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Job no: 520942
Work type: Administrative & Professional
Senior management: Vice President for Research
Department: Research/Interdisc. Prog. - Admin
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia, Fully Remote, Hybrid
Categories: Communications / Public Relations / Marketing
With growing campuses in Blacksburg, Roanoke, and the Washington D.C. metro area, Virginia Tech is a top 50 public research institution. The Office of Research and Innovation provides services and support that help faculty, staff, and students from across nine colleges and seven research institutes, plan, perform, and commercialize groundbreaking research.
The Office of Research and Innovation is seeking a creative, motivated, storyteller to write and edit stories/news about research awards, impact, results, and success at Virginia Tech to be shared internally and externally. Reporting to the senior director of marketing and communications for the Office of Research and Innovation, the writer/editor is an integral part of the team who will work independently and collaboratively with research institute communicators, college communicators, and university relations.
The writer/editor will research, connect with sources, write, and edit stories, web content, speeches, and other content; develop high level communications and amplification plans; support various storytelling platforms; establish and share best practices for research writing; and develop branded messaging for marketing campaigns, event collateral, web communications, and more. The writer/editor will also support internal communications that enhance the quality of the Virginia Tech researcher’s experience and needs. The ideal candidate will be a critical thinker, connecting stories and messaging to university research priorities across various platforms. The candidate will collaborate with university relations visual media team photographers and videographers to pitch and support the creation of assets such as videos and photos for the Virginia Tech News site, the Virginia Tech homepage, the research website, social media channels, newsletters, and various associated platforms. The writer/editor will support communicators in Virginia Tech’s university-level research institutes, centers, and initiatives through the review and editing of content. The writer/editor will also work with university media relations to draft pitches and tip sheets to support external reach of research impact.
The writer/editor will understand and use university style guidelines and AP style in writing researcher profiles, social media posts, news stories, web content, leadership speeches, and talking points. Critical to the success of this position is organization and meeting deadlines, from daily assignments to longer-term projects.
Portfolio that demonstrates excellent writing and editing skills and versatility in a range of writing styles, with the ability to make complex stories interesting and understandable
● Demonstrated copy editing experience
● Experience in writing for multiple platforms
● Experience writing and editing in Associated Press style
● Excellent interpersonal skills
● Experience interviewing a wide range of sources
● Experience using publishing platforms; Microsoft Office and Google Drive applications
● Ability to work under pressure, prioritize competing assignments, and organize work to meet deadlines
● Ability to work individually and within a team environment, alongside fellow writers, editors, photographers, designers, video producers, marketers, and stakeholders in order to accomplish objectives
● Bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, communications, or related discipline
This position is eligible for a hybrid work arrangement which will be confirmed upon offer.
The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.
About Virginia Tech
Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.
Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.
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