Contributing Writer
Rollins - Winter Park, FL

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Rollins seeks a talented writer to produce magazine-style stories and other editorial content for print and electronic media. This position is for a writer who is able to originate and produce in-depth news and lifestyle pieces as well as press releases and event coverage. The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years of experience writing nonfiction narrative journalism and the ability to write on a variety of topics, including academic research (ranging from science to art to business), in a clear, concise, and engaging manner.

Duties (including but not limited to):
Carefully plan, conceptualize, research, report, and write long- and short-form stories for an online news center, print and electronic newsletters, and a magazine.

Work with the Editorial Director to give shape to original material, and stay motivated and open to editorial changes and interventions over the long periods that it takes to report and write a story.

Stay up to speed on news, especially in the areas of higher education and culture, so as to be plugged into what kinds of stories to go after.

Complete 2-3 stories a week.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:
2-3 years experience reporting and writing.

Experience writing for an online audience, including writing for social media and blogs.

Experience posting stories online using a content management system.

A bachelor’s degree (journalism is preferred).

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to cultivate sources, skills to conduct interviews, a nose for news, and a commitment to improving one’s own writing skills.

Knowledge of AP style, Photoshop, and HTML .

Strong headline writing skills.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in journalism is preferred.

Work Hours

This is a part-time position (20-25 hours/week on average- 1,000 hours or less per year). Position offers the flexibility to determine your own work schedule, however, a majority of hours need to be worked during normal business hours (M-F, 8:30-5pm). While there is flexibility to work remotely on occasion, the position requires being available for in-person interviews and meetings both on and off campus. Occasional night and weekend work may be required.

Physical Requirements

Required to drive college vehicles?

Salary/Hourly Rate


This position is not eligible for benefits.

Additional Information

The Chronicle of Higher Education has recognized Rollins as a “Great College to Work For” in their 2012 rankings. The Chronicle’s Great Colleges to Work For program facilitates an institutional audit, as well as faculty, staff, and administrator evaluations of their institutions, and recognizes colleges for achieving high employee satisfaction in up to 12 “great academic workplace” categories. Classified as a medium-sized four-year institution, Rollins not only made the rankings, but also earned the Honor Roll (top 10) distinction. As an Honor Roll institution, Rollins was recognized for being one of the most cited colleges across all categories, achieving its highest marks in seven survey categories: compensation and benefits; facilities, workspace, and security; job satisfaction; professional/career development programs; supervisor/department chair relationship; tenure clarity and process; and work/life balance.

Rollins ranks 6th best in the Orlando Sentinel’s 2012 Top 100 Companies for Working Families annual competition. Compiled by the Orlando Sentinel and published in the newspaper’s Florida magazine special section, the Top 100 list honors the local companies who are most committed to family-friendly benefits.

Through its mission, Rollins College is firmly committed to creating a just community that embraces multiculturalism; persons from historically under-represented minority groups are therefore encouraged to apply.

At Rollins, our people provide our strategic advantage. We seek talented individuals who can help us fulfill our mission to educate students for global citizenship & responsible leadership. More information about our values and culture can be found at the following website:

At Rollins, we value academic excellence and share a common service philosophy: “Together, we inspire purposeful lives through distinctive, engaged learning and exceptional service.” Accordingly, the selected candidate must be able to embrace and model this service philosophy in his/her day to day work and provide competent, collaborative, responsive and respectful service to others. More information about our service philosophy and standards can be found at the following website: .

As of May 29, 2012, applicants will need to create a new account to apply to any new open positions going forward. Any application submitted online prior to this date will remain active until the position is filled, and applicants will not be able to see their status online.

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