Staff Writer, Annenberg School for Communication

Staff Writer, Annenberg School for Communication

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

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Posted Job Title
Staff Writer, Annenberg School for Communication

Job Profile Title
Staff Writer B

Job Description Summary
The Annenberg School for Communication is a unique place at Penn. Our students receive an education that encourages them to redefine what communication studies can do - and what media expertise entails in the real world. And our faculty, scholars, and students produce rigorous multidisciplinary research that challenges and changes people's understanding of media institutions and their effects. Our staff support this work as part of an intimate work environment, wherein faculty, students, staff, and scholars are one interactive community. As the smallest of Penn's 12 schools, Annenberg staff enjoy a small-school environment along with the benefits of working for the larger institution that is the University of Pennsylvania. This, we think, makes us a truly distinctive employer at Penn.

The Staff Writer position has a concentration on content development for the Annenberg School for Communication, principally in writing news stories and press releases about schoolwide milestones and initiatives, and Annenberg faculty and student research.

Job Description
  • Write news stories, press releases, newsletters, and email announcements for internal and external publication about the Annenberg School and the work of its community of scholars, researchers, and students.
  • Think creatively about new ways to promote the school's work to diverse public audiences, including writing with a Development/Institutional Advancement focus.
  • Edit news stories or press releases written by other staff members or interns.
  • Strategize, develop, and post content for school websites and social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).
  • Provide support with media relations, identifying stories, monitoring news for Annenberg mentions.
  • Maintain and update website content as part of the team.
  • Serve as point person for special event news items and project materials (i.e. Graduation).
  • Assist with team projects as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.


The writer is a highly motivated and creative communicator with a Bachelor's Degree and at least 2-3 years of experience in journalism, creative communications, or public relations, or equivalent combination of education and related experience. Reporting to the Director of Communications, the position coordinates closely with other team members responsible for graphic design and video.

We seek a flexible team player and strategic thinker, with the ability to proactively identify communications opportunities in order to widen the reach and enhance the reputation of the school. It is essential that the candidate possess superior writing skills, creativity, and a knack for making complicated ideas and materials easily understood and compelling. Experience with writing in an academic setting is highly desirable, as is translating a wide array of scholarly work and initiatives for a wider audience.

The position is currently a hybrid 3/2 remote work split - three days in the office and two days at home. Continuation of this work schedule is contingent upon changes/updates to the university/school remote work policy.

Please note that a resume AND cover letter must be submitted. They may be uploaded as one document or two.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Annenberg School for Communication

Pay Range
$43,919.00 - $66,183.00

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family-whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement-and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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