Sr. Digital Content Specialist/Publications Specialist
Company: Society of Actuaries
Posted on: May 15, 2022
Senior Digital Content Specialist/Publications Specialist
This position is responsible for the day-to-day management and
execution of SOA's flagship publication and digital content hub,
The Actuary . The Actuary is a growing international digital
publication that also produces three special monthly electronic
editions including editions for Asia and Canada.
The primary function of this role is to oversee and manage the
day-to-day aspects and production of The Actuary and its three,
monthly electronic editions. This would include, but not be limited
to, guiding and supporting the publication's volunteer editorial
boards, establishing editorial guidelines, instituting and
maintaining a production schedule, developing content and
determining content formats, including conceptualizing interviews
in various formats, assessing content for acceptability, editing,
proofreading and potentially rewriting aspects of some articles,
reviewing and approving editorial changes, collaborating with
internal and external subject matter experts and graphic designers,
coordinating the implementation of policies and procedures based on
best practices, ensuring release forms are signed and generally
overseeing the digital publication and distribution processes of
The Actuary and its companion monthly special editions.
This role is also responsible for day-to-day leadership of the
organization's continued growth in digital publishing of The
Actuary , working with marketing and communications staff, graphic
designers and other subject matter experts as needed to develop a
long-term digital publishing strategy.
This high-profile position will require consultation with staff
senior management and volunteer leadership (including members of
the Board of Directors, President and President-Elect).
Manage and communicate overall magazine workflow throughout the
entire production process
Work with volunteer editorial boards and authors on all aspects
related to managing and publishing The Actuary and its special
editions by, among others, establishing deadlines for editors and
creating systems to track content through the production cycle
communicating with volunteer editors, authors, and staff about
deadlines and production changes
checking in with editors as deadlines approach and holding editors
and authors collegially accountable for meeting deadlines
occasionally authoring article introductions or other ancillary
Develop and execute a strategy to grow use of The Actuary digital
publishing platform, incorporating innovative methods of leveraging
content developed by the organization within a digital
best practices for developing and delivering digital content
recommendations on web-only content
recommendations on communications staff training to build digital
Provide regular reports on publication activity that include
analytics on readership and impact and recommendations on enhancing
publication strategy to achieve maximum effectiveness.
Create or contribute to publications-related communication
Rewrite or repurpose content as needed for The Actuary and
promotional copy related to communications activities for style and
consistency using AP style or other standard reference guides.
Support the Sr. Director of Marketing and Communications, the
Director of Member & Candidate Communications, and the Publications
Manager regarding other related programs and projects as
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED (an equivalent amount of
training, education and experience will be considered)
Bachelor's degree in Journalism, Communications, Marketing,
English, or related discipline.
Five to 7 years of experience as a managing editor for a magazine,
digital platform or in journalism.
Effective written and oral communications skills.
Demonstrated experience working in a high-content volume and
Strong organizational and project management experience that
demonstrates an elevated level of accuracy and attention to
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of or ability to quickly develop an understanding of
non-profit or association management orientation.
Must have excellent communications and interpersonal skills
including consultation, presentation, negotiation, facilitation,
and conflict resolution to effectively establish and maintain
cooperative working relationships with staff, volunteers, and
Proven ability to understand complex topics.
Demonstrated strong editing skills with the ability to think
creatively about re-packaging content.
Demonstrated awareness of trends in the digital communications
arena (blogs, online publication formats, and social media) and
ability to implement same for the organization.
Have a strong understanding of, and interest in, online/Web content
and digital content development.
Ability to manage resources in a matrix/cross-functional
organization and the capacity for creating, identifying and
capitalizing on opportunities.
Ability to learn quickly, demonstrate critical thinking and make
situation-appropriate decisions using sound judgment.
Knowledge of how to and ability to work well with volunteers and
demonstrate a high level of diplomacy.
Must be a dynamic self-starter, demonstrating initiative and
Demonstrate leadership qualities and serve as a visible champion
for projects and programs.
Must work well as part of collaborative integrated marketing
communications and cross-departmental teams as well as with
Must be flexible, open to changing priorities and ability to work
against multiple deadlines with minimum supervision.
Knowledge of traditional and digital publishing processes.
Experience with the AP stylebook and other standard reference
Excellent organizational skills.
Familiarity with software and applications typically involved in
editorial management including the Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe
Ability to travel-periodic short stay overnight travel, 3-5 days a
We have moved to a hybrid work model in April. Our future plans for
growth include the opening of a Chicago office.
The SOA will provide equal opportunity to all employees and
applicants for employment regardless of actual or perceived race,
color, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry,
disability (mental or physical), genetic information, military or
veteran status, marital status, order of protection status, gender
identity, sexual orientation or any other category protected by
applicable law. Such action shall include but is not limited to:
initial consideration for employment; job placement and assignment
of responsibilities; performance evaluation; promotion and
advancement; compensation and fringe benefits; training and
professional development opportunities; formulation and application
of human resource policies and rules; facility and service
accessibility; and discipline and termination.
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the
only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this
position. Employees may be required to follow other job related
instructions and to perform other job related duties as requested,
subject to all applicable state and federal laws. Certain job
functions described herein may be subject to possible modification
in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.
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