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The Staff Writer is the primary writer for the USC Price School of Public Policyâs Office of Communications.Â Position demands an experienced, prolific, and flexible writer who can deftly switch tone, length, and style of writing to suit various content needs, including news and feature stories, student recruitment materials, multiple monthly e-newsletters, website, social media, announcements, and more. Excellent editing and proofreading skills are a must, as is a keen sense of how to pitch stories to make them attractive to media outlets. Meeting deadlines is crucial, as is strong emotional intelligence and the ability to manage expectations with a firm but pleasant manner. The Staff Writer will also manage daily and monthly media monitoring reports, as well as ongoing content analysis reports.
This position reports to the Senior Director for Communications and External Affairs, but works closely with departmental leadership to ensure mutual alignment with institutional messages, themes and priorities. This position will interact daily with USC Media Relations, USC Price research centers and academic departments, faculty, staff, students, and alumni in order to promote the work and achievements of the Price School. Â
As part of a greater content strategy and working with tight deadlines, this position is responsible for:
Identifying, writing, and editing relevant, valuable articles and news stories.
Assists digital media team by providing copy for digital content, including website, social media, videos, and more.
Responsible for daily and monthly media monitoring, reporting, and data analysis that will inform our content and media relations strategy. Will manage our Cision account.
Serves as a positive, effective, and adaptive team member who is cross-trained and willing to take things on in a pinch.
Establishes and maintains appropriate network of professional contacts. Maintains currency with professional organizations and publications. Attends and participates in meetings, conferences, etc.. Represents the University, Price School, and Office of Communications to internal and external stakeholders.
Exceptional Writer, Editor, Proofreader
Proficient Across Platforms
Bachelorâs degree in English, journalism, communications or closely related field desired; Masterâs degree preferred.Â
Knowledge, Experience & Skills
3+ yearsâ experience in journalism, professional writing, or content generation preferably in an academic environment.
Exceptional reporting and writing/editing skills.
Familiarity with AP Style is required.
Extensive recent experience researching, writing, and editing of communications content in a higher education institution, public relations agency or closely related field, with the specific goal to instill pride and drive action/interaction.
Proven research and writing skills under pressure and demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.
Clear understanding of multichannel communication platforms.
Proven track record of managing integrated content campaigns.
Strategic thinker who has the ability to keep multiple projects moving forward simultaneously, while anticipating the future.
Excellent project management and organizational/operational skills.
Exceptional relationship and community building skills.
Ability to translate strategic imperatives into actionable plans.
Goal oriented and results driven.
In addition to completing an online application, please attach a resume, cover letter, and 3 writing samples that demonstrate the breadth of writing style. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
About the Sol Price School of Public Policy: The mission of the Price School is to improve the quality of life for people and their communities, here and abroad. We achieve this mission through education and research that promote innovative solutions to the most critical issues facing society, with a particular focus on governance, urban development, and social policy. The Price School offers Ph.D. programs in Public Policy and Management and Urban Planning; mastersâ degrees in Public Administration, Public Policy, Urban Planning, Health Administration, and Real Estate Development; executive mastersâ degrees; and undergraduate degrees.
The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree, Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 3 yearsMinimum Field of Expertise: Experience with writing, editing, proofreading, and the preparation of materials for publication.
USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering has been one of the economic engines in Southern California and a vital hub in the California economy. The technical innovations and ideas generated by the Viterbi faculty and research community have resulted in countless innovations, many becoming the foundations for new companies, products and services. The thousands of students graduating each year bring new ideas and vitality to companies in California and beyond. With an annual research budget exceeding $205M each year, more than 46 research centers and institutes, more than 180 faculty members, 7,800 students and over 60,000 impassioned alumni world-wide, the Viterbi School is addressing some of the world’s great challenges.
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