Washington & Lee University

Lexington, Virginia

Date Posted January 12, 2022
Industry Academia
Specialty Not Specified
Job Status Not Specified
Salary $50,000 to $55,000
Website https://www.wlu.edu/


Job Description:

The Writer produces copy tailored for publication across all communications platforms, including the university website, alumni magazine, social media, video, mailers, email and press releases. The Writer is actively engaged with departments and programs across campus to ascertain internal university news to be proposed for coverage and attends and writes stories on university events. Reporting to the Associate Director, Content and Marketing, this position assists other members of the Communications and Public Affairs office with copy editing a variety of written materials and proofing print publications.

Washington and Lee University actively promotes a dynamic and inclusive environment that allows students and employees of multiple backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives to learn, work, and thrive together. Successful candidates will contribute to that environment and exhibit potential for excellence in their areas of expertise.

Essential and Related Functions:

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in English, Communications, Journalism or related field required along with a minimum of three years of experience in daily news, magazine and/or marketing writing.  Must have the ability to write and adapt copy for all communications platforms and have excellent copy editing and proofreading skills. Proficiency with MS Office programs, PC or Apple desktop computers is required.  Must have excellent collaborative and interpersonal communications skills.  This position requires the incumbent to attend occasional university events (sometimes at night or during weekends), such as faculty and guest lectures, to cover and write stories.

The university requires employees to become fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and new employees must provide proof of at least their first shot prior to the first day of employment. Individuals may seek a medical or a religious exemption to the vaccination requirement.

Application Instructions:

Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please include a cover letter, resume, and three writing samples (either uploaded with application materials or shared through a link). You will also be asked to provide three professional references.

External Applicants: Application instructions for external applicants are located on the jobs.wlu.edu or here.

Current W&L Employees: Apply from your existing Workday account. Instructions are located at jobs.wlu.edu.

Work Schedule: M-F, 8:30am - 4:30pm.

Please view the full job description at on W&L’s Jobseekers website, jobs.wlu.edu, for working conditions, physical requirements and types of work.


Benefit Eligible

FLSA: Exempt

Weekly Hours: 35

Minimum Pay: $55,131.00

Pay commensurate with experience.

Statement of Commitment to Diversity

Washington and Lee affirms that diverse perspectives and backgrounds enhance our community. We are committed to the recruitment, enrichment, and retention of students, faculty, and staff who embody many experiences, cultures, points of view, interests, and identities. As engaged citizens in a global and diverse society, we seek to advance a positive learning and working environment for all through open and substantive dialogue. 


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement 

Washington and Lee is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  As such, we are interested in candidates who are committed to high standards of scholarship, performance and professionalism and to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity in our faculty, staff and student body. Job description requirements are representative, but not all?inclusive of the knowledge, skill, and abilities needed to successfully perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.