Senior Writer-Editor
National Education Association


Position Summary

This position involves senior-level, professional writing, editing, and copyediting for print and digital publications produced by NEA’s Center for Communication. Incumbent responsible for writing and editing news stories, features, opinion pieces of varying lengths for the nation’s largest education magazine, NEA Today, and its online version,, and other digital versions.

Essential functions include synthesizing ideas and issues into focused articles; developing copy for a converged print/digital product; and interviewing NEA members, national policy makers, and education leaders.

Responsible for editing copy; crafting professional, high-energy headlines and decks; and for working with graphic designers, photographers, and writers to develop magazine spreads and web projects. The incumbent also follows trends in public education and unions, consistently contributes story ideas; and develops strong working relationships with NEA state and local affiliates, and other organizations and individual NEA members.

This position requires the ability to work in a deadline-driven environment with a creative team of other writers/editors to provide well-rounded issue coverage. To carry out responsibilities, the incumbent uses high-level writing, speaking, and interpersonal skills. In addition, the incumbent uses desktop computers and mobile devices, associated software, and other office technology and travels occasionally.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the following is provided:  The position involves skill in using a personal computer; oral and written communication skills; skills in proofreading and editing; use of clear and articulate speech; interpersonal relations skills; reasoning and problem solving skills; ability to work in a fast-paced environment; ability to sit for long periods, stoop, bend, reach and carry light materials (up to 10 lbs.); and ability to travel by various methods of transportation, e.g., airplane, car.

Required Skills

Selection Criteria:

Tier 1 (Essential): High-level substantive professional writing and editing experience with general audience or advocacy print publication, website and/or electronic media.  Extensive journalism experience, including demonstrated ability to research story ideas, synthesize concepts, and create original content for professional media with a broad audience.  Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills. Ability to handle multiple and complex projects simultaneously under stringent timeframes and changing priorities/conditions.  Demonstrated skill and experience in working collaboratively with teams (internal and external).  Successful references. 

Tier 2 (Significant):  Demonstrated interest in advocacy work. Familiarity with issues related to public education and unions, as well as familiarity with issues regarding the impact of technology on education.  Experience with the Associated Press Stylebook and/or the Chicago Manual of Style.  Experience with web design concepts.  Experience with publishing software, HTML, and Web content management systems that relate to editorial work. 

Tier 3 (Desirable):  Familiarity in working within a networked desktop system for editing.  Knowledge of NEA’s mission, programs, and policies.

Required Experience

Minimum Education Requirement: Bachelor degree in English, Journalism, Humanities, Communications, or related discipline, or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and skills may be obtained.  

Minimum Qualifications:  Five years of progressively responsible professional writing and editorial experience for general interest or advocacy Websites or electronic media. Experience in web-based publishing and with publishing software. 

Other Requirements: Ability to work evenings and weekends.  Work samples may be required prior to interview.  Occasional travel required (up to 20 overnights per year).

Job Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Position Type: Full-Time/Regular

Salary: 76,898.00 – 130,734.00 USD

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