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Senior Editor & Senior Digital Editor, American Libraries Magazine - 2 openings

American Library Association
United States, Illinois, Chicago
225 North Michigan Avenue (Show on map)
May 07, 2024
Description

American Libraries (americanlibraries.org), the flagship magazine of the American Library Association, seeks a senior editor and senior digital editor to join its editorial team.

Senior Editor

Responsibilities:



  • Shaping editorial strategy, in collaboration with team, based on key trends in field.
  • Timely, stellar content for print and digital products.
  • Superb editing, reporting, fact-checking, and writing of content, including event coverage.
  • Assessing editorial pitches quickly yet thoroughly and excellent news judgement.
  • Managing competing priorities, deadlines, ensure smooth workflow and meeting deadlines.
  • Recruiting, working with, and cultivating a diverse and deep pool of freelance writers and other contributors.
  • Superior project management skills to oversee large editorial packages and special reports.
  • Mentoring junior editors as needed.
  • Identifying key trends and issues of interest in the field and shaping them into appealing, coherent editorial story packages.
  • Developing editorial scopes, assigning stories, and editing, fact-checking, and proofreading copy in accordance with house style.
  • Contributing reporting as needed for Call Number.
  • Collaborating with colleagues to ensure content and processes are current while adhering to budget.



Senior Editor, Digital Content

Responsibilities



  • Managing digital media for American Libraries, including its website and e-newsletter content and social media activities.
  • Creating, assigning, scheduling, posting, and troubleshooting written and visual content related to American Libraries' digital products.
  • Ensuring content is optimized for search and user experience, including accessibility.
  • Engaging with followers through social media streams to address queries and concerns, build brand awareness, and strengthen member and nonmember engagement.
  • Identifying key trends and issues of interest in the field and shaping them into appealing, coherent editorial story packages for digital and print.
  • Developing editorial scopes, assigning stories, and editing, fact-checking, and proofreading copy in accordance with house style for digital and print.
  • Reviewing, analyzing, and reporting digital metrics and recommendations to supervisor.
  • Recruiting and working with freelance writers and other contributors.
  • Contributing reporting as needed for Call Number
  • Working with vendors on web hosting, support, and maintenance.
  • Collaborating with colleagues to ensure content and processes are current with technological trends and advances while adhering to budget.


Both positions are regular full-time positions based in our Chicago office.

ALA staff are currently working on a hybrid schedule. Please note that although we have a generous telecommuting policy for our employees, we do not have any truly remote positions in states outside of our workplace sites.

ALA currently requires that employees be fully vaccinated as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Proof of vaccination will be required on or before start date.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background check and proof of your eligibility to work in the United States.

Starting salary range negotiable from the high-60s, based on relevant experience. ALA has an excellent benefit package that includes flexible work schedules, medical, dental, generous paid vacation, a retirement annuity and a 35-hour work week. You may also qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF).

FOR CONSIDERATION:

Apply online including a cover letter, resume and three writing/editing samples.

Or

Send resume, cover letter, and three writing/editing samples to:

American Library Association
Human Resources
Ref: sreditdigitalAL or sreditAL
Email: aralicea@ala.org

The American Library Association is an equal opportunity employer: Disability/Veteran.

Requirement Education and Experience (for both positions)



  • Bachelor's degree in journalism, English, communications, media, or related.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience as an editor for print and/or digital publishing outlet.
  • Sophisticated communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Attention to detail, ability to exercise independent judgment, discretion, and problem-solving skills on both the interpersonal and technological level.
  • Ability to multitask and exercise agility and flexibility with multiple deadlines.
  • Excellent organizational ability while maintaining good internal communication.
  • Familiarity with the library profession and community a plus.
  • Experience in tracking, evaluating, and reporting on digital metrics.
  • Skill and experience in cross-platform content planning and production (e.g., print, digital, audio).
  • Previous work on magazines preferred.
  • Familiarity with the library profession and community a plus.
  • Some travel required to conferences.

    Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
    The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)
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