Senior Writer and Multimedia Producer - Wharton External
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Posted Job Title
Senior Writer and Multimedia Producer - Wharton External
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.
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.
- 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
- 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
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Cover letter and resume
Job Location - City, State
- 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
- Strengths in persuasive writing and annual fund writing a
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office is required; familiarity with
communications tools such as content management systems, email,
social media, and project management platforms is strongly
- The position will require occasional evening and weekend
Department / School
$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.
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requirements of the job.
- 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
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Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a
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- 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
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- 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
- 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
- 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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