Reporting to the University Editor, the Assistant University Editor
works collaboratively with colleagues in University Advancement,
including Development and Alumni Engagement, to develop
communications for the university’s alumni, donor and parent
audiences and to develop strategies and tools to help the
university nurture its relationships with those audiences more
Washington and Lee University actively promotes a dynamic and
inclusive environment that allows students and employees of
multiple backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives to learn, work,
and thrive together. Successful candidates will contribute to that
environment and exhibit potential for excellence in their areas of
- Assists the University Editor in the development of advancement
periodicals, including three annual issues of W&L: The
Washington and Lee University Magazine, and two annual issues of
Discovery, the newsletter for the School of Law.
- Develops materials in support of upcoming capital campaign,
including case statements, website content, donor profiles and a
- Takes a lead role in the creation and distribution of
electronic newsletters including Generally Speaking (monthly),
Women in General (two issues/year), and Inside W&L (two
- Writes and edits feature stories, donor profiles, newsletters,
annual alumni and parent giving print collateral in support of
- Serves as communications liaison for University Advancement,
ensuring quality and consistency of service from Communications and
achievement of goals and objectives for alumni engagement and
- Serves as a member of the communications office content
strategy group, participating in the development of story ideas and
the strategic integration of key messages and institutional
storytelling in advancement materials.
- Ensures brand and messaging consistency across all platforms of
- Provides copy editing and proofreading services to other
members of the Communications and Public Affairs office and other
offices across the university.
- Covers university events.
- Additional related duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of
5 years of experience in communications, marketing, or development,
preferably in higher education. Expertise in development writing,
digital marketing, social media, and website content, and an
understanding of how to inspire donor and volunteer engagement
across diverse audiences. Excellent writing, editing and
interpersonal communication skills. Superb attention to detail and
proven experience in proofreading/copyediting. Experience working
with writers, photographers and designers to produce quality
publications within strict budgets and deadlines. Aptitude for
strategic thinking and the use of metrics in developing strategy,
assessing effectiveness, and achieving goals. Ability to
collaborate and build relationships, to work effectively with
faculty, staff, students, alumni, and parents, and to understand
the essence, culture, and values of the Washington and Lee
community. Ability to manage multiple tasks, prioritize, and
perform well on deadline as well as on long-term projects.
The university requires employees to become fully vaccinated for
and new employees must provide proof of at least their
first shot prior to the first day of employment. Individuals may
seek a medical or a religious exemption to the vaccination
Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until
the position is filled. Please include a cover letter, resume, and
three writing samples (either uploaded with application materials
or shared through a link). You will also be asked to provide three
External Applicants: Application instructions for external
applicants are located on the jobs.wlu.edu or here
Current W&L Employees: Apply from your existing Workday
account. Instructions are located at jobs.wlu.edu.
M-F, 8:30am - 4:30pm.
- Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working,
primarily with fingers rather than with whole hand or arm as in
- Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and
- Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of
the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
The worker is not substantially exposed
to adverse environmental conditions.
Types of Work:
Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of
force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently
or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects,
including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of
the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required
only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.
Pay commensurate with experience.
Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and
backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the
recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and
staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view,
interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and
diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working
environment for all through open and substantive dialogue.
Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As such, we
are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of
scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development
of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our
faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are
representative, but not all-inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and
abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with
disabilities to perform essential functions.