Editorial Specialist Full-Time, Exempt Washington, DC
The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) seeks an excellent writer and skilled communicator as the Editorial Specialist. This role serves as the organization’s primary writer and content strategist and must have superior skills in communications, writing, editing, and proofreading. A successful candidate will have the ability to draft and adapt messaging for a variety of audiences and platforms; be creative, collaborative and an excellent team player; have a keen attention to detail; be able to work efficiently and under pressure; cultivate a deep awareness of the CCCU’s vast portfolio of work and be able to communicate this clearly; and display excellent judgement and discretion. The Editorial Specialist is a key member of the organization’s communications team and reports directly to the Senior Director of Communications and Public Affairs.
Virtual Work Note: The CCCU is headquartered in Washington, DC. Due to COVID-19, all staff are currently working remotely, but the organization plans to transition back to in-person work in September 2021.
Serve as the primary writer for the CCCU. This includes writing press releases, news stories, and promotion and marketing email blasts to 9,000+ contacts. Serve as executive editor and content curator for the president’s regular newsletter to campus presidents and monthly CCCU newsletter, draft text content for monthly conference marketing emails, and serve as curator for monthly "From Capitol Hill" government relations email.
Collaborate with external editor of Advance Magazine to develop issue themes and story ideas; write or edit feature stories for the magazine; create social media strategy & draft social media posts to promote each issue; oversee promotion of each completed issue on both social media & the website. Serve as key leader in creating plans to strategically repurpose content from the magazine across multiple channels.
Serve as primary coordinator/content creator for key CCCU organizational materials, including the Annual Report and annual membership dues/reaffirmation letters.
Assist Marketing Specialist in drafting content in the CCCU's voice for the organization's three main social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn).
Serve as executive editor of all scripting for CCCU conferences & events, this includes drafting the scripts for all three days of the upcoming 2022 International Forum.
Serve as point of contact for all contractually promised communications obligations for external partnerships.
Collaborate on marketing campaigns for the CCCU, including "Notable Alumni" campaign to highlight the most prominent CCCU alumni from our campuses across the country & around the world. Assist with overall strategy to effectively identify & utilize CCCU alumni and others as advocates for Christian higher education.
Work closely with Marketing Specialist to assist with storyline/scripting needs for new CCCU video projects.
Serve as primary proofreader as needed for all CCCU materials, including those for CCCU GlobalEd, the President’s Office, Development, and Conferences & Events.
Manage organizational contact lists in MailChimp.
Make the case for Christian higher education to external audiences in a positive and winsome way.
Serve as point of contact for any media requests that come in when the Senior Director of Communications & Public Affairs is out of the office.
Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Persons applying for the position should:
3-5 years of communications and/or professional writing experience.
Have exceptional verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
Be detail-oriented, highlight organized, flexible, and willing to learn.
Be able to manage multiple tasks and competing priorities.
Be a strategic thinker with a strong work ethic.
MailChimp and/or Wordpress experience preferred.
Affirm the Nicene Creed and have a strong appreciation for the Christian mission and purpose of the CCCU.
Application should include:
A statement of your Christian faith, noting how you your faith informs your work
Applicants should apply online through this posting and include a cover letter, resume, and statement of your Christian faith. First preference will be given to applicants who apply before the deadline of June 25. Applications will be received until June 30. No paper applications or phone calls please. Applications that do not include all of the requested materials will not be reviewed.
About Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities is a higher education association of more than 180 Christian institutions around the world. With campuses across the globe, including more than 150 in the U.S. and Canada and nearly 30 more from an additional 18 countries, CCCU institutions are accredited, comprehensive colleges and universities whose missions are Christ-centered and rooted in the historic Christian faith. Most also have curricula rooted in the arts and sciences. The CCCU’s mission is to advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education and to help our institutions transform lives by faithfully relating scholarship and service to biblical truth. For more information about our organization, visit our website: www.cccu.org. Learn more about our GlobalEd programs at: www.cccuglobaled.com