ICS - Executive Editor, AARP
Summary:Helps conceive, edit and publish timely, general interest service and lifestyle content for AARP The Magazine in subject areas of high relevance to AARP members. Those include health, money, relationships, and travel and leisure interests. Specifically, is responsible for conceptualizing and assigning departments and features, top editing copy, approving art, monitoring stories and their multimedia components, and keeping on top of deadlines, throughout the editing and production process. Helps oversee and implement long-range planning objectives. Contributes to developing and administering budgets. Plays a key role in integrating the magazine with other AARP departments to accomplish Association goals and meet members’ need for relevant information. Recruits new writers and negotiates contracts and fees as appropriate.Responsibilities:1.Reports to the Editor-in-Chief and works closely with the Deputy Editor.2.Helps coordinate the work of an extensive team of magazine and content team editors and freelance contributors to create new content in print and online.3.Suggests story ideas, conceives and assigns features, weighs in on art concepts, and oversees long-range planning re: specific high-interest subject areas.4.Helps manage special editorial projects, including inserts and special reports.5.Top-edits, rewrites, creates headlines, decks, captions and cover lines.6.Maintains a strong knowledge of news developments of high interest to 50+ Americans. 7.Recruits big-name writers, authors and contributors, and helps negotiate contracts.8.Develops strong relationships and collaborates with other departments to accomplish AARP’s goals.9.Collaborates on multimedia projects with the Web team, Broadcasting, Media Relations and others in Integrated Communications.10.Demonstrate “One AARP” cultural attributes and behaviors in all interactions.Requirements:•Bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, communications or related discipline.•10 to 15 years experience as a top editor for a national consumer magazine.•Strong background in all aspects of journalism and a proven track record developing stories, top-editing copy and developing and executing long range story lineups. •Excellent news judgment and extensive knowledge of aging issues; excellent writing, editing and top-editing skills. Experience with multimedia and social media a plus.•Strong management, organizational, and leadership skills. Team player, with the potential to build strong relationships with other AARP departments.