Editor in Chief at Construction Executive Magazine

August 25, 2021
Washington, DC

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JOB OVERVIEW

Founded in 1950, Associated Builders and Contractors is a national construction industry trade association representing more than 21,000 members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 69 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. Visit us at abc.org.

The editor-in-chief works closely with the senior director of public affairs, vice president of public affairs and member services, publisher, magazine staff, ABC national and chapter staff, industry stakeholders, media sales team and design and publishing partners to produce the leading publication in the commercial construction industry. The person in this role manages the day-to-day editorial operations of Construction Executive magazine (10 issues per year), constructionexec.com and the CE This Week newsletter to cover topics of interest to construction executives and ensure the magazine’s content is aligned with ABC’s strategic plan. As the chief strategist, this person has a deep knowledge of digital and print publication trends to expand the reach of Construction Executive’s content and deliver it through the most effective platforms. This position will also assist the overall public relations department as needed, as well as help edit other association materials.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

Responsibilities:

  • Lead the day-to-day editorial operations of "the magazine for the business of construction" to deliver value to the audience of commercial and industrial construction executives. Ensure brand integrity and long-term growth.
  • Co-write and update magazine’s five-year strategic plan in collaboration with ABC’s publisher, the sales team, the production team and magazine staff.
  • Develop and execute the digital content strategy for the constructionexec.com website, weekly newsletter and social media.
  • Develop and manage the $2 million budget, ensuring alignment with association strategic goals.
  • Coordinate with the publisher and the sales team to ensure the magazine is profitable and that advertising aligns with editorial content to benefit and educate readers.
  • Manage accounts payable and receivables in coordination with finance staff.
  • Oversee circulation management for all print (reach: 50,000) and digital (reach: 150,000) platforms.
  • Develop editorial calendar and story ideas, research construction industry trends and interview business executives.
  • Periodically author front cover and feature articles.
  • Solicit educational/thought leadership articles from construction firms, industry experts and consultants. Review pitches from outside PR firms to determine quality and viability.
  • Manage/oversee staff and freelance story assignments and deadlines, including providing writers with ABC member interview sources, vetting projects for merit shop alignment, soliciting photography from contributors, managing professional photo shoots and reviewing photos for safety compliance.
  • Copyedit/oversee copyediting of each issue. Ensure all content adheres to AP Style and ABC Brand Guidelines.
  • Oversee the external graphic design and production team.
  • Act as primary liaison between the advertising and production teams. Provide deadlines and production guidance for each issue as well as any special supplements to the magazine.
  • Manage the relationship with the printer, which includes coordinating bulk mailings, developing and managing the quality control process and responsibility for final sign-off for each issue.
  • Speak at industry events as a thought leader.
  • Moderate quarterly economic webinar series.
  • Serve as the staff liaison to the ABC Services Corp., which requires regular communication with the board chair, recruiting new members and planning board meetings at least three times a year. Prepare the treasurer’s report and plan the board agenda.

Specialized Skills:

  • Outstanding written and verbal communications skills.
  • Ability to delegate and manage teams of staff and consultants.
  • Strong organizational skills with a deadline orientation.
  • Proficiency in personal computer skills, including email, routine database functions, word processing, FTP, Adobe, InDesign, etc.
  • Web/HTML skills are a plus.

Qualifications:

  • B.A. in journalism or related field.
  • Knowledge of the construction industry.
  • Expertise in AP Style.

Experience Required:

  • Experience running a print magazine published at least six times per year and a publication website.
  • 10+ years of writing experience in deadline-oriented environments.
  • Minimum of eight years of editing/copyediting experience.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

To achieve our mission, we hire energetic and fun-loving individuals who possess the following skills:

  • Professional demeanor and presentation of self
  • Ability to organize and manage several priorities simultaneously while working under pressure and deadlines
  • Writing and verbal skills
  • Self-starter, highly organized
  • Coordination of projects, meetings and/or events a plus
  • Strong organization, multi-tasking and time management skills with the ability to work in a demanding self-directed work schedule.
  • Effectively utilizes tools/resources to work efficiently.
  • Ability to take ownership of a process and to use problem solving skills to resolve issues
  • Demonstrates the highest level of personal and ethical standards.
  • Work accurately with close attention to detail

IMPORTANT NOTICES

Nondiscrimination:

  • It is the continuing policy of ABC to take affirmative action to assure equal opportunity for all current and prospective employees without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, personal appearance, marital status, familial status, family responsibility, pregnancy or other pregnancy-related conditions, childbirth, disability, military/veteran status, citizenship status, religion or political affiliation, past convictions or incarceration, prior psychiatric treatment, or any other status protected by federal or state law, local ordinance or Executive Orders. ABC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Disability Specifications:

  • ADA: ABC will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Work Environment:

  • This position is performed in a typical office environment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and vehicles. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.

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