St. John’s established in 1870, has three New York City campuses; a graduate center in Hauppauge, NY; international locations in Rome, Italy; Limerick, Ireland; and Paris, France; and study abroad locations around the world. The Princeton Review and other top rankings consistently recognize the University’s outstanding academics, diverse student body, dynamic internship and volunteer opportunities, focus on student life, and diverse study abroad offerings. St. John’s University offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in its six colleges and schools, with a growing number of programs offered online. The University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and 12 other major academic and professional associations.
A dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion is at the heart of our mission. As a Catholic and Vincentian university, St. John’s is committed to institutionalizing practices of inclusive excellence to ensure that we welcome and celebrate the intrinsic worth of all members of our community. We will become an even stronger university as we enhance equity at every level of our institution. As noted in our Vision Statement, our graduates will excel in the competencies and values required for leadership and service in a rapidly evolving world.
Department: Office of Marketing and Communications
St. John’s University seeks a writer/editor to produce a wide range of promotional materials for academic and administrative clients throughout the University—including news and feature articles (for website content); newsletters; brochures; citations; videos; enrollment-related literature; and fundraising literature (e.g., brochures, e-mails, and appeal letters). The ability to shift priorities to accommodate urgent deadlines—while maintaining unfailing accuracy—is a must. This individual will collaborate with a proofreader to produce copy for high-visibility, top-priority projects. She/he should also be prepared to capture the voice and tone of the University culture. This person must be a skilled editor, as there will be a need to potentially overhaul major and smaller documents, letters, and other print pieces.
B.A./B.S. in English, Journalism, or related field
Three to five years of related experience
Strong communication and time management skills, with an ability to juggle multiple writing assignments under tight deadlines
Expertise with The Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition (required)
Experience in higher education (preferred)
Outstanding attention to detail
Must have a proactive, problem-solving approach to projects
Adaptable to shifting priorities and responsive in accommodating urgent deadlines while maintaining unfailing accuracy under pressure
Position requires some evening and weekend work on important, high-visibility stories/assignments/special events during the academic year
For an applicant to be considered, she/he must submit three writing samples. A writing test will be administered (off-site) once a candidate is scheduled for an interview.
The Ideal Candidate Will Be
A creative, talented, self-starter who exercises sound editorial judgment
A collaborative team player who is able to communicate well with coworkers
St. John’s offers a competitive compensation program which is commensurate with your qualifications, experience, and contingent upon the departmental budget. We also offer an extremely comprehensive benefits program to meet the diverse needs of our workforce. Along with exceptional benefits such as medical, dental, life insurance, long term disability insurance, tuition remission, generous 403(b) employer contribution, employee assistance program, and liberal paid time off policies, faculty and staff can also enjoy St. John’s performing arts, libraries, bookstores, dining facilities, campus recreation and sporting events.
Any offer of employment is subject to receipt by St. John’s University of satisfactory references, verification of employment and education.
St. John’s University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.