Managing Editor

University of Texas at Arlington Published: January 2, 2018
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Job Description:

The Managing Editor for Communications serves as a member of the University Communications management team and plays a major role in the development and implementation of integrated communications and marketing strategy. The Managing Editor must have a proven track record in successful content marketing and data-driven strategy. This position is responsible for managing and advancing the University’s brand through production of dynamic and integrated content that includes publications, online communication, external and internal communication, media relations and institutional identity.

External Communication:

Direct and manage an integrated communication program for the University that reports on, promotes and conveys the University’s brand and strategic objectives and which positions the University appropriately and aspirationally in the eyes of its many stakeholders, influencers and general audience, including support of student recruitment, student affairs, teaching and research, and government, external, and general public relations.
Maintain the Editorial Calendar of assignments and meld the talents and resources of the Editorial and Media Relations teams.
Directly supervise writing staff and set an example of expertise in writing, editing and proofing of written materials.
Direct production of a wide range of high-quality print and digital content and materials in support of the university’s messaging and story-telling.
Curate and edit written content produced by a team of skilled writers for the University’s various communication channels including, but not limited to, news releases and media advisories, pitches for media coverage to reporters and editors, online stories, print articles, opinion pieces, feature stories, text for web pages, copy points for advertisements, scripts for voice-over narration of video, words and infographics in moving images, animation and banners/posters/flyers, and other written materials integral to the University’s communications efforts.
Coordinate with writers, designers, photographers and freelance writers to develop ideas and concepts for print and digital communication. Coordinate appropriate approvals for all editorial content, ensuring accuracy, consistency, timeliness and consensus. Responsible for accuracy of data, rankings and facts gathered to showcase and promote the University’s excellence.

Internal Communication:
Work with the Executive Director for Digital Communications to plan and execute a measurable internal communication program for faculty and staff, including digital and print communication platforms that communicate news, features, current events, achievements and institutional priorities, so as to keep all employees informed of University issues, events and programs.

Digital Content:
Serve as architect and strategist for distributing the department’s content to various channels including, but not limited to,, e-newsletters to target audiences, material for social media channels and other conveyances of information. In concert with the Executive Director for Digital Communications and the Associate Vice President for Communications, devise, determine and set metrics and measurable data points to gauge effectiveness of the department’s communication efforts and be responsible to monitoring and reporting on successes, challenges and opportunities.

Cultivate and maintain collegial and productive relationships with senior administrators, vice presidents, deans, department chairs, UT System colleagues, and others so as to be a repository of ideas and suggestions for stories and information across the university. Work collaboratively with other members of the University Communications team to maintain best practices, share resources and content, and ensure a vibrant and integrated communications program. Provide professional expertise and advice campus-wide.

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in communications, journalism, or related field or equivalent experience in professional career.
5 to 7 years of communications experience, including 5 years of relevant leadership experience (journalism, marketing communications, corporate communications, public relations, media relations, public affairs or similar profession).
Skilled at editing, writing, proofreading, writing, and fact checking.

Preferred Qualifications:

10 years of experience as a newsroom manager, editor or managing editor of a daily newspaper or regular magazine publication. Experience in higher education preferred.

To apply to this position:

UTA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation. A criminal background check will be conducted on finalists. The UTA is a tobacco free campus.

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