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UW Medicine Strategic Marketing & Communications is looking for a writer and storyteller to heighten and expand UW Medicine brand awareness through a variety of communication vehicles, including its digital publications Right as Rain and The Huddle. The position also requires excellent writing and storytelling skills and strong interest in writing about health, research as well as equity, diversity and inclusion topics.
Knowledge of content marketing and consumer health writing is highly desirable.
Storytelling: •Concepting and writing consumer health articles and tips. Example: pitches and writes a story for Right as Rain. •Writes news, profiles and feature stories for an employee audience. Examples: writing workplace tips article or employee profile stories for The Huddle. •Create emotionally powerful copy/stories that engage consumers and heighten the awareness of UW Medicine and its mission to improve the health of the public. Example: writing an immersive story to be used in a content marketing campaign. •Shepherds content through review, editing and production process. Example: Ensuring a story has been through medical review, signed off by stakeholders and published to Right as Rain.
Content Development: •Develops, writes and edits content for websites, digital marketing assets, presentations and other projects. Examples: writing copy for UWMedicine.org or service line marketing campaigns. •Edits and reviews content produced by other team members. Examples: review of articles written by peers or editing of existing web copy. •Creates messaging to promote UW Medicine. Examples: key messages for email and social media campaigns. •Acquires knowledge of UW Medicine’s programs and accomplishments by interviewing faculty, leadership and subject matter experts. •Supports special projects and administrative initiatives, as well as performs related duties and tasks as assigned.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS •Bachelor's degree in English, communications, journalism, or related field AND a minimum of three (3) years of writing and editing experience.
Additional requirements: •Excellent research, writing and editing skills. •Understanding of plain-language or patient-centered writing. •Experience in creating content based on SEO best practices. •Good organizational, analytical and interpersonal communication skills. •Ability to meet deadlines, multitask and prioritize workload. •Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office applications. •Ability to write for different audiences and understanding of appropriate voice and tone. •Enjoys working on a highly collaborative team as well as independently. •Willingness and ability to provide references who can attest to the skills and experience listed above.
Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.
DESIRED REQUIREMENTS •Knowledge of Associated Press Style. •Experience working with Drupal or other content management systems. •Experience working in a complex organization. •Experience writing and editing health and science-related content. •Experience communicating about healthcare equity, diversity and inclusion..
WORKING ENVIRONMENT AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT •This position will work remotely until September 2021 (the expected return to office timeframe). •Work is performed in an open office setting with noise and other distractions. •The position may travel to various locations to gather information and/or assist with activities. •Position maintains regular office hours Monday through Friday and occasional evening and weekend work to assist with communications or events. •This is an essential position, meaning the individual is required to report to work when the University is under suspended operations due to inclement weather, etc.
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