19 days old


University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104


Req #: 222493
Job Location: Remote/Hybrid,  Seattle Campus
Job Location Detail: Hybrid Eligible - 3 days in office, 2 days of telework  
Posting Date: 05/18/2023 
Closing Info: Open Until Filled 
Salary: $5,500 - $6,627 per month 
Other Compensation:  
Shift: First Shift 
Benefits: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website, click here.  

Priority consideration will be given to applications completed by 6/1/2023

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. 

Ranked in 2022-2023 among the top ten U.S. public institutions in U.S. News & World Reports list of Best Global Universities, the UW propels the ideas and ideals of students and faculty through active research, engagement, teaching and volunteering. University Advancement works to advance the goal of making the UW recognized globally as the greatest public university as measured by its impact on the lives of people here and around the world.

The UW and University Advancement (UA) must weave equity and anti-racism into everything we do. Becoming a more equitable organization starts with us, and focusing on groups that have been excluded and under-engaged will lead to better outcomes for our whole community. Ensuring that diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are natural outcomes of our activities will require us to state our values, live by those values and work toward our vision every day. To sustain our efforts, we have defined a path forward with our values clearly articulated and shared throughout the organization.

For more detailed information, please visit our UA website.

University of Washington Alumni and Stakeholder Engagement has an outstanding opportunity for a Staff Writer.  This is a full-time permanent position.

The University of Washington Magazine (circ. 200,000) is the award-winning journalistic magazine produced for the University by the UW Alumni Association. The staff writer works as a core member of the publications team in a general assignment role to create print and digital stories and support production for the Universitys flagship magazine as well as for Viewpoint Magazine (circ. 25,000), the Universitys diversity publication. These magazines tell the stories of the UW and explore important topics of our times through the lens of the University. For many in the alumni community, the magazines are the primary source for news about the UW.

The University of Washington Magazine staff writer finds and develops story ideas, conducts research and interviews, and works closely with University and community stakeholders. This position aims to leverage the research, discoveries and knowledge of the Universitys experts and alumni to inform, enlighten and engage our readers, deepening their connection to the UW. The staff writer contributes business and administrative support for both magazines.

The employee should have experience editing written pieces for grammar, AP style, flow and readability, and will join a team that regularly reviews and edits content and advertising from sources outside the publications team.

What You Will Do

     Generate and develop multi-source, journalistic stories for our print and online publications taking into account institutional goals, reader interests, journalistic standards and current events. This involves working throughout the Universityincluding the main campus, UW Tacoma and UW Bothelland with individuals and communities throughout the region.
     Fulfill assigned stories as well as conceive and pursue fresh and compelling story ideas.
     Be driven, curious and energized about storytelling.
     Demonstrate excellent writing and editing skills, excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
     Serve as project manager in developing and producing various editorial departments within our publications like campus news, media, calendar, obituaries and alumni profiles.
     Work collaboratively with staff across the UW Alumni Association, the UWAA and University Marketing & Communications events team and University Marketing and Communications creative team to develop and support mutual projects as well as build and share content around major events and initiatives.
     Provide business and administrative support for the magazines essential behind-the-scenes duties including paying vendors and collecting and curating reader feedback.


Bachelor's degree in journalism or a related field and three to four years of experience in writing, editing and communications for news media, nonprofit, government or higher education institutions.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Who You Are

     Curious and willing to experiment. Enjoy working in a collaborative environment. 
     Strong writing portfolio that showcases conceptual and editorial skills and demonstrates the ability to work collaboratively with writers, editors, graphic and web designers, video producers and art/creative directors.
     Strong communication and organizational skills, and the ability to manage expectations of a diverse group of partners.
     Experience editing written pieces for grammar, AP style, flow and readability.
     Experience within a news organization, and with magazines.
     Experience interacting with vendors and/or printers for large-scale projects. Knowledge of alumni relations/development/advancement principles.

What You Can Expect

     You will work with an open-minded and inclusive team that values diversity.
     Cubical/open workspace environment which may result in additional or higher levels of noise and visual distractions.
     This position requires a flexible schedule as the workload and times may vary and may include occasional evenings or weekends.

Application Process:
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Work Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or dso@uw.edu.

Applicants considered for this position will be required to disclose if they are the subject of any substantiated findings or current investigations related to sexual misconduct at their current employment and past employment. Disclosure is required under Washington state law.


Employees of the University of Washington are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. View the Final candidate guide to COVID-19 vaccination requirement webpage for information about the medical or religious exemption process for final candidates.

Posted: 2023-05-19 Expires: 2023-06-19

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