University of Utah Communications Editor in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 04/09/2018

Requisition Number PRN16849B

Job Title Communications Editor

Working Title

Job Grade F

FLSA Code Professional

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Monday through Friday with some evenings and weekends.

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00267 - Ophthalmology-Services

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 47600 to 72000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

This position reports to Moran’s Associate Director of Communications and Public Relations and works with External Relations development and marketing team members to execute a variety of well-written, engaging printed materials and publications, website articles, emails, and presentations. The ideal candidate will be a talented writer with the ability to meet tight deadlines, make complex research understandable for a general audience, and pay special attention to detail and accuracy. This position must be highly organized, serving as a conduit for effectively communicating our vision to consultant designers, videographers, and photographers and ensuring timely project completion.



Serve as the point person ensuring on-time, high-quality execution of printed materials including:

•FOCUSAnnual Report 1x per year

•ClinicalFOCUS1x per year

•EducationFOCUS1x per year

•PatientFOCUS1x per year

•Advisory Council/Chairman’s Report 2x per year

•Illuminations Submissions 2x per year

•Lions Eye Bank Newsletter Submissions 4x per year

•Advisory Council Updates 12x per year

•Various documents, manuals, newsletters, brochures, magazine articles, profiles, press releases, news articles, research material, and other articles as needed


•Interview patients, faculty, staff, community members, etc. to write stories and articles for both the web, up to four articles per month, and print publications

•Generate and track story ideas and developments for use in publications and online

•Work with other internal departments to ensure accurate representation of research, education, and clinical care in all stories

•Edit copy as assigned for content, style, and accuracy


Coordinate with the associate director, team members, Moran staff and faculty, University of Utah webmaster, andMBMstaff to help gather, compile, write, edit, and update content and photographs for:

•Existing and new clinical and research faculty pages

•Moran news pages

•Specialty pages

•Patient care information

•Development and Outreach pages

•Other clinical or department page content as assigned


•Prioritize and manage projects, content ideas, outlines, and timelines.

•Coordinate with team members regarding project results, responsibilities, ideas, writing, design, editing, timeline, and mailing

•Coordinate with photographers, videographers, graphic designers, and public relations to ensure on-time, high-quality deliverables


•Contribute as an External Relations team member by attending meetings and supporting and collaborating with communications, public relations, marketing, outreach, and development colleagues

•Attend conferences and meetings as suggested by or approved by the associate director

•Work with team members to ensure that print and electronic communication is consistent with an integrated marketing communications branding model in design, style, and brand

•Carry out special projects which may be assigned by the External Relations director at any time, including compiling and writing information for donor letters, press releases, press kits, bios, Moran facts, U of U Public Relations, and faculty ghost writing

•Readily execute miscellaneous duties and projects as assigned by the associate director or External Relations director

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in area of specialty and 4-6 years of experience in the field or in a related area, or equivalency is required.


Prior experience in producing publications, managing website content through aCMS, and using spreadsheets to manipulate data is desired.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Please provide a cover letter, resume, and three writing samples.

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.