Manager of Editorial Services

Wallingford, CT

The Manager of Editorial Services & Editor of the Choate Rosemary Hall Bulletin is responsible partnering with the Communications Team to create the editorial concept and direction for school publications, website, and digital platforms. This role works with various campus leaders and colleagues to create appropriate themes and concepts, develop imagery, and write, rewrite, and edit copy used for informational and marketing purposes. Serves as editor of the Choate Rosemary Hall alumni magazine. 

This is a full-time, exempt position.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Ensures the continuity of editorial tone and theme throughout the family of Choate printed and electronic publications while tailoring the content to the specific needs of and desired outcomes for Choate’s primary constituent audiences.
  • Create informational and marketing content for printed and electronic publications, along with citations and remarks for school events.
  • Works with colleagues to develop concepts that ensure that copy and visualization work well together and follow the communications goals and guidelines, effectively.
  • Review all copy (articles, catalogues, handbooks, appeals, flyers, brochures, fact sheets, reports, etc.) submitted to the Communications Office by faculty, staff, or contract writers for content, style, tone, grammar, and suitability for intended audience. Edit copy, rewriting when necessary, and resolve suggested changes with clients.
  • Provide timely resolution of recommended editorial changes with authors, ensuring that they approve final copy before the design process and again in layout. Conduct and/or supervise proofreading at all stages.
  • Develop concepts and write press releases, news, articles, and feature stories as needed about school programs and activities for school publications, identifying topics, and conducting interviews with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and parents as needed.
  • Write and update web content as needed.
  • Research and synthesize information to be used as background for speeches, presentations, and reports.
  • With the School Strategic Plan as a guide, collaborate with the various parties to determine overall direction for the Bulletin, establishing themes, content that reflects goals of the school and emphases that are dictated by the school’s mission and vision.
  • Manage alumni/ae profiles identifying potential subjects in cooperation with development and alumni offices and other sources and ensuring that balance reflects audience interests and cultivation need.
  • Manage the class notes and book review sections, monitoring alumni happenings and releases of upcoming books and creative works by alumni/ae and parents. Contact publishers for review copies, identify and contract with alumni, and faculty, and other reviewers.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in English, communications, journalism, or related area. Master’s degree preferred.
  • 8-10 years’ of effective experience in publications development, magazine editing and writing, or in the communications office of a college, secondary school, or nonprofit organization.
  • Experience writing for a magazine or daily newspaper a plus.
  • Outstanding written, oral, and interpersonal communications skills.
  • Demonstrated success with collaboration, relationship & team building, both internally and externally.
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated capability regarding informative and persuasive writing, communication concepts, and strategies and public relations theories.
  • Archival and trend research skills and experience.
  • Proven project management skills, delivering projects on time and on budget.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Internet publishing, Chicago Style, and Associated Press Style.

 

Working at Choate: Choate Rosemary Hall is a coeducational, independent secondary school located in central Connecticut with 850 boarding and day students and over 350 employees. Choate serves intellectually gifted and motivated students of diverse backgrounds from across the globe whose commitment to serious study is enhanced in an academically challenging and personally supportive setting.

Choate provides students with transformative and meaningful experiences that instill lifelong habits of learning, leadership, and service, shaped by innovative and passionate educators. Teaching faculty at Choate are innovative, collaborative, and committed to our students' intellectual, social, emotional, and character development. Our faculty understands that each of our students has the potential for growth and works to encourage students to develop their own ideas and voices in learner-centered environments.

For its students and employees alike, Choate strives to be a diverse and inclusive community where all feel valued and embraced. On our campus, principled individuals from diverse backgrounds are united through common purpose, active engagement, and mutual respect. We celebrate differences and the richness of our varied backgrounds and experiences. Recognizing that working in an inclusive community can also present challenges, we embrace those challenges through ongoing dialogue and interaction, enhancing empathy and appreciation for those whose perspectives differ from our own. 

Choate prohibits in all its programs, including hiring and employment practices, discrimination against or harassment of any member or group based upon age, gender, race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other category protected by Connecticut or federal law, except in the case of a bona fide occupational qualification.