Managing Editor, Membership and Community Engagement (MCE) Team Washington, DC
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

Business Unit:    Association
Effective:      October 2015
Reports to:          SVP of MCE
Status:          Regular, full-time


The Managing Editor leads a forward-looking content vision for NAIS by strengthening and expanding an integrated content strategy that supports NAIS’s mission, vision, and values. This role oversees high quality content production across all of NAIS’s delivery channels, and drives a significant expansion into digital formats and media. The Managing Editor oversees daily content coordination and production; serves as managing editor of the award-winning Independent School magazine; develops a strategic publications plan; writes and edits regularly; serves as NAIS’s liaison to its Editorial Board; and enhances key relationships with high profile content partners, writers, editors, vendors, and more. The role supervises the editorial working group and is part of the Membership and Community Engagement team.


  • Leads an innovative content vision for NAIS, including expansion into digital formats and media.
  • Develops and guides an integrated content strategy that supports NAIS’s mission and vision that’s based on organizational goals, strategy, vision, mission, and values, in collaboration with the membership and community engagement team leadership; oversees high-quality content production across all of NAIS’s delivery channels (magazine, newsletters, books, blog, website, and more).
  • Oversees day-to-day content coordination and production, with the assistance of director of publications and senior writer/editor.
  • Writes, edits, and produces various types of content, including multimedia, for all NAIS distribution channels.
  • Serves as managing editor of Independent School magazine.
  • Oversees editing and production of content developed by internal NAIS teams and determine appropriate channels for distribution.
  • Monitors new content needs suggested by analytics and hot issues and assign to content developers.
  • Establishes and enhances key relationships with high profile content partners; manages external relationships, including those with writers, editors, designers, vendors, and more.
  • Develops a comprehensive plan to produce books and similar revenue-generating publications that meet member needs and NAIS revenue goals, in conjunction with the Business Strategy working group; in collaboration with the director of publications, coordinate the work of writers, editors, and designers to produce books.
  • Seeks out relevant content ideas from a wide variety of industries and experts.
  • Serves as liaison to the NAIS Editorial Board.
  • Creates and oversees editorial budgets.
  • Oversees day-to-day activities of the editorial team, including goal setting, budgeting, planning, and staff development.
  • Supervises the 4 staff members (Director of Publications; Sr. Writer/Editor; Digital Editor/Producer; Editorial Production Coordinator) of the editorial working group, within the membership and community engagement team.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Serves as an engaged and involved team member, supportive of the varied experiences and perspectives of internal and external colleagues.
  • Supports and actively builds an office culture dedicated to superior customer service that exceeds member expectations.
  • Works within the team and among teams to ensure that decisions are made to further the organization’s goals, particularly the goals of modeling multiculturalism and helping to build inclusive school communities.
  • Assumes other responsibilities, as assigned.


  • Minimum of 7-10 years of solid, demonstrated experience managing similar programs.
  • Bachelor’s degree is strongly preferred.
  • At least one year of experience with supervision.
  • Strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and inspire a team.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks/activities simultaneously while maintaining quality.
  • Excellent customer service skills.  
  • Ability to work efficiently, independently, and as part of a team; to communicate regularly; and meet deadlines in a fast paced environment.
  • Knowledge of independent schools a plus.
  • Ability to travel occasionally during the year.
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite; able to adapt and learn new software and web-based systems.

About NAIS

The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) is a nonprofit membership association that provides services to more than 1,800 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including more than 1,500 independent private K-12 schools in the U.S. NAIS serves as the national voice of independent education, advocating on behalf of its members. The association offers research and trend analysis, leadership and governance guidance, and professional development opportunities for school and board leaders.

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