The Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW), a premier gender-focused, social change research and action institute at Wellesley College, seeks a highly motivated professional for the position of Writer and Media Relations Manager. Reporting to the Director of Marketing and Communications, the Writer and Media Relations Manager is responsible for both creating and communicating content. Primarily, this position will translate the research, theory, and action produced by WCW's researchers and project directors into accessible, engaging written content. This content includes, but is not limited to, website articles, press releases, fundraising appeals, white papers, briefs, fact sheets, magazine and newspaper articles, and blog posts. This person will also promote WCW's news and research to external and internal media.
The written content that this person creates will be some of the chief vehicles by which WCW has impact in the world around its mission-driven target areas of gender equality, social justice, and human wellbeing. This role collaborates with internal stakeholders and subject matter experts to translate our work, ensuring it is promoted in language that is accessible for both academic and general audiences.
The WMRM will develop a deep understanding of the research and action programs of the Centers, stay current on research and program updates, and build relationships with research scientists and project directors. From time to time, this position may also work on special projects of the WCW Executive Director in support of strategic initiatives.
Primary Position Responsibilities:
Prepare written materials that align with messaging strategy, as directed by Director of Marketing and Communications, with close collaboration and input from WCW Executive Director.
Collaborate with research scientists and project directors to source materials for the production of content for WCW's various audiences, including press releases, white papers, policy briefs, magazine articles, fundraising appeals, biogs, op-eds, website features, etc., which generally involves long-form writing and related editing.
Develop and maintain systems for capturing, organizing, and disseminating information about WCW's research findings, academic papers, and other knowledge content for use by internal stakeholders.
Edit and proofread content written by others as needed. This may include grant proposals, research articles, or other academic writing by research scientists and project directors.
Media Relations (20%):
Serve as one of the primary points of contact for requests from journalists; coordinate media requests and arrange interviews with research scientists and project directors. Help researchers and project directors prepare for media interviews if/when requested.
Build relationships with key reporters and proactively pitch news and story ideas to internal and external news outlets.
Increased output of engaging, impact-oriented written content for WCW's diverse external stakeholders.
Development and maintenance of a streamlined internal system for managing and sharing knowledge content created by research scientists and project directors.
Effective collaboration with WCW research scientists and project directors and their teams.
Effective collaboration with Director of Marketing and Communications Strategy, External Relations Team, and Executive Director.
Bachelor's degree required. Degree in Journalism; English; Public Relations; Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Ethnic Studies, or related field; or Psychology or Social Sciences preferred.
Master's degree or some graduate study a plus.
3+ years of experience.
Proven track record as a writer, with experience in the social science research arena preferred.
Professional experience in journalism, communications, and/or media relations preferred
Knowledge of the feminist/womanist landscape as well as the social justice sector more broadly.
Experience translating scholarly writing into more accessible formats.
Skills and Abilities Required:
Impeccable writing and editing skills.
Understanding of media relations best practices.
Understanding the needs and objectives of different audiences and being able to adapt writing for different audiences.
Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal).
Ability to translate academic writing (e.g., peer-reviewed journal articles, technical reports) for specialized and lay audiences.
Ability to translate both quantitative and qualitative data for both technical and non-technical audiences.
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
Ability to work under pressure and prioritize competing tasks.
Strong editorial ability, as well as the ability to create consistency of style, tone, and brand fidelity across products.
Key role in catalyzing WCW's social change impact by broadening the reach and utilization of WCW's original scholarly research, theory, and action program content.
PLEASE NOTE: Short-listed candidates will be required to submit writing samples and complete proofreading and/or writing tests.
Wellesley is known for the excellence of its education, the beauty of its setting, its gifted faculty, and the uniqueness of its campus culture. But most of all, Wellesley is known for the thousands of accomplished, thoughtful women it has sent out into the world for over 100 years women who are committed to making a difference. Every year, some 2,400 of the world's top undergraduate women are challenged to exceed their own highest personal and intellectual expectations. The mastery Wellesley graduates demonstrate across the professional and vocational spectrum, and the influence they wield, whether in their own communities or on the world stage is testament to a singularly empowering undergraduate experience. Wellesley's lively academic community places a high value on rigorous, probing inquiry, and creative, cross-discipline thinking. Its collaborative approach to scholarship encourages students to question, debate, and refine their points of view, not only with each other, but with our world-class faculty, often by working directly with them on groundbreaking projects. A Wellesley education fosters the highest standard of readiness for the real world in its graduates, in terms... of ability to think, act, and contribute meaningfully and effectively in their chosen areas of interest.