Under the direction of the Director, Education, the Content and Publications Manager is responsible to project manage the FORUM magazine publication process, collaborating with Association Forum’s vendor partner to ensure robust content and timely publication. In addition, the Content and Publications Manager oversees the content development and production of podcasts and webinars, creates weekly and quarterly e-newsletters, creates website copy, original content for FORUM magazine and executive communications. This role also works with all speakers to ensure high quality engaging content with relevant take-aways in line with Forum’s content strategy. This role conducts annual communication and website audits and is liaison to the Professional Practices Committee and to the Content and Publications Working Group.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Project manage publication of FORUM magazine, write and edit articles 35%
Oversee production of and content development for podcast including scheduling guests, managing the recording and posting onto LMS and podcast delivery systems (iTunes, Stitcher) 10%
Oversee production of and content development for webinars, including determining topics, scheduling speakers, dress rehearsals, live webinar, and posting to LMS 10%
Work with speakers and subject matter experts on content development, writing and editing session copy 10%
Create and copy edit press releases and written materials for website/emails/etc. 10%
Committee liaison 10%
Attend interdepartmental meetings and assist with departmental/organizational needs 10%
Other duties as assigned 5%
Content and Editorial Management:
Project manage Forum Magazine publication; liaison to production partner to ensure robust content and timely publication.
Ensure editorial topics, content and delivery formats reflect member needs each fiscal year.
CEOnly podcasts, This Week weekly e-newsletter, and CEOnly quarterly e-newsletter.
Update editorial calendar and media guide annually.
Update editorial policies, style guide and writer’s guidelines as necessary.
Create production schedules for communication vehicles, where applicable.
Monitor industry trends and emerging issues to identify potential article, webinar and podcast topics.
Manage and coordinate the work of volunteer writers/contributors.
Work with volunteers to identify authors and sources for all publications and secure quality manuscripts to deadline.
Proofread and edit materials for publication.
Write the departments for Forum Magazine including Letter from the CEO, Education Calendar, Above and Beyond.
Participate in and manage submissions process for annual publication awards competitions.
Write and distribute press releases and manage media list.
Critical Skills for Success:
Superior communications skills (written and oral).
Proofreading and editing is required.
Excellent organizational, time management, customer service skills are essential.
Ability to think creatively and strategically and work collaboratively.
Deadline driven with ability to set and meet priorities, develop budgets, monitor and control expenditures.
Acute attention to detail.
Genuine team enthusiasm and positive energy.
Collaborative, can-do approach to problem solving.
Superior project management skills.
Fosters a team culture that rewards and celebrates Forum values.
Advanced PC proficiency, including Microsoft Office, social networking sites and report-writing packages
Ability and willingness to learn new software and programs as required.
Familiarity with AP Style
Minimum of 3 years of experience in print and digital publications and association media with at least 2 years of supervisory experience, including work with vendors. CAE preferred. Project management skills are essential.
About Association Forum
Association Forum is a 501 (c)(6) organization, considered the “association of associations” for more than 1,500 businesses, charitable, civic and professional organizations headquartered in the Chicagoland area. The Association Forum’s 4,000+ members are the CEOs and staff professionals of national, state and nonprofit organizations, plus vendors of good and services to these businesses. The Association Forum provides essential learning, compelling experiences and powerful resources that advance the professional practice of association management.