Editorial Director

22201, Arlington, Virginia
Competitive salary + 403(b) retirement plan, health & dental, 3 weeks paid vacation, private office
Mar 19, 2019
Metro Area
Full Time

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses — deaths, injuries and property damage — from motor vehicle crashes, seeks an Editorial Director to join our communications department at our offices located in Arlington, Virginia.  A key to the success of our organization is effectively communicating our research findings to policymakers, automakers and the general public.  To help lead this effort, we are looking for a creative, resourceful, collaborative communications professional who will work with our research and production teams to develop Institute publications.

Compensation consists of a competitive salary and a 403(b) retirement plan with a nonelective annual contribution equal to 10% of your salary. Other benefits include health and dental insurance, life insurance, medical and dependent care flex spending accounts, reasonable working hours, 3 weeks of paid vacation in your first year, and your own private office.


  • Lead the writing and development of Institute publications and other print and digital communications materials.
  • Manage Status Report monthly newsletter, developing the editorial calendar, writing and editing articles, negotiating edits during a rigorous internal clearance process, meeting all deadlines.
  • Collaborate with Art Director and digital team to produce Status Report in print and online formats.
  • Supervise Art Director, Editor and writing staff.
  • Collaborate on projects and releases with digital and social media teams and research and executive staff across the organization.
  • Develop and produce all publications, including annual report, strategic plan, consumer brochures, advisories, news releases and other deliverables.
  • Edit letters, white papers, research reports, docket summissions, testimony, manufacturer communications, website and social media content and other materials.
  • Coordinate with Insurer Relations in disseminating content to supporting companies.
  • Backstop senior vice president and other communications staff in media relations’ efforts.
  • Advise Institute staff on communications issues.
  • Provide creative support for other projects as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, English, graphic arts or related fields.
  • At least 10 years prior editorial experience with at least 2–3 years of managing creative projects and/or supervising employees.
  • Strong writing, editing and oral communications skills. Proven ability to distill complex scientific papers and reports into smart, accessible stories for a nontechnical audience.
  • Experience in planning, overseeing and developing print and digital content.
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines with strong attention to detail.

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