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Copywriter and Managing Editor

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Work type: Classified Staff
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Journalism/Communication, Legal/Law, English

Department: School of Law
Classification: Publications Editor
Appointment Type and Duration: Regular, Ongoing
Salary: $19.72 - $29.96 per hour
FTE: 1.0

Review of Applications Begins (Updated)

September 25, 2023; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please complete the online application, including all your relevant work experience and education on the form. We use that information to determine if applicants meet the minimum qualifications. Please also include three professional references.

Department Summary

The University of Oregon School of Law is a dynamic ABA-accredited law school and Oregon’s only public law school. Degrees offered include Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Laws (LLM), Master of Conflict and Dispute Resolution (CRES), and a minor in undergraduate legal studies. Oregon Law’s mission is to provide a world-class education. We prepare students through excellent classroom teaching paired with a multitude of practical experience opportunities and robust professional development. Our faculty produce exceptional research and scholarship. We accomplish our mission in a positive, inclusive environment where we strive to provide everyone with opportunities to grow, contribute, and develop. Our aim is to learn, teach, and practice the principles of equity and justice as critical foundations for our overall effort to achieve excellence as a top-ranked law school. Success in this work requires a diverse group of people in various faculty and staff roles working in one of our two locations, Eugene and Portland. The University of Oregon is located within the traditional homelands of the Southern Kalapuya. Learn more about Oregon Law at law.uoregon.edu, and consider joining our team.

Position Summary

The School of Law Communications office has the decision-making authority for the school's overall communication strategy; actively manages and directs the school’s website and affiliated web and social media presences; plans, creates, produces, and distributes various end products, including magazines, e-newsletters, brochures, blogs, advertisements, annual reports, photos, and videos; and develops and administers the school's graphic design, writing, and logo usage standards and visual brand guidelines in accordance with the university's overall marketing strategy and identity guidelines.

The Copywriter and Managing Editor position works under the direction of the Director of Communications. Work is largely independent with frequent direct responses to senior management and executives in various parts of the school. Reporting to the Director of Communications, the Copywriter and Managing Editor will arrange, write, edit, and oversee the production of compelling, timely, and relevant content, information, and materials that inform and engage core audiences to advance internal and external communications strategies and business goals.

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and managing information content including, but not limited to, specialty program communications, dean’s office communications, special features, speeches, crisis responses (coordinate with UC issues management), annual reports, position papers, and publications. Clarity, organization, grammar, and spelling are critical to the position's success.

This necessitates a hardworking, talented, detail-oriented, collaborative team member who will direct the content function but is equally eager to roll up their sleeves as needed in support of team success.

Minimum Requirements

• Four years of experience as an editor reviewing and correcting written materials for grammar, spelling, punctuation, and syntax errors and modifying copy to conform to standards of style, length, and ease of understanding.
• A Bachelor's degree in Journalism, English, or a related field may substitute for two years of the required experience.

Professional Competencies

• Ability to 1) work effectively with students, staff, and faculty from culturally diverse backgrounds and with multiple intersectional identities; and 2) advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the university community.
• Excellent written communication skills.
• Adept at multiple writing styles for a variety of audience segments.
• Ability to research, source, write and edit interesting, professionally published content.
• Ability to manage time and multiple projects in an efficient manner and work in a fast-paced environment.
• Ability to communicate and work effectively with stakeholders from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
• Ability to work with outside services and vendors.
• Ability to meet assigned deadlines.
• Ability to work independently and be self-directed.
• High-functioning organizational skills while working as part of a larger team.

Preferred Qualifications

• Five years or more experience in writing and editing.
• Supervisory experience.
• Experience with client services, including coordinating and communicating with diverse constituents with varying skill sets and knowledge of marketing and communications.
• Experience with content management (CMS) and project management programs such as Basecamp, Asana, or Wrike.

FLSA Exempt: No

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a background inquiry.

This is a classified position represented by the SEIU Local 503, Oregon Public Employees Union.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at uocareers@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

In compliance with federal law, the University of Oregon prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and services. The Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://clery.uoregon.edu/annual-campus-security-and-fire-safety-report.

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