Staff Writer – Remote – Cornell University


University Relations
is looking for a Staff Writer to join our team. Full details at the Cornell Jobs Website.

In Fall 2021, Cornell launched a new digital-first alumni publication, Cornellians, produced jointly by Alumni Affairs and Development (AAD) and University Relations (UR) to serve a diverse global alumni audience of nearly 300,000. Cornellians is the cornerstone of Cornell’s commitment to connect, engage, inform, and inspire alumni (along with friends, family, faculty, students, and staff) with compelling stories, multimedia content, and calls to action.

The mission of Cornellians is to engage and inspire alumni throughout their lifetime by informing, entertaining, and connecting the Big Red community around the globe. With a lively and welcoming voice, this digital-first publication keeps readers up to date with Cornell life today; shares stories from the University’s rich and compelling history; celebrates the diversity of Cornell; and showcases the accomplishments of its graduates, faculty, and students as they seek (as founder Ezra Cornell himself put it) ‘to do the greatest good’ and make a difference in the world.  Learn more about our organization and explore other opportunities on our careers page.

What you will do:

Cornellians is a digital publication aiming to experiment, engage, and enliven users’ experience. The Staff Writer will bring a storyteller’s vision, reportorial curiosity, a conversational tone, and creative energy to this unique online alumni magazine.

The Staff Writer will research, generate and craft lively stories (multi-source features, profiles, Q&As, trends, issue-oriented pieces, calls to action, multimedia packages). A successful candidate possesses writerly voice and verve, delivering crisp, clean copy and utilizing rigorous journalistic standards to speak to, and with, diverse readers from every era. 

The Staff Writer reports to the Editorial-in-Chief, working closely with the editorial team (Senior Editor, Associate Editor) and multimedia partners across University Relations. The staff writer also will have frequent interaction with the Platform Director (AAD), who oversees site optimization, metrics, and user engagement. Cornellians is a truly collaborative culture, so the Staff Writer also will be involved in short- and long-term editorial planning with colleagues.

This position may be performed at a remote location of your choice within the United States.  (If an in-office experience in existing University Relations space is desired for part of the workweek, that can be arranged.)

The New York Convenience of employer guidelines require New York State individual tax reporting and withholdings for this position. Additional individual state income tax filings may also be required if working outside New York State.

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