Senior Writer/Editor in Waltham, MA

$100K - $150K(Ladders Estimates)

Brandeis University   •  

Waltham, MA 02454

Industry: Education, Government & Non-Profit


11 - 15 years

Posted 55 days ago


IA Donor Relations - PM (Katie LeClair)Sr. Writer/Editor

Institutional Advancement Division

The Opportunity

Brandeis University – a distinguished private research university recognized for its academic excellence and leading-edge research – has an exciting opportunity for a talented and motivated Communications Specialist (Writer).

Located in the suburbs of Boston, a global hub for higher education and innovation, Brandeis is dedicated to first-rate undergraduate education while making groundbreaking discoveries. Established as a nonsectarian university in 1948 by members of the American Jewish community, our visionary founders shared a commitment to social justice and to making the world a better place.

Our founders' pioneering spirit and intellectual pursuits continue today at Brandeis – from helping to solve a national public health crisis through work at its newly established Opioid Policy Research Collaborative, to the biological discoveries that last year earned two faculty members a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. We aspire to further such important endeavors and are looking to grow our team with individuals who share our passion and commitment. In preparation for its next ambitious campaign, Institutional Advancement (IA) seeks to strengthen the bonds with the University's many constituencies. By working together, we will secure the financial resources necessary to continue the legacy of excellence in teaching, research, and scholarship at Brandeis.

Position Summary

The Senior Writer/Editor is an integral part of the Institutional Advancement Communications team. He/she will help determine and shape the editorial strategy for the communications enterprise, write news stories, alumni features and donor profiles for websites and publications; assist with managing communications publications; write and edit mass communications; create compelling solicitations to grow fundraising, assist with digital content management; prepare specialized and/or highly customized communications, reports and editorial assignments and perform other communications-related responsibilities, as needed.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Write news stories, alumni features and donor profiles for websites, publications and social media. Conduct interviews with high profile alumni and friends for stories. Develop key themes, images and metaphors to create a framework that conveys key messages effectively. Support the roll-out of the university's new brand message platform as well as its Framework for Our Future
  • Provide leadership in managing communications publications, including Brandeis Magazine (3 issues a year), LouieNews e-newsletter (12 issues a year) and Brandeis Today & Tomorrow (1 or 2 issues annually): developing content strategy; identifying content to include; developing outline; creating and editing content, collecting photos and caption; and managing approval process.Conceptualize, create and edit mass communications (such as solicitations and event invitations) from Institutional
  • Conceptualize, create and edit mass communications (such as solicitations and event invitations) from Institutional Advancement to ensure they conform to AP style and internal strategic messaging priorities. Develop creative fundraising themes, key messages and compelling copy to drive direct marketing success across alumni, parents and friends
  • Assist with digital content management, including the alumni website and social media channels: developing content strategy; posting and updating content; troubleshooting, as needed
  • Other communications-related responsibilities, as needed, including coordinating with other departments such as the Office of Communications to ensure the university's new brand platform is implemented across IA communications. Write memorial resolutions for university's Board of Trustee meetings. Work with key donors when being profiled for articles and coverage.


  • Bachelor's degree required, with at least 10 years work-related experience; broad experience as a writer and editor are required.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop content and write clearly, concisely and on deadline for a publication, website or other outlet with a general audience. Attention to detail and a working knowledge of AP Style.
  • The successful candidate will have experience writing and editing a variety of communications: formal correspondence, profiles, feature stories, news stories and talking points for senior administrators.
  • Passion for storytelling and digital media.
  • Must be a detail-oriented, self-starter with an ability to work independently and manage multiple priorities to meet challenging timelines and deliver high-quality work end-products.
  • Must be able and willing to work occasional evenings and weekends with an attitude of doing what it takes to get the job done.

Closing Statement

Brandeis University is committed to providing its students, faculty and staff with an environment conducive to learning and working and where all people are treated with respect and dignity. Toward that end, it is essential that Brandeis be free from discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religious creed, gender identity and expression, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, genetic information, disability, military or veteran status or any other category protected by law (also known as membership in a "protected class"). ​

Valid Through: 2019-10-14