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Senior Writer and Multimedia Producer - Wharton External Affairs

University of Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not specified
Start date
Aug 17, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Media Studies
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Senior Writer and Multimedia Producer - Wharton External Affairs

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Large Employers in 2023.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title
Senior Writer and Multimedia Producer - Wharton External Affairs

Job Profile Title
Staff Writer C

Job Description Summary
Wharton External Affairs engages alumni and friends in meaningful, lifelong relationships with the School, sustaining and strengthening a culture of giving that creates positive impact among students and communities worldwide. Four distinct teams within External Affairs - Operations, Development, Alumni Relations, and Communications - work collaboratively across the School and the University to secure philanthropic commitments that empower teaching and learning, research, and dynamic programs that comprise a leading global business education. Wharton celebrates diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging among its esteemed students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Job Description
Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Senior Writer and Multimedia Producer plays a critical role in telling the Wharton story and deepening engagement with our alumni and donors. This is done through compelling content development including: remarks, email communications, photography, video production, and web content. This position will undertake a wide range of storytelling for strategic markets. Projects include leading writing initiatives and production of content for print and electronic assets, treatment and script writing for film projects, and film production. Some of these projects include: meeting with philanthropic alumni to conduct interviews and tell their stories, writing Dean's and leadership remarks for conferences, alumni events, and global forums; event marketing outreach; impactful storytelling in various communication platforms, strategic marketing and cultivation of materials to support fundraising efforts, annual fund solicitations, and other projects and deliverables as needed. The Senior Writer and Multimedia Producer leads and engages the WHEA team in a creative process to identify new ways to celebrate and tell the authentic human stories of alumni, sharing their aspirations, challenges, and impact. To support organizational goals and initiatives, the Senior Writer and Multimedia Producer curates, shoots, produces and edits content, develops an editorial calendar, and sources, plans, and executes deliverables in collaboration with internal and agency partners. A key member of Wharton's Communications team —part of the division of External Affairs—and is expected to work collaboratively and partner with colleagues across the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania.

Job Responsibilities
  • Lead the production of all multi-media initiatives for WHEA. Manage and drive all aspects of the video production process: conceptualizing, pre-production, planning, logistics, shooting, and editing.
  • Collaborate on content development with the Communications team and WH Magazine. This includes developing and writing remarks, email communications, newsletters, social media posts, website content, film treatments, and scripts supporting Wharton External Affairs' mission and vision.
  • Contribute to creative process, working collaboratively within the department and partners across the School and University to support alumni engagement and fundraising.
  • Manage multiple communications projects in fulfillment of strategic communications plan.
  • Provide multimedia, writing, proofing, and communication consultation and support to all WHEA partners.
  • Manage external vendor(s), work-study student(s) and freelance writer(s). Assign projects and initiatives as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

  • A bachelor's degree in communications, journalism, marketing, advertising or a related field and 5-7 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
  • Strengths in persuasive writing and annual fund writing a plus.
  • The ability to internalize and tell the story of the Wharton brand and to communicate those values across a spectrum of media (including but not limited to print, email, web, video, social media, speech, and interactive displays) is essential.
  • The ideal candidate is passionate about the written word in all its forms and is adept at writing succinct and energetic marketing copy as they are generating eloquent narrative prose.
  • Experience working with graphic designers to create communications in which copy and visuals come together for maximum impact is a plus.
  • The candidate must possess a keen attention to detail to ensure that all communications are free of errors.
  • This candidate must also be able to efficiently process and respond to feedback as well as constructively partner with colleagues, maintaining open lines of communication to ensure projects are completed on time and to the highest level of quality.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office is required; familiarity with communications tools such as content management systems, email, social media, and project management platforms is strongly preferred.
  • The position will require occasional evening and weekend work.

Required Documents
Cover letter and resume

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Wharton School

Pay Range
$51,824.00 - $80,000.00 Annual Rate
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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