Editorial Director (and Lead Writer) - University of California, San Francisco

Company: University of California, San Francisco
Position Title: Editorial Director (and Lead Writer)
Department: Office of Planning and Communications, Dean’s Office, School of Pharmacy
Location: Laurel Heights
Position Type: Full Time
Percentage: 100%
Work Days/Shift: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Requisition #: 46847BR

The Editorial Director (and Lead Writer) manages the strategic creation of pharmacy.ucsf.edu/ news, feature, and consumer-focused content (written, video, and audio) that supports the School’ of Pharmacy’s mission, strategic plans, and fundraising priorities.

The position is also the lead writer for this site and is relied upon as a thought leader in contemporary web editing and writing, and writing for the discovery sciences. The position takes digital photos and simple video footage while in the field and ensures post-production.

Editorial responsibility is not limited to pharmacy.ucsf.edu/ and can occasionally encompass other channels of communication as necessary.

Reporting directly to the associate dean, the position works closely with all members of the Planning and Communications team, especially with the digital communications director, who develops overall web content strategy, and the editorial coordinator. The position supervises contract writers, video producers, photographers, and illustrators in lieu of resources to hire additional permanent staff in these areas.

Success is built upon strong, well-developed, and mutually respectful relationships with the Planning and Communications team and members of the School’s faculty and leadership, a clear understanding of the School’s direction, absolute attention to detail and fact-checking, and expertise in science communications for the lay audience.

The level and quality of work done by this position impacts directly the reputation and perception of the School of Pharmacy to all audiences.

The UCSF School of Pharmacy’s web portal is the School’s most timely, well-followed, and consistent form of communication to the School’s internal and external audiences, including prospective clinical and basic science partners; prospective PharmD and graduate students; prospective donors; and industry and government leaders. As such, a vibrant web news, feature, and consumer content program, developed based upon a sound content strategy, is absolutely essential to the School’s success. The position meets the growing and demanding needs of the Office of the Dean to promote the School.

The Office of Planning and Communications is the lead communications unit for the School. The office is responsible for ensuring the School’s contributions to science, education, and patient care are communicated successfully to its audiences and for managing the development of the School’s strategic plans. The office is managed by the Associate Dean of planning and communications, who reports to the dean and who carries the primary responsibility for the School-level planning function of the office. The office is a unit of the School of Pharmacy Office of the Dean.

General responsibilities cover:
• School-level communications
• School-level strategic planning and special project planning and implementation
• Branding (including messaging and identity) in support of the main UCSF brand
• Building, maintaining, updating, and expanding the technical infrastructure of all School websites
• Delivering editorial and visuals for the main School and Office of the Dean website pages
• Empowering School staff with the web technical and editorial skills needed to care for their individual websites
• Maintaining a robust and well-rounded social media presence for the School.

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences.


• Bachelor's degree in Journalism or related area and 10+ years of related work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience / training
• 5 - 10 years of work experience as a professional news editor/reporter
• Three to five years of experience working in science communications (ideally in the areas of chemistry, physics, molecular biology, bioengineering, and/or pharmaceutical/therapeutics research)
• Three to five years of experience in editorial management
• Expert knowledge and understanding of all aspects of communications, including strategic planning for various media venues, technical aspects and requirements of various venues, and most appropriate and effective applications
• Expert knowledge and understanding of technical applications to direct professional technical staff, or personally perform technical work, including design concepts, various media, and applications
• Expert desktop computing and internet search skills
• Highly developed skills to create, develop, and implement strategic communication plans
• Highly developed skills to advise and consult management on all aspects of communications, ranging from developing effective communication strategies to appropriately responding to inquiries regarding sensitive or complex issues or information
• Excellent written, verbal, interpersonal communications, active listening and political acumen skills
• Excellent analytical, critical thinking, project management, and problem recognition, avoidance, and resolution skills
• Ability to tackle and master complex editorial topics
• Success at generating a consistent flow of story ideas
• Success in developing and delivering complicated science/health stories that are easily understood by lay audiences
• Solid research and fact-checking skills, using available resources, publications and subject matter experts as needed
• Skill at performing in communications team environment as well as being a strong individual contributor
• Ability to take the initiative with new approaches to digital communications
• Career marked by the ability to remain highly organized, self-motivated, resourceful and capable of making numerous editorial decisions while under pressure and able to manage and meet strict deadlines
• Excellent work ethic and ability to perform editing and writing tasks with minimal supervision
• Ability to identify, select, and request imagery and other multimedia assets to accompany written content
• Skill to maintain absolute confidentiality

Note: Fingerprinting and background check required. Effective March 13, 2017, all final candidate(s) for employment are required to undergo a background check.

• Master’s degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training
• Expert knowledge of the organization, including its mission, vision, goals, policies, and infrastructure; strong knowledge of current affairs and issues impacting the University's mission of teaching, research and public service
• Expert knowledge of organization's protocols and channels for communication internally and externally
• Skilled at photography and videography
• Ability to process and prepare photography for digital presentation, including compositing
• Familiarity with video editing tools and basic principles of assembling online video
• Skilled at using and managing the production of illustrations or infographics

How To Apply:

In order to be considered for open positions at UCSF, you will need to submit your resume through our online application process. Once you complete the online application process, you will receive an email confirming that your submission has been received. Submitting your resume to UCSF opens the door to many immediate and ongoing job opportunities. Your resume will remain active in our applicant database and you will be able to update it as needed.

To submit your resume online go to: https://sjobs.brassring.com/tgwebhost/jobdetails.aspx?partnerid=6495&siteid=5226&jobid=2469405

Emailed applications are not accepted.

Apply specifically to requisition # 46847BR. Please note ad code ICRL/ 46847BR in the ad code field in your applicant profile.

An email address is required for you to submit your resume.

The University of California San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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Laurel Heights, San Francisco California Permanent Full Time None

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Created On:  04/12/2017 - 12:00 a.m.

Modified On:  04/14/2017 - 05:28 p.m.

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