Exemption Status: Exempt, 12-month fixed term with possibility for one-year renewal
The Haas Center for Public Service is seeking a Communications Writer to strategically advance our written and digital media communications through exceptional writing and editing, including for the Cardinal Quarter reflections and tailored reports; composing individualized thank you notes for donors; crafting digital and print annual appeal communications; and connecting members of the Stanford community with campus-wide service opportunities through compelling digital digests and blogs. The Communications Writer will support other essential Cardinal Service promotions to students and other key stakeholders. Be part of a dynamic and collegial team highlighting campus-wide service as integral to a Stanford education!
Your responsibilities will include:
Develop and research ideas for written publication/communication on topics of moderate complexity. Collect and edit 260+ student Cardinal Quarter reflections and design and edit tailored reports for 100 funds each year.
Consult with internal and external customers, including faculty, staff, and student leaders to oversee student and connector digests and reports, and to better understand the need and purpose of a project.
Compose written material for diverse audiences, across a variety of channels. This includes writing thank-you notes for diverse donor and other audiences, which requires an understanding of their background and interests and where their gift is being directed; crafting digital and print annual appeal communications for key audiences; and working with the communications coordinator to edit blog entries for regular publication.
Manage production of own publications/communications. Write and design Cardinal Service stewardship report to donors, event invitations and program flyers and adhere to deadlines and brand guidelines.
Compose written material and edit reports, white papers and other development collateral and speaker bios.
Manage production of own stories, draft and edit stories regarding student and faculty awardees as well as other stories as assigned, adhering to deadlines.
Develop, compile and edit donor bios and meeting and event briefings that support written communication (i.e., backgrounders, biographies, executive talking points, and other related materials).
Establish and maintain extensive contacts with Haas Center and Cardinal Service staff and partners around campus to identify story themes and newsworthy events to promote and disseminate information.
* - Other duties may also be assigned To be successful in this position you will bring:
Bachelor's degree and five years of related experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.
Proven success in writing for publication in print, web, and other platforms.
Excellent design and writing, interpersonal, and oral communication skills with proven ability to present, write, edit, and organize thoughts in a clear, concise, and well-organized manner.
Ability to understand materials of moderate complexity and synthesize across multiple sources to produce materials for diverse audiences.
Ability to change voice and writing style to fit a particular audience and purpose.
Firm understanding of web technologies and applications, including social networking, social media tools, and current communication trends.
Excellent interpersonal skills and able to interact effectively with a diverse array of people, including senior leaders.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.
Ability to manage and prioritize multiple deadlines.
Excellent time management skills.
In addition, preferred requirements include:
Knowledge of college student life.
Public service or related experience.
Proficiency with Adobe Suite, including InDesign.
Flexible approach to fast-paced environment and willingness to work some weekend and evening hours.
Ability to learn new software, applications, and social media platforms and tools quickly and independently.
Ability to be a self-starter who can work autonomously with minimal supervision, as well as in a team-oriented and collaborative environment.
Ability to communicate and interact effectively with diverse constituencies including faculty, staff, students, community partners, alumni, and donors.
* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.
About the Haas Center for Public Service
Stanford University's Haas Center for Public Service serves as the hub of Cardinal Service, a campus-wide initiative to make service a distinctive feature of a Stanford education. The Haas Center inspires and prepares students to create a more just and sustainable world through service, scholarship, and community partnerships. Guided by Stanford's Principles of Ethical and Effective Service, students engage in local, national, and global service across diverse pathwayscommunity engaged learning and research, community organizing and activism, direct service, philanthropy, policy and governance, and social entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility. Cardinal Service focuses on four dimensions that have proven transformative in the lives of students: a full-time, quarter-long service experience (Cardinal Quarter); community engaged learning classes (Cardinal Courses); sustained service engagement (Cardinal Commitment); and support to integrate service into any career and pursue work in the public interest (Cardinal Careers). Why Stanford is for You
Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven individuals to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:
Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or course auditing opportunities. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
If you're ready to work for an organization that nurtures diversity, respect, professional development and a comfortable work-life fit, we invite you to explore this opportunity and apply online. To be considered, please submit a cover letter and resume along with your online application. Your one-page cover letter should briefly describe your background and experience in writing and editing; digital media content creation and curation; and any experience with writing, designing materials, coordination of projects and working collaboratively with others. To apply submit a cover letter and resume at the University's official job application site https://stanfordcareers.stanford.edu (Student Services Specialist).
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