The Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) seeks a motivated professional to manage the production of the Illinois Bar Journal, the Association’s flagship publication. The Managing Editor will also oversee the production of ISBA section newsletters, the IBJ advertising program, and the Illinois Courts Bulletin. The Managing Editor position will preferably be based in the Springfield, Illinois headquarters of the ISBA, but candidates desiring to work in the ISBA’s Chicago Office are also invited to apply.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Manage production of the monthly Illinois Bar Journal (IBJ), in consultation with the IBJ Editor & Publisher; solicit, edit, and manage content-flow of articles; generate timely and high value article ideas; create content for IBJ (e.g., columns); supervise freelancers who produce lead articles and columns; manage relationship with IBJ printer; perform online indexing and subject-matter tagging.
Oversee production of ISBA section newsletters (day-to-day management performed by the newsletter managing editor).
Oversee the IBJ advertising program (day-to-day management performed by the advertising coordinator).
Proofread and edit the Illinois Courts Bulletin.
Author blog posts for Illinois Lawyer Now.
Serve as staff liaison to the Illinois Bar Journal Editorial Board.
Stay abreast of developments in digital information technology (e.g., apps, tablet-friendly versions) and implement as appropriate.
NON-ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
Serve on management committees and participate in related projects (strategic planning subcommittees, communications group, Illinois Lawyer Now editorial team, customer service subcommittee, member benefit enhancement projects, etc.).
Assume leadership roles in professional associations (NABE, etc.).
Perform other duties as assigned.
Excellent communications skills
Excellent work ethic
Excellent organizational skills—must be able to manage multiple projects at once
Ability to manage time and meet deadlines
Knowledge of (ideally, training and experience in) the law
Understanding and willingness to stay abreast of evolving digital communication technology
J.D. degree is preferred, but not required. The ideal candidate will possess either: (1) a J.D. degree with significant journalism/communications experience; or (2) a bachelor’s degree or higher in journalism (or a related field) plus significant experience in legal-related journalism
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/WORK ENVIRONMENT
Perform in office work which is primarily sedentary in nature. Other than the ability to travel on occasion, no special physical demands are required.
The Illinois State Bar Association offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive package of employee benefits including employer paid health, life and disability insurances, and a staff profit sharing plan and 401(k). EOE.
Interested qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not apply through this posting. Application materials submitted as attachments should be MS Word or PDF format only and must be received by February or publishing.
The Illinois State Bar Association, headquartered in Springfield, is the largest legal association in the state. Its primary focus is to help Illinois lawyers practice more efficiently by providing time and money-saving services.