Managing Editor & Content Strategist (505022)

  • San Diego State University
  • San Diego, California
  • Sep 17, 2021
Full Time Information Technology and Communication Services

Job Description


Position Summary

Strategic Communications and Public Affairs (StratComm) serves as the official voice of San Diego State University and shares the President's vision, values and priorities while articulating a unified message about the university's unique story. The department develops and oversees content for SDSU's main web pages and also for SDSU NewsCenter, flagship social media channels, video productions, photography, and the SDSU Magazine.

StratComm is seeking an exceptional individual to join our team as a Managing Editor and Content Strategist (Administrator I), a core team member who will assist in engaging key audiences and enhancing SDSU's reputation.

Reporting to the Editorial Director, the Managing Editor and Content Strategist leads editorial strategy and manages the daily, weekly, monthly, and long-lead story lineup, publishing schedule, and deadlines for the university's news site NewsCenter. Working with several members of the StratComm team and campus communications partners in various divisions, colleges, auxiliaries, and other units, the incumbent is responsible for curating and repurposing previously developed content for other institutional communication vehicles for NewsCenter, and also for coordinating copy and photos.

The Managing Editor and Content Strategist serves as the lead coordinator with campus communications partners and manages weekly editorial planning with this group. The incumbent will lead the weekly Content Planning Meeting for campus communicators and periodically present during team, committee, and other meetings on best practices as they pertain to writing and communications.

The Managing Editor and Content Strategist will co-manage communications leads housed in the College of Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the College of Health and Human Services (through a dotted line to their colleges).

In addition, the Managing Editor and Content Strategist will write, edit and proofread content for NewsCenter, as well as contribute to SDSU Magazine, strategic communications plans, and other projects as needed. They will also provide support for media relations.

This is a full-time (1.0 time-base), benefits-eligible, at-will position. This position is designated exempt under FLSA and is not eligible for overtime compensation. Standard SDSU work hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but may vary based on operational needs.

Minimum Qualifications
  • A bachelor's degree in journalism, communications, marketing, or a related field.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant work experience - especially as an editor, writer, or communications specialist curating clean and compelling editorial content
  • Demonstrated experience with establishing and managing editorial workflow calendars and adhering to deadlines
  • Experience publishing digital content through a content management system (CMS)
  • Experience assigning and coordinating editorial copy and photographs
  • Experience supervising and directing the work of others

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in a higher education setting
  • Knowledge of the SDSU campus, its faculty, staff, students, and key programs
  • Proficiency in PhotoShop/cropping photos
  • Thorough understanding of AP Style and willingness to learn and follow the SDSU Style Guide

Compensation and Benefits

San Diego State University will offer a competitive salary based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate. San Diego State University also offers a rich benefits package that includes:
  • Extensive Leave benefits: 14 paid holidays, 24 vacation days, and 12 sick days per year;
  • Retirement security through a CalPERS defined benefit pension (with CalPERS and UC Retirement Plan reciprocity) and retiree healthcare benefits;
  • An array of health, dental, and vision coverage at no-cost or low-cost to the employee; and
  • California State University system fee reduction program (fee waiver) for the employee or their qualified dependent

SDSU COVID-19 Vaccine Policy

In accordance with the California State University systemwide policy, students, faculty, and staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or provide a valid medical or religious exemption in order to access campus. An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of a two-shot vaccine or two weeks after the first dose of a single-shot vaccine.

The individual hired into this role will be required to submit their completed vaccination documentation to the university's secure online health portal prior to beginning work. Individuals with an approved medical or religious exemption on file with the university will be required to participate in SDSU's COVID-19 testing program.

Supplemental Information

Initial review of the required application materials, including cover letters and resumes, will begin on October 4, 2021. To receive full consideration, apply by October 3, 2021. The position will remain open until filled.

The person holding this position is considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

San Diego State University is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions (e.g., H-1B visa). Applicants must currently be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. Offers of employment are contingent upon the presentation of documents that demonstrate a person's identity and authorization to work in the United States, which are consistent with the provisions of the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

SDSU is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click here.

SDSU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

Applicants with disabilities and applicants who require assistance completing an application may contact Casie Martinez at 619-594-3953 or

Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

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