This Writer/Editor will assist senior faculty, staff, and postdocs in the Department of Preventive Medicine to write and edit various documents, including scientific publications (books, articles, reviews, manuscripts, etc.), research grants, CV’s and biosketches, and others. This position will be primarily assisting faculty in the Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention division, but will have some % effort assisting other departmental faculty and staff.
- Write the department’s newsletter (6 editions per year)
- Prepare center, division, and department communications, and other related materials as needed.
- Perform other writing duties as required or assigned.
- Communications Trafficking and Project Management
- Route drafts, coordinate reviews/approvals with other faculty and staff.
- Monitor funding agencies to identify new requests for proposals relevant to the interests of the PIs and other center faculty.
Editing and Review
- Provide strategic review, copy-editing, and proofreading of content written by other team members and/or faculty to ensure adherence to grammatical and brand standards.
- Edit and assemble grant application packages including research narratives, bio-sketches, and relevant letters.
- Proofread and edit manuscripts and grant proposals and related materials.
- Assist with the preparation of manuscripts, presentations, book chapters, etc.
- Conduct literature reviews for background to manuscripts and grant proposals.
- Ensure that messaging and tone are appropriate for all audiences.
- Build email templates and refresh audience lists to deliver e-communication materials.
- Partner with the website coordinator to ensure that specific content can be pushed out appropriately.
Performs other duties as assigned.
- Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
- Two years of professional writing experience, including print and online content or other relevant experience required.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
- Exceptional writing, editing, fact checking, and proofreading skills.
- Strong project management skills that include the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously, produce polished content under tight deadlines, and manage projects from concept through production.
- Strong portfolio of writing that is clear, accurate, and compelling.
- Ability to interview University administrators and faculty across a wide range of disciplines and present complex concepts in clear and lively prose for diverse donor audiences.
- Ability to write in a voice appropriate to the varied audiences addressed, and to write to the style of key individuals.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
- Experience in scientific writing; scientific publications
- Experience in grant writing
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.