The Senior Editor/Writer supports the planning, creation, and production of NAIS editorial content, in print and online, across multiple channels. This position focuses primarily on the creation and production of Independent School magazine, NAIS’s quarterly flagship publication, but also works across the Membership and Community Engagement Team to create and edit additional NAIS content and identify cross-promotional opportunities. This position reports to the Editorial Director.
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 and value 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.
Serve as a key member of the magazine team and contribute to magazine development and production—from story ideation/generation to editing to packaging to layout review—in print and online
Manage and serve as lead editor for specific sections/departments of the magazine, which includes commissioning, substantive editing, proofing, as well as working with authors to help them bring their ideas to life
Review layouts and provide design and editorial feedback
Proofread and fact-check
Participate in magazine-related production and design calls and meetings
Write as needed, including articles, sidebars, copy for magazine promotions, etc.
Develop ideas and content for the magazine’s online presence with an eye toward growth and expansion
Write and curate content for the NAIS website
Review and edit NAIS content, including website content, enewsletters, marketing materials, social media posts, etc.
Establish and manage a workflow process for editing projects to be outsourced
Ensure and enforce brand integrity by maintaining editorial style, voice, and tone across all NAIS content properties
Maintain and update the NAIS Style Guide as needed
Cultivate and maintain relationships with experts and potential writers in the independent school community as well as the education community at large
Assist Editorial Director, as needed, with management of Independent Teacher
Participate in, support, and actively build a cooperative, information-sharing team and office culture
Assumes other responsibilities, as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree, preferably in communications, journalism, or related field
At least 6 years’ relevant work experience with advanced editing, writing, and proofreading skills, preferably with magazines
Demonstrated ability to write and edit content for multiple audiences
Masterful knowledge of AP style (experience with Chicago Manual of Style a plus)
Extremely detail-oriented; must possess superior organizational and time-management skills
Ability to work efficiently and maintain a high level of productivity and quality, independently and as part of a team; to communicate regularly; balance multiple priorities; and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, team-focused environment
Strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
Excellent customer service skills
Knowledge of independent schools (preferred)
Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office suite; able to learn new software and web-based systems, including content management systems (CMS)
About National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) is a nonprofit membership association that provides services to more than 1,800 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including 1,500 independent private K-12 schools in the U.S. NAIS serves as the national voice of independent education, advocating on behalf of its members. The association offers research and tr...end analysis, leadership and governance guidance, and professional development opportunities for school and board leaders.
The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, personal appearance, marital status, family responsibilities, political affiliation, matriculation, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.