The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for leading editorial direction and executive for International Educator (IE), NAFSA’s flagship, award-winning bimonthly print and digital magazine, with a circulation of approximately 11,000. This position will oversee the editorial content from concept to completion, focusing on delivering quality content, building readership, expanding the brand across multiple platforms, diversifying revenue streams, and making the magazine an effective vehicle for both readers and advertisers. The incumbent works directly with the editorial advisory board, writers, staff, members, outside officials, and vendors in conceptualizing and planning issues, soliciting and researching ideas, and developing articles. Essential to this role are exceptional communication, decision making, and journalistic skills.
Major Functions and Responsibilities:
1. Strategy and Execution
Drives print and digital hybrid model strategy, focusing on delivering relevant content and making IE available on multiple platforms increasing subscriptions and ad revenue, diversifying revenue streams, and making IE a more effective vehicle for both users and advertisers.
Oversees reader and industry research, keeping abreast of readers’ needs.
Establishes and maintains internal and external relationships to keep abreast of issues and trends facing IE’s audience and its practice.
Develops strategic objectives that align with hybrid model editorial and business goals; oversees IE to implement those objectives.
Creates and monitors operating budget, ensuring profitability.
Drives editorial direction, content, and voice of IE ‘brand’ across print, digital, and web based on market needs in alignment with business goals.
Develops, maintains, and uses knowledge of industry and trends and competitive environment.
Works with web team and IT to maintain and develop web presence, develop archive, and to continually develop and leverage digital and online content.
2. Editorial and Execution
Works with senior management editorial board to shape content.
Creates and oversees ad and editorial calendar and production schedules, ensuring delivery of quality print and digital content on time and within budget.
Develops article ideas, source materials, and questions for feature articles, columns, and supplements, and works with writers on article development; occasionally writes articles.
Reviews and edits all content submitted for publication in the magazine, working with freelance writers and staff as necessary to refine content.
Provides quality checks to ensure content accuracy, clarity, completeness, audience appropriateness, and adherence to house style and established standard format guidelines.
Keeps abreast of reader and advertiser needs and works in partnership with staff to meet both sets of needs without compromising editorial integrity.
3. Production and Execution
Coordinates production from concept to completion with writers, design firm, printer, and ad agency.
Oversees packaging of each issue, including brainstorming sessions on content, artwork, cover lines, titles, subtitles, decks, captions, and other details; refines images; writes and edits cover lines, titles, subtitles, and decks to enhance overall presentation.
Oversees and coordinates layout and design of each issue with external design firm, ensuring that production deadlines are met; upload and approval of magazine page files with printer.
Recruits, develops, and manages a stable of freelance writers, researchers, photographers, and illustrators and works with external vendors (design firm and printer).
Works with staff and external sources from the international education field to help develop article concepts.
Oversees the work of freelance writers, working closely with and guiding authors in the development and revision of their work.
Attends industry conferences, trade shows, and other events, representing IE and NAFSA as required. Establishes and maintains positive professional relationships with authors, industry experts, and other internal and external contacts.
Convenes and collaborates with advisory board members, individually and in meetings. Leads meeting discussions to help identify trends, article ideas, material sources, and writers and, as needed, vet article content.
Leads bimonthly editorial meeting with NAFSA’s senior leadership to vet ideas for editorial content and ensure that IE reflects the association’s strategic goals.
Assists with editing of other publications on an as needed basis.
Performs additional duties as assigned.
Required Background and Skills
Bachelors’ degree in Journalism, English, Communications or other relevant field; or commensurate experience. Advanced degree (MBA, Journalism) is helpful but not required.
Seven to 10 years of relevant print and digital publishing/magazine experience as editor-in-chief or managing editor of a magazine.
Demonstrated ability to understand and manage budget.
Published feature and column writer with at least five years of editorial experience in magazine journalism, preferably in higher education, social science, or international affairs.
Demonstrated news-gathering, fact-checking, copyediting, and story-development experience.
Excellent organizational, project management, and communication skills.
Proven ability to work with writers and copyeditors, and work on multiple issues of the magazine in a deadline-oriented environment.
Must be very well organized, extremely detail-oriented, proactive, and able to effectively manage multiple priorities on time and within budget.
Knowledgeable in the effective use of graphic design.
Acquainted with leveraging content in multiple platforms.
Demonstrates flexibility; can redefine role as needed and adapt to change.
Interacts appropriately within a variety of cultures and situations while attending trade shows, conferences, and performing other company-related assignments.
Builds consensus and commitment to new ideas and courses of action.
Clearly articulates, presents, and promotes ideas and issues before various audiences in professional settings.
Demonstrates the ability to identify and solve problems quickly, decisively, and independently.
Shares information, cooperates and collaborates with others, and is comfortable participating as a part of a team.
Association and higher education industry experience.
The position oversees all IE vendors (graphic design firm, freelance writers, printer, etc.), and works directly with the Publications Services staff and the Communications and Advancement staff. The incumbent works extensively with staff and members across NAFSA, has significant contact with outside vendors, and is responsible for managing a network of freelance writers. Additionally, the Editor-in-Chief works with the IE editorial advisory board and other members in developing articles and planning issues. The Editor-in-Chief cultivates contact with officials outside of NAFSA (especially higher education leaders) to solicit ideas, find sources for articles, research articles, etc.
Workday is generally 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, it is 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Friday. Participation in the NAFSA annual conference the week of Memorial Day, including the holiday itself, is a job requirement.
About NAFSA: Association of International Educators
NAFSA: Association of International Educators is an organization of people dedicated to building a global community and fostering a more peaceful world through advancing international higher education. With approximately 10,000 members, NAFSA is the world’s largest professional development and advocacy organization committed to international learning and creating a more globally engaged, welcoming..., and educated United States.
NAFSA believes that international education advances learning and scholarship, fosters understanding and respect among people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives, is essential for developing globally competent individuals, and builds leadership for the global community. We believe that international education lies at the core of an interconnected world characterized by peace, security, and well-being for all.
NAFSA is a workplace that not only appreciates diversity but believes it is our strength, and we strive to create an inclusive culture for all our team members. NAFSA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.