Dynamic trade association seeking an individual with strong communication and organizational skills, including expertise in writing, editing, photography, and digital and social media. Must have experience in news, feature and business writing, as well as editing and proofreading, and be capable of producing high-quality work on a consistent basis. Exceptional grammar and command of AP Style required, along with ability to coordinate workflow of others in managing multiple deadlines. The individual would join a team of communications and member relations professionals, and must be able to work collaboratively as well as independently in meeting organizational goals. Association and/or utility experience a plus; some travel required.
Major Areas of Responsibility • Organize and manage content flow for multiple publications, coordinating work of contributing editors, writers, columnists • Produce variety of content, including news and feature writing, photography, and other communications, for publication and other organizational use • Provide quality control of publications and products through editing and proofreading • Provide coverage of events, including meetings and other media opportunities • Provide communications support for departmental and organizational tasks as required • Represent organization at various events and functions • Develop and maintain contacts with affiliated organizations • Develop and maintain media contacts • Provide editorial guidance to writers, columnists • Coordinate training events for communicators
Duties • Write/edit stories, articles, press releases, business briefs, other communications as needed • Manage publication content flow, including work of columnists, contributing editors/writers • Develop stories/content for publication, conduct interviews, take photographs • Take active part in production process, communications planning, training events, other organizational functions as needed • Travel to cover events and represent organization
Knowledge Sets • Thorough knowledge of news and feature writing and editing, including intimate knowledge of Associated Press style required • Thorough knowledge of multiple media platforms, including print, digital, photographic, video and social media required • Thorough knowledge of press and media relations, interview techniques, internal and external communications required • Basic knowledge of publication layout and design, website management, print and digital advertising, and publication production and printing required • Knowledge of electric utility industry/energy policy/government operations a plus • Knowledge of cooperative business model/trade associations a plus
Skills and Abilities Sets • Excellent organizational skills • Excellent writing, editing skills • Excellent oral communication skills • Excellent photography/videography skills • Ability to understand complex issues and effectively communicate them to others • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment • Ability to work with multiple technology platforms • Ability to coordinate work of multiple staff members, outside content providers • Ability to manage multiple assignments under time constraints in fast-paced work environment
Position Details: • Report to Director of Communications & Member Services • FLSA Status – Exempt (not eligible for overtime)
The organizations offer a competitive compensation and benefits package.
Education and Experience: • More than 10 years in writing/editing/communications/public relations field; trade association, energy industry or cooperative experience desirable • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, English or related field
About Continental Cooperative Services
Continental Cooperative Services is a Membership organization that manages two organizations: Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association (PREA) a Statewide Trade Association and Allegheny Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Allegheny) a Generation & Transmission Cooperative, organized as a not-for-profit electric cooperative corporation.
PREA is a statewide trade association that provides services to 14 member electric distribution cooperatives in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, which enable the member cooperatives to deliver electricity and other programs at the highest value to the consumers and communities they serve. PREA has served as the unified voice for electric cooperatives in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. These member-owned entities provide power and other services to more than 230,000 rural households, businesses and industries, representing more than 600,000 consumers. The 13 cooperatives in Pennsylvania own and maintain about 12.5 percent of the electric distribution lines in the state, covering nearly one-third of the Commonwealth’s land area in 42 counties. These lines, an essential component of rural business and industry, represent one of the Commonwealth’s largest non-gov...ernmental investments in rural infrastructure.
Allegheny provides the power requirements for the 14 rural electric distribution cooperatives in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Allegheny’s mission has been to provide electric cooperative consumers with a reliable supply of energy at a competitive price. In doing so, Allegheny has been very active in meeting its members’ desire to support conservation, provide clean and renewable energy generation, and ensure a secure energy future for electric cooperatives. About 65 percent of Allegheny’s energy supply comes from clean, stable and relatively low-cost resources. The remaining 35 percent of Allegheny’s power supply comes from market purchases.