Senior Content Strategist and Magazine Editor

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

ID: 7084859 (Ref.No. BSU26938)
Posted: September 8, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Develop editorial content that relates to Ball State’s constituents; assign stories; manage the collection, writing, and editing of all magazine content; ensure successful execution of the magazine’s design, layout, production, and distribution; collaborate to ensure the content and visual elements advance a consistent and compelling voice; with support, manage freelance staff and vendors; advise relevant staff about magazine style issues; develop and maintain editorial policies and publishing requirements; research and assess the magazine’s communications effectiveness; respond to correspondence, including story submissions, complaints and questions; maintain an advisory board that provides feedback and story ideas; collaborate to develop content for and help maintain the magazine’s website and other interactive components; with support, oversee production of publications and resolve problems; monitor and adhere to project production schedules; communicate routinely and thoroughly with leadership about work progress, and as a senior content strategist, work with members of the university community, including department leaders and faculty, crafting brand-defining content across web, social, and print platforms while at the same time working with campus partners to build awareness about strategic content needs and the most appropriate channels to disseminate that information.

Job Function:

Develop editorial content that relates to Ball State’s constituents; assign stories; manage the collection, writing, and editing of all magazine content; ensure successful execution of the magazine’s design, layout, production, and distribution; collaborate to ensure the content and visual elements advance a consistent and compelling voice; with support, manage freelance staff and vendors; advise relevant staff about magazine style issues; develop and maintain editorial policies and publishing requirements; research and assess the magazine’s communications effectiveness; respond to correspondence, including story submissions, complaints and questions; maintain an advisory board that provides feedback and story ideas; collaborate to develop content for and help maintain the magazine’s website and other interactive components; with support, oversee production of publications and resolve problems; monitor and adhere to project production schedules; communicate routinely and thoroughly with leadership about work progress, and as a senior content strategist, work with members of the university community, including department leaders and faculty, crafting brand-defining content across web, social, and print platforms while at the same time working with campus partners to build awareness about strategic content needs and the most appropriate channels to disseminate that information.

Minimum Education:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.

Preferred Education:

Bachelor's degree in English, journalism, communications, or related field from an accredited institution.

Minimum Experience:

At least five years of professional experience in journalism, public relations, communications or related field.

Preferred Experience:

More than five years of professional experience overseeing planning, editing, and production of quality print and online publications; supervisory experience.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Form, manage and coach fluid teams of writers, graphics designers, photographers and digital strategists to create and distribute content across multiple platforms. Work with our magazine editorial board, campus leadership and others to identify key messages and compelling stories.
  • Create story ideas and plans that give balanced coverage of important news and inspiring stories representing a range of academic departments and constituents. Compose concise, inviting text for features, ads, news stories, press releases, headlines, captions, web pages, social media posts and more.
  • Team with student interns, staff writers and freelancers throughout the story process. Copyedit, fact-check, proof all print and online content to ensure flow, consistency, accuracy. When appropriate, connect content to key brand messages.
  • Conceptualize and clarify graphic needs for all print and online content. Offer ideas and guidance to photographers and designers. Collaborate with our art director to ensure story highlights and themes are enhanced by graphics choices.
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, identify and address problems, meet deadlines, and stay within budget. oversee production of publications and resolve problems; monitor and adhere to project production schedules.
  • Communicate routinely and thoroughly with leadership about work progress, and as a senior content strategist, work with members of the university community, including department leaders and faculty, crafting brand-defining content across web, social, and print platforms while at the same time working with campus partners to build awareness about strategic content needs and the most appropriate channels to disseminate that information
  • Advise relevant staff about magazine style issues; develop and maintain editorial policies and publishing requirements; research and assess the magazine’s communications effectiveness; respond to correspondence, including story submissions, complaints and questions; maintain an advisory board that provides feedback and story ideas; collaborate to develop content for and help maintain the magazine’s website and other interactive components.
  • As a senior content strategist, work with members of the University community, including department leaders and faculty, crafting brand-defining content across web, social, and print platforms while at the same time working with campus partners to build awareness about strategic content needs and the most appropriate channels to disseminate that information.
  • Craft strategic, creative plans for Ball State’s print and online magazine that illustrate Ball State’s key brand messages and strategic goals. Develop engaging stories that illuminate achievements of a diverse campus and alumni community and illustrate processes of learning and discovery that enrich the lives of our students and graduates.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


At Ball State University, we recognize inclusive excellence as an integral endeavor to fulfill our University’s mission and our strategic plan. We recruit, support, and retain a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff. We encourage and reward diversity of thought. We promote a work environment that encourages and rewards innovation and creativity. We pledge to keep Inclusive Excellence at the highest level of institutional importance and as a foundation in all that we strive to do. Our over-arching goal for Inclusive Excellence is to adopt a university-wide Inclusive Excellence approach to academic, administrative support, and service functions of the university. We believe Inclusive Excellence must be infused in every step we take.



 

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