Senior Content Writer/Strategist

California, United States
12 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
12 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

The Hoover Institution at Stanford University is seeking qualified candidates for the full-time position of Senior Content Writer/Strategist for the Hoover Institution's Marketing & Strategic Communications department. 

About Stanford University's Hoover Institution: The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace is a public policy research center devoted to the advanced study of economics, politics, history, and political economy—both domestic and foreign as well as international affairs. 

Founded in 1919 by Herbert Hoover before he became the thirty-first president of the United States, the Institution began as a repository of historical material gathered at the end of World War I. The library and archives have grown to be among the largest private repositories of documents on twentieth-century political and economic history. Over time the Institution expanded its mission from collecting archival material to conducting advanced research on contemporary history and economics and applying this scholarship to current public policy challenges. 

With its eminent scholars and world-renowned library and archives, the Hoover Institution seeks to improve the human condition by advancing ideas that promote economic opportunity and prosperity while securing and safeguarding peace for America and all humanity


Plan and manage the preparation and development of high profile written materials, including Hoover's Annual Report, Overseers Handbook, donor newsletters, and web stories. The vast majority of written materials will be specifically intended for financial supporters of the Institution. 

Write knowledgeably and clearly (for lay audiences) about the broad range of policy issues and topics researched by Hoover's fellowship. Proactively identify stories that should be communicated to key Hoover constituencies. Work collaboratively across the organization, interfacing especially with development, fellows, public affairs, research operations, and strategic communications. Observe inviolable deadlines for key projects, especially the Annual Report. 


  • Develop and research ideas for written publication/communication on high visibility complex topics.
  • Research, develop, execute and manage high profile written publications/ communications that:
  • articulate the goals and vision in a way that is understandable and meaningful to various constituencies
  • demonstrate understanding of a wide variety of audiences
  • identify key information, messages and topics
  • clearly and credibly communicate a diverse array of topics
  • enhance the relevance and impact of intended messaging
  • 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 high-level interactions with specialized constituents to promote departmental goals, visions, and strategies.
  • Manage the writing process that is complex in nature reaching across organizational levels.
  • Assist the department head in evaluating workflow, resources, and make recommendations.


  • Develop and manage the production of Hoover's Annual Report and Overseers Handbook.
  • Select Hoover-authored books for inclusion in book catalog.
  • Help select web content offers in collaboration with Development for inclusion in online fundraising efforts.
  • Provide donor marketing copy when necessary (leadership cards, cover notes, etc.).
  • Offer guidance to Development for use of Hoover logos and images.
  • Provide templates and technical support for Development email program.

* Other duties may also be assigned.


Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree and eight years of relevant work 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 complex materials 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.
  • Outstanding 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.
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee all aspects of the writing process.
  • Demonstrated advanced writing skills and the ability to synthesize materials from multiple sources.
  • Extensive experience managing and coordinating complex writing projects.
  • Expert level knowledge of job-required tools and applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and apply ingenuity and creativity in solving complex problems.

Desired/Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Proven success in managing complex publication production processes, including design and printing.

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 as well as 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,

The Hoover Institution at Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Additional Information

Schedule: Full-time
Job Code: 4273
Employee Status: Regular
Grade: J
Department URL:
Requisition ID: 83399