Associate Editor/Writer, Communications


About the USGA: 

The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s working jurisdiction comprises the United States, its territories and Mexico.

The USGA is a global leader in the development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and funds an ongoing “For the Good of the Game” charitable giving program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.

 

Location: 

Far Hills, NJ
 

Reports to: 

Manager, Editorial Services
 

Position Summary: 

Working as part of the USGA Communications department, the Associate Editor will execute a variety of editorial and communications assignments. Primarily, s/he will copy edit, fact-check and assist in the posting of content to USGA websites and other digital channels, as well as USGA publications and other printed materials. This content includes but is not limited to news articles, press releases, member communications, merchandise catalogs and information about Rules workshops, handicap seminars and other USGA events. This position will play a key role in the editorial process, often giving content a first read and carefully reviewing it for clarity, substance and adherence to USGA and AP styles.

 

In addition to editing and posting, the Associate Editor/Writer will be responsible for researching and writing clear, compelling and creative copy (articles, speeches, remarks, letters, etc.) for internal and external audiences that deliver the USGA narrative, support key initiatives and inspire engagement. Additionally, the Associate Editor/Writer will contribute new ideas and creative solutions through inspired copywriting/editing that supports the continual evolution of the USGA’s communication channels, while partnering with graphic design to integrate visual and verbal messages into the organization’s communications programming. 

 

The ideal candidate is someone who knows how to work as part of a team and who has a thorough knowledge of editorial operations at a website, magazine, newspaper or other publication. S/he will be highly motivated to get things right the first time and keep the USGA’s goals and mission in mind when completing writing and editing assignments. S/he will have the ability to prioritize and manage time effectively so as to meet deadlines and work on multiple projects in a given day. Excellent copy-editing skills are a must, and a proven capability with headlines, photo captions and other display text is recommended. Our ideal candidate will have experience working in a dynamic environment and will be asked to contribute ideas in staff meetings and play an integral role in editorial planning. Additionally, s/he will have strong interpersonal skills, and a knowledge and passion for the game of golf.


What You Can Expect 

  • Edit and review news articles, press releases, blog items, social media posts, display copy, PowerPoint presentations, speeches, agendas, promotional materials and any other content produced by the USGA. Make careful and reasonable edits within a set timeframe before passing along to the appropriate person.
  • Assist the Manager of Creative Services in the developing of a weekly workflow plan for all content. Work with other managers and staff members to ensure all pieces of content emanating from the USGA are reviewed in accordance with Association style, tone and guidelines.  
  • Write articles, speeches, and any other content pieces as assigned. May require research, phone and in-person interviews of subjects or meetings with USGA personnel to gather necessary background information for content. 
  • Participate in editorial planning, including but not limited to story idea generation, photo/video concepts, social media tactics and other aspects of the USGA’s editorial efforts. 
  • Provide assistance in the preparation of the U.S. Open Magazine, USGA Annual Report, USGA Media Guide and presentations to senior management and/or USGA executive committee. 
  • Support Communications activities on-site at USGA Championships, as requested.
 

What You Bring to the USGA 

  • One to three years plus of editorial experience at a website, magazine, newspaper or other publication
  • Excellent copy-editing skills
  • A strong working knowledge of AP style
  • Proven editing and writing experience
  • A journalism/communications degree
  • Excellent communication and management skills
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments, prioritize as needed and meet ongoing deadlines
  • Knowledge of the game of golf, especially as it relates to USGA activities and mission


Additional Comments: 

Must be available to work evening and weekend hours, especially during championship season.

Must be willing to travel as needed to USGA championships and other events.


To Apply: 

Please click the following link: Associate Editor/Writer.




 
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