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NW Lawyer Editor

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Washington State Bar Association

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Years of Experience

Min 5 yrs required


Seattle, WA

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Jul 16,2017

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NW Lawyer Editor

Communications Department
Job Grade E9; Exempt/Nonexempt; Part time (.50 FTE) Monday-Friday
Starting Salary Range:  $31,348 - $35,266/year DOE + Benefits
(Posted 03/24/17)

This position is responsible for curating editorial content for WSBA’s official publication, NWLawyer, and managing the magazine’s editorial calendar. The Editor ensures a uniform reading experience, including adherence to WSBA style and standards, for NWLawyer readers. Serves as project lead of the NWLawyer editorial staff and works closely with the WSBA Editorial Advisory Committee and the Communications Manager. This position requires a task-oriented self-starter. 

Job duties include:

Identifying topics of interest to WSBA members and develop a list of potential article ideas;  maintain competency around WSBA’s strategic goals and priorities and ensure appropriate content creation in support of organizational direction; maintain an editorial calendar (with at least six issues of advance planning); provide guidance to authors and respond to member inquiries; work in conjunction with other members of the NWLawyer editorial staff and the WSBA Editorial Advisory Committee; author the Editor’s Note, (an OnBoard column that summarizes the actions of each Board of Governors meeting); additional writing as needed.

Additionally, this position will proofread and edit NWLawyer copy for accuracy, clarity, consistency, organization, flow, usage, concision, and conformity with AP style and WSBA editorial standards; perform primary edits/rewrites; lead the editing process and maintain version control; work with managing editor/graphic designer to ensure that layout and story themes are aligned and determine article order in publication. Prepare copy for designers; write captions and headlines when necessary; identify graphics needs to accompany articles (in conjunction with the managing editor/graphic designer); review letters to the editor and work with Editorial Advisory Committee chair on responses, if needed.

This position is also expected to attend all WSBA Board of Governors meetings and inform membership of governance activity by authoring the “On Board” column and attend monthly Editorial Advisory Committee meetings and NWLawyer production team meetings.

As a member of the Communications team, this position will be expected to perform other duties as assigned by the Communications Manager or Chief Communications Officer and work with Editorial Advisory Committee Chair on appropriate responses/actions if complaints or issues arise requiring the chair serve in the capacity of ombudsman.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, Communications or related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience. . Highly qualified candidates will have a JD or have completed some legal courses.

Requirements: Minimum of five years of editing and writing, preferably for a regular publication.  Highly qualified candidates will have experience working with the legal community.

Proficiencies: The successful candidate will have: Exceptional writing and editing skills; knowledge of the magazine production process, from initial concepts to printed product; demonstrated knowledge of AP style; working knowledge of MS Word, Adobe Creative Suite (esp. InDesign); accuracy and attention to detail; sound interpersonal communication skills, both oral and written, in one-on-one situations and small groups; ability to work on multiple projects concurrently; ability to consistently adhere to deadlines; project management skills, including scheduling, organizing, and estimating; ability to work as part of a creative team with rapidly changing priorities; a positive attitude and demeanor.

Highly qualified candidates will have legal writing and editing experience; editing and writing work experience with both promotional and non-promotional publications; editing and writing work experience with both online and print publications; ability to exercise good judgment, and knowing when to seek advice from a manager or colleagues.

As the lead on NWLawyer’s editorial team, this position shares the responsibility for ensuring that a professional magazine is produced of the highest quality. This position requires diplomacy and decisiveness when working with potential authors to prioritize duties and manage content and serves as project lead for the editorial staff team members who provide editing/proofing support) and the Editorial Advisory Committee.

This position requires being able to sit and work at the computer for long periods of time, and constant communication with staff and members.

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The WSBA is committed to fostering a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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Washington State Bar Association