Editorial Manager (Editor II)

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States | Durham, North Carolina, United States
Apply by 5 July 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 5 June 2018

Job Description


The Editorial Manager will work collaboratively within a dynamic, fast-paced, deadline oriented, multimedia Communications Department to:

  • Write, review and/or edit communications material to ensure the coherence, consistency and brand alignment of FHI 360’s stories, key messages and other strategic content across all corporate communications.
  • Contribute to FHI 360’s overarching narrative, stories and key messages within a corporate communication strategy; refine its voice and adapt its tone appropriate to a range of audiences including, but not limited to, governments, funders and partners, leaders in global health and development, and local audiences around the world.
  • Translate FHI 360’s scientific, technical and programmatic language into accessible and engaging copy for multiple audiences.
  • Maintain consistency of voice, style, punctuation, spelling and grammar with editing and writing of publications.
  • Write strong, clear and compelling copy for high-profile communications.
  • Guide other department staff in selecting and developing appropriate content and formats.
  • Schedule workplans, manage processes to complete materials on time and within budget.
  • Secure the appropriate approvals for all corporate communications.
  • Contribute, through everyday actions, to an organizational culture of diversity, commitment to social change, high performance, continuous quality improvement and innovation.
  • Manage 1-2 direct reports, oversee the work of freelance writers and coach/mentor junior staff.

Applied Knowledge & Skills:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of theories, concepts and procedures with print production, web development and other technologies.
  • Knowledge of the print production process, Web development, and other relevant computer software.
  • Demonstrated project management and technical skills.
  • Ability to influence, motivate and collaborate with others.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage staff effectively to accomplish goals.
  • Ability to supervise the production of publications in compliance with the organization’s high standards and with an understanding of the political and ethical issues surrounding international reproductive health.
  • Ability to set realistic goals, meets deadlines, leads team efforts, and coordinates editorial staff effectively.
  • Ability to do original reporting using multiple sources.
  • Sensitive to cultural diversity and understanding of the political and ethical issues in assigned areas.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and maintain positive professional relationships with all staff members.
  • Ability to understand highly technical information and translate it into persuasive prose for a wide variety of domestic and international audiences.

Problem Solving & Impact:

  • Works on problems of moderate to complex scope that requires analysis of information and various factors.
  • Exercises judgment in developing methods, techniques and evaluation of criteria for performing duties and obtaining results.
  • Decisions made generally affect specific functional areas with cost and failure to achieve short term goals of the company.
  • Develops and recommends solutions to management to meet internal and external needs of the organization.
  • Works independently with initiative to manage high volume work flow, may structure work of staff members.

Supervision Given/Received:

  • Manages staff to meet departmental and organizational goals.
  • Plans layouts, budgets, procedures, and training of staff to achieve results.
  • Frequently interacts with technical experts and others internally and externally; tactful resolution of problems.
  • Coordinates with technical experts, production staff, and outside vendors.
  • Communicates with media in the U.S. and developing countries.
  • Interviews technical experts domestically and internationally.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or its International Equivalent in Journalism, English, Communications or Related Field and 7-9 years of relevant experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • MA/MS with 5-7 years of communications experience preferred


  • 6-8 years as a writer on public health, international development, or public policy; or equivalent years and experience in international development.
  • Contemporary experience in multimedia communications.
  • Evidence of a passion for language and respect for the power of expression.
  • Evidence of successful project management.
  • Experience translating visual identity across communications properties.
  • Evidence of skills in working as part of a team, meeting deadlines, and performing consistently and steadily in a fast-paced and high-profile environment.
  • Strong project management experience.
  • Comfort level and experience with working across all aspects of communications as well as liaising with multiple organizational leaders/departments in a matrix environment.
  • Strong problem-solver; ability to navigate various viewpoints to develop consensus.
  • Management of direct reports.
  • Passion for working in mission-oriented environment.

Typical Physical Demands:

  • Typical office environment.
  • Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to lift 5-50 lbs.

Technology to be Used:

  • Personal Computer, Microsoft Office (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), e-mail, telephone, printer, calculator, copier, cell phones, PDAs and other hand held devices.

Travel Requirements:

  • Less than 10%

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

FHI 360 fosters the strength and health of its workforce through a competitive benefits package, professional development and policies and programs that support healthy work/life balance. Join our global workforce to make a positive difference for others — and yourself.

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FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. FHI 360 is an equal employment and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other status or characteristic protected under applicable law.

About the Organization

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in Health, Education, Nutrition, Environment, Economic Development, Civil Society, Gender, Youth, Research and Technology– creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries, all 50 U.S. states and all U.S. territories.

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