Jobs at NIAF

Director of Public Relations and Publications
The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF)

Position Summary
The Director of Publications and Editor reports to NIAF’s President and CAO. The primary responsibility of the incumbent is to ensure the timely and polished production of NIAF’s many publications: Ambassador Magazine, the Foundation’s blog and the Foundation’s annual report and Gala programs, in addition to any brochures, press releases. guides, honorary ads or program books as needed. Additionally, the Director of Publications and Editor provides copyediting and revision services to all NIAF staff members for correspondence, reports, speeches and slideshows.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Plan, conceptualize, develop, and publish three annual issues of the Ambassador Magazine from theme, content, to art/photography and design.
  2. Manage the contributions of freelance writers for the Ambassador Magazine and other NIAF publications; assign stories to freelance writers, rewrite and edit freelancers, and provide complete support for freelance articles.
  3. Manage the printing, production, and distribution of Ambassador Magazine including mapping entire layout for pagination, proofreading entire content and approving, and insuring complete and accurate distribution of the publication.
  4. Negotiate fees and payment schedules with freelancers, photographers, and other contributors and provide the finance department with payment invoices for these individuals.
  5. Plan, conceptualize, develop, and prepare all of NIAF’s major publications including the Foundation Blog, Annual Report, Gala programs, brochures, guides, press releases, etc.
  6. Review, edit content, and copy edit all written text submitted for editing from other NIAF departments, including press releases and other documents from the Communications Department as well as documents from other departments.
  7. Write quarterly Publications update for Report to the board of Directors and discuss all NIAF publications with members of the Board of Directors.
  8. Interview executives, politicians, celebrities, and other prominent individuals for inclusion in NIAF publications; develop interview questions, conduct interview, write up the results of the interview and publish interview in appropriate publication.
  9. Coordinate content, development, and placement of ads with advertisers; identify new advertisers and sell ad space; design and create advertising for advertisers who don’t have their own ads.
  10. Creates content for NIAF’s website and updates periodically.
  11. Works and research ways to increase traffic and engagement
  12. Writes features and articles for NIAF’s Ambassador magazine.
  13. Works directly with writers, artists, external stakeholders, branches of U.S. government, and international dignitaries on collaborative marketing campaigns.
  14. Develop and produce high-quality, informative and accurate press releases
  15. Provides support for the annual Gala and convention weekend including working with photographers to ensure event coverage, develop a report for the Post-Gala review, and assisting in the Gala press office.
  16. Provides press kits and related materials.
  17. Maintains an up-to-date press database.

Requirements and Traits
The position requires an individual with ten + years of experience as an editor and publisher.

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or communications preferred.
  • At least ten years’ experience writing and editing for a combination of newspapers, magazines, the Internet and/or nonprofit organizations.
  • Knowledge of AP Style, grammar, and punctuation.
  • Knowledge of graphic design programs including Adobe InDesign, QuarkXPress, Adobe PhotoShop; ability to crop and resize photos.
  • Precise spelling and editing of written documents; effective and diplomatic interpersonal interaction.
  • Attention to detail and ability to remain organized even when faced with multiple, simultaneous projects and tasks.
  • Demonstrated leadership, teamwork, and interpersonal skills; ability to remain effective when facing high-pressure deadlines.
  • Ability to work remotely at the discretion of NIAF’s President and CAO.
  • Ability to provide leadership and direction when asserting publication deadlines, working with freelance writers and copyeditor and Director of Publications, etc.
  • Understanding of NIAF’s Mission Statement and the ability to relate all articles to that core focus.
  • Professional demeanor and appearance suitable for interviewing prominent individuals and interacting with members of NIAF’s Board.
  • The candidate must be based in Washington, DC or New York City

Qualified candidates must send their resumes to jerry@niaf.org, no phone calls please.