The University of Missouri is looking for an experienced and collaborative editor who will direct and ensure that institutional digital publications cohesively tell the university’s story to a growing digital audience.
This leadership position will require a unique combination of talents. The ideal candidate will have the story-identifying and language skills of a great writer and editor; the reader-engagement skills of a strong social media editor; the strategic knowledge of a marketer; the creative eye of a visuals editor; and the coaching skills of a great teacher.
The managing editor will have the authority to use those talents to shape the content on Show Me Mizzou, the university’s digital channel, from story conception to approach to publication to distribution and promotion in order to maximize its reach and impact.
The successful candidate will supervise 13 writers, video producers, photographers and editors, and assist many other professional communicators across campus through the editorial process.
The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker with a deep understanding of analytics and reader behavior to determine the following: whether there is an audience for an initial story idea; whether it is possible to broaden that audience and how; what form of storytelling — text, video, slideshow, audio, etc. — would be most likely to succeed in reaching the target audience; how the piece itself should be shaped to speak successfully to that audience; what social media platforms to use; whether and how to adjust posted content to maximize readership; whether the story aligns with the university’s strategic communication priorities; and whether and how to move the story forward to sustain interest.
- Manage the Joint Office of Strategic Communication and Marketing’s Digital Publications team, including an assistant editor, writer, social media team and photo and video team, to develop journalistic presentations of university news and create timely packages that effectively communicate the university’s priorities.
- Work with the assistant editor to manage the university’s digital channel email newsletter, including content strategy and production. The newsletter is sent to an audience of 50,000 and is focused on the most interesting and compelling stories about the University of Missouri.
- Provide skill and versatility as an editor and a writer, including the ability to shape everything from breaking news briefs to longform magazine-style pieces in a way that best serves and engages the broadest possible audience.
- Work with the assistant editor to shape the story creation, editing and production process that takes in content from throughout the university and the central communications team to create a daily product that is aligned with the university’s key goals and messages.
- Foster and plan interactive storytelling packages that transmit well on all digital devices and in website presentation.
- Work with other communications leaders to ensure packages reflect cohesive work built from the efforts of multiple teams and plan distribution of those packages on additional channels.
- Market the digital channel to internal and external audiences.
- Serve as a champion of cohesive messaging and content on the university’s central communications leadership team.
- Serve as a leader of the university’s central Marketing and Communications group.
- Cultivate and maintain a team-oriented and customer-focused culture that retains and attracts excellent talent.
- As a leader of the institution, this individual must conduct all activities in accordance with the Civil Rights Acts, Title IX, Rehabilitation, Americans with Disabilities Act and local, state and region affirmative action plans. Other duties and responsibilities will be expected to support the mission and purpose of MU Extension.
- Possess excellent interpersonal, initiative, teamwork, problem solving, independent judgment, organization, communication (verbal and written), time management, project management and presentation skills.
- Maintain positive interpersonal relationships and exhibit effective written and oral communications skills.
- Able to handle multiple tasks or projects at one time meeting assigned deadlines.
- MU is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.
Salary Range: $71,900 - $108,472
GGS Grade: 13
University Title: DIRECTOR I STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS
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Monday - Friday 8 to 5
A Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 6 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.
- Experience as an editor of professional writers.
- At least 5-10 years of experience editing either for a print or online publication.
- Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, English, literature, or related field.
- Effective and proven verbal and written communication skills.
- Fluent in AP Style.
- Experience building and managing networks and teams.
- Experience working in a deadline-driven environment.
- Experience or knowledge of higher education is a plus.
- Analytical skills and ability to translate metrics into valuable insights and informed decisions.
Resume, cover letter, writing or editing clips, and/or link to online portfolio.
Columbia Missouri Information
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This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits
The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.
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