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Writer and Digital Content Producer

Our Institution: Founded in 1860, Bard College is an international network of highly innovative and admired educational institutions grounded in the liberal arts and sciences. A division of Bard located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Bard College at Simon’s Rock is the only four-year college in the U.S. specifically designed for motivated adolescents to fully realize their academic potential by beginning college immediately after the 10th or 11th grade. BA and AA degrees are granted in over 35 areas of study. Simon’s Rock attracts a diverse student population of approximately 400 students, drawn nationally and internationally, with a significant population of students identifying as LGBTQIA2S+.

For over 50 years, Simon’s Rock has practiced the simple yet radical idea that many students are ready for college before the age of 18, an idea that launched the Early College movement in the United States and beyond. In 2015, Simon’s Rock launched Bard Academy, a two-year high school program for boarding and day students, with courses designed and taught by college professors and leading to entry into college after the tenth grade. In doing so, Simon’s Rock has connected high school and college in one cohesive, coherent six-year arc. In 2019, Simon’s Rock established the Early College Research Institute (ECRI), a locus for research into “what’s next” in Early College.

The Role: The Writer and Digital Content Producer reports to the Director of Communications and Marketing, and plays a key role on the team, which is collectively responsible for creating a variety of external communications including student, faculty, and alumni profiles; advertising and marketing materials; website and social media content; program descriptions; publicity; and magazine feature articles to promote academic programs, campus life, and fundraising. The writer should be adept at writing news stories and human interest features as well as compelling copy for advertisements, brochures, and social media with the ability to publish content across a variety of digital platforms.

The Writer and Digital Content Producer will have responsibility for planning and producing content for social media and monitor trends in social media tools, design, and strategy; collaborating with campus partners, conducting interviews and research to develop human-interest features and timely news pieces; creating concise, compelling copy for marketing and advertising; publishing website content; copy editing, fact-checking, and proofreading to ensure consistency and accuracy according to style guide; writing press releases; and assisting with Provost Office communication and crisis communication.

The Marketing and Communications department is a collaborative environment and this position will contribute to projects across a variety of media.

Required Qualifications

  • Ability to craft stories that speak to the hearts and minds of a unique audience and motivate them to act
  • At least three years of writing experience, preferably in higher education or an independent secondary school
  • Ability to communicate messaging points in marketing pieces with eloquence and impact
  • Proven experience using social media for marketing purposes
  • Experience with social media content creation
  • Comfort with writing for a variety of media and audiences
  • Proven ability to handle multiple projects and deadlines while maintaining a high level of attention to detail
  • A demonstrated commitment to and knowledge about diversity, equity, and inclusion as critical components of academic excellence and student success
  • Interest in the unique educational model and mission of Simon’s Rock

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a major that involved substantial writing
  • Experience writing for enrollment marketing and fundraising
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and Canva
  • Experience with project management platforms, such as Asana, Basecamp, or Wrike
  • Experience with email marketing platforms, such as Emma, Constant Contact, or Mailchimp
  • Experience publishing and/or managing website content on a CMS
  • Photography and video production skills, ability to identify and execute on ways that photography and video can enhance and complement text

This position is a full-time position with benefits. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check. COVID-19 vaccination with booster(s) or approved exemption is required as a condition of employment at Simon’s Rock. Simon’s Rock is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage applications from candidates of all races, nationalities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and socioeconomic levels.

To Apply: All applications must be accompanied by a cover letter, résumé, writing samples (please include articles, press releases, and at least two social media posts) and contact information for three references. Submit your files to interfolio.com at http://apply.interfolio.com/114844. No phone calls, please. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.