Sidwell Friends, a coeducational Quaker school with campuses in Bethesda, Maryland, and Washington, DC, seeks an editorial director for the Office of Communications. The editorial director serves as the managing editor of Sidwell Friends Magazine and is responsible for the writing, editing, and production of the magazine and other publications (print and electronic). The editorial director maintains the Schools writing style and ensures the stylistic consistency of all School digital and print materials.
He/she conceptualizes news and story ideas for Sidwell Friends Magazine and the news section of the website; works with and interviews alumni, faculty, students, and other community members for feature stories and columns; and establishes editorial and production policies and procedures. The editorial director must exercise excellent judgement in terms of developing key storylines that advance the Schools mission, demonstrating strong journalistic integrity with the ability to meet deadlines. He/she must be detail-oriented and work collaboratively with other creative professionals including designers, printers, writers and photographers in order to produce well-executed publications.
This position reports directly to the Chief Communications Officer and closely collaborates with other members of the Communications staff, as well as with colleagues in Admissions, School Advancement, and elsewhere within the School community. The successful candidate will act as a primary proofreader for the office and serve as deputy to the Chief Communications Officer, assuming responsibility for office operations in the absence of the CCO. The position is located on the Schools DC campus.
A bachelors degree in a relevant field is required (masters preferred) with 7-10 years of senior-level experience in writing, editing, and production for print and digital publications. Special consideration will be given to experience in education or with non-profits. Basic photography skills and knowledge of design and layout principles are also necessary, as are a sense of humor, a commitment to excellence, the ability to meet deadlines, and an appreciation for the Quaker values underlying the School.
This is a 12-month, full-time position. Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, at least two writing samples, and contact information for three references via our online application.
Sidwell Friends School