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Employer:  Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC).
Categories:  Other
Travel Required:  None
Job Type:  Full Time
Preferred Degree:  Bachelors
Experience Required:  2-3 years
State/Province:  DC - District of Columbia
City:  Washington
Salary:  non-disclosed
Job Description: 

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) creates a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors to build healthier places for healthier people. RTC advocates at the local, state and national level for policies that support trails and greenways for transportation, recreation, conservation, and as an integral part of livable communities. RTC is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in California, Florida, Ohio and the Northeast.

Job Location
The National office of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy located near DuPont Circle.

Job Duties
The Manager of Communications reports directly to the Vice President of Development and Communications and is responsible for helping create and implementing a strategic vision for content creation and distribution and serving as Managing Editor of the organization's magazine. The Manager of Communications is a key member of the content strategy and communications team and works closely with all Rails-to-Trails Conservancy departments to write and edit brochures, reports, promotional materials, online copy and select publications.

Responsibilities include:

The Manager of Communications has primary responsibility for editing, and occasionally writing, organizational publications and Web site content. They also function as the Managing Editor of RTC's member magazine, Rails to Trails, leading the development of four issues each year.

Departmental responsibilities include:

  • Creating and driving production of collateral materials and other publications;
  • Manages the interplay of print and online communications and complementary/supporting content creation;
  • Work with the TrailLink team on digital publishing strategies;
  • Manage the production and development of content for multi –use strategies;
  • Create content that services organizational SEO strategies;
  • Working collaboratively across departments.

Specific magazine responsibilities include:

  • Setting and managing the publication's budget;
  • Working with a team to plan editorial content;
  • Researching story leads and appropriate photo shoots 12 months out;
  • Identifying and hiring qualified freelance writers;
  • Conducting research and interviews, and writing magazine content;
  • Defining the scope of the magazine as it pertains to production and distribution.

Supervisory Responsibilities
This position reports to the Vice President of Development and Communications, and supervises two part-time staff; a Graphic Designer and a part-time writer, as well as, department interns.

Job Requirements/Qualifications
The appropriate candidate will have a four-year college level degree and at least three years experience in communications and editing, and must posses a thorough understanding of publication management. The ideal candidate will have experience with digital publishing. Attention to detail, a wide degree of creativity and flexibility, and the ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines, is expected. Additional skills include:

  • Demonstrated knowledge in communications and the publications process, including digital publishing and the creation and management of teams;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • General understanding of standards of journalism from both a professional and legal standpoint;
  • A thorough knowledge of copy editing standards (Associated Press);
  • Proficiency using the Internet as a tool for communications and research;
  • Ability to translate complex issues into clear, comprehensible language.

Work Environment
Normal office setting with low to moderate noise level with some travel required.

Employer's Rights
RTC reserves the right to revise, change or reclassify this job description at any time in accordance with RTC's business needs. This job description is by no means an implied contract.

To Apply
Please use only one form of transmitting your resume; no phone calls.

Send cover letter and resume to:

Elton Clark
Human Resources Office
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
2121 Ward Court, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20037



The position will be open until filled. RTC is an equal opportunity employer and seeks qualified candidates regardless of race, color, gender, disability, or national origin. Women and diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.


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