Editor, Student Communications

Stanford University, Stanford, California

Date PostedDecember 20, 2017
IndustriesPublic Relations, Nonprofit
Job StatusFull-time
SalaryNot Specified

Editor, Student Communications

100% FTE, one year fixed-term, benefits-eligible

University Communications encompasses the Stanford News Service and serves as the official voice of Stanford University to regional, state, national and international news media, provides support and provides campus leadership in planning, coordination, and implementing communication programs that support Stanford University and its missions. University Communications is responsible for oversight of Stanford web content and top level web pages; media relations and news services; presidential and provostial communications with the public, media and other constituencies (including all speeches); internal communication to faculty and staff; parent communication programs, major publications (including the annual report and Stanford Facts); and encompasses a campus video production studio and video production group. University Communications coordinates with communications professionals across the university on communications issues and projects, provides leadership to the Communications Working Group, and advises on communications policy with senior executive staff.

This is a one-year fixed term benefits-eligible position. This is a pilot position and its continuation is contingent upon its successful implementation within the first year.


To produce, within guidelines set by University Communications and Student Affairs leadership and others, a weekly electronic publication aimed at keeping students informed on issues, policy and aspects of campus life.


  • Oversee planning, story selection, production and distribution of a weekly electronic publication within the guidelines set by University Communications and Student Affairs leadership and others.
  • Consult and collaborate with sources in various university departments to identify topics for publication.
  • Curate, edit and/or write content.
  • Consult and collaborate regularly with both individuals and groups of students to identify material for future publications.
  • Assist in strategizing on how best to meet student and university needs.
  • Develop and implement a measurement strategy to determine the effectiveness of the publication and identify areas of opportunity and make recommendations for the publication.
  • Other duties may also be assigned.


Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree in English, communication or journalism and five to eight years of relevant work experience or a combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to oversee all aspects of editorial and publication process.
  • Demonstrated advanced editorial and public relations skills and the ability to synthesize material from multiple sources.
  • Demonstrated ability to determine publication and editorial approaches.
  • Extensive experience managing and coordinating complex editorial and publication projects.
  • Expert level knowledge of job-required tools and applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and allocate department resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and apply ingenuity and creativity in solving complex problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply discretion and judgment in evaluating implications of information release to internal and external audiences.


  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, and grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally grasp forcefully, writing by hand.
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.

* Consistent with its obligations under the law, the university will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


  • Occasional work on evenings and weekends.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable university policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the university's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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