The Associate Editor (AE) plays a key role in NPCA’s Communications department by helping to plan, assign, research, report, write, and edit content forNational Parks magazine, npca.org, parkadvocate.org, and related websites, and organizational newsletters and reports.
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JOB GRADE: E-2 JOB STATUS: Full time FLSA: Exempt
LOCATION: Washington, DC
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Todd Christopher
The Associate Editor (AE) plays a key role in NPCA’s Communications department by helping to plan, assign, research, report, write, and edit content forNational Parks magazine, npca.org, parkadvocate.org, and related websites, and organizational newsletters and reports. The AE participates in all aspects of the production of magazine and web content, including photo and art assignments, photo editing, headline and caption writing, copyediting, fact-checking, and extending and integrating magazine features into NPCA’s digital channels. As a core member of the Content Team, the AE reports to the Senior Director, Digital & Editorial Strategy and works closely with, and receives guidance and work assignments from, the Managing Editor, Online Communications and Editor-in-Chief, National Parks.
Contributes to all facets of magazine production. Assigns, edits, and occasionally writes major features. Writes and/or assigns and edits departmental articles for each issue. Compiles and edits letters-to-the-editor and other front-of-the book items. Helps shape, compile, research, report, write, and occasionally assign and edit news stories. Writes photo captions and oversees fact-checking of relevant stories. Identifies and collaborates on video, audio, slideshows, and other multimedia to broaden the impact of magazine content across digital channels. (40%)
Contributes to the creation and publication of NPCA’s online content by assigning, researching, writing, editing, and posting, as appropriate, articles and web pages, blog posts, slideshows, illustrations, interactives, and digital magazine features and extensions. Works within the content management systems of NPCA’s web properties to publish and maintain content across digital channels. Contributes to the planning and execution of Park Notes, NPCA’s monthly e-newsletter for supporters. Works with the Creative Projects Manager to select, edit, and clear rights for photographs and other visual content. Helps to maintain the accuracy, relevance, and effectiveness of core website content. (40%)
Oversees production of the Annual Report, either writing the text or assigning a writer and editing the text. Helps to create a production schedule, works with designers and photographers or illustrators, and involves appropriate NPCA staff in shaping and editing text. As appropriate, edits regional newsletters and other NPCA reports. (15%)
Other duties as assigned. (5%)
TOUR OF DUTY: 8:30-5:00, Monday–Friday (37.5 hour work week)
SCOPE OF POSITION: Regular contact via telephone and email with Washington, D.C. staff, regional staff, writers, photographers, and filmmakers as well as story sources that range from scientists and historians to National Park Service employees.
- Strong writing, editing, and copyediting skills.
- Proven ability to work accurately and reliably under time constraints, meet deadlines, organize tasks, and pay attention to detail while overseeing significant editorial projects.
- Demonstrated ability to maintain rapport with staff and outside vendors.
- Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 3 years reporting and writing experience.
- Working knowledge of prevailing style guides
- Proficiency with Microsoft Word and basic familiarity with Adobe Photoshop. Knowledge of content management systems, blogging platforms, and basic HTML/CSS preferred. Familiarity with online video, podcasting, or other digital storytelling tools a plus.
- Sound editorial judgement. An eye for photo-editing, an ear for crisp language, and a nose for stories very helpful.
Live, honor, and own the organization’s Core Values:
We are passionate about NPCA and dedicated to achieving excellence through our work and mission. We seek to improve our performance by taking opportunities for professional and personal development, and encouraging reasonable risk-taking and innovation.
Commitment. We are passionate about NPCA and dedicated to achieving excellence through our work and mission. We seek to improve our performance by taking opportunities for professional and personal development, and encouraging reasonable risk-taking and innovation.
- Inclusion. We value diversity of thought, background, experience, and opinion. We create a culture of empowerment by welcoming and encouraging meaningful participation from all people and promoting an environment that embraces different perspectives.
- Integrity. We hold ourselves accountable to each other, our members and partners, and our mission. We evaluate the impact of our work and strive for honesty and transparency across the organization. We operate ethically in the organization’s best interests.
- Respect. We collaborate in results-oriented teams based on trust and consideration for each other. We promote harmony between our work and our personal lives. We foster a healthy and positive workplace culture and work collaboratively with external partners.
PHYSICAL EFFORT AND DEXTERITY: Extended periods of sitting at a desk and computer. Some travel and phone interviewing required.
PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT: Typical office setting
EMPLOYER’S RIGHTS: NPCA reserves the right to revise this position description at any time. This position description is not a contract for employment. Incumbent will be evaluated in part based upon the performance of the tasks listed in this position description.