Spanish-Language Journalist

Pennsylvania, United States
24 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
24 Jan 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Job Profile Title

Staff Writer D

Job Description Summary, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania seeks a Spanish-language Journalist to work on a term-limited, grant-funded project that aims to counter online health and vaccine misinformation that targets Latinx communities.

Job Description is an influential and nationally-prominent political and public policy website with a wide readership both on the web and in partnership with major news organizations that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics by monitoring the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players. SciCheck, a subproject of, focuses exclusively on false and misleading scientific claims made by partisans to influence public policy. The Spanish-language Journalist (SLJ) will write articles about topics such as COVID-19, therapeutics available to treat it, and vaccination; will translate pieces on health topics into Spanish; and will work with others to encourage journalistic outlets to carry these pieces.


Successful candidates will:

  • Have a BA or BS degree (master’s degree or PhD with an academic background in natural science preferred) with 5 years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Have professional experience writing for audiences in both English and Spanish (a minimum of 3-5 years preferred).
  • Be familiar with the online and print US Spanish-language media landscape.
  • Be fluent in written and spoken Spanish and English.
  • Have an ability to develop contacts at Spanish-language media outlets and successfully build partnerships with those publications.  
  • Have good social media and communication skills.

Position Length

This posting is for a one-year, term-limited, grant-funded position, with possible continuation dependent on both performance and continued grant funding.

Application Instructions

Applications can be submitted via the University of Pennsylvania’s career site []. Resume, cover letter, and writing sample(s) required (clicking the “upload” button at the bottom of the My Experience page in the application process will allow you to attach multiple documents).  If you are a recent graduate, your application should include overall GPA, GPA by field, related courses taken, and a description of your academic research and academic writing experience.

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

Annenberg School for Communication

Pay Range

$59,703.00 - $113,435.00

Affirmative Action Statement 

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements 

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.