Assistant Editorial Director

Hillel International | Washington, DC, United States

Posted Date 6/14/2022

Assistant Editorial Director

Hillel International

Role Overview

At Hillel International, we're looking for a dynamic new team member to drive content creation and storytelling as our next Assistant Editorial Director. We are seeking a master content writer, editor, and producer who can find and tell great stories about the Hillel movement and reach students, parents, alumni, donors, and the broader Jewish community through our wide array of communications channels. A successful Assistant Editorial Director will be a seasoned, digitally savvy communications professional who has a keen eye for audience insights and understands the intersection of brand storytelling and communications.

What you're great at:

  • Telling compelling and exciting stories that connect with people and inspire them to engage across a variety of different mediums and formats
  • Writing, editing, and producing content for a variety of purposes, audiences, and channels, ranging from websites to social media to print magazines. 
  • Editing, copyediting, and proofreading writers of varying skill and experience levels
  • Developing and managing a multi-channel editorial calendar and accompanying assignments
  • Ensuring messaging and storytelling consistency across all functional areas and channels
  • Understanding a brand’s core audiences and their preferred platforms, and being able to adjust content accordingly
  • Measuring, analyzing, and reporting results and being able to distill learnings to improve work
  • Coordinating with multiple internal teams on several high-priority projects at any given time
  • Recruiting and managing freelance writers and mentoring young writers, including supporting story development and time management
  • Offering editorial feedback in constructive ways, and the ability to take received feedback to make content better
  • Serving as a resource to your colleagues on high-quality writing and storytelling

What you'll bring to the job:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • 5+ years of professional work experience
  • Proven ability to write, edit, and flex content for different audiences, mediums, and contexts
  • Track record of writing in and editing for a wide variety of styles and formats, including news writing, editorial and op-ed writing, personal narrative and essay writing, and email writing
  • Mastery of AP style, strong copyediting skills, stellar content editing, and deep knowledge of writing best practices
  • Experience managing or creating content for an organization’s website
  • Experience developing an editorial strategy for a brand, school, or nonprofit organization.
  • Strong project management skills with ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously under tight deadlines
  • Demonstrated capacity for multimedia storytelling
  • Sound news judgment and demonstrated experience finding and developing written feature stories and/or news articles.
  • Experience working with thought leaders and executives to help articulate their messages
  • Comfort with and interest in learning about new and old technologies including established proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Workspace products, content management systems, and digital and print publishing software
  • Experience contracting and managing freelance writers as well as staff creatives
  • Proficiency in SEO and style guidelines
  • Proven knowledge of audience metrics and analytics to improve content outcomes
  • A team-oriented approach to work, a strong work ethic, stellar organizational skills, a sense of humor, and an ability to take risks and learn from challenges

What you'll own and how you'll spend your time:

Strategy & Management

  • Establishing and implementing overall content strategy for and related website properties.
  • Setting goals and objectives for the website’s performance with your supervisor — and then, meeting (or exceeding) those goals.
  • Owning Hillel International’s editorial calendar and collaborating with key stakeholders to ensure message consistency across platforms and audiences.
  • Finding ways to engage various audiences, including students, parents, alumni, donors and the broader Jewish community.
  • Coordination with internal stakeholders, including Marketing colleagues, Israel Engagement, Global Leadership, Technology Services, and other internal departments.
  • Recruiting and leading a team of freelance writers and student interns to consistently produce timely and relevant student-centered content 

Content Production

  • Management of Hillel website editorial content including project management of the website content migration during the ongoing website redesign process
  • Managing editor of Hillel’s College Guide (both website and print) and related online properties
  • Managing editor for Hillel student writers, including assigning and editing pieces, and mentoring student writers on time management, interview skills, revision best practices and more.
  • Daily editor of content for Hillel blog, social media posts, and internal newsletters
  • Editorial oversight of innovative editorial projects, including podcasts and student publications
  • Creating video scripts for Hillel projects
  • Serve as an editorial consultant for “Hillel Hub,” a private extranet for all Hillel Professionals  

Movement Building 

  • Keen awareness of stories and newsworthy happenings at Hillel’s 180+ affiliates
  • Keeping track of what key constituencies and partners are discussing and creating timely and responsive content that ensures our relevance in those conversations
  • Support Hillel leaders and campus professionals on their writing, including collaborating on thought leadership, offering relevant training, and editing written pieces and speeches
  • Drafting and editing speeches, scripts, and other content for Hillel events, including the annual international Hillel professionals convention, high-profile donor events, and online student programs.

What you'll get out of it:

  • The salary band for Assistant Director level positions at Hillel International is $70,000-$75,000. 
  • Hillel offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, Group Supplemental Retirement Annuity (GSRA), pension plan, life insurance, Long Term Disability (LTD), Flexible Spending Plan, generous vacation/sick time, and parental leave.
  • Great professional development, mentoring, and skill building opportunities.

Hiring Process & Timeline

  • Applications accepted on a rolling basis
  • The formal interview process  will begin on Tuesday, July 5th and end by Friday, July 29th
  • Our intention is to have someone begin in a full time capacity by the end of August. 

What we're about:

Founded in 1923, Hillel has been enriching the lives of Jewish students for more than 90 years. Today, Hillel International is a global organization that welcomes students of all backgrounds and fosters an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel. Hillel is dedicated to enriching the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world, Hillel builds connections with emerging adults at more than 550 colleges and universities, and inspires them to direct their own path.  During their formative college years, students are challenged to explore, experience and create vibrant Jewish lives.
To apply:
Please apply at by clicking on "Current Openings." Contact [email protected] with any questions.
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Hillel is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to creating an accepting and inclusive environment for all.


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