BCO: Editorial Assistant (S9998C)

Summary, Scope, and Responsibilities

The Bates Office of Communications is responsible for the College’s media activities, publications, sports information and official web pages. In short, the Communications Office is the source of great stories about people and programs that make Bates one of the leading U.S. liberal arts colleges.

In the Communications Office, students interested in writing and editing, print and e-publishing, media relations and college communications will find exciting opportunities to learn about these fields and develop skills by working with seasoned professionals, including former journalists.

The Editorial Assistant position is important to the College’s public communications strategy. The Communications Office Editorial Assistants are tasked with a challenging variety of activities including journalistic writing and copy-editing, research and interviewing, media database operations and such miscellaneous jobs as digital audio editing. The position is a valuable way for a student to gather writing samples for a portfolio, gain exposure to the everyday working of the media and communications industry, and absorb valuable experience in writing and editing.

At times, the Editorial Assistants may be required to perform such tasks as mailing hometown press releases, transcribing recorded interviews, running errands on campus and staffing the Communications Office reception desk.

Please Note: The Editorial Assistant must have strong writing and editing skills, a broad awareness of current events, a reverence for accuracy, an eye for editorial detail, (including awareness of grammar, spelling, and word usage) and be fluent in English.

Specific responsibilities include, but may not be limited to:

The Basics

Department: Communications
Supervisor: Doug Hubley
Office Location: 141 Nichols St.
Email: dhubley
Pay Grade: C
Hours: 10-20 (academic) 40 (summer)
Workers: 5

Qualifications, Requirements, and Responsibilities


Completion of high school experience. The Editorial Assistant must have experience in an office environment. Bates Student experience in publishing and media or marketing communications.


The Editorial Assistant will report to Doug Hubley


The Editorial Assistant must be able to climb stairs. Knowledge of Windows and Macintosh computers, as well as a transcription machine would be helpful.