West Conshohocken, PA
ASTM International is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards. Today, some 12,000 ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance safety, facilitate market access and trade, and build consumer confidence.
ASTM provides an excellent compensation and benefits package including:
•Undergraduate and Graduate Tuition Reimbursement
•Comprehensive medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance
•Paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
•403(b) plan with company match
•100% company-funded defined benefits pension plan
The Editor-in-Chief position is responsible for strategically planning, overseeing, writing, editing, and amplifying high-quality of content for Standardization News, the award-winning print, online, and app-based magazine of ASTM International – one of the world’s largest nonprofit standards organizations, based near Philadelphia.
As an influential, mission-driven leader among ASTM International’s 300 staff, 30,000+ members, and many other global stakeholders, the Editor-in-Chief develops and curates content that brings to life timely topics in the global standardization community while also advancing ASTM International’s institutional positioning as an innovative leader in standards and related areas.
The Editor-in-Chief reports to the Director of Communications within the Global Policy & Communications division of ASTM International. This position, one of six in the communications department, oversees one direct report, the Associate Editor, whose primary function is content creation (mostly writing).
The Editor-in-Chief works both independently and collaboratively, regularly interacting with colleagues (and some freelancers/vendors) in graphic arts, digital engagement (social media and video), public relations, marketing, IT, as well as senior leaders and staff across programmatic areas.
The Editor-in-Chief maintains keeps a strong pulse on the goals and activities of staff, members, partners, and other stakeholders of ASTM International.
•Strategically plans and prioritizes magazine content for bimonthly print and ongoing online/digital magazine content
•Writes or acquires content (including feature articles, columns, interviews, case studies, infographics) from direct report, colleagues, freelancers, members, and others
•Edits content, keeping in mind each piece’s purpose while optimizing flow and maximizing clarity, simplicity, and readability
•Ensures accuracy of content
•Collaborates with in-house print designers to creatively maximize visual impact of content
•Collaborates with online and app design professionals as needed
•Integrates and strategically amplifies content across: social media (owned and paid), ASTM.org home page and other pages, press releases, and e-newsletters
•Works with external vendors to translate content for bimonthly online Spanish-language version and biannual print/online Chinese version
•Measures content effectiveness/consumption in both quantitative and qualitative ways and continually solicits feedback to improve future content
•Ensures that content reflects the mission and the authoritative voice of ASTM International as a global standardization thought leader
•Serves as a lead “translator” of difficult technical topics and complex organizational initiatives into high-quality, readable content
•Develops strong relationships with senior staff and divisions throughout ASTM International (e.g., technical committee operations, global cooperation, etc.) as well as active ASTM International members, in order to foster a constant flow of evolving information and ideas
•Networks with communications professionals at other standards development organizations, standards bodies, and government agencies to exchange best practices, content ideas, etc.
•Represents the Communications department and/or Director of Communications as needed in internal and external meetings and events
•Manages and cultivates a pool of professional freelance writers (independent or sourced) and other content developers
•Manages relationships with, and ensures functionality of, critical vendor services (e.g., print publisher, content management system, app provider, etc.)
•Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations, strategic communications, or related field
•5 or more years of high-volume, high-quality writing and editing experience, including print and/or digital newspaper and/or magazine experience
•Strategic, proactive, and integrated approach in determining content for development, publication, and eventual amplification
•Proven ability to translate complex topics/jargon into compelling narratives (samples will be requested)
•Proven track record of speed and clarity in writing and editing in a deadline-driven environment
•Able to demonstrate an understanding of publication cycles
•Proven track record of operating with a digital-first mindset
•Experience / familiar with graphic design software
•Cultural sensitivity and global mindset befitting a global organization with a global audience
•Demonstrates high-level verbal and written communication skills
•Proven relationship-building skills cross-organizationally and with external contacts
•Strong interviewing skills
•Ability to travel independently and willing to travel up to 5% for organizational and professional development events
•Understanding of when and how to seize communications opportunities while also avoiding pitfalls
Preferred Qualifications & Competencies
•Experience working with social media and/or with social media professionals
•Experience collaborating with organizational leaders
•Experience using online content management systems
•Adobe Design suite experience
•Basic understanding of engineering topics and/or technical standards
•Experience exploring/developing content-sharing partnerships
•Familiarity with managing translations
•Experience operating within a global organization
•Vendor/freelance management experience
•Curiosity of a wide variety of topics
•Ability to identify/predict engaging topics based on societal interest and/or potential reach