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CUNY Communications Writer (Communications Publications Editorial Manager) in New York, New York

Job Title: Communications Writer (Communications Publications Editorial Manager)

Job ID: 22588

Location: Central Office

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


The CUNY Office of Communications and Marketing works in partnership with the University’s academic and administrative offices and the 25 colleges to promote CUNY’s unique mission and transformative role as an engine of social mobility. The office includes six divisions: Media Relations, Social Media, Marketing, Multimedia, CUNY TV and Citizenship Now. Together the teams manage all aspects of press and public relations, editorial content, art design, publishing, social media, advertisement, web development, TV, video and podcast production to tell the story of the premier urban public university in the United States.

Under the direction of the Director of Media Relations for the Office of Communications and Marketing, the communications writer will research, report, write, review, edit and produce informative content for press releases, statements, op-eds, talking points, letters, speeches, testimonies, and other communications for internal and external constituencies.

Other key duties include, but will not be limited to the following:

  • Prepares sensitive and high-priority communications such as speeches for use by senior management and adapts written style and content to reflect the voice, values and priorities of the Chancellor.

  • Partners with central administrative leaders and campus communications officers to develop and coordinate text, messaging and announcements that advance their strategic communication goals.

  • Conceives editorial content for the University’s website and works with key staff to develop digital assets.

  • Conducts substantive information gathering and writing to support the publication of reports, proposals and briefings.

  • Identifies work generated within the University, such as research papers, grant proposals, abstracts and reports, which would be of interest to education and general news media outlets and, by extension, to external audiences.

  • Cultivates amiable working relationships with administrators, faculty and staff members across the University to develop knowledge of ongoing, planned and notable/newsworthy programs, courses, and events that would be of interest to internal or external audiences.

  • Researches, reports and verifies content, and transforms complex concepts into clear and meaningful communications for a variety of internal and external audiences.

  • Proofreads, fact checks and copy edits releases, articles, booklets, posters, and other written materials for the Office of Marketing and Communications and other University offices and departments.


Bachelor's Degree and six years' related experience required.

In addition to general strengths in collaboration, critical thinking, change management, communications, creativity and problem solving, ideal candidates will also possess the following preferred qualifications:

• Six to ten years of related writing experience.

• Advanced degree in English, journalism, public relations, communications or a related discipline.

• Experience as a successful writer, in a speech writing, journalism, academic or other related context.

• Thorough knowledge of the fundamentals of writing, grammar, syntax, style and punctuation, as well as appropriate editorial style and publication guidelines and standards (e.g. AP).

• Ability to write quickly, persuasively and clearly on various topics related to public universities and higher education.

• Strong interpersonal communication and relationship-building skills to appreciate the value of others and work effectively with diverse internal and external stakeholders and constituents.

• Editorial integrity and professional credibility to work discreetly on sensitive assignments, exercise sound judgement, and manage confidential information.

• Strong research and analytical skills with aptitude for understanding complex issues and the ability to translate and simplify them for various audiences, plus attend carefully to factual details.

• Strong organizational and project management skills to handle various priorities, accept direction and work independently and collaboratively to deliver high quality work and meet deadlines.


Oversees implementation of communications programs and produces communications in all media to meet a variety of College needs

  • Provides creative direction for publications and marketing materials, such as catalogs, annual reports, brochures, direct mail packages, print advertising and other marketing materials

  • Works with College clientele (faculty, administrators, and student representatives) to understand their communications objectives, select appropriate messages, formats, and distribution methods, set production timelines, and establish appropriate editorial and design approaches

  • Provides creative direction and supervision to external and/or internal creative resources such as writers, photographers, illustrators and graphic designers

  • Ensures consistent application of standards and guidelines for College materials, such as graphic identity standards

  • Manages production activities, including creating printing specifications and arranging procurement of services, managing work flows, and production schedules, and assuring a quality finished product

  • Prepares sensitive and high-priority communications such as speeches for use by senior management

  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Higher Education Associate




Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.

City of New York employees, and employees of Participating Employers, hired on or after July 1, 2019, and their eligible dependents, will only be eligible to enroll in the Emblem Health HIP HMO Preferred Plan, and must remain in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan for the first year (365 days) of employment. After 365 days of employment, the employee will have the option of either remaining in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan or selecting a different health plan within 30 days before the end of the 365 day period. If a new health plan is selected, the new plan will be effective on the 366th day. An employee who needs to request an exemption from the required enrollment in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan can do so by submitting an Opt-Out Request Form to Emblem Health. An employee, or eligible dependent, must meet certain criteria and the request must be approved by Emblem Health before the exemption is granted. The Opt-Out Request Form is available on the Emblem Health website.


For full consideration, submit a cover letter and resume online via CUNY's web-based job system, addressing how your experience and credentials fulfill the responsibilities and qualifications outlined.

The direct link to the job opening from external sources is:


August 2, 2021


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.