American Society of Magazine Editors

Publisher/Editor in Chief at VFW Magazine

The VFW Kansas City Office has a job opening as described below:
DEPARTMENT: Publications
JOB TITLE: Publisher/Editor-in-Chief
JOB LEVEL: Grade 16
(We reserve the right to place new hire in the appropriate grade/salary based upon experience.)
Publishes VFW magazine, bimonthly newsletter, books and promotional materials; determines editorial content and policy of magazine; edits all editorial content and writes feature articles and columns. Generates advertising income; negotiates contracts; plans and projects annual departmental budget. Manages six-person staff.
  • Ensures publications are top quality, produced on schedule and printed economically.
  • Oversees content development of magazine departments/columns and generates article ideas.
  • Maximizes income derived from ad revenues by providing strategic direction to ad rep.
  • Negotiates printing, paper (cover and inside stock) and advertising representative contracts. Maintains contacts in these publishing fields, as well as the media.
  • Regularly writes feature articles, solicits free-lance pieces and negotiates fees.
  • Coordinates magazine coverage of all major VFW events.
  • Assigns and oversees work of staff.
  • Monitors current events and constantly researches veterans, defense and civic issues.
  • Creates and coordinates writing/production of VFW books.
  • Represents the national organization at regional and state meetings as required.
  • Maintains reference library for research purposes.
  • Makes visits to war zones to provide firsthand coverage of U.S. troops in the field.
  • Must be VFW member-eligible to attend the national convention as a member in good standing and represent the national organization at regional or state meetings.
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or relevant field.
  • 10 years experience in editing and publishing industry: fundamental understanding of printing, paper, postage and advertising.
  • Mastery of the principles and all facets of the discipline—proven and demonstrated writing, editing, reporting and researching skills.
  • Precise knowledge of the written word: grammar, punctuation and AP Style.
  • Capacity to meet multiple, simultaneous short-term deadlines under pressure.
  • Possess proper personality traits, such as an unbridled enthusiasm for the profession and initiative.
  • Interpersonal skills to motivate and persuade people, resolve problems under pressure and coordinate multiple projects.
  • Expertise in veteran’s matters and national security affairs, as well as a thorough comprehension of the political system and public policy formulation.
  • An expansive knowledge of American military history, especially 20th and 21st century wars.
  • Organizational, analytical and management aptitudes for decisive decision making, to include examining complex issues.
  • Work generally performed in the office.
  • Use of computer.
  • Travel sometimes is required to interview authorities on particular issues, research stories and report on current events. Also, travel overseas to report firsthand on U.S. troops stationed in war zones. And out-of-town appointments with printing, paper and advertising representatives also are occasionally required.


Candidates will be subject to background checks covering criminal, financial, and employment backgrounds. Anyone interested in this opening should forward an up-to-date resume and cover letter to Director, Human Resources, ATTN: Steve Chambers, via either email ( or fax (816-968-1189).

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Kansas City, MO