Senior strategic writer
About the position
The position has primary responsibility for scholarly writing on strategic communications from the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. This evidence-based research writing supported by data analytics supports all aspects of the university’s strategic mission. The position collaborates on communications planning and execution as it relates to research briefings, publications, student success award applications, state and federal strategic narratives, web, social media, print and digital communications for the Office of the Provost. The position will be responsible for writing funding proposals to compliment the institution’s strategic mission. The position has a strong understanding that information and data are key decision drivers. Therefore, the successful candidate understands the importance of connecting analytics with meaningful messaging of information to tell the data story of VCU.
With a total student population of more than 31,000, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) is a public research university located in the capital city of Richmond, VA. The VCU Health System is an urban teaching hospital and is home to VCU Medical Center, the #1 ranked medical center in the Richmond metropolitan area with the only Level I trauma center in central Virginia. Together they make VCU the largest employer in the city of Richmond (22,888 including VCU and VCU Health employees).
Founded in 1838 and currently belonging to the elite group of R1 – Doctoral Universities with Highest Research Activity by Carnegie Classification, VCU enrolls students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 108 countries. Students choose from 59 undergraduate, 69 master’s, 42 doctoral programs, three first-professional programs and 44 certificate programs offered by 11 schools and three colleges. With two main campuses on 173 acres in the historic downtown area, as well as satellite campuses located across the state and internationally, VCU boasts a diverse campus community, including approximately 43 percent of the student body identifying as minority, as well as an 18:1 student-faculty ratio, and more than 500 student clubs and organizations.
One of the largest academic health centers in the nation with a 52-acre footprint one block from Capitol Square, VCU Health System also maintains over 2.5 million square feet of facilities in satellite locations surrounding the city, including research space at the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park. In addition to VCU Medical Center, the $3.2 billion health system includes Community Memorial Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, the Virginia Premier Health Plan (a 220,000-member non-profit Managed Care Organization), and the MCV Physicians (a faculty practice plan with more than 700 members and 770 residents and fellows).
- Maureen McCusker, chair, senior research analyst, Institutional Research and Decision Support, Office of the Provost
- Danny Woodward, executive director of executive communications, University Relations
- Erin Webster Garrett, assistant vice provost for REAL, Office of the Provost
- Jamie Stillman, director of strategic communications, Office of the Provost
- Joanne Jensen, adjunct instructor, Strategic Enrollment Management, Office of the Provost
- Matthew Lovisa, director of communications and marketing, Division of Student Affairs