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Content Writer/Editor

Washington State University
Pullman, WA Full-time
Posted on October 23, 2019
Employee Type AP-Administrative Professional
University Title Publications Coordinator
Working Title Content Writer/Editor
College/Area College of Agricultural Human & Natural Resource Sciences
Department CAHNRS Communications
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CAHNRS Communications

Position Number 130357
Hiring Unit CAHNRS Communications
Work Location Pullman
Zip Code 99163
This position is in a Bargaining Unit No
Summary of Duties

Creates and edits content for publications, talking points, and other materials for administrative, event, and marketing purposes. Closely collaborates with the communications writing team, extension publications, and web services to deliver engaging and appealing content in a timely manner.

Additional Information

View the Benefits overview for information regarding competitive benefits available.

Appointment Status Permanent
Job Appointment (FTE%)


Position Term in Months 12
Monthly Salary Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience.
Position Qualifications


Required Qualifications

Positions require a Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, communications or related field and two (2) years of professional level writing/editing experience which has included word processing computer applications and a demonstrated knowledge of graphic arts principles. A Master’s degree in a relevant field may be substituted for up to (1) one year of the required experience.

Additional Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree in a writing or marketing related field AND one to three (1-3) years of writing experience including the use of electronic media in marketing, print, broadcast news media, public relations, or a related field OR one to three (1-3) years of other relevant professional experience.

Must have, or able to obtain, a valid driver’s license by time.

Writing and editing experience required, preferably as a writer or editor of web content

Superior proofreading skills, including grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

Proficient in Associated Press style.

Experience publishing writing via website content management systems (WordPress preferred) and social media platforms (Facebook and Twitter preferred).

Demonstrated ability to collaborate with and service customers directly.

Must be self-motivated, a self-starter, organized, and planned.

Advanced degree or continued education/certifications in (a) related field(s), especially electronic writing, digital media production, content marketing, and/or professional social media.

Previous experience managing editorial and/or social media calendars.

Experience in higher education.

Preferred Qualifications

Previous experience in planning, writing, and formatting email marketing and outreach.

Previous experience or training in copywriting for search engine optimization and/or leveraging Google Analytics to enhance copywriting approach.

Previous experience or training in visual and/or graphic design.

Familiarity or work with agricultural, natural resource, and related disciplines.

Previous experience or training in writing web formatting code (especially HTML and CSS).

Will this position require a background check? This position has been designated by the department to require a background check
Posting Detail Information


Open Date 10/21/2019
Close Date 11/25/2019
Open Until Filled No
Special Instructions to Applicants

Final candidates will be required to submit 3 writing samples

Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application: 1) resume and 2) cover letter.

Application materials should clearly communicate how the applicant meets all required qualifications and additional requirements.

Applicants are required to include contact information for at least three (3) professional references in the application

Failure to submit correct materials/documents may result in an incomplete application.

EEO Statement

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or

Posting Number 20135719P

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents

Posting Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * The classification requirements for this position are a Bachelor's degree in English, journalism, communication, or related field AND two (2) years of professional level writing/editing experience which has included word processing computer applications and a demonstrated knowledge of graphic arts principles. A Master’s degree in a relevant field may be substituted for up to (1) one year of the required experience. Do you meet these classification requirements?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have, or can you obtain by time of hire, a valid Driver's License?
    • Yes – Issued by the State of Washington
    • Yes – Issued by the State of Idaho
    • Yes – Issued by another State
    • No