Located in Arlington, Virginia, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has inspired global change and supported efforts that generated over $1 trillion. AFP's nearly 30,000 individual and organizational members raise over $100 billion annually, equivalent to one-third of all charitable giving in North America and millions more around the world.
About the job
Working with the entire Marketing and Communications Department, this position is responsible for both the strategy and planning, and then implementation and management, of AFP’s content and publishing initiatives, and ensures content is timely, relevant, valuable and on-brand. These initiatives include AFP’s Advancing Philanthropy magazine (both print and digital), columns, blogs, books, research reports and briefs, content anthologies and newsletters. This position also writes and edits a variety of AFP materials, including grant proposals, speeches, website and social media content, online newsletters, correspondence, and other items for various audiences.
With a new Marketing and Communications Department at AFP, this position calls for significant strategic and visionary skills, working to align content with association priorities and member needs, maintaining and advancing the AFP brand, and being responsive to changes in the fundraising landscape and the charitable sector. At the same time, the position calls for strong project management experience and an ability to excel tactically while advancing numerous concurrent programs.
The Director, Content and Strategy reports directly to the Vice President, Marketing, Communications and Public Policy, and works closely with other AFP staff, contractors, volunteers, and vendors and service providers.
What you will do
Provides strategic direction and hands-on management of AFP publishing and content initiatives including Advancing Philanthropy magazine, AP Perspectives columns, books, research reports and briefs, content anthologies, online resources, and other projects as assigned. Aligns all projects together to ensure content and communications are valuable, timely and relevant to members and support AFP goals and brand. Looks ahead to changing member needs and proposes, develops and supports new products and projects to address those needs.
Hands-on management of all aspects of Advancing Philanthropy (“Magazine”) production to ensure publication of each quarterly issue within specified deadlines. Conceives editorial direction and recruits freelance writers and other contributors. Guides the work of writers, copywriters, and designers. Develops and maintains the production schedule. Works with the printer and digital edition vendor to ensure on-time publication and distribution to AFP members and subscribers. Works with stakeholders including the media sales team to create annual media kit and facilitate advertising sales and placements. Helps ensure effective cross-marketing within the Magazine of other AFP programs, products, and services.
Manages other AFP publishing and content initiatives including the newsletter (AFP Daily), columns, books, research reports and briefs, content anthologies, online resources, and other initiatives. In collaboration with AFP staff, volunteers, and other stakeholders, conceives strategic, tactical, and business direction. Manages day-to-day activities and relationships in support of these publishing initiatives.
Manages budgets related to publishing and content initiatives and ensures financial accountability and stewardship. Analyzes expenses and makes recommendations for change. Prepares the Magazine’s annual Statement of Ownership.
Develops and writes editorial and other content as needed. Copyedits all articles and proofreads all pages from designers and printers to ensure consistent voice and overall quality.
Manages the creative development and design process related to AFP publishing and content initiatives, including content conception, themes art, page layouts, cover designs, etc. Works with designers to develop concepts for covers, find art, and write cover copy. Manages all aspects through final production and printing/posting.
Leverages the knowledge, expertise, and contributions of AFP staff, volunteers, subject matter experts, partners, and others in developing AFP publishing and content initiatives. Serves as liaison with the association’s Publishing/Resource Advisory Committee and Research Council.
Other duties and special projects as assigned.
May require occasional travel and weekend work.
What you need to be successful
Excellent writing, editing, and proofing skills. Strong knowledge of the English language.
Strong collaboration and interpersonal skills. Ability to create and manage a team of contributors and work closely with staff across departments as well as a wide variety of volunteers.
Extensive project management skills. Must be detail- and deadline-oriented.
Self-starter with ability to prioritize, multitask, and juggle many priorities simultaneously.
Creative and innovative.
Working knowledge of MS Office and design and publishing software.
Working knowledge of web publishing tools/systems (e.g., HTML, CSS, CMS) and popular social media platforms a plus.
Knowledge of issues and trends in fundraising and philanthropy.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
Ideally 8-10 years of progressive responsibility in communications. Direct experience producing magazines, journals, or other professional publications preferred.
Nonprofit/association background preferred.
Equal Opportunity Employer
It is the policy of AFP not to discriminate against any individual employee, group of employees or prospective employee for reasons of race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, sex, pregnancy or related medical conditions, age, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, physical or mental or sensory disability, genetic information, military status or any other consideration protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.
AFP is committed to providing equal opportunities in all employment-related activities including, but not limited to: recruiting, hiring, advancement, compensation, training, benefits, transfers, and terms of employment. AFP promotes equal opportunities for all employees and applicants for employment. Further, AFP will fully comply with all applicable equal employment federal, state and local laws and regulations.
AFP does not discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay.
AFP does not accept unsolicited agency resumes.
About Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
With approximately 3,800 members residing in Canada, AFP is dedicated to promoting and advancing the cause of its Canadian members. AFP supports Canadian members in 20 Chapters, and provides essential leadership to Canada’s robust charitable sector.