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Editorial Director

Responsibilities

The Editorial Director is responsible for the planning, development, and assessment of a wide range of written communications that support and advance the strategic goals of the Association. Working in close collaboration with the Vice President for Communications and Marketing and other colleagues across the enterprise, the Director provides editorial leadership for periodicals and publications, helps establish departmental goals for communications, and will on occasion provide editorial direction for public policy papers, editing of books and other materials published by the department, and cultivation of new titles and authors.

Duties

  • Assist the Editor-in-Chief in planning and publishing Trusteeship, a bi-monthly magazine for the Association’s 35,000 members.
    • Solicit articles and confer with authors and columnists to develop their ideas.
    • Maintain an editorial calendar and story budget that ensures deadline management and on-time delivery of the magazine.
    • Edit and proofread copy and page proofs.
    • Collaborate with the art director/designer to ensure alignment of story and design, including layouts, illustrations, and photography.
    • Write features, sidebars, and other articles.
    • Manage, in collaboration with designer, relationships with printers and mail houses to ensure the highest standards of production and efficient delivery..
  • Plan the theme of and write the Annual Report.
  • As part of the editorial team, collaborate on AGB’s overall communications plan, assisting in the development of editorial calendars and individual issue development for AGB publications, and assist with research and article development.
  • In conjunction with departments managing research, public policy, and programs, contribute to AGB Alerts and public policy papers.
  • Help plan, write, edit, and proofread other publications, as assigned.
  • Contribute to blogs and other digital content, as assigned.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, communications, or a related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Four to six years’ experience editing for publications, preferably for a newspaper or magazine, as well as the ability to write across a variety of disciplines (press releases, web sites, policy papers, etc.).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in publication production process.
  • Experience working with outside and in-house writers preferred; assigning and editing articles in a collaborative manner.
  • Experience editing news and feature copy.
  • Familiarity with higher education topics and issues is required, and knowledge of governance and related issues preferred.
  • Inquisitiveness about public policy, governance, and related developments that affect higher education.
  • Familiarity with AP Style and Chicago Manual of Style.
  • Excellent oral and written communications and interpersonal skills, and strong ethical and professional standards.

To apply: email cover letter and resume to employment@agb.org
Include position title in Subject of email to avoid being overlooked.
No phone calls, please.

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