Writer/Editor, Stanford University Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE)

Writer/Editor, Stanford University Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE)

Stanford, CA

Posted: 07.13.2016

Stanford University Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE) is looking for an extraordinary writer to join our Communications team. If you’re looking for daily variety and an opportunity to challenge yourself and grow as a communicator, this may be the opportunity for you.

The incumbent will be called upon to write instructional materials that make complex topics easy to understand and act upon, copy that engages our audiences in meaningful dialogue, and marketing copy that offers strong support for our revenue objectives.

R&DE is an award-winning organization in which every employee represents our values of excellence, teamwork, innovation, diversity and sustainability. We’re looking for a talented storyteller who understands strategic communications. If you’re looking for a challenging opportunity to grow as a communicator, read the job description below and follow the instructions to apply.

About Stanford and R&DE

Founded in 1891, Stanford University is among the top academic institutions in the country, excelling in a wide range of fields from the humanities to information technology to the health sciences and medicine. The university is located near Palo Alto, 35 miles south of San Francisco, on an 8,800-acre campus.

Residential & Dining Enterprises, the largest auxiliary organization at Stanford University, supports the academic mission of the University by providing the highest quality services to students and other members of the university community. The Department has an annual operating budget of over $230 million, oversees a 5 million sq. ft. physical plant across the campus, provides housing for over 12,000 students, serves over 18,000 daily meals at 30 dining and retail locations and over 500,000 meals at Athletic Concessions events, and hosts 20,000 conference guests annually. R&DE comprises 660 FTE staff in the following divisions: the Office of the Senior Associate Vice Provost (SAVP), Student Housing, Stanford Dining, Stanford Hospitality & Auxiliaries, Stanford Conferences, and a team of R&DE strategic business partners: Finance & Administration, Human Resources, Information Technology and Communications.


This position reports to the Director of Communications, and provides writing support under minimal supervision, for the SAVP and R&DE divisions for print, web, and other platforms. The incumbent will be skilled at creating and editing copy that engages key audiences, supports marketing initiatives, and consistently communicates R&DE strategic brand messages.


Develop and research ideas for written publication/communication on topics of moderate complexity.

Coordinate website editorial calendar and postings with other R&DE departments

Coordinate content and publication of R&DE internal newsletter

Support R&DE departments in the development of social media content and strategy

Consult with internal and external customers to understand the need and purpose of a project.

Compose written material for diverse audiences, across a variety of channels.

Manage production of own publications/communications and adhere to deadlines.

Compose written material.

Manage production of own stories, and adhere to deadlines.

Develop, compile and edit supplemental materials that support written communication (i.e., backgrounders, biographies, executive talking points, and other related materials).

Establish and maintain extensive contacts with key sources (media, news services, community organizations and other targeted audiences) to identify story themes and newsworthy events to promote and disseminate information.

Maintain department style standards.

* Other duties may also be assigned


Education & Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and five years of related experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Proven success in writing for publication in print, web, and other platforms.

Excellent writing, interpersonal, and oral communication skills with proven ability to present, write, edit, and organize thoughts in a clear, concise, and well-organized manner.

Ability to understand materials of moderate complexity and synthesize across multiple sources to produce materials for diverse audiences.

Ability to change voice and writing style to fit a particular audience and purpose.

Firm understanding of web technologies and applications, including social networking, social media tools, and current communication trends.

Excellent interpersonal skills and able to interact effectively with a diverse array of people, including senior leaders.

Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.

Ability to manage and prioritize multiple deadlines.

Excellent time management skills.

Certifications and Licenses:



Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.

Frequently stand/walk, sit, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, and use a telephone, writing by hand.

Occasionally reach/work above shoulders, grasp forcefully, and sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.

Visual and auditory acuity, including color vision required.

* Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


Occasional work on evenings and weekends.

Occasional travel.


Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.

Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.

Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu.