Senior Editor

May 16, 2014


Earlham College is accepting applications for the position of Senior Editor in the Marketing and Communications Office. This is a full-time, 12-month administrative faculty appointment. Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes a full benefit package.

The Senior Editor plays a key role in shaping the Earlham story with compelling content in print and on the College website. An exceptional writer and editor, the senior editor is responsible for planning and overseeing and writing feature content for the Earlham website and various publications, including the College’s highly regarded, biannual alumni magazine, the Earlhamite.  Special priority will be given to incorporating brand messaging into content and integrating stories across mediums managed by Marketing and Communications.

Along with being a skilled communicator, the Senior Editor must be proficient in planning and coordinating the content needs of Admissions, Institutional Advancement, Public Events and other College departments. The Senior Editor will work as a leader on editorial voice, messaging, tone and vision for all communication channels.

The Senior Editor reports to the Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications and directly supervises an associate editor. S/he will maintain close relationships with faculty, staff, senior administrators and key groups on campus and will also be responsible for contracting with freelance writers and student workers.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • The Senior Editor will develop and write content across multiple channels that contribute to enrollment and donations, including the College website, enrollment publications, the Alumni magazine and other editorial efforts. 
  • S/he will collaborate with Mar/Com team members to plan and develop the editorial needs for publications and web content as requested, developing an understanding of content that reinforces institutional messages and implementing Marketing and Communications standards.
  • Produce two printed issues of the Earlhamite magazine in July and January in collaboration with the AVP for Marketing and Communications and Art Director. Create and carry out a detailed production schedule five months in advance of each issue and shepherd the process through stages of text editing and proofing. 
  • Explore a range of story and content topics related to student and alumni engagement, academic quality, student-faculty collaboration and outcomes.
  • Research and write spotlights about current students, faculty members and alumni.

Experience & Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree is required; a master’s degree is preferred.
  • A background in journalism, writing or English.
  • At least four years experience in journalism, higher education or public relations work.
  • Ability to write high-quality copy containing accurate information.
  • Ability to produce large quantities of written materials meeting a high standard for artfulness, style and emotional impact.
  • Strong knowledge of grammar, punctuation and spelling that includes use of reference and style manuals.
  • Creativity, curiosity and the ability to work well with other people.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple projects while staying focused on task at hand.

Application Instructions

Please send (preferably by email) a letter of interest, resume, a minimum of three published writing samples, including at least one magazine-length feature article and contact information for three references to:

Human Resources Office
Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, IN 47374-4095

Phone:  765-983-1393

Review of applications will begin on June 18, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled.

Earlham College continues to build a community that reflects the gender and racial diversity of the society at large, and, therefore, we are particularly interested in inviting and encouraging applications from African Americans, other ethnic minorities, and women. Earlham also is eager to solicit applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Earlham utilizes E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility for all newly hired employees within the United States.

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Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts, including the sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
1-765-983-1200 — Main Switchboard
1-800-EARLHAM (327-5426) — Admissions