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Marketing Writer and Editor


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  • Date posted
    May 2, 2024
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  • Apply before
    August 31, 2024
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Job Description

Title: Marketing Writer and Editor

Department/Location: Marketing (Shared Services), St. Louis, MO

Position Type: Full-time, 12-months


Principia is looking for a versatile Marketing Writer and Editor to produce a variety of content ranging from promotional copy to journalistic reporting. As a writer and editor reporting to the Director of Content and Communications, you will play a critical role in crafting digital and print content for marketing, advertising, and news stories for Principia School, Principia College, and alumni publications and channels, including a bi-yearly magazine and monthly e-newsletter. You’ll collaborate with members of the Central Marketing team, other Shared Services departments, and partners on both the School and College campuses.

Who We Are

At our award-winning pre-K–12 school in St. Louis, Missouri, and top-ranked Principia College in Elsah, Illinois, Principia faculty and staff make up a close-knit community of educators, coaches, and professionals taking a distinct approach to education—blending academic excellence with Christian Science-based character education. Principia’s team of over 500 employees supports not only Principia School and Principia College, but also a worldwide network of Alumni & Friends.

At Principia School, our core value is LOVE. Love and its attributes underpin our foundational beliefs as well as our educational approach. We focus on developing the whole child—intellectually, physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually, preparing students for the next steps in life. We foster a challenging yet supportive environment where character unfolds naturally, and talent is cultivated through boundless opportunities. Character education plays an essential role in every aspect of the student experience, and classroom work is augmented by character trips, leadership development, and real-world, hands-on, project-based learning.

Principia employees are part of an engaging academic community preparing students to be tomorrow’s leaders, thinkers, and changemakers. We strive to create a collaborative and inclusive environment where everyone feels they belong and are valued.

Primary Responsibilities

Editorial tasks

  • Provide developmental editing as needed for all marketing and communications materials.
  • Provide editorial support for major updates to the websites and routine updates, as needed.
  • Copyedit content for projects including recruitment and fundraising materials, news stories, broadcast e-mails, marketing collateral, and web and social content.
  • Proofread materials before they are printed, go live online, or are sent as emails.
  • Support the writing and editing of recurring dual-campus publications as needed.
  • Support brainstorming and planning to develop direction of all content, including feature and department articles.
  • Provide editorial support to other Marketing team members to ensure content is accurate, meets grammatical standards, and effectively communicates marketing strategy that is on brand.
  • Help maintain and update institutional style guidelines.

Writing tasks

  • Write articles and news stories for Principia Purpose, InFocus, and other publications.
  • Write copy for a broad spectrum of marketing communications, including brochures and other print collateral, email communications, and online content.
  • Produce copy that is impactful, meets client needs, and speaks effectively to different target audiences.
  • Follow writing style guidelines to ensure brand-aligned communications.
  • Keep Principia’s interests uppermost in thought in presenting content, as opposed to promoting personal interests, causes, or viewpoints.

Core Competencies

  • Interpersonal Skills: Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work effectively and professionally at all levels; build strong relationships with a high degree of customer service aptitude.
  • Results Driven and Productive: Ability to prioritize and deliver results in a high-volume environment.
  • Communication Skills: Communicates well (written and verbal), delivers compelling presentations, has strong listening skills, passion and drive, and both intellectual and emotional intelligence.
  • Analytical: Synthesizes complex or diverse information; collects and researches data.
  • Dependable: Works within deadlines and under occasional heavy workloads.
  • Organized and Proactive: Ability to self-start; prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently; manages multiple projects and tasks simultaneously.
  • Quality Work: Demonstrates attention to detail, accuracy, and thoroughness.
  • Business Acumen: Keen understanding of business issues with the ability to adapt quickly and consider various angles of business impact to a strategy or project.
  • Team Player: Enjoys working with a variety of people; mindful of the team and of others with core values that align with the Principia culture.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Student of Christian Science; if not, then values aligned
  • Supportive of Principia’s mission, vision, and values as articulated here
  • Exemplary writing skills; excellent proofing and copyediting skills; thorough knowledge of English language, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within Marketing, and with departments and administrators on both campuses
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects simultaneously; experience prioritizing projects and working quickly, accurately, and thoroughly, with attention to detail
  • Evidence of creative problem-solving skills, independence, and resourcefulness. Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with others
  • Proficiency and confidence with MS Office, web content management systems, project management software, social media, Google suite, email, web, and current technologies

The statements above describe the general nature and level of work but are not a complete list of responsibilities and are subject to change at the discretion of Principia.

Equal Opportunity

Principia, a mission-driven institution, believes every person has the right to an equitable and respectful educational environment and workplace. Principia does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender (identity or expression), sexual orientation, family status, disability, age, or military or veteran status.

In hiring, admissions, and related decisions, Principia—as an institution with a religious mission—gives preference, where appropriate, to Christian Scientists.