Job Title: Principal Editor/Direct Mail Writer (4018U) #23337
Job ID: 23337
Location: Off Campus-Berkeley
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley's culture of openness, freedom and acceptance—academic and artistic, political and cultural—make it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.
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Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: June 21, 2017
University Relations Marketing and Communications helps to build positive relationships with donors and potential donors in order to leverage support for the University. Our audiences include alumni, parents, foundations, students, faculty, staff, and friends. We are part of a full-service strategic marketing team, providing promotional, editorial, design, events, web, and donor and media relations services to support the entire spectrum of fundraising activities at Berkeley.
The Principal Editor/Direct Mail Writer focuses on creating direct marketing efforts. Along with another staff position, it provides strategic writing support for Annual Programs, an internal partner that manages annual donor solicitation programs on behalf of the campus.
• Researches, writes, and edits high-level communications, publications, and/or reports with complex or sensitive subject matter; assignments may include proposals, articles for publications, briefing materials, talking points, marketing materials, case statements, letters, direct mail solicitations, and web sites and content. • Consults with and advises clients regarding their communications needs to develop strategic approach for projects that utilize most-effective messages. Identifies efficiencies and streamlines work as appropriate. • May develop or manage publications or web sites to meet communication needs and manage a complex approval process with numerous stakeholders. • Determines content and sources for publications and written work, conducts research and interviews (with multiple and sometimes conflicting sources), and ensures accuracy, clarity, and effectiveness of writing to fulfill journalistic, development, and/or marketing standards. • May edit and oversee design and production of a variety of print and online material. • May oversee projects or copy edit work created by freelance staff or other internal clients. • Assesses submitted text and its quality and viability for use in communications, including working with internal clients to rewrite material for publication. • Project manages numerous assignments, covering a variety of subject matters, and prioritizes them according to shifting deadlines and their relative importance.
• Advanced knowledge of the fundamentals of writing, grammar, syntax, style, and punctuation and advanced skills to write clear, lively, engaging, compelling and effective copy in a variety of styles appropriate to target audiences and the broader public. • Advanced knowledge of appropriate editorial style and publication guidelines. • Advanced, in-depth knowledge of the campus, including its mission, goals, achievements, infrastructure, programs, and policies. • Advanced knowledge of issues in higher education, development, and/or a specialized academic discipline or field. • Knowledge of computer applications for publishing, image handling, and/or web production. • Advanced skill in taking initiative to creatively identify and pitch story ideas to senior management and clients. • Advanced research and fact verification skills. • Advanced interpersonal communications skills, including active listening and effective collaboration skills. • Advanced analytical and critical thinking skills. • Advanced project management, organizational and problem recognition, avoidance and resolution skills. • Skill to effectively work within a team environment and collaborate with others. • Skill to maintain absolute confidentiality. • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training. • Substantial editorial experience (at least 7 years), including knowledge of development/advancement and/or marketing communications.
Salary & Benefits
Salary grade 23 Hiring range: $67,500 - $102,600
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
This is a full-time Career appointment.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.