Are you comfortable writing long-form features, short-form news items, and everything in between for print and digital media? Is your red pen always at the ready? Can you juggle multiple projects at once? Do you thrive in a deadline-driven environment?
Yes? We’ve got the job for you.
Join our team as a writer/editor!
Community Associations Institute (CAI), an international membership organization with nearly 40,000 members and based in Falls Church, Va., seeks a dynamic, creative, and talented individual with a strong background in journalism to join our Communications and Marketing team. The writer/editor will be a key contributor to CAI’s award-winning, flagship bimonthly magazine, blog, newsletters, and book publishing unit. Primary responsibilities will include writing, planning, researching, editing, and proofreading content across CAI’s various, integrated content channels. The ideal candidate will be a strong writer and editor who is comfortable working on long-form, short-form, print, and digital media. The candidate must be able to juggle multiple projects simultaneously and thrive in a deadline-driven environment.
Reporting to the Director of Publishing, the writer/editor will serve as associate editor of Common GroundTM magazine, helping to develop and publish feature articles, sections/departments, news, supporting video, and social media content. This individual will work with freelance writers, volunteer contributors, and Communications and Marketing staff members to fill the magazine’s pages with content that informs, educates, engages, and entertains CAI’s members. The writer/editor also will work closely with the Director of Publishing, design team, proofreading team, and across CAI’s departments to ensure the magazine meets its many deadlines and achieves its high standards for well-researched and error-free journalism.
In addition to the magazine, the writer/editor will take a leading role planning, writing, and editing for CAI’s Ungated blog, manage CAI’s Community Association Law Reporter e-newsletter, help review and edit books for CAI’s publishing unit, contribute to and proofread CAI’s other newsletters, press releases, webpages, emails, and other materials as needed.
CAI is looking for a passionate writer and editor with sound editorial judgment and the ability to demonstrate exceptional personal communication and writing skills. Candidates with a strong proficiency in writing and editing for association newsletters, magazines, websites, or blogs are highly encouraged to apply.
Assist with production of Common Ground, including:
Write and edit sections, departments, features, news, and other content for the magazine.
Research, develop, and edit content by freelance writers and volunteer contributors.
Plan and set an editorial calendar.
Develop engaging content that enhances and promotes magazine articles, including social media, videos, web features, and more.
Coordinate the proofreading process.
Review and fill reprint requests for Common Ground
Develop, manage, contribute, and post editorial content to CAI’s Ungated blog.
Proofread CAI's legal newsletter.
Review and edit current titles and submitted manuscripts for CAI’s book publishing program and help with the conversion of CAI’s printed books to digital books.
Contribute articles and assist with copyediting Community Manager, CAI@Home, microsite, website, social media, and any other publications as needed.
Copyedit/proofread CAI press releases, webpages, emails, and other materials as needed.
Superb news judgment, with 3–5 years of experience proving a strong journalistic foundation as a reporter, editor, or producer
Superior writing and grammar skills with intimate knowledge of the Associated Press Stylebook and demonstrable experience writing in AP Style
Attention to detail and ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines
Extremely strong organization and planning skills and the ability to manage numerous tasks simultaneously
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team
Ability to maintain integrity, clarity, and accuracy of materials ensuring the content and format meets expected standards
Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or related field
Experience with nonprofit membership associations
Experience working with freelance writers, volunteer contributors, and other external relationships
Experience working with marketing, social media, and graphic design professionals
Experience writing and developing effective messaging to reflect an organization’s unique voice
About Community Associations Institute (CAI)
CAI is an international membership organization dedicated to building better communities. With nearly 40,000 members, CAI has 64 chapters worldwide, including Canada, the Middle East and South Africa, and relationships with housing leaders in a number of other countries, including Australia and the United Kingdom. CAI provides information, education and resources to the homeowner volunteers who govern communities and the professionals who support them. CAI members include association board members and other homeowner leaders, community managers, association management firms and other professionals who provide products and services to associations. CAI serves community associations and homeowners by:
-Advancing excellence through seminars, workshops, conferences and education programs, most of which lead to professional designations for community managers and other industry professionals.
-Publishing the largest collection of resources available on community association management and governance, including website content, books, guides, Common Ground magazine and specialized newsletters.
-Advocating on behalf of common-interest communities and industry professionals be...fore legislatures, regulatory bodies and the courts.
-Conducting research and serving as an international clearinghouse for information, innovations and best practices in community association development, governance and management.
We believe homeowner and condominium associations should strive to exceed the expectations of their residents. We work toward this goal by identifying and meeting the evolving needs of the professionals and volunteers who serve associations, by being a trusted forum for the collaborative exchange of knowledge and information, and by helping our members learn, achieve and excel. Our mission is to inspire professionalism, effective leadership and responsible citizenship—ideals reflected in associations that are preferred places to call home.