University of Pennsylvania MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS WRITER in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 02-28474


School Name School of Arts and Sciences

Org Professional and Liberal Education (PLE)

Posted to the Web 04/11/2018

Posted Job/Salary Grade 026

Employment Type Exempt

Hours N/A

Position Type Full Time

Position Schedule TBD

Months 12

Position Length Ongoing

Position End Date

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

School/Center Overview

The School of Arts and Sciences forms the foundation of the scholarly excellence that has established Penn as one of the world’s leading research universities. We teach students across all 12 Penn schools, and our academic departments span the reach from anthropology and biology to sociology and South Asian studies.


Penn’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS) is looking for a Marketing and Communications Writer with at least 5 years of experience working in higher education, a creative/marketing agency or other related field to join our collaborative marketing team.Under the direction and general supervision of the Creative Marketing Manager, the Marketing and Communications Writer works closely with an award-winning marketing team to generate ideas and produce high-quality content for all digital, audio and print communications — websites, e-mails, advertisements, brochures, flyers, posters, radio, news articles, faculty/student profiles, and other promotional materials that help achieve LPS project and program goals.The Marketing and Communications Writer works with the Creative Marketing Manager and Director of Marketing to identify newsworthy content and pitch story ideas to central University Communications. S/he works to enhance brand and program awareness for LPS by soliciting content from program teams to support marketing efforts. S/he develops contacts and manages editorial relationships with appropriate trade journals and professional organizations and partners. The Marketing and Communications Writer is expected to understand the mission of the business unit and goals of its programs and be able to convey that in a cohesive voice across all projects, platforms and communications to support LPS objectives.The Marketing and Communications Writer builds relationships with program directors, recruiters, and enrollment and admissions staff, and works collaboratively to shape communications for prospective students, applicants, and newly admitted students.The Marketing and Communications Writer is responsible for editing, proofreading and ensuring the accuracy of all content and adherence to LPS style guides and standards. The Marketing and Communications Writer must be comfortable working both collaboratively and independently under tight deadlines and balancing multiple projects simultaneously.A great eye for detail and a passion for higher education a must.


A Bachelor’s degree and two to three years of digital communications and marketing experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience, is required. Five to seven years are strongly preferred. S/he must have professional experience collaborating in a team environment on the development of creative concepts and strategic writing, as well as the ability to manage and prioritize multiple detail-oriented assignments. S/he has history of strong editing and proofreading skills. The ideal candidate has experience maintaining relationships with editorial contacts from appropriate trade journals and professional organizations and partners. Preference is given to candidates who have experience with content marketing, user experience and writing press releases.S/he demonstrates advanced-level knowledge of industry-standard applications including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Acrobat. Experience with higher education is a plus. Knowledge of the Adobe suite, content management systems and other web applications, including project management software, is a plus.Evidence of continuing studies, coursework and active professional involvement is a plus.Writing samples must be provided for consideration.

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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Posting Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  • How did you hear about this employment opportunity?

  • Jobs@Penn

  • Contacted by a Penn Recruiter

  • Referred by a Penn Employee

  • Referred by a friend or family member

  • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)

  • Inside Higher Ed


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  • Linkedin

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  • Professional Affiliation/Trade Website

  • Diversity Association/Publication Website

  • Heard about it at a conference or career fair

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  • Recruitment and/or staffing agency

  • What is your highest level of education completed?

  • Less than high school education

  • High School Diploma or GED

  • Vocational or Technical School

  • Associate's Degree or Two Year College

  • Bachelor's Degree

  • Master's Degree

  • PHD/MD/JD or equivalent doctoral degree

  • How many years of experience do you have related to this position?

  • 0 to 1 Year

  • 1 to 2 Years

  • 2 to 3 Years

  • 3 to 5 Years

  • 5 to 7 Years

  • 7 to 10 Years

  • Over 10 Years

  • Have you been responsible for editing and proofreading your own work, and the work of others, in previous roles? If yes, please rank your editing and proofreading skill level: 1-5 (with 1 being the most basic level and 5 being the highest level).

(Open Ended Question)

  • Do you have experience conducting interviews in order to develop profiles, testimonials or personal stories?

  • Yes

  • No

  • Have you been a full-time member of a cross-disciplinary creative team, working with other writers, designers, developers and directors?

  • Yes

  • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Resume

Optional Documents

  • Cover Letter