Senior Copywriter

VER Marketing

Competition No.  -    A113147909
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

While this position welcomes applications from the public, please note that preference will be given to current employees at the University of Alberta. Please indicate your internal status using the "Advertisement" drop down menu when applying.

This position is a part of the Association of the Academic Staff of the University of Alberta (AASUA).

This posting will be used to fill 2 positions.

Location - Work primarily takes place at Enterprise Square, Edmonton

Working for the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

Position summary

As the Senior Copywriter, you will partner with art directors and graphic designers to create memorable, effective creative that breaks through and delivers. A whiz with words and a brain for big ideas, you can expect to work on a range of projects across all media, digital and traditional. With your 7+ years of agency or related marketing experience, you have the ability to analyze a creative brief, ask the right questions, and understand how to write for any audience—with the utmost relevance. You abhor typos and adore the Oxford comma. You believe in only one space after a period. You are silently judging the writing of this ad as you read it.

Reporting to the Creative Director, you can expect to be part of a skilled creative department staffed with art directors, graphic designers, copywriters, videographers, motion designers and more. This is new at the U of A, so you should also expect a veritable whirlwind of learning, growing, creating, and supporting each other on our collective journey to “build the university of tomorrow.”

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

Duties

  • Deliver engaging copywriting that is high-quality and on-brand for the audience
  • Collaborate with art directors and designers to come up with exceptional creative solutions to business problems and opportunities
  • Present those solutions to clients with solid rationale, take feedback
  • Have the ability to comprehend, and apply, audience and competitor data to creative solutioning
  • Seek out research and information needed to better understand and action on creative briefs
  • Participate in and/or lead radio production projects with or without the Creative Director
  • Participate in video production with Art and/or Creative Directors when applicable
  • Provide copywriting feedback and guidance to clients and other writers in order to keep all writing on-brand for the U of A
  • Participate in sessions to teach others how to write in the U of A voice and tone
  • Maintain high standards of writing, proofreading and editing services as needed
  • Quality control (in conjunction with the CD) of others’ writing
  • Uses excellent communication skills working with the project team to ensure the goals outlined in the creative brief are met.
  • Understands and respects the subtleties and sensitivities of marketing and communications in complex and decentralized organizations.
  • Takes responsibility and is held accountable for copywriting aspects of project work.
  • Participate in appropriate committee meetings and task forces.
  • Stay on top of daily projects through Workfront (our job management system) from initial assignment to completion.
  • Maintain working files on shared drives

Minimum qualifications

  • BA in English, Communications, diploma in copywriting or equivalent education and/or experience relevant to the role.
  • Minimum 7 years of marketing and advertising copywriting experience (preferably at an agency) with a thoughtful portfolio of creative and engaging work that demonstrates your ability.
  • Deep knowledge of the Canadian Press Stylebook
  • Experience in working within creative team pairings such as art director with copywriter.
  • Radio and video production experience
  • Fluent in G-suite (Google Docs, Slides, Sheets)
  • Experience in the Agile method preferred but not required

How to apply

To apply, please click the Apply Online button and attach the following:

  • Resume and cover letter submitted as one document
  • Portfolio/website with samples of your work
  • References

In accordance with the Administrative and Professional Officer Agreement, this full-time continuing position offers a comprehensive benefits package found on our Benefits Overview page and annual salary range of $69,627 - $116,043.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

 

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.