Publications Editor

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 017600 - MAFES Administrative Overhead
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

The successful candidate will report to the Manager of Communications for the Agriculture and Natural Resources Marketing team and serve as editor of publications and electronic content produced for the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station. Candidate will prepare educational and promotional information for dissemination in printed and electronic form.

Salary Grade:  14

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Anticipated Appointment Date:

July 2023. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Work with a team that includes writers, copy editors, graphic designers, photographers, videographers, and other members of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Marketing team to produce educational and marketing content for publications, periodicals, videos, podcasts, and web.

Copyedit, proofread, and manage all stages of production for multiple educational products at once, to meet established deadlines, publishing schedules, and standards of quality and correctness and to fulfill product goals and editorial vision.

Adapt written materials, video scripts, and other text to the reading level of the intended audience, purpose of the project, and appropriate style and tone.

Write copy for brochures and other special print, video, and electronic materials, as assigned.

Create and edit files in Adobe InDesign and other software applications.

Create accessible publications, including using appropriate text styling and writing alternative text for images.

Edit and proofread the writing of internal clients and the Agriculture and Natural Resources Marketing team prior to distribution to the public.

Conduct other duties, as assigned.

The above essential duties are representative of major duties in this position. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary based upon departmental needs. Other duties may be assigned to the above consistent with the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the job. Not all of the duties may be assigned to a position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor’s degree with a focus in English, journalism, public relations, communications, or a related discipline.
Experience: Three (3) years directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

Preferred Qualifications:

Education: Master’s degree
Experience: Five to ten years relevant experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

-Proficient in AP and Chicago Style writing guides
-Proficient in Adobe Creative Cloud, particularly Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat
-Familiarity with web content accessibility guidelines
-Ability to prioritize competing demands and to meet deadlines
-Knowledge of web-based communication usage and styles
-Ability to work collaboratively across broad constituencies.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

-Work is normally performed in a typical interior/ office work environment
-No or very limited exposure to physical risk
-No or very limited physical effort required
-Vision requirements: ability to see information in print and/or electronically

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Please submit application, cover letter, and resume along with three professional references at

Screening Date:

June 19, 2023 until filled. 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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