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Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI) is an organization with a rich history and a bright future. As a leader in the energy industry, we look to our employees to help us grow, change, and provide power to over 500,000 members of our 17 electric distribution cooperatives.
The Associate Editor collaborates with the magazine team to provide creative ideas and content for the monthly Arkansas Living magazine, as well as works directly working with member co-ops on their portion of the publication. Oversees magazine’s website and social media. In this position, you will be given the opportunity to work alongside peers who are versatile, enthusiastic, and continuing to strive to push AECI and our mission forward.
Manages and produces local co-op pages for monthly magazine; includes working closely with the member co-ops' local page editors to develop content, including writing and taking photographs for the pages. Works with graphic designer to ensure content is produced and approved before deadlines.
Edits articles and features and assists with proofing, social media and magazine website updates. Also assists with special projects as needed.
Writes articles and features for the magazine, which will require travel to on-site interviews in many cases, with a major emphasis on accuracy.
Takes photographs and video to accompany articles, features. Stays abreast of and learns about new video apps for digital use to help update the magazine's website/social media/digital offerings.
Oversees freelance writers and photographers working on assignments. Fact-checks their work and offers guidance, making sure they meet deadlines and produce work that is acceptable for use.
Assists editor in developing editorial calendars, both monthly and annually.
Provides customer service to magazine readers and member co-op communicators.
Updates digital archives of magazine using the MerlinOne data access management system.
Assists with co-op communicator training and education, including developing presentations on writing skills and editorial planning.
Represents the magazine at industry events and conferences.
Serves as the managing editor, overseeing entire production process, in the absence of the editor.
The ability to handle stress and work well with others are essential functions of this position.
Bachelor’s degree in in journalism, English or public relations, plus 7 years related experience and/or training, including project management experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Valid Driver’s License
Experience writing for and editing newspapers and/or magazine publications with significant circulation.
Strong writing and editing skills required. (AP style required).
Experience with Adobe Creative Suite preferred.
Strong photography skills preferred.
Co-op statewide or G & T publication experience preferred.
Certified Cooperative Communicator (CCC) from NRECA.
2 Retirement Plan Options
Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
9 Paid holidays
Paid time off accruals
Free & confidential Employee Assistance Program
Should you elect to apply for this position, AECC/AECI will review your qualifications. If after reviewing the qualifications and experience of all applicants, your skills and credentials meet our needs, someone from our organization may contact you. Please be advised that the time required to complete the applicant review process typically takes between 30 and 90 days but could extend beyond that. Once the position has been filled, all applicants will be notified via email.
Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation and Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. are Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age or any other protected category.
Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) is an organization with a rich history and a bright future. As a leader in the energy industry we look to our employees to help us grow, change, and provide power to over 500,000 members of our 17 electric distribution cooperatives.