Communications Editor

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Washington, D. C., District of Columbia, United States
Apply by 18 June 2017
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 18 May 2017

Job Description

Since 1963 and in 146 countries, ACDI/VOCA has empowered people in developing and transitional nations to succeed in the global economy. Based in Washington, D.C., ACDI/VOCA is a nonprofit international development organization that delivers technical and management assistance in agribusiness, financial services, enterprise development, community development, and food security to promote broad-based economic growth and vibrant civil societies. ACDI/VOCA has approximately 50 projects in 30 countries and total revenues of approximately $174 million.

We are seeking a D.C.-based Communications Editor who will work closely with the VP of Internal Communications to facilitate coordinated, consistent, flexible, and high quality editing of key publications and donor deliverables within the institution. This person will monitor current and upcoming internal editing requests by tracking progress, anticipating difficulties, and orchestrating solutions that cut across different operating and technical units of the organization. This position will promote adherence to ACDI/VOCA’s style guide and provide editorial advice to internal writing teams as needed.

Primary activities include but are not limited to: edit and provide quality assurance for donor deliverables, manuals, and CVs; liaise regularly with technical and support units; monitor team editing schedule; ensure proper use of templates, and provide guidance for various proposals and donor deliverables; ensure outgoing project documents are complete and accurate by providing guidance for correct procedural completion; ensure timely submission to donors, partners, and internal clients; and edit proposals and help identify or develop capable alternate editors as necessary.

In addition, this position will support field teams and promote improved project communications by liaising with field staff, offering editing and writing support, and developing communications strategies. The Communications Editor will develop and operationalize staff communication initiatives and learning opportunities. This person will also collaborate with the Communications & Outreach team and a variety of staff on various internal newsletters, reworking and editing content as necessary.

Minimum Qualifications require a Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, or other related field, with a minimum of five years of experience in writing, editing, publications management, and communications strategies. Candidates must demonstrate a knowledge or interest in learning about international development. Demonstrated competency of proposal writing and editing, especially in the context of USAID contracts, grants, and cooperative agreements preferred. Effective marketing and outreach skills desired. Familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style and AP Style Guide required. Strong collaboration skills and flexibility to navigate changing deadlines required.

About the Organization

ACDI/VOCA is a private, nonprofit organization that promotes broad-based economic growth and the development of civil society in emerging democracies and developing countries. Offering a comprehensive range of technical assistance services, ACDI/VOCA addresses the most pressing and intractable development problems. Driven by the goal of adding value to local enterprise, which underlies prosperity and stability, ACDI/VOCA works in five main practice areas: * Agribusiness * Enterprise Development * Financial Services * Community Development * Food Security The ACDI/VOCA Difference ACDI/VOCA has a proven record of development success dating back more than 45 years. This experience coupled with operational integrity, technical expertise and the ability to operate at scale means that clients and partners can always expect positive results from ACDI/VOCA. ACDI/VOCA is also distinguished by its: * identity as a nonprofit that means business * proficiency at grassroots, self-help organizing * private sector and market orientation * dedication to beneficiary gains in income, jobs and savings * leadership in value chain approaches to enterprise development * legacy of lasting institutions and organizations * vast talent bank * experience working on a regional/global scale * network of U.S. and international partners * systems approach to technical solutions and operations * grants-management capacity * cutting-edge approaches to fragile/failing states, trade capacity building, public-private partnership, information and communications technology and integrated HIV/AIDS programming * experience with large indefinite quantity contracts (IQCs)

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