The Associate Editor position exists to make creative contributions to magazine articles directly or through free-lance writers and provide additional editorial content for related sources.
Creates original copy and manuscripts, organizes facts, interview quotes, and other material into the most compelling form
Edits manuscripts from in-house and free-lance writers
Participates in editorial and design meetings
Develops story ideas for magazines that are consistent with their missions
Writes and creates content for Focus on the Family as required
Proofreads copy at various stages of development to ensure quality consistent with Focus on the Family standards and principles
Maintains currency with target audience through extensive reading, personal contact, and Internet research
Conducts first-hand research and maintains contact list
Consults with legal counsel on article content as required
Coordinates content with other departments, as directed
Performs other duties, including but not limited to duties as assigned, some of which may include the development and creation of a variety of copyrightable works (e.g., print, photography, film, music, visual arts, etc.) for distribution in any and all media and formats (such as television, radio, internet, wireless, DVD, satellite and digital) on a world-wide basis, all of which shall be for the benefit of Focus on the Family
Managerial Breadth/Scope of Job:
Working Environment/Physical Requirements:
Occasional travel at the Editor’s request
Exemplifies Ephesians 5:1-2, “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children and walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us...”
Pursues the Great Commission given by Jesus Christ in Matthew 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Is a consistent witness for Jesus Christ; maintains a courteous, Christ-like attitude in dealing with people within and outside of Focus; adheres to the Standard of Moral Conduct and Statement of Faith; upholds Focus on the Family's ministry in prayer
Prays personally for Focus on the Family’s staff and constituents and may occasionally lead in a public prayer
Demonstrates behaviors aligned with FOF core values
This position is a “position of responsibility” as defined in the Focus on the Family Moral Policy and is subject to the parameters defined therein regarding divorce
Team spirit, but able to work individually
Able to handle constructive criticism and guidance
Skills, Abilities, and Special Talents/Gifts:
Excellent interpersonal skills
Excellent listening skills
Ability to function effectively and efficiently in a team environment
Ability to handle constantly changing priorities and demands
Ability to organize work effectively to meet demanding time constraints
Ability to clearly articulate and to defend a position
Exceptional use of the English language, punctuation, and sentence structure
Ability to apply imaginative approaches to others’ ideas
Competent in use of PC/Macintosh software
Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, English, or Communications
3 - 5 years successful writing or editing experience
Working knowledge of FOF mission, philosophy, values, and objectives
There is no relocation offered for this position. Local candidates will be considered first.
Internal candidates will be given first consideration for this position.
The starting salary for this position is $3,543 per month.
Focus on the Family is a non-profit, 501(c)3 religious organization dedicated to helping families thrive.
Focus on the Family, Inc - 17 months ago