Communications Associate/Alumni Magazine Editor

Lakeside School, Seattle, Washington

Date PostedOctober 15, 2018
Job StatusPart-time

Lakeside School is looking for a creative storyteller and editor who will lead the production of a twice-yearly alumni magazine. The communications associate/alumni magazine editor is a part-time (.60), year-round staff position at a highly regarded nonprofit that is setting the bar in education. You’ll be part of a dynamic, collaborative team working to communicate the mission and work of the school to alumni, parents and guardians, faculty, staff, donors, and the public.  


  • Are a creative person who loves to tell compelling stories about people making a difference in our region and the world.
  • Take pride of ownership of major projects and are constantly looking to make them better.
  • Can gracefully juggle all pieces of a 52-page print publication while staying on deadline.
  • Are excited to take on the refresh of a beloved magazine distributed to more than 9,000 alumni ranging in age from 18 to 100, located around the world.
  • Have a nose for news, with strong reporting and research skills.
  • Are strong as a writer, editor, and proofreader for cross-platform media. 
  • Know AP Style backward and forward but are accepting of the Oxford comma.
  • Bring a sense of curiosity and empathy to working with people of all ages and a variety of backgrounds.

Your responsibilities:

  • Manage the production of a twice-yearly alumni publication, Lakeside magazine. Conceptualize and solicit content, write, edit, oversee the design and proofreading, coordinate all phases of production, and oversee printing.
  • Edit a range of institutional communications, taking into account intended use, audience, and budget, as well as institutional goals and objectives. This may include fundraising-related communications, web news stories, internal communications, and others.
  • Supervise and direct creative and professional services from outside vendors and freelancers for the magazine, including art director, writers, a copy editor, and proofreaders, both longstanding and new.
  • Provide support to the communications director on media and public relations efforts, as needed.

Desired skills and qualifications

Applicants should have a minimum of five years of successful experience working in journalism, publishing, or communications, and experience managing the production of a magazine or an equivalent publication. Coursework in journalism, communications, marketing, or writing is highly desired.

Candidates must possess outstanding writing, editing, and proofreading skills across a range of media (print and digital). They should be deadline-driven, merging a painstaking attention to detail with the ability to multitask. Candidates should be able to balance independent work and self-management with the ability and desire to work in a collaborative environment. They must have a demonstrated ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.

Computer (PC/Windows) proficiency is required, as well as advanced skill with Microsoft Office, including Word and Outlook. Experience using project management software (ex: Basecamp, Trello) is a plus.

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