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Campus News Editor (5887U), Public Affairs - 65273
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Feb. 26, 2024
Title Campus News Editor (5887U), Public Affairs - 65273
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Communications/Public Relations

Campus News Editor (5887U), Public Affairs - 65273

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

At UC Berkeley, we believe that learning is a fundamental part of working, and our goal is for everyone on the Berkeley campus to feel supported and equipped to realize their full potential. We actively support this by providing all of our staff employees with at least 80 hours (10 days) of paid time per year to engage in professional development activities. To find out more about how you can grow your career at UC Berkeley, visit

Departmental Overview

UC Berkeley's Office of Communications and Public Affairs leads communications for the most elite public higher education institution in the world, conveying the quality, diversity, vitality, preeminence and dedication to service of UC Berkeley. We tell the Berkeley story to inspire audiences and elevate the image of the university.

Our mission is to promote the University's excellence in teaching, research and public service. We provide leadership and services in five integrated functions: News and media relations, executive communications, critical communications, marketing and social media.

The campus news editor will work collaboratively and authoritatively to edit and manage the flow of a wide variety of communications projects from inception to completion, following the communications strategy of the office. Work will include tracking, developing and editing news stories, feature stories, podcasts, visual communications and social media posts.

The news editor is pivotal in shaping compelling news and communications content that elevates the prestige of UC Berkeley. This role is designed for a professional with a robust background in journalistic content development, editing and project management. The editor must be adept at managing a diverse range of editorial projects across channels, from inception to publication.

Working with a team of experienced writers and media relations professionals, the editor will be responsible for overseeing the creation and refinement of content for Berkeley News <>, the campus news website visited by an average of 350,000 visitors worldwide each month.

The editor will authoritatively guide communications and storytelling projects with an eye for news events, deadlines, visuals, audience, social media and digital storytelling best practices. This will include both project management skills and content editing skills, paying attention to story structure, angle, visuals, social media opportunities and other news writing best practices.

Projects may include explaining a world-changing research breakthrough, announcing major awards like the Nobel Prize, introducing a major campus priority or uplifting compelling stories about students, staff and faculty.

The editor must be comfortable working collaboratively with writers, copy editors, graphic designers, podcasters, videographers, strategic communicators and social media professionals under, at times, ambiguous circumstances. In that ambiguity, they must harness the power of the team, keenly using their indirect authority to execute on a communications goal.

The news editor must have a strong ability to navigate and communicate complex issues related to race, ethnicity, gender, ability and other intersectional topics. The editor must also demonstrate a full understanding of industry standards and accessibility best practices, as well a fluency with using metrics and analytics to measure success and improve audience engagement and reach.

The news editor will report to the executive director of news and media relations.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: March 8, 2024


Editorial oversight and content editing:

  • Work with writers to conceptualize, assign, track, edit and publish stories that align with the communications goals of the office:

Project management:

  • Oversee the editorial calendar, with an eye toward campus events and external news events
  • Manage content planning, including stakeholder meetings and project timelines
  • Manage team coordination, including workflow management and resource allocation

Departmental Collaboration:

  • Lead regular planning meetings for news and communications campaigns, as well as meetings to analyze metrics and analytics

Content leadership:

  • Provide subject matter consultation to campus units and communications colleagues who look to Public Affairs for guidance and advice on communications best practices

Professional Development:

  • Maintain currency with emerging news and communications trends, requirements and developments (for example, accessibility issues)

Required Qualifications

  • Skill in conceptualizing, assigning, tracking, editing and publishing stories aligned with communication goals and news writing best practices.
  • Ability to manage visuals and distribution strategy including social media, newsletters and media releases.
  • Advanced verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Advanced skills to create, develop, and implement long and short-term strategic communication plans.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills, including political acumen and skill in troubleshooting and applying proactive and positive solutions.
  • Ability to navigate and communicate complex issues related to race, ethnicity, gender, ability and other intersectional topics.
  • Thorough skills in developing and implementing original ideas and correctly identifying and resolving problems.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced editorial setting, under tight deadlines and with competing priorities.
  • Ability to use metrics and analytics to accomplish goals.


  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of the higher education environment, including its issues, audiences and unique challenges.
  • Experience in journalism or working in a newsroom setting.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $95,300.00 - $114,000.00.

  • This is a 100%, full-time (40 hours per week), career position that is eligible for full UC benefits.
  • This position is exempt and paid monthly.
  • This is a hybrid position, with 50% remote work eligibility.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, please see the University of California Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace policy.

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