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Publicist/Web Editor

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Please submit a writing sample of 200-500 words about hyper-converged infrastructure and secondary data storage.

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title Publicist/Web Editor
Department Computer Science
Full Time/Part Time Full-Time
Requisition Number S18226
Open Date 12/14/2017
Close Date
Salary Information

Salary Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Will need to stay late for events, may be four or five times a year.

Benefits Eligible Yes
Eligible for Overtime No
Position Summary

Under the supervision of the Senior Department Administrator and Department Chair, the Computer Science (CS) Publicist and Web Editor serves as the primary staff member responsible for writing, editing, and publishing news and other announcements that establish and maintain the department’s image and public presence on the web, in newsletters, and in social media. S/He ensures a professional image for individual CS faculty members, instructors, and research centers through website and content creation and management. The Publicist and Web Editor supports internal communications by distributing a weekly list of department events and managing a private wiki for confidential image and document sharing. S/He also develops and implements a departmental publicity strategy, incorporating the School of Engineering’s web content management system, electronic newsletters, and appropriate social media outlets.

This position also promotes the accomplishments and educational opportunities of the department by producing news articles along with timely updates to the CS Web site and other social media. This position will also manage departmental events, and provide logistical arrangements for events not coordinated by the Events/Administrative Coordinator.

Education Required Bachelor's Degree
Concentration / Degree Type

Bachelor’s degree or higher in English, liberal arts, journalism, or a related field.

Substitution for Education Requirement

May substitute additional related experience, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis in lieu of the education requirement.

Education Preferred

Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, or computer science.

Experience Required 1 year
Type of Experience

Experience writing about technology or science topics and publishing content online and/or in newsletters, and generating awareness of content through social media channels (experience can be earned while a student).

Substitution for Experience Requirement

Education may not be substituted for the experience requirement.

Experience Preferred

Two or more years of experience in professional writing and editing articles about technology or science topics.

License/Certification Required
License/Certification Preferred
Skills Required

- Self-managing professional who uses critical judgment, collaboration and organizational skills to manage multiple projects simultaneously and with minimal supervision.
– Demonstrates excellent command of the English language, including grammar, spelling and punctuation – both written and oral.
– Must be a strong writer and editor. Requires the ability to identify and communicate the focus of a particular document as well as experience researching and synthesizing information from a variety of sources —including interviews—into concise, compelling printed or electronic/web collateral in support of the department’s marketing strategy.
- Must be proficient at proofreading and editing documents and tracking and responding to changes in Microsoft Word software.
- Proven knowledge of web and social media publication process.
- Must possess strong interpersonal skills, self-motivation, discretion, and critical judgment to operate with independence and confidence while interfacing with everyone in the department to complete writing projects in a timely fashion.
- Ability to maintain composure and concentration in order to complete multiple concurrent work assignments, set priorities and problem solve while encountering interruptions in a fast-paced and frequently noisy environment.
- Familiarity with electronic newsletter creation and distribution, including guidelines from the FTC’s CAN-SPAM Act.

Skills Preferred

- Professional experience proofreading and editing documents for grammatical and content accuracy in compliance with Associated Press (AP) guidelines and the university’s style manual.
- Knowledge of current Web standards, XHTML and CSS; ability to code in HTML.
- Ability to use applications such as Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop.
- Experience analyzing web and social media analytics, and modifying publicity or marketing strategy for social media optimization.

Internal / External Contacts

- Frequent contact with many offices within the University, including all offices within the division and other administrative and academic offices.
- Continuous contact with the student population, faculty, staff and vendors.

Physical Demands

- Must be able to work in an office environment, often at a computer workstation for much of the working day.
- Must be able to move between buildings widely separated on a college campus and up and down stairs.

Working Conditions

Pleasant office atmosphere. The position requires long hours of screen reading and working on the computer. The office environment is fast-paced and sometimes stressful due to interruptions that require the successful candidate to be multi-tasking. The successful candidate must be proficient at focusing on detailed work as well as managing multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment in spite of the distractions.

Security Sensitive Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Please submit a writing sample of 200-500 words about hyper-converged infrastructure and secondary data storage.

Quick Link for Posting http://jobs.rice.edu/postings/12601

Job Duties

Job Duty Name WRITING and PUBLICITY
Description of Job Duty

- Under minimal supervision, schedules and conducts interviews, and researches supplemental sources like theses and abstracts, to write and edit new content. Publishes approximately one new article each week.
- Takes and edits photos and videos to support new content, and to consistently update the website.
- Publishes new content, photos, and videos via departmental website, brochures, and social media.
- Creates and distributes a bi-annual electronic newsletter, managing content and the contact list as well as analyzing traffic (opens, clicks, unsubscribes, etc.).
- Establishes, monitors, and maintains a marketing strategy to strengthen the department’s public presence, and collaborates with the CS Alumni Relations Specialist to include a strong alumni component as part of that strategy.
- Working with the Graduate Student Chair, develops brochures and materials and writes appropriate articles to be used for prospective student recruiting.

Percentage of Time 50
Job Duty Name WEB EDITING and SOCIAL MEDIA
Description of Job Duty

- In coordination with the academic coordinator and committee chairs, updates and maintains the department website using a content management system such as Drupal.
- Collaborates with the Director of Communications in the office of the Dean of the Brown School of Engineering to share and repurpose applicable content between or across websites and social media.
- Improves faculty visibility by helping create and update personal websites for individual faculty members, instructors, and research centers in the university’s WordPress platform.
- Maintains documentation in private wiki for other department members to create their own websites in WordPress.

Percentage of Time 35
Job Duty Name INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS
Description of Job Duty

- In coordination with the academic coordinator, faculty colloquium chair, and events specialist, creates a weekly list of department events and distributes to CS department mailing lists.
- Manages permissions and access to private departmental wiki and updates content including confidential student and instructor information and images.
- In support of new student orientation and other special CS events at Rice University, takes, edits, and publishes student photos in private wiki.
- Records videos of faculty candidate lectures, and shares them with CS faculty in the university’s secure collaboration platform.

Percentage of Time 15

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Writing Sample
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a bachelor’s degree or higher in English, liberal arts, journalism, or a related field, OR additional related experience, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis in lieu of the education requirement?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have one year of experience writing about technology or science topics and publishing content online and/or in newsletters, and generating awareness of content through social media channels (experience can be earned while a student)?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Please provide the salary or range that you would require or consider for this position.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Please note that the writing sample must address the specific scenario outlined under Special Instructions to Applicants.

    (Open Ended Question)