Editor, Oregon Stater magazine

Marketing and Communications Corvallis, Oregon


Position Summary

For over 100 years, the Oregon Stater magazine has told the inspiring stories of OSU students, faculty and alumni making a difference on campus and in their communities. The magazine is published by the OSU Alumni Association three times a year and mailed to more than 185,000 households. The Editor leads the magazine’s strategy, planning and production and serves as the university’s unofficial alumni storyteller-in-chief. The Editor researches and writes short- and long-form pieces for each issue and assigns and edits the work of a cadre of content contributors. The Editor is the primary liaison with the magazine’s volunteer advisory council and key production partners, including designers, the printer and the mail house. The Editor is a member of the 20+ person Marketing and Communications team of the OSU Foundation, the organization charged with leading fundraising and alumni engagement efforts for Oregon State University.

The successful candidate will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the first day of employment.   

Work Location 
This position is based in Corvallis, Oregon.

The Foundation offers a program called Core Work Days, a hybrid approach combining remote and in-office work days. Unless traveling for work, Foundation employees are in office on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and work remotely, if preferred, on Monday and Friday.
Measures of Success

  • The delivery of an award-winning magazine three times a year that stewards the Oregon State University brand while cultivating stakeholder relationships and leading the growth and development priorities outlined below
  • The creation of a dynamic annual editorial calendar and content plan that reflects the university’s diverse strengths and diverse audiences and advances the organization’s strategic engagement and fundraising priorities
  • The leadership of a redesign of the magazine and the establishment of a new production model during the first year
  • The development of the Oregon Stater as a brand that includes a robust digital presence in addition to the print magazine
  • The achievement of sustained increases in reader satisfaction and the implementation of a survey/data collection plan for quantifying audience engagement
Key Partners 

Beyond colleagues within the Marketing and Communications and Alumni Engagement teams, this position requires close collaboration with the following groups: 
  • Senior university leaders including the president, provost, vice presidents and deans
  • Leaders of the university’s central marketing and communications teams and senior marketing and communications professionals based in OSU’s colleges and units
  • Writers, photographers and designers who are either on contract with the Stater or are key collaborators
Major Duties 

Oversee all aspects of the production of the print magazine, including planning, writing, editing, design, printing and distribution.

Work collaboratively with the Executive Director of the OSU Alumni Association, who serves as publisher of the magazine, and the OSU Foundation’s Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Communications on the development of an editorial voice and purposeful content that advances the organization’s brand and goals for strategic constituent engagement.

Monitor university and college news, conduct informational interviews, attend events, read widely and be in conversation with people throughout the OSU community to identify stories.

Prioritize story pitches.

Write short- and long-form stories and columns.

Manage content collaborators and contractors and foster a team culture, working with writers from the idea stage through multiple rounds of editing.

Edit articles for style and substance and mentor writers to build excellence in storytelling.

Collaborate with the creative director to ensure all articles have attractive images that play a powerful role in the storytelling.

Oversee the design of the magazine and collaborate with contract designers as well as the Marketing and Communications creative team.

Oversee the printing and distribution of the magazine, serving as the lead with the printer and mail house.

Engage volunteer members of the Stater Advisory Council in quarterly and ad-hoc meetings to debrief prior issues of the magazine and seek input on upcoming content.

Build a vision for an expanded digital presence for the magazine that deepens engagement from readers, especially among recent alumni.

Work with university colleagues to promote alumni content through institutional communication channels.

Use the OSU Foundation’s CRM to conduct research for potential stories and to document interactions and communications with alumni and other constituents.

Answer questions and respond to requests from readers and other stakeholders.

Perform other duties as assigned.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities  
Comprehensive knowledge or understanding of:
  • Working in and being inspired by a mission-driven environment
  • Feature and news writing
  • Editorial planning
  • Engaging volunteers, editorial boards or advisory councils
  • Grammar, usage and AP style
  • Microsoft Office, CRM/database and project management tools
 Proven skill in:
  • Producing complex print publications
  • Passionately telling stories and understanding the power of storytelling to create community
  • Writing energetic and engaging articles
  • Editing for style, tone, content and length
  • Multimedia storytelling
  • Effectively reflecting diversity in individual articles and throughout publications
  • Interviewing sources for a story and cultivating trust
  • Managing complex organizational relationships and working effectively with executive leadership
 Demonstrated ability to:
  • Lead by influence and cultivate relationships internally and externally through a collaborative approach
  • Quickly and fully immerse oneself in the culture and history of an organization (i.e., rapid onboarding and a voracious appetite to learn about OSU, our state and those we serve)
  • Work and communicate effectively with a broad range of colleagues and stakeholders, helping to create an environment that values diversity and inclusion
  • Exhibit excellent judgment and a commitment to standards of ethical journalism
  • Excel in a fast-paced environment
  • Be self-driven to meet deadlines and keep others accountable
  • Be aware of, control and express one’s emotions appropriately, and to handle interpersonal relationships maturely, thoughtfully and empathetically, including the ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds 
Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and seven years of progressively responsible experience as a professional writer and/or editor who has managed or mentored other content contributors. At least three years of this experience must be working with print publications. Education and experience equivalencies will be considered. Must possess a valid Oregon Driver’s License or acquire one upon hire.  
Core Values

We strive to be one of the best places to work in the country.  We know that our success depends in large part on the people who carry out our mission. It’s what we do – and how we do it – that makes the difference.  Our core values reflect our approach to work and to each other, and we are committed to conduct consistent with these values. 
collaborative · responsible · respectful · inclusive · innovative 
To Apply: Apply at: https://www.fororegonstate.org/about/jobs/career-opportunities?p=job%2FoGEojfwL
Along with your application, please submit a cover letter, resume and writing portfolio (digital-only, please), including at least four stories you wrote of various lengths and on various topics.