Managing Editor, Western News

by Western University

Reference #: 34529
Position Type: Full-time
Location: London, ON
Date Posted: Apr 05, 2024
Western University

Job Description

Classification & Regular Hours

Hours per Week: 35

Salary Grade: 17

About Western

Since 1878, Western University has been committed to serving our communities through the pursuit of academic excellence and by providing students, faculty, and community members with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social, and cultural growth.  We seek excellent students, faculty, and staff to join us in what has become known as the "Western Experience" - an opportunity to contribute to a better world through the development of new knowledge, new abilities, new connections, and new ways to make a difference.

About Us

The Western Communications team provides strategic advice to university senior leadership, faculty, staff and teams of internal and external communications staff across Western in order to build the university’s brand on a local, national and global scale. 


Reporting to the Executive Director, Editorial Strategy and Media Relations, the Managing Editor, Western News is responsible for leading Western News, the university’s central news channel. 

The Managing Editor, Western News develops an editorial content strategy, based on the principles of brand journalism, that fosters engagement with the Western community and external stakeholders in the priorities, strengths and accomplishments of the university. In addition, they work collaboratively with communications colleagues to ensure the content strategy is aligned with the university’s overall brand and public engagement strategy. The Managing Editor assigns stories, evaluates all Western News story pitches, edits work submitted and evaluates work quality and quantity. 

The role will manage the strategic development, implementation, and assessment of editorial initiatives, with a goal of building awareness and promoting Western's brand and reputation locally, nationally, and internationally. The Managing Editor, Western News, will also manage the development and implementation of new and revised editorial processes and practices, and provide related guidance and advice to ensure the university’s public messaging reflects the university’s strategic priorities. 



  • Undergraduate Degree in journalism, public relations, communications, marketing or related field
  • Certificate in a relevant area, and/or International Association of Business Communicators Designation


  • 7 years in communications, journalism or media relations, with experience delivering strategic content to a range of audiences in diverse channels
  • 3 years’ experience managing communications staff and projects
  • Experience in a post-secondary environment is preferred 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • In-depth knowledge of theory and best practices in brand journalism and of marketing trends and best practices
  • Knowledge of team dynamics and approaches for developing teams
  • In-depth knowledge of principles of writing, including grammar and style and proofreading abilities with an excellent command of the English language
  • Ability to collaborate across internal and external boundaries to meet common objectives, improve outcomes and support work beyond one's own unit
  • Ability to establish effective routines for excellent communication with all members of the team to maximize productivity
  • Media skills with solid communications judgment to present and package information to maximize interest
  • Ability to analyze metrics and consider past communications to craft engaging written communications using social media or other appropriate channels
  • Ability to think creatively and use a non-prescriptive approach in marketing and communications initiatives
  • Critical thinking and analytical skills to assess complex higher education issues of concern to stakeholders, including the media, the public, and prospective donors
  • Ability to draw on diversity of skills, backgrounds and knowledge of people to achieve more effective results
  • Ability to promote individual growth by encouraging others to learn new skills and develop themselves
  • Ability to quickly re-allocate resources and adjust priorities in response to unexpected events or changing circumstances
  • Advanced computer skills in Microsoft Office 
  • Results-oriented with the ability to motivate and coach employees to meet high performance standards, while working effectively as a member of the leadership team
  • Ability to delegate work and provide team members with clear direction and support in meeting their objectives
  • Project management skills to manage multiple projects simultaneously from conception to completion within tightly prescribed timelines
  • Ability to develop strategies that are in line with the university's mission and which balance competing priorities

Western Values Diversity

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.  If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact Human Resources at or phone 519-661-2194.

Please Note:

Interested applicants are asked to visit for further information and to apply online referencing job #34529. This position will remain open until filled. 
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

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