The Senior Editor/Writer is responsible for ensuring the accuracy, consistency, and quality of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis’ written communications for constituents, which support the achievement of the museum’s strategic goals. The incumbent oversees the publication process and personally edits, proofreads, fact-checks, and/or writes printed materials regarding the museum’s experiences, programs, and special activities. They work with division colleagues to drive new and repeat visitation to the museum and its websites and ensure the messages and medium match the needs of our diverse constituencies (visitors, members, donors, educators, corporate sponsors, media, etc.). The writer works closely with colleagues to ensure that content is engaging, factual, and consistent with the museum’s brand standards and voice. The Senior Editor/Writer also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the museum’s member magazine and is responsible for planning and production, working in collaboration with the director of museum membership.
The Children’s Museum is fiercely devoted to our Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI) efforts. Together we are building and sustaining an inclusive culture that encourages, supports, and celebrates differences.
REPORTS TO: Director of Marketing Communications
- Conceptualizes, writes, and/or edits printed materials for external audiences including, but not limited to, brochures, exhibit labels, signs, newsletters, invitations, menus, news releases, annual reports, and marketing collateral, as well as digital content.
- Writes and edits Extra!, the museum’s member magazine, and is responsible for pagination, interviews and sourcing, photo research for stories and topics, managing timelines, and securing approvals.
- Works with colleagues within the communications team to develop materials that are consistent with the museum’s standards/image and that support the brand.
- Develops concept and content, and compiles photography for the museum’s annual report.
- Updates the museum’s editorial style guide and DEAI style guide and evangelizes these with staff.
- Works closely with graphic designers to ensure copy and graphic compatibility in publications and printed materials.
- Serves as a resource and consults with other departments on writing projects.
- Understands the need for and has the ability to write and edit for different audiences: donors, members, board of trustees, staff, general public, etc.
- Bachelor’s degree in writing or journalism preferred.
- Five (5) years’ experience as a writer and or editor in the publications field with a proven track-record of accurate and detail-oriented work.
- Experience with Adobe Acrobat, PhotoShop, Illustrator, and INDesign. Experience with digital asset management software preferred.
- Demonstrated working knowledge of both Chicago Style and AP Style. Strong understanding and adherence to industry style guidelines and grammatical rules.
- Must be a strong conceptual thinker, and an accomplished writer and interviewer. Ability to write for a broad range of writing applications, including advertising copy, online, long-form magazine, and marketing collateral.
- Sensitivity to and appreciation of cultural differences and communicating with diverse audiences.
- Proficiency to quickly distill and succinctly convey relevant points of information from a variety of resources.
- Ability to convert scholarly or scientific writing into engaging copy for general audiences.
- Understands how to internalize a brand, develop creative approaches, and optimize projects to budgets, constraints, and resources.
- Ability to juggle multiple projects, work in fast-paced environment; adhere to deadlines; and demonstrate excellent judgment and flexibility in meeting demands and priorities.
- Team-player who can also work independently.
- Must be able to view computer monitor and conduct public presentations. Must have dexterity for keyboarding and manipulating text.
- The ability to engage in extensive communication in brainstorming and planning situations; must be able to articulate and engage in strong presentations of ideas.
- Must be able to evaluate audio concepts and effects and ambient sounds as part of the overall environmental concept. Must be able to conduct telephone research and facilitate group conversations.
- Must be able to stand, walk, and sit for extended periods; requires ability to lift up to 30 pounds. Must be able to tolerate dust in the environment.