Editor, Almanac

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Pennsylvania, United States
24 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
23 Jan 2021
Contract Type
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 Description Summary

The Editor of Almanac is responsible for the publication of the University's journal of record as well as writing and editing news and opinion stories regarding University policies, governance matters, honors bestowed upon members of the Penn community, news, events and other information. The Editor also ensures the accuracy of information contained in its print and digital issues.

Job Description

Almanac, the University of Pennsylvania’s journal of record, is published every week during the academic year and at last once during the summer.  In addition, Express Almanac provides reports of breaking news and updates between issues during the academic year and the summer publication cycle.  The Editor of Almanac is responsible for ensuring the accuracy of information contained in its print and digital issues. The Editor also writes and edits stories regarding University policies, governance matters, honors bestowed upon members of the Penn community, news, and events.  The Editor also ensures that policies, reports, and other documents submitted for publication are meticulously edited and fact-checked in collaboration with the relevant office or individual.  In addition, the Editor seeks out information regarding innovative research and scholarly developments, recognitions, and events and news of interest to faculty, students, staff, and alumni. The Editor supervises and mentors two professional staff and several work-study students who write, research, copyedit and prepare materials for publication in Almanac.  The Editor also manages the departmental budget.  Almanac is part of the President’s Center and has an Advisory Board that provides editorial oversight.



  • BA/BS in English, communication, journalism or a related field
  • At least 5 years experience as a journalist at least 2 years of which included significant editorial responsibility
  • Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills and ability to work with intellectually demanding material
  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to handle confidential or embargoed announcements and information submitted to accommodate Almanac’s publication deadlines
  • Excellent analytical skills, excellent editorial judgement, and demonstrated ability to produce concise, polished, and accurate copy under tight deadlines
  • Strong organizational skills and excellent attention to detail and accuracy
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate and work effectively with others
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and mentor a team
  • Experience with digital publications as well as appropriate software for publishing print and digital materials and those used for web design and publishing

Preferred Skills

  • Knowledge of higher education governance and related issues
  • Experience working in a college or university

Working Conditions
Office, library, computer room

Physical Effort
Typically sitting at a desk or table

Job Location - City, State

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School

President's Center

Pay Range

$72,837.00 - $138,391.00

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.

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