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As one of the top engineering schools in the U.S. and one of the oldest in the nation, Columbia Engineering expands knowledge and advances technology through the pioneering research of its more than 230 faculty. Guided by its strategic vision, ???Columbia Engineering for Humanity,??? the School translates ideas into innovations that foster a sustainable, healthy, secure, connected, and creative world. As such, the School has long prioritized human-centered technology and provides expert, meaningful thought leadership around technology issues and trends and their impacts on the wider society.
Columbia Engineering seeks an enterprising part-time Writer, Assistant Editor (25 hours -benefits eligible) to assist in researching, reporting, and writing g stories around school priorities, helping to shape dynamic coverage with an emphasis on entrepreneurship.
This position will assist in administering, planning and producing a wide range of content. Ideal candidates will be able to understand our unique audiences and deliver exceptional and informative content to serve them.
(40%) Responsible for packaging formatting , and performing some editing for print and online features content. Researches, conducts interviews, writes, and fact checks articles, contributes to newsletter production, wrangles visual assets, and assists in the approval process. Manages production of the biannual magazine???s Departments section across online, print, and emerging platforms. This can include writing, and managing copy, assets, production schedules and deadlines, as well as some wider stakeholder management and SEO duties.
(40%) Handle writing and fact checking tasks for online, print, and emerging platforms with extreme attention to detail. Deliver crisp, compelling content on deadline. Generate story ideas and creative angles for coverage. Produce and package content for print, online, and social media as needed; show good judgment on priorities, sourcing, headlines, and taste. Manage Departments content (coordinate with internal partners; edit for print and digital platforms; wrangle assets; help manage deadlines, etc). Help produce and package digital products (i.e. newsletters). Manage distribution of print products. Assist with administrative tasks for editorial, as needed. Contribute to an inclusive and equitable organizational culture.
(20%) Additional duties handled as needed, such as writing captions, headlines and decks, posting editorial content to social media, repurposing editorial content for additional channels, and helping with administrative tasks
Bachelor???s degree in English, Journalism, Creative Writing, Communications, or a related field and at least two years experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
When applying, please include samples of your work
Background in covering technology or science or demonstrated enthusiasm to learn challenging new subjects. Demonstrated ability to understand and maintain editorial standards. Acute attention to detail and highly organized. Ability to identify and solve problems.
Ability to prioritize responsibilities and ensure smooth workflow. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work both independently and interdependently to achieve goals. Ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community. Strong critical thinking skills and the ability to act autonomously and creatively when needed.
High degree of self-motivation and ability to thrive in a complex and dynamic deadline-driven environment. Demonstrated ability to organize time and manage multiple projects. Proficiency in Adobe Creative Cloud, social media platforms and APIs, Google Sheets, Microsoft Suite, and digital asset management systems.
Commitment to the mission and values of Columbia Engineering and a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Have a passion for workplace diversity and inclusion. Have high standards for your work and be proud to contribute to a mission-driven organization.
3+ years of experience in journalism or related fields. Excellent communication, writing and proofreading skills Critical thinking and problem solving. Experience across social media, including creating toolkits.
Basic Knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud, familiarity with other design tools such as Canva preferred. Photography skills, including photo editing, preferred.
Bachelor???s degree in journalism or related field, masters preferred. Proficiency in English. Attention to detail. Ability to prioritize and multitask
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.
Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.