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Job TitleStaff EditorDepartmentBaker InstituteFull Time/Part TimeFull-TimeRequisition NumberS20241Open Date11/08/2019Close Date11/22/2019Salary InformationSalary Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications

Work ScheduleMonday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Occasional evening work is required for events and special projects.

Benefits EligibleYesEligible for OvertimeNoPosition SummaryFounded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy has established itself as one of the premier nonpartisan public policy think tanks in the country. As an integral part of Rice University, the Baker Institute has a strong track record of achievement based on the work of its fellows, scholars, Rice faculty scholars, and staff. The institute collaborates with experts from academia, government, the media, business, and nongovernmental and private organizations.

The Baker Institute is seeking a staff editor to edit academic papers and event materials, including agendas, programs, invitations, and speaker bios. S/he will also edit policy reports and other high-level research publications as necessary, write event and website-related content, contribute to the institute newsletter, and be responsible for writing and posting content to the institute’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Education RequiredBachelor's DegreeMajor/DisciplineSubstitution for Education RequirementMay substitute additional related experience, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis in lieu of the education requirement.

Education PreferredBachelor’s degree in English, communications, journalism, or a related field

Experience Required6 monthsType of ExperienceRelated communications experience (professional paid experience gained as a student worker and during internships is acceptable)

Substitution for Experience RequirementMay substitute additional related education, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis in lieu of the experience requirement.

Experience PreferredExperience working in an academic or research-based environment and/or one year in a professional editing environment

License/Certification RequiredLicense/Certification PreferredSkills Required- Understanding of the principles, terminology, procedures, and best practices of communications, public relations, and editorial content
- Ability to initiate and develop sources for features, news release, bulletin, etc.
- Ability to conduct source-gathering, interview administration, and performing research for appropriate contents and media
- Ability to edit manuscripts for form, content, style, and organization
- Experience with job-required software applications
- Ability to perform detailed work with high level of accuracy and attention to detail

Skills Preferred- Proven ability to meet deadlines, work independently and handle multiple projects
- Exceptional editing and writing skills in AP style
- Experience with content management systems
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, particularly Track Changes
- Some marketing experience is a plus

Internal / External ContactsInternal Contacts: The position has frequent contact with Baker Institute staff, fellows, student interns, and campus collaborators.

Physical DemandsMust be able to work in front of a computer for up to eight hours a day.

Working Conditions- Standard office environment
- Occasional evening work required for special projects

Essential PersonnelPosition is not considered essential during a campus emergency.

Rice University Standard of CivilityServes as a representative of the University, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration and discretion in all interactions with other members of the Rice community and with the public.

Security SensitiveYes Special Instructions to ApplicantsQuick Link for Postinghttp://jobs.rice.edu/postings/21940 Job Functions

Essential Functions- Performs editorial review and content development under supervision
- Reviews content to be disseminated through websites and print publications
- Researches, writes, and edits publications for style and substance
- Edits manuscripts for content, style, and organization
- Checks editorials for accuracy and uses own judgment in critiquing the work
- Coordinates publication / editorial schedules, and monitors process in consultation with
supervisor or client
- Coordinates and facilitates publication process
- Establish and maintains communication with internal clients and external media outlets to facilitate promotion and information dissemination
- Perform all other duties as assigned

Additional Functions or Information- Edits event materials, including print and email invitations, conference agendas and programs, and speaker bios, for clarity, punctuation, spelling and typos
- Edits research papers, blog posts, and other institute work products following the AP stylebook or Chicago Manual of Style, as appropriate
- Offers comments to institute fellows and scholars to improve readability and organization of research publications
- Writes and edits content for the institute’s Annual Report and exhibits of archival materials in the building lobby
- Writes text for brochures and other promotional materials
- Drafts and posts content for the institute website, email newsletter, and social media accounts
- Occasionally provides live social media presence for Baker Institute events and programs
- Oversees annual update of fellow/scholar bios, program descriptions, course listings, student internships, and board member bios
- Keeps open lines of communication with various staff departments to negotiate changes
- Updates website as necessary

Job Duties

Job Duty NameEssential FunctionsDescription of Job Duty- Perform editorial review and content development under supervision.
- Review content to be disseminated through websites and print publications.
- Research, write, and edit publications for style and substance.
- Edit manuscripts for content, style, and organization.
- Check editorials for accuracy and use own judgment in critiquing the work.
- Coordinate publication / editorial schedules, and monitor process in consultation with
supervisor or client.
- Coordinate and facilitate publication process.
- Establish and maintain communication with internal clients and external media outlets to facilitate promotion and information dissemination.
- Perform all other duties as assigned

Job Duties

Job Duty NameJob-Specific DutiesDescription of Job Duty- Edit event materials, including print and email invitations, conference agendas and programs, and speaker bios, for clarity, punctuation, spelling and typos.
- Edit research papers, blog posts and other institute work products following the AP stylebook or Chicago Manual of Style, as appropriate.
- Offer comments to institute fellows and scholars to improve readability and organization of research publications.
- Write and edit content for the institute’s Annual Report and exhibits of archival materials in the building lobby.
- Write text for brochures and other promotional materials.
- Draft and post content for the institute website, email newsletter and social media accounts.
- Occasionally provide live social media presence for Baker Institute events and programs.
- Oversee annual update of fellow/scholar bios, program descriptions, course listings, student internships, and board member bios.
- Keep open lines of communication with various staff departments to negotiate changes.
- Update website as necessary.

Applicant DocumentsRequired Documents
- Resume
- Cover Letter

Optional Documents

Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).


- * Do you have a bachelor's degree or additional related experience, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis in lieu of the education requirement?
- Yes
- No


- * Do you have six months of related communications experience, or additional related education, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis in lieu of the experience requirement?
- Yes
- No


- * Please provide the salary or range that you would require or consider for this position. (Open Ended Question)

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