Sidwell Friends, a coeducational Quaker school with campuses in Bethesda, Maryland, and Washington, DC, seeks an editorial director for the Office of Communications. The editorial director serves as the managing editor of Sidwell Friends Magazine and is responsible for the writing, editing, and production of the magazine and other publications (print and electronic). The editorial director maintains the School’s writing style and ensures the stylistic consistency of all School digital and print materials.
He/she conceptualizes news and story ideas for Sidwell Friends Magazine and the news section of the website; works with and interviews alumni, faculty, students, and other community members for feature stories and columns; and establishes editorial and production policies and procedures. The editorial director must exercise excellent judgement in terms of developing key storylines that advance the School’s mission, demonstrating strong journalistic integrity with the ability to meet deadlines. He/she must be detail-oriented and work collaboratively with other creative professionals including designers, printers, writers and photographers in order to produce well-executed publications.
This position reports directly to the Chief Communications Officer and closely collaborates with other members of the Communications staff, as well as with colleagues in Admissions, School Advancement, and elsewhere within the School community. The successful candidate will act as a primary proofreader for the office and serve as deputy to the Chief Communications Officer, assuming responsibility for office operations in the absence of the CCO. The position is located on the School’s DC campus.
A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is required (master’s preferred) with 7-10 years of senior-level experience in writing, editing, and production for print and digital publications. Special consideration will be given to experience in education or with non-profits. Basic photography skills and knowledge of design and layout principles are also necessary, as are a sense of humor, a commitment to excellence, the ability to meet deadlines, and an appreciation for the Quaker values underlying the School.
This is a 12-month, full-time position. Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, at least two writing samples, and contact information for three references via our online application.
About Sidwell Friends School
Sidwell Friends School (SFS) is a PK-12, co-educational Quaker day school with campuses in Washington, D.C., and Bethesda, Maryland. Founded in 1883, the School is a nonprofit, tax-exempt institution governed by an independent Board of Trustees.
A Sidwell Friends education aims to help students become the leaders of the future. To that end, the School seeks qualified individuals with the knowledge, skills, and ability to enhance the student experience and strengthen our community.
Sidwell Friends maintains a generous salary and benefits package that supports and rewards our employees while helping them to deepen their professional expertise and grow as individuals.
For teaching positions, a master’s degree and teaching experience in the field are preferred; a bachelor’s degree is required. For staff positions, we seek candidates with relevant experience, a commitment to excellence, and an enthusiasm for being a member of our vibrant and diverse community.