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Staff Writer

Posting Date: 5/14/2014
Closing Date: Posting remains on Employment Page until the position is closed or filled.
Department: Enrollment Management
Position Type/Benefits:

FT/Salaried/Full Benefits Package

 The Staff Writer for Enrollment Management works to support the efforts of the Enrollment Management Office, primarily in the areas of web and media communication. The position is responsible for researching, interviewing, writing, and editing content to assist development of effective messaging that supports the communication goals of the Enrollment Management team and aid in the recruitment of new students.

1.    Develop accurate and compelling editorial content including but not limited to news stories, profiles, features, and interviews, which can be used across multiple channels to promote the College
2.    Work with colleagues across campus to maintain academic and administrative department pages; keeping the web site fresh and interesting. He/she will also be responsible for creating the title tags and meta descriptions for each page of content written
3.    Maintain and routinely add faculty bios to promote faculty on the web site    
4.    Monitor social media channels and develop and execute new ways to tell Florida Southern’s story through digital platforms
5.    Assist in maintaining College profiles in the digital space; aggregate and assist in keeping FSC’s presence updated
6.    Contribute to the writing, editing, and proofing of printed materials including recruitment publications, post cards, brochures, letters, and other printed collateral
7.    Assist in the development of electronic marketing materials such as emails and newsletters
8.    Conduct research as needed, often quickly, and bring new ideas on story suggestions, new angles, etc.
9.    Recruit and manage student writer/editors
10.    Contributes to the overall success of the Enrollment Management office by performing other essential duties and responsibilities as assigned.

1.    Bachelor's degree is required, with an emphasis in writing, editing, communication, or marketing.
2.    Minimum 3 years writing experience in advertising or related field required.
3.    Extensive experience in copy writing, editing, and proof reading is required.
4.    Must possess ability to read, analyze and interpret all forms of information.
5.    Must be able to write for a variety of audiences and be skilled in writing and editing news and feature articles as well as have the ability to draft materials on a wide range of topics.
6.    Ability to work collaboratively to build strong working relationships within the Enrollment Management office and with all departments across campus.
7.    Knowledge of social media networks, including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn strongly preferred.
8.    Proficiency in HTML and the use of various content management systems strongly preferred.
9.    Software expertise including advanced knowledge of Microsoft Word and Adobe Photoshop required.
10.    Must possess a willingness to take initiative and imagine new communications opportunities as they arise.
11.    Must be willing to work extra hours during peak periods, including occasional evenings and weekends.
12.    Experience in a higher education setting is preferred.

1.    Regularly required to sit, stand, bend and lift up to 30 pounds.
2.    Position requires working long hours at a computer.  Visual acuity and skillful typing required.

1.    Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
2.    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to the typical office environment.
3.    The noise level in the work environment is usually minimal.
4.    Occasional participation in evening and/or weekend activities is required.

To Apply

Unless other contact information is specified in the job posting, please follow the application instructions below to ensure proper submission of materials.  Please note the appropriate e-mail address below for electronic submission of documents.

Candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and a completed Employment Application and Disclosure form.  All items must be received before an application for employment will be processed.

Electronic documents can be sent to:

OR mail to:
Florida Southern College
Attn: Human Resources
111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive
Lakeland, FL 33801

OR fax:

To apply, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen or have legal authorization to work in the United States. The type of legal work authorization must be indicated on the employment application when the applicant is not a U.S. citizen and qualifies for U.S. employment.

 Download the Employment Application and Disclosure Form

Please note: The completed Florida Southern College Application for Employment and Disclosure forms must be received before the College will process your application materials.

Typed data cannot be saved on the application form. Once complete, the form must be printed and mailed, faxed or e-mailed to the location provided. Applicants may also visit the Business Affairs Office in the Raulerson Building to complete the application Monday – Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM.

Founded in 1885, Florida Southern College is a private, comprehensive United Methodist-affiliated college. The College maintains its commitment to academic excellence through 50 undergraduate programs and distinctive graduate programs in business administration, education, and nursing. Florida Southern has a 14:1 student/faculty ratio; is a national leader in engaged learning; and boasts 27 NCAA Division II national championships. It is ranked the #1 Best Regional College in Florida and #4 in the region by U.S. News & World Report. It is included in The Princeton Review’s “377 Best Colleges” guide, The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012, and Forbes Magazine’s “America’s Top Colleges” guide. The College is committed to the development of the whole student through vibrant student life programs that prepare graduates to make positive, consequential contributions to society. Located on scenic Lake Hollingsworth, Florida Southern is home to the world’s largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. Recently ranked for the second consecutive year as the #1 “Most Beautiful Campus” in America by The Princeton Review, listed as one of the nation’s top “Ten College Campuses with the Best Architecture” by Architectural Digest, and recently designated as a National Historic Landmark, FSC is an internationally-recognized place of beauty and excellence and is conveniently located within an hour’s drive of both Orlando and Tampa, Florida.