Utah State University

Editorial Manager

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 months ago(5/14/2020 12:27 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
Category (Portal Searching)
Marketing & PR
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
University Advancement
Vice President-Univ Advancement
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Reporting to the Sr. Director of Strategic Communications, the Editorial Manager plans, develops and executes written content and editing strategies that creatively and purposefully promote fundraising, stewardship and alumni engagement activities, and ensure excellence within advancement.  

The Editorial Manager will create gratifying gift and engagement experiences by ensuring all investors are recognized thoughtfully and know the impact of their investment with USU. The position works collaboratively to advance Utah State University’s fundraising goals by developing stronger connections with alumni and donors through impactful storytelling.

The Editorial Manager writes and/or edits marketing and promotional materials that can be used across multiple platforms, including brochures, flyers, web articles, proposals, donor acquisitions, impact reports, and other documents; they may also coordinate content for special events and projects. The position will also be responsible for writing and/or editing scripts, presentations, and letters for the Vice President for Advancement and the President of USU.

The incumbent must possess advanced writing skills and the knowledge and experience to collaborate both within the Advancement unit and across campus, and effectively manage and/or prioritize multiple projects.


  • Writes and/or edits content for a wide range of marketing and communication pieces — such as brochures, flyers, scripts, articles, impact reports, presentations, letters, emails, newsletters and feature stories — in a wide range of formats, including print, email, website and social media.
  • Develops content that is meaningful, impactful, accessible and engaging.
  • Works collaboratively with advancement and alumni team to creatively generate written content that suites audiences and aligns with division’s goals.
  • Nurtures relationships with colleagues in University colleges, departments and units to improve communication channels and story pipeline.
  • Proactively seeks donor/student/faculty subjects for stories that showcase giving impact.
  • Creates, assembles and modifies content to be used across multiple platforms — from feature-length story to video script, to optimizing for search and web viewing.
  • Manages a process and repository to collect new stories and information and updates the progress of previously-told stories.
  • Develops and maintains writing style guide, and edit copy to ensure proper grammatical standards, tone, brand voice consistency and relevance.
  • Creates written templates for a multitude of advancement and alumni communications.
  • Prioritizes written work, sets schedules and ensures submission deadlines are met.
  • Creates and executes communication campaigns and activities, and content marketing strategies and plans.
  • Maintains records of developed content, including publication distribution information.
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in communications, marketing, public relations, English or related field plus two years of experience writing meaningful short- and long-form content — including stories, scripts, and letters — for multiple communication platforms or an equivalent combination of education plus experience is required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Excellent writing, proofreading and editing skills with knowledge of AP Style.
  • Ability to write and adapt content for multiple channels.
  • Understanding of constituent marketing and fundraising strategies, processes and available resources.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Capable of managing multiple projects and deadlines effectively.
  • Proactive, creative and persistent in following through on story leads.
  • Comfortable working in a highly collaborative environment with shared project/program ownership.
  • Ability to gather data, analyze information and prepare reports.
  • Experience organizing and coordinating media activities.
  • Basic knowledge of writing for search engine optimization (SEO) and social media.
  • Computer skills, including Word, Acrobat, PowerPoint and Excel.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:


1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”

2. Must submit at least two writing samples that show competency in related content areas — ex. feature story, script, letter, solicitation, brochure copy, etc.to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-5”

3. Cover Letter  to be typed/pasted at the end of your application


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

The Office of Advancement is a welcoming office where inclusiveness and teamwork are highly valued. Advancement staff are engaged in the meaningful work of securing private financial resources to fuel Utah State University's mission by creating gratifying gift and engagement experiences for USU's generous and passionate alumni and friends. Comprising the division are the office of the Vice President, the USU Foundation & Board, Advancement Services, the Alumni Association (Alumni Engagement), Gift Planning, Corporations and Foundations, Strategic Communications, the Annual Fund and Phonathon. Furthermore, the division coordinates all fundraising efforts across campus, including colleges, various programs, extension campuses, and USU Athletics. Through the collaboration of these units, the Office of Advancement is able to achieve significant annual fundraising goals by inspiring stakeholders to invest their time and resources in Utah State University. 

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the university’s academic mission of learning, discovery, and engagement. USU is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any of its programs and activities based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law (https://equity.usu.edu/non-discrimination).

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding USU’s non-discrimination policies: Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266; Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, hilary.renshaw@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information on the notice of non-discrimination, you may contact the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov.

Learn more at: https://equity.usu.edu/.

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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