Alice L. Walton School of Medicine
Founded in 2021 by philanthropist Alice Walton, the School of Medicine will offer a medical degree-granting program that builds on conventional medicine with an inclusive, compassionate, and whole health approach. The School of Medicine embraces self-care to empower students to care for their patients and themselves and helps them rise to the health challenges of the 21st century with a focus on mental, physical, social, and emotional health. The School will have an attached clinic for training in these concepts. Currently, the School of Medicine seeks to be a national medical school with the goal of welcoming its inaugural class in 2025, pending programmatic and institutional accreditation.
Construction of the 154,000 square-foot building has begun with the goal of completing and welcoming the first class in Fall 2025, pending accreditation. AWSOM will be located east of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.
What We Seek
We are building a cadre of medical professionals trained in conventional medicine and in whole health, by reimagining medical education. We seek leaders and faculty who are excited by this endeavor. We are building a health care learning and delivery environment in which diversity is a strength and highly valued. Thus, we seek candidates who contribute to diversity in all its forms. Ideal candidates are committed to our goals of inclusive excellence, and to facilitating optimal health for all using a whole health approach.
Faculty and staff members will contribute to the development and rollout of the ARCHES curriculum, which is built on evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning. It includes the following six core elements:
- Art of Healing
- Research, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation
- Clinical Care
- Health Systems Sciences
- Embracing Whole Health
- Science of Medicine
All six areas of the curriculum will be interwoven throughout the four-year curriculum.
About The Position
This job is a great opportunity for an experienced writer and editor to help create foundational language for AWSOM’s owned, earned, and paid media efforts including writing for the website, intranet, printed materials, press releases, bios, talking points, course materials, social media, email marketing, ad campaigns, and more. The Editorial Manager will develop and maintain the School’s voice and tone and oversee the Style Guide, working toward unified messaging that is rooted in clear, credible, and inspiring language that supports the mission to bridge the gap to better health care, together.
The Editorial Manager must be able to write informative and intriguing copy adapted to many unique audiences including prospective students and staff, health care system partners, accrediting bodies, press, community partners, and other stakeholders and general audiences. This position reports to the Director of Marketing and Communications, who will help guide projects and priorities. The position will work closely with the Web and Digital Content Manager and the Communications Teams at Art & Wellness Enterprises, which supports Alice Walton’s nonprofit organizations. The Editorial Manager will maintain consistency and the integrity of the AWSOM voice as part of a highly collaborative team committed to advancing the vision of the School.
We are building a workplace and learning climate in which inclusive excellence and whole health principles are inextricable parts of our culture and practices. All voices are heard and valued, and professional and personal growth are actively supported.
Major Responsibilities/Essential Functions Specific To The Position:
- Write compelling, action-oriented marketing and communications copy for a wide range of School of Medicine materials from PR collateral for awareness campaigns to blog entries, Intranet updates, course materials, emails, letters, and more.
- Work closely with Marketing and Communications Director and Web and Digital Content Manager on content strategy and the creation and maintenance of an editorial calendar for the School of Medicine.
- Maintain the School’s editorial Style Guides to include biannual reviews and updates.
- Help with staff message training and develop messaging frameworks to organize messages for departments as needed.
- Apply and adapt marketing and communications copy to a variety of media, including print, radio, television and digital advertising; collateral materials such as brochures, and work with communications team to share out through earned/owned media channels.
- Develop and oversee copy for the AWSOM blog and monthly newsletter, which could be adapted and used for both as well as social media; this management would include writing posts and features, editing submissions from other authors, collecting photos and assets, sending out for necessary reviews, publishing, and tracking metrics and feedback.
- Oversee the School’s publications and letters from deans and department heads, to be determined in consultation with the team.
- Pursue opportunities to pitch original articles about the School to external sources as needed, including identifying opportunities, writing, and working with the publications to edit and submit.
- Edit and proofread white papers or research documents for deans and faculty for grammar, style, language, consistency, and readability.
- A BA or Master’s degree in a related field is a plus.
Minimum Work Experiences
- Degree with coursework in English, Journalism, Marketing, or Communications.
- Minimum five (5) years work experience in copywriting and/or editing, preferably for higher education or a medical schools.
- Excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to understand and maintain the highest levels of confidentiality and discretion.
- Belief in the School of Medicine as a cause for social good and a positive, dynamic force for improving health care.
Preferred Work Experiences and Qualifications
- Excellent storyteller who can research and highlight the School’s unique attributes
- Preferred ability to write for marketing, advertising, and communications.
- Familiarity with medical writing, editorial research, news writing and AP style.
- Able to cut through jargon and write clear, and compelling copy about complex, medical topics that’s understandable to general audiences.
- Ability to conceptualize and write persuasive copy from headlines to long form.
- Experience developing and maintaining close collaborative working relationships with colleagues, faculty and outside freelance writers or editors as needed.
- Excellent editing, proofreading, and grammar skills.
- Self-directed and able to work well independently while also able to collaborate in a team environment.
- Skilled multi-tasker; adept at prioritizing and organizing multiple projects and managing deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
- Strong attention to detail.
Skills Expected of All AWSOM Team Members
- Exemplary written, verbal and other communication skills
- Adaptable and flexible to the needs of the position and the school
- Collaborative Skills: Build and maintain relationships internal and external to the organization
- Creative and Open-Minded: Enjoy exploring and supporting innovation in teaching strategies, topic areas, professional growth opportunities, and more
- Discerning: Ability to recognize and support innovation
- Highly self-directed, and reliable and accountable
- Strong commitment to self-care
- Committed to Diversity and Inclusion: Ability to work effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders (e.g., co-workers, students, community members)
- Ability to effectively mentor a diversity of individuals
- Commitment to meet and maintain professional development requirements related to this role
How To Apply
Applicants should submit the following materials:
- Letter of interest highlighting essential qualifications and interests
- A detailed resume
All offers of employment are contingent upon your successful completion (where permitted by state law) of a confidentiality agreement, background check and verification of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19. In addition, you will need to provide proper identification verifying your eligibility to work in the United States on your first day of work.
The Alice L. Walton School of Medicine is an equal opportunity employer committed to building and maintaining a culturally diverse workplace that is free of discrimination and harassment of any kind. We encourage women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate.
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