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Writer/Editor- Dining Services

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Writer/Editor- Dining Services
Role Title: Public Relations & Marketing Specialist II
Posting Number: SW0170947
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

Provide writing and editing support for Dining Services including: Writing news stories, press releases, magazine articles, presentations, reports, web content, advertising copy, newsletters, social media posts, blogs, and promotional text. Working with multimedia communicators to secure photography, videography, and design elements to complete a project. Editing and proofreading a variety of content to ensure consistency and accuracy while adhering to Associated Press, university, and departmental style guidelines. Acting as an integral member of the Dining Services marketing team, assisting on news, web, print, promotions, award submissions and other projects, providing creative ideas and supporting productivity goals. Supporting implementation of an integrated marketing approach to communication projects. Working with others throughout Student Affairs to continually identify new and compelling ways to tell our stories.

Required Qualifications:

B.A. in English, communications and/or equivalent related experience. Previous experience with proofreading, editing, communications, and business writing. Demonstrated mastery of the English language and grammar. Previous experience with copyediting, and proofreading, with excellent attention to accuracy and detail. Previous experience writing marketing copy and news releases. Strong word processing skills with emphasis on efficiency and organization. Previous computer experience in Microsoft Office software and Macintosh platform. Excellent customer service and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to interact with a diverse group of people in a friendly and courteous manner. Previous customer service experience in a professional or academic setting. Must anticipate and meet deadlines with emphasis on completing work ahead of schedule. Strong time-management skills and ability to work independently with little supervision, prioritize work, and perform multiple functions simultaneously. Demonstrated ability to operate within a creative team-based environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with Associated Press style as well as the Virginia Tech Style Guide for written documents. Experience marketing programs and services to a student population in a university setting.

Employment Conditions: Alternate work schedule - If other than M-F, 8-5 please describe below
Must have a conviction check: Yes
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Work Schedule:

Work after hours or on weekends for Student Affairs events as needed.

Employment Comments:
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Employee Category: Hourly Wage Staff, limited to 1500 hrs/year
Appointment Type: Temp, non-salaried wage
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FLSA Status: Non-exempt: Eligible for overtime
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Part-time
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Pay Band: 3
Pay Range: $13.65 -$16.35/hr based on experience
Department: Dining Services
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: Varies: Work after hours or on weekends for Student Affairs events as needed.
Posting Date: 12/01/2017
Review Begin Date: 01/08/2018
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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  1. How did you first learn about this job opening?
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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
Optional Documents
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