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Copywriter, Promotional and Social Media Coordinator

Position Information

Position Information

Date Posted 08/16/2017
Open Until Filled No
Anticipated Application Deadline (Close date) 10/29/2017
Working Title Copywriter, Promotional and Social Media Coordinator
Job Classification Communications II
Department Name 91900-University Press Director
Job Type Staff
Position Number 0135427
Hiring Range $26,988.00 - $43,212.00
Position Description

The University of Pittsburgh Press is seeking a highly creative, flexible, energetic, and social media–obsessed individual for the position of Copywriter, Promotional, and Social Media Coordinator. This position offers an outstanding opportunity for the right candidate to enter the fascinating industry of book publishing.

The successful candidate will be deeply engaged with social media and other emerging forms of new media. You will present the public image and voice of the Press and stay ahead of the curve on what’s trending—all while bringing your witty, engaging, and topical copywriting talents to our book promotions. You will create and manage the daily content of our social media sites, keeping audiences constantly engaged, and suggest new avenues for promotion wherever they exist.

You will work closely with authors and Press staff to gain a full understanding of our wide range of award-winning books, and develop strategies and campaigns for their successful promotion through social media, newspapers, journals, other media outlets, and in Press marketing materials.

You will be responsible for writing eye-catching copy for a range of materials, including monthly e-newsletters, blog articles, press releases, sales promotions, email campaigns, book jackets, award announcements, and other promotions. You will solicit blurbs and edit copy. You will also assist at author events and academic conferences to provide social media coverage and general book promotion.

The successful candidate will be a superb writer and possess excellent interpersonal, organizational, and verbal communication skills. You must be able to work independently and meet deadlines. A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 2 years of related work experience are required. Microsoft Office and extensive social media experience are required. Photography and video skills are preferred.

Along with your résumé, please submit a cover letter describing why you are uniquely qualified for this position, your particular interest in book publishing, and how you will contribute to the successful promotional outreach of our books, authors, and the Press.

For additional information about the Press, please visit our website at Information about the University of Pittsburgh can be found at

Please consult the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Human Resources web page, for instructions on applying for job # 0135427. The salary grade indicates the usual hiring range for this position; salary will be commensurate with talent and experience.

The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.

Education Required Baccalaureate
Minimum Related Experience Level Required 2-3 years experience
Additional Education and/or Experience Essential to the Position

Experience with product promotions on social media. Excellent writing skills, verbal communication skills, organizational skills, enthusiasm, and creativity.

Required Licenses/Certifications


Child Protection Clearances

The following PA Act 153 clearances and background checks may be required prior to commencement of employment and as a condition of continued employment: PA State Police Criminal Record Check, FBI Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance.

Assignment Category Regular, Full-Time
Percent Effort 100
Scheduled Work Hours 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
If Varied Work Schedule, Please Specify
If Part Time, Actual Standard Weekly Hours
Campus Pittsburgh
University Benefits

The University offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package for all full-time and part-time regular employees including:

• Education benefits and a retirement plan with employer match

• Group medical insurance, life insurance, and optional vision and dental insurance

• Free transit service within Allegheny County for employees of the Oakland campus (Port Authority Transit)

• Time off benefits including vacation, sick and personal time

For more information regarding the University’s benefits package, please visit

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a bachelor's degree or will have completed one by the end of this current term?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * How did you hear of this position at the University of Pittsburgh?
    • Career Development Center (CDC)
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Commonwealth Workforce Development System (Formerly PA CareerLink)
    • Currently a University Employee
    • Pitt Career Services
    • Pittsburgh Post Gazette
    • Pittsburgh Technology Council
    • PittSource Search
    • Referral (Friend, University Employee, etc.), please specify below
    • Internet Search
    • Other: (Please specify below)
  3. * Please specify from above (if applicable):

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Writing Sample
Optional Documents