American Society of Magazine Editors

Content Editor at the National Association of Independent Schools

The content editor supports the planning, development, and creation of NAIS content, including the association’s magazine and affiliated blog. The content editor works to integrate and ensure synergy between NAIS’s print magazine and blog, as well as develop other related content properties, and helps ensure that all content aligns to and reflects the organization’s strategic priorities.

At NAIS, we are passionate about education and the work that we do to advance it. We are customer-focused and always strive for excellence. We work collaboratively, valuing creativity and initiative. We foster empathy, flexibility, and cultural competence. As an integral part of the NAIS staff, this position is expected to serve as an engaged and involved team member, supportive of the varied experiences and perspectives of internal and external colleagues; to support and actively build an office culture dedicated to superior customer service that exceeds customer expectations; and to work within the team and among teams to ensure that decisions are made to further the organization’s goals, particularly the goals of modeling multiculturalism and helping to build inclusive school communities.

Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Produce and edit educational, inspirational, and promotional content for the organization
  • Work as part of the editorial team to develop an ongoing editorial calendar for magazine and blog, identifying cross-promotional and complementary content ideas for blog and magazine as well as other NAIS content channels
  • With oversight from the Editorial Director, implement, maintain, and refine strategy for blog content creation and promotion
    • Create weekly blog content, which includes generating ideas (topics and formats); nurturing, identifying, and recruiting writers, as well as writing as needed; editing posts; ensuring consistency of tone and style
    • Maintain blog, which includes scheduling and posting content in the content management system (CMS); tracking web analytics, traffic, and metrics to identify best practices; and developing ideas and copy for blog promotion and distribution via internal and external channels
  • Serve as a key member of the Independent School magazine team and contribute to magazine development and production, from story ideation/generation to editing to layout review
    • Manage and serve as lead editor for specific sections/departments of the magazine, which includes commissioning, substantive editing, proofing, and writing as needed, as well as communicating with authors
    • Review layouts and provide editorial and design feedback
    • Participate in editorial planning, production, and design meetings
    • Write and edit copy for magazine promotions as needed/directed
    • Post content and images from each issue in the CMS; modify and update content as needed on an ongoing basis
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with experts and potential writers in the independent school community, including internal staff, as well as the education community at large
  • Manage submissions process (manuscripts, pitches), including responding to queries and maintaining and updating submissions tracking sheet/database
  • Perform administrative duties as needed, including coordination of magazine mailing lists; maintenance of author agreement database; management of copyright and reprint permissions solicitations; and responding to relevant, content-related member inquiries
  • Contribute to other content initiatives as needs and opportunities arise

Additional Responsibilities

  • Serve as an engaged and active member of the Membership and Community Engagement Team, including participating in the editorial roundtable
  • Participate in, support, and actively build a cooperative, information-sharing team and office culture
  • Stay informed about trends related to independent schools, education, publishing/content marketing, technology
  • Represent NAIS and the editorial team at independent school and education industry-related events


  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in communications, journalism, or related field
  • At least 4 years’ relevant work experience with advanced editing, writing, and proofreading skills; must possess superior attention to detail
  • Knowledge of SEO and website analytics
  • Strategic thinking and initiative in planning for a variety of content channels and formats
  • Skilled in fostering collaboration and consensus-building; able to seek input from others, help others achieve goals, and show consideration and respect for individual differences
  • Ability to adapt and respond to changing circumstances and expectations
  • Ability to work efficiently, independently, and as part of a team and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills
  • Excellent customer service skills   
  • Knowledge of independent schools (preferred)
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google products; able to work in a CMS, and adapt and learn new software and web-based systems

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Friday, November 2, 2018
Washington, DC