Writer and Editor
Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)
Reports To: Press Secretary
FLSA Status: Exempt
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, Bureau of Indian Education, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. CCSSO seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.
The writer and editor would manage the development of resources and publications to ensure quality and consistency in organizational communications and brand. This position would be responsible for managing the Council’s publications, including idea development, writing, and editing copy for reports, contributing to op-eds, and managing a cadre of technical and non-technical writers. This resident storyteller and content manager would distill state policies, strategies, and technical information into compelling narrative and ensure quality and consistency across publications.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities
- Lead CCSSO’s publication process; Ensure a consistent organizational voice that aligns to the Council’s strategic plan framework and values.
- Research, write, and edit effective written materials related to advancing CCSSO’s mission and strategic support to states. This includes policy reports, fact sheets, case studies and other technical and non-technical information.
- Maintain cross-Council publications management, tracking the status of publications and corresponding with publication authors, program staff and external consultants, including graphic designers.
- Conceptualize, execute, and oversee a cadre of technical and non-technical writers and copyeditors. Advise program staff on availability, cost, and project fit in consultation with the Council’s press secretary.
- Coordinate and manage relationships with consultants, members, and stakeholders during publication creation and review process. Ensure work with consultants is both strategic and cost-effective.
- Assist the communications team in collaborating with program staff and leadership to tell the story of the Council’s work. This includes writing and editing stories of impact, opinion pieces, and features for program staff and senior leaders in consultation with the Council’s press secretary.
- Oversee the content and execution of CCSSO’s States Leading blog.
- Follow trends in public education and states’ work to advance educational equity. Partner with state members and program staff to contribute story ideas around state successes.
- Provide general publications, writing, and editorial support to teams across the Council.
Education and/or Experience
- Bachelor’s degree required plus a minimum of five (5) years’ experience.
- Experience with education policy highly desirable
- Experience working with graphic designers a plus
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Expert writing to translate complicated, jargon-laden topics into clear, easy to understand language
- Skilled editing that probes for clarity, from the lead to the footnotes
- Collaborative working style and ability to work well with colleagues across the organization
- Ability to multi-task and manage several projects at once
- Organizational skills to manage projects and databases
To perform this job successfully, an individual should be able to use Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe and have created or used charts, spreadsheets, and databases. Successful incumbents are proficient at using Outlook, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Intranet/Internet tools. Project Management and AP Style experience desirable.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.
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