This key position on NCA’s public affairs and communications teamis responsible for researching, writing and editing print and online content to position NCA, and its programs, services and signature events, as a thought leader. The ideal candidate has the skills necessary to:
Tackle a wide variety of writing projects from marketing materials that generate action to summaries that synthesize complex issues into easily understood language for multiple audiences.
Capture the voice of NCA and key leaders within the organization.
Produce outstanding work within a fast-paced, high-performing culture.
This position reports to the Vice President of Integrated Marketing & Communications.
Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Planning, researching, writing and editing content on a wide range of subjects for use in NCA’s print and online materials.
Creating content to market membership in the association and to communicate the association’s value proposition, as well as to promote the association’s events and programs.
Working closely with internal and external Sweets & Snacks Expo teams to produce tailored content designed to promote participation and engagement in the association’s trade show.
Contributing to the development and maintenance of an association-wide editorial calendar.
Contributing to the development and maintenance of a year-round content marketing calendar and materials to engage the confectionery retail community.
Maintaining a working knowledge of issues, subjects and language important to NCA target audiences in order to develop effective and impactful content.
Contributing to social media content creation in collaboration with internal and external teams, including occasionally posting and monitoring some social content developed for industry audiences.
Packaging and repositioning content for a variety of industry and external audiences.
Working with staff writers for Candy & Snack TODAY to contribute association content and proofread the publication.
Editing documents covering a wide range of topics and styles, including press releases, comments submitted to government agencies, membership materials, newsletters, event collateral, etc.
Working with marketing team to craft subject lines, headlines and other content to increase open and click-through rates and increase engagement.
Staying up-to-date on best practices in print and digital content creation, as well as services and tools that can assist in the creation or dissemination of content.
Collaborating enthusiastically with different departments and interest areas within the association to develop and bring to life unique content that generates actions and engagement.
Offering new, creative ideas for enterprise-wide content.
Performing other editorial and non-editorial duties in an effort to elevate the NCA brand.
Required: Bachelor's degree in English, writing, journalism or related field
Required: 5-7 years of work experience; trade/membership association experience helpful
Required: Exemplary writing/editing skills and a proven track record of creating high quality, creative and engaging content across multiple formats
Required: Solid background in marketing, or in writing content to generate revenue or action
High level of familiarity with AP Style
Working knowledge of best practices in content creation, and desire to stay-up-to-date on new tools and resources
Ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines
Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and project management skills
What’s Great About Working for NCA as the Writer & Editor?
You will be responsible for producing compelling content for an industry of passionate professionals representing well-respected and purposeful companies and brands.
Your work will be vital to our ability to deliver on the goals of our 2020-2025 Strategic Plan: Thrive in 2025.
NCA is an exceptionally well-respected organization in Washington, D.C., and beyond. We do important and meaningful work on behalf of the nearly 58,000 candy makers in the U.S.
The nature of your work will be challenging and fun. There is plenty of opportunity to flex your creative and strategic muscle.
Your colleagues are talented and passionate individuals who are dedicated to the success of the confectionery industry – and to each other.
We promote a flexible work environment that respects your life outside of work.
NCA offers a comprehensive and very competitive benefits package.
NCA’s Core Values:
In our workplace and throughout the confectionery industry, NCA promotes:
Happiness – reflecting the fun and enjoyment of confections
Trust – serving as a model of transparency, integrity and authenticity
Community – fostering diversity and collaborative relationships
Responsibility – encouraging and promoting a sustainable industry that creates value for all of our stakeholders
Leadership – demonstrating purposeful, proactive and nimble leadership
NCA employees are currently working in a hybrid on-site/remote environment, with the expectation to be in the Washington, D.C., office when necessary to execute efficiently and effectively the functions of the job.
If this sounds like a great fit for you and you’re excited to make an immediate impact at NCA, please submit a resume, cover letter, salary requirements and a portfolio of work, including no fewer than three original writing samples (at least one of which should be a marketing communication), to email@example.com, and reference Writer & Editor in the subject line. All items must be included for consideration. Final candidates will be given writing and editing assignments.
NCA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, NCA complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
NCA expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of NCA’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.
The National Confectioners Association is the pre-eminent organization in Washington, D.C., representing about 500 chocolate and candy manufacturers, brokers and suppliers across the U.S. The National Confectioners Association is mission-driven advocacy organization that fosters an environment that enables candy makers to thrive and works to ensure that chocolate and candy are celebrated for their contributions to culture, society, the economy and everyday moments of joy.