Writer/Content Marketing Specialist

Posted 05/12/21

Position summary

John Brown University announces a position in University Marketing & Communications (UMC) with a focus on writing to begin as soon as possible. The committee seeks a skilled writer and idea generator who can write effectively to prospective and current students, parents, alumni and donors in both print and online avenues. This individual will take an active role in crafting the university’s content marketing and search optimization strategy.  This role will be part of the creative process and work with the UMC team to broaden JBU’s brand awareness and reach through various communication campaigns and other efforts communicated by UMC.

JBU is a Christ-centered, interdenominational university that prepares students to honor God and serve others by developing their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives. JBU’s mission is summarized in its two historic mottos: Christ Over All and Head, Heart, Hand. As a Christ-centered community, JBU values diversity and affirms that all human beings are imprinted with the image of God and we are therefore called to honor, cherish and respect one another. In seeking to become a more diverse community we especially encourage applications from women and candidates from racial and ethnic backgrounds that are underrepresented on our staff.

Department Mission Statement: The University Marketing & Communications team is dedicated to our mission to “Promote. Communicate. Serve.” We promote the university to prospective students, parents, alumni and donors. We communicate the mission of JBU and the incredible stories of our students, alumni, faculty and staff. Finally, we serve the other departments at the university by creating excellent marketing and communication materials.

Role Qualifications 

  • Ability to create and maintain positive relationships with staff, faculty, students and community
  • Ability to set priorities and accomplish goals with limited supervision
  • Ability to multi-task and adjust to shifting priorities
  • Commitment to representing diverse voices in work projects
  • Ability to articulate the benefits of a Christian college experience, including a clear and concise position on the issue of integration of faith, learning and living
  • Commitment to the Articles of Faith, employee expectations, mission and objectives of the university
  • Desire to be a role model for students by demonstrating an active Christian faith in personal example and in work related responsibilities.

Position Responsibilities 

  • Manage the content calendar for JBU’s blog and website based on SEO and content marketing best practices
  • Write and recommend effective search engine optimized content for blogs, websites and social media accounts
  • Support and execute projects related to content marketing, content growth and SEO including publishing of faculty, staff and student work
  • Provide guidance and input in managing SEO strategy, such as reviewing and editing web content to ensure effective SEO keyword use, work with Google Analytics and other software to track results and manage reporting
  • Write articles and provide editorial support for the Brown Bulletin, JBU’s official magazine
  • Write press releases and distribute to local and regional media; provide quarterly reports on PR.
  • Create and edit internal employee newsletter and announcements on campus portal
  • Recruit and supervise work-study students, freelance bloggers/writers
  • Write marketing and advertising copy, video and radio scripts as needed for various departments on campus
  • Other duties as assigned.

Essential Skills and Experience 

  • Knowledge/experience of the editorial process from story idea to final draft
  • Strong narrative writing, grammar and editing skills
  • Ability to conduct effective interviews for writing projects
  • Knowledge in, or ability to learn, content marketing and SEO strategies
  • Ability to do independent research (including interviews) to gather content
  • Ability to write clean copy, quickly, under pressure and on deadline
  • Creativity and motivation to find interesting stories for the different publishing formats

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite and the Mac platform
  • Familiarity with AP Stylebook
  • Experience in online or traditional journalism or publishing
  • Bilingual abilities are a plus

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in communications, English, marketing or related field.

Reporting to this Position

work-study staff, interns, part-time staff, private contractors

Physical Demands and Work Environment

Physical demands:  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk; stand; sit; use hands; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work environment: The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.

 

The employee is expected to adhere to all University policies.

 

Diversity

JBU desires to increase the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students to honor how all humans are created in the image of God, to reflect better the diversity of the Kingdom of God, to further our Christian commitment to justice, and to increase the quality of our educational experience. JBU is pursuing the goal of teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from ethnic minorities and women. For more information, visit our diversity webpage.

About JBU

Information describing the university is available on-line.

Apply

Please complete the application and then upload it along with your resume, cover letter, and 1-2 writing samples to the "Upload Your Documents" page. Writing samples can include articles (published or non-published), blog posts, personal essays or academic papers.  Only complete materials will be reviewed. Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted by the university.‚Äč 

Contact Information:
Office of Human Resources
John Brown University
2000 West University Street
Siloam Springs, AR 72761
Phone: 479.524.7197
e-mail: jobs@jbu.edu

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