Web Portal Editor, Stanford Today

California, United States
04 Dec 2020
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02 Feb 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Stanford University is one of the world’s premier academic and research institutions, devoting tremendous intellectual and physical resources toward the betterment of humanity. As a major Silicon Valley employer, Stanford seeks people committed to excellence and to improving our world. In turn, the university is committed to supporting its employees as they develop their careers and enrich their lives.  We believe Stanford’s future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community.

University Communications, part of the Office of External Relations, provides support and campus leadership in planning, coordination and implementation of strategic communications programs that support Stanford University and its mission. University Communications is responsible for brand positioning and strategy; issues and reputation management; crisis communications; oversight of digital content and top-level web and social media platforms; media relations and news services; executive communications with all constituencies; major publications; and a campus video productions studio and video production group. University Communications coordinates with communications professionals across the university, provides leadership to the Communications Working Group, and advises on communications policy with senior executive staff.


The objective of this web portal Editor is to lead the curation and development of content for Stanford Today, the recently launched portal (https://news.stanford.edu/today/) designed to provide all segments of the campus community – students, faculty and staff – with the information they need to thrive at Stanford. Working with communicators at administrative units and schools across campus as well as within University Communications, this position will oversee the effort to build Stanford Today into the “primary source of truth” – the website members of the campus community should go for information on all aspects of their campus experience. 

This position works in close collaboration with the Stanford Report editor to identify a strong mix of content to include in the daily campus e-newsletter. The position also works closely with University Communications’ social and web teams to ensure Stanford Today’s success. 


Lead coordination of campus communicators focused on all internal audiences

By building strong connections with key campus communicators, develop a robust system for identifying a comprehensive collection of content for each constituent audience – students, faculty and staff. 

Curate content on Stanford Today

Using sound news judgment and calling on an understanding of the needs of the university administration as well as the campus community, edit, select and maintain content for target audiences. Success for this responsibility will require developing a thorough awareness of the campus experience for each audience segment. 

Within University Communications, collaborate with the Stanford Report editor to disseminate content as well as the social media team to ensure that we have the right conversion funnel to Stanford Today content. 

Lead effort to analyze and utilize metrics for Stanford Today’s target audiences

Working closely with University Communications’ director of insights and others, develop and execute a plan for utilizing analytics to effectively curate the site, interpret trends and surface the most relevant content for target audiences.

Play a key role in exploration and development of enhancements for the portal

In ongoing efforts to strengthen the impact of Stanford Today through technological enhancements, provide feedback on experience, functionality and desired future improvements on both the tools content contributors need and the delivery systems most effective for target audiences. Success at this responsibility requires an awareness of trends in content delivery systems appropriate for diverse audience segments.  


  • Bachelor's degree and eight years of relevant experience or a combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with a diverse group of collaborators.
  • Excellent organizational skills needed to track, organize and disseminate a large amount of content originating for a wide range of sources.
  • Strong news judgment guided by the ability to develop a keen understanding of the needs of the institution as well as those of the target audiences. 
  • Strong writing and editing skills, including a demonstrated ability to work with content providers with various levels of expertise. 
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize analytics to inform decision making.
  • Broad knowledge of current trends in content delivery systems.
  • Working knowledge of WordPress/Drupal and Google Analytics.  
  • Demonstrated commitment to principles of community and diversity. 


Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums. 
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

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 the job.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Additional Information

  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4253
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: J
  • Requisition ID: 87922