.
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Kenyon College is an equal opportunity employer and applications from members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged. It is the College's policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law. Kenyon College has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion. Please visit our Diversity at Kenyon website.