World Federation of
Science Journalists

Science Writer Princeton University

Job Description

The Science Writer serves as part of the News and Editorial Services (NewsEd) team in the Office of Communications, developing editorial content for communicating about the teaching, research and service missions of the University, with a special emphasis on science. Editorial responsibilities support the office's news, media outreach, social media and Web priorities and functions. This position develops ideas, researches tips and writes stories for internal and external media. S/he focuses primarily on science, even when undertaking non-writing responsibilities, yet is expected to be a team player and help in other areas when required.
The Science Writer must be extremely well organized, exhibit exceptional attention to detail and be able to troubleshoot and multitask. S/he must be personable and able to communicate with faculty and others in a positive and productive manner. S/he will focus on office priorities and work in a collaborative manner to support overall University goals. Above all, s/he must be an expert communicator, including an excellent writer, editor and proofreader, eager to complete hands-on tasks, and negotiate diplomatically with colleagues and office clients.

Under the guidance of the NewsEd team's director and managing editors, this individual: assists in conceptualizing, writing and editing content for the University's home page and key publications, including the Princeton University Bulletin; helps create, edit, organize and update content for the University's core website; helps create, edit, organize and update content for other University websites; and takes a deadline-driven role in helping to shape and review publications materials to meet communications objectives and standards for content consistency and editorial style before such documents are approved for publication.

The NewsEd team, in conjunction with the Web Strategy and Visual Communications (VisWeb) team, produces more than $1 million worth of projects annually, including projects as simple as a postcard to a 250-page academic journal. Along with other team members, this position will assist in conceptualizing, writing, editing and managing project teams and processes for these publications, which can be expected to number up to 1,000 annually.

S/he also responds to media inquiries in addition to working with the team to support student groups, administrative units and academic departments with event publicity, editorial support and media outreach.
Candidates are asked to submit a cover letter, resume and science writing sample, and may submit up to three additional, brief writing samples (using documents 1, 2, 3). If submitting additional samples, please submit a variety such as a news release, a feature story, a research summary, etc.. Submit full documents, not links/URLs.

Essential Qualifications

The Science Writer must have 7 to 9 years of experience as a journalist or in an equivalent communications setting, of which at least 5 years must be science writing. Candidates must be able to demonstrate excellent communications skills, the ability to understand complex information and quickly translate it for mass audiences, the ability to work well with a diversity of people, the ability to take positive and proactive approaches to tasks and the ability to work in a collaborative manner in a high pressure, creative office that adheres to deadlines. Candidates must be familiar with AP style. A bachelor's degree or equivalent professional experience is required.
Finalist will be required to successfully complete a background check.

Prefered Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates who have: higher education experience; an advanced degree or equivalent professional experience; familiarity with The Chicago Manual of Style; and/or familiarity with systems employed by Princeton University's Office of Communications.

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