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19 Mar

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Job Title: Editorial Director


Department: Communications


Chaloner is partnering with The Center for Reproductive Rights on their search for an Editorial Director to be based in their New York City office.


Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity. Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill. Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 170 diverse professionals. Its annual operating budget is approximately $30 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.


The Center's game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the (...) Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage. It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, (...) Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women's rights advocates in more than 60 countries.


To learn more about The Center for Reproductive Rights, go to (...)


About the Position: The Editorial Director will drive the organization's overarching vision and narrative that encompasses all of the Center's channels such as its storytelling initiatives, publications, website and other platforms. S/he will be responsible for determining and pulling the key story lines through all channels and across global audience outreach. This position oversees the day-to-day operations of the editorial department and manages a team of editors and writers. The Editorial Director will report to the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer and support the organization's domestic and global programs.


This position will be based in New York City.


  • The Editorial Director's primary job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Manage and set vision and strategy for all writing and editing for the Center: thought leadership (speeches and op-eds), publications, marketing materials, website content and more.
  • Strategic planning for publications and editorial content across marketing and communications platforms;
  • Set highest standards of excellence for voice, quality, consistency, and accuracy. Develop and maintain best practices for the organization;
  • Produce high-level donor marketing materials and communications to support development;
  • Partner with the creative and digital teams to integrate stories visibly on the organization's front-end curation and back-end publishing tools;
  • Oversight of content development including short-form copywriting, on-site curation, branded social media and long form and prose for all audiences;
  • Work with various teams within the organization to produce high quality content and targeted distribution strategies to drive awareness back to the organization;
  • Oversee the day-to-day operations of the editorial department; support rapid response communications as needed;
  • Create and build the new editorial function/team within the organization;
  • Manage and mentor a high functioning, agile team of editors and writers with expertise in storytelling, writing for web, executive communications and communications for a global audience;
  • Work with C-level and senior staff on executive communications and thought leadership needs;
  • Serve as the primary liaison between the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer (CMCO) and the department and organization;
  • Set key metrics, track how editorial content is used, report on insights and adapt as needed;
  • Seek outside editorial partnerships, in tandem with media team so content supports their goals and reaches key audiences;


  • Minimum of 10 years of editorial and writing experience with direct team management;
  • Exceptional writing, editing and messaging skills;
  • Successful track record of developing and leading editorial strategies and storytelling in an advocacy/fundraising/NGO environment;
  • Proven experience in editorial campaign strategy for a global audience;
  • Strong verbal communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal, leadership, problem-solving, and mentoring skills, and a calm, diplomatic demeanor'even in times of intense pressure;
  • Experience managing a three+ person team required;
  • Proficiency with project management tools; experience with Asana a plus;
  • Extremely sharp organizational skills and ability to manage large volumes of projects, tasks, and files effectively simultaneously;
  • Ability to function well in a fast-paced environment with a wide variety of strong personalities; sense of humor;
  • Ability to travel within and outside the (...) as needed.
  • Deep dedication to the Center's mission, values, and strategic objectives.
  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Advanced degree communications, journalism or related field highly preferred.

Critical Position Qualities:

Strategic Thinker: The ability to apply big picture and long-term thinking to problem-solving and decision-making;
Decisiveness: Consistently makes sound decisions in a timely manner supportive of the Center's mission, core values, and strategic objectives;
Accountability: Holds him/herself and others accountable;
Transparency: Consistently applies openness and honesty in communicating decisions and plans to team members;
Commitment to Learning: Promotes a culture of learning by modeling inquisitiveness and an openness to viewing mistakes as an opportunity to learn and improve;
Passion for Coaching and Mentoring Staff: Creates opportunities for learning with a focus on harnessing skills for the future development of team members;
Collaborative: Willingness to invite and listen to different views and opinions across all levels of the institution;
Adaptive/Flexibility: Ability to adapt to and work effectively within a variety of situations and with various individuals and groups. Understanding and appreciating different and opposing perspectives, adapting one's approach as the requirements of a situation change. Seeking "Out of the box" thinker.
Compensation: The Center offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.


How to apply: The Center for Reproductive Rights is partnering with Chaloner on our search for a Marketing Director. A cover letter, resume, contact information for three references, and a portfolio must be included in your application to be considered for this role. Your portfolio should include examples of marketing campaigns and other work you've conceived and led to raise previous organization's profile and visibility.


Please send your materials to:

Amy Segelin, Partner at Chaloner: ((...))



The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage people from all groups and communities to apply.