Council of State Governments
  • 06-Apr-2017 to 05-May-2017 (EST)
  • Justice Center, Communications
  • New York, NY, USA
  • Full Time




The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center is a national nonprofit organization that provides practical, nonpartisan, research-based strategies and tools to increase public safety and strengthen communities. The CSG Justice Center works closely with government executives, legislative leaders, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, victim advocates, and others to develop consensus on criminal justice issues and to translate this consensus into comprehensive reports, policy briefs, state and federal legislation, model policies, and innovative programs. The CSG Justice Center produces original research, develops print and web-based materials, and provides on-the-ground technical assistance to policymakers and practitioners from multiple systems (corrections, behavioral health, housing, etc.) in state and local jurisdictions.


Posting: Editorial Director, Communications


Job Title: Editorial Director


FLSA Status: Exempt


Department: CSG Justice Center, Communications


Type of Position: Full-time, Regular


Reports To: Director, Communications Division


Reporting to This Position: Associate Editors, Publications Editor


Location: New York, NY






The editorial director works with the Communications Division to provide strategic editorial oversight and guidance in the development and production of the CSG Justice Center's content and publications, manages the organization's complex editorial production schedule, and helps advance comprehensive, ongoing, organization-wide communications initiatives, The editorial director supervises a team of editors and reports to the Director of Communications.




      Oversee the conceptual development, writing, editing, production, and dissemination of the CSG Justice Center's content and publications;

      Oversee the CSG Justice Center's production schedule, coordinating with policy divisions to create the products associated with their annual work plans;

      Oversee the team of editors who provide editorial services to the entire organization;

      Oversee the work of contractors including designers, editors, writers, and illustrators who may be engaged to participate in the creation of CSG Justice Center products;

      Ensure that the CSG Justice Center's content and publications meet the highest editorial and production standards and are created within established timeframes;

      Ensure that all public-facing materials have a standard and a consistent voice;

      Ensure the quality of the content of the CSG Justice Center's newsletters, board meeting and fundraising materials, marketing materials, social media campaigns, event materials, and press materials;

      Collaborate with the Communications Division director and senior staff to develop long-range editorial strategies to support the organization's goals and objectives; and

      Contribute to the ongoing improvement of the content and functionality of CSG Justice Center's website;

      Represent the Communications Division at internal meetings, including board meetings, executive leadership meetings, strategic planning meetings, Justice Center-hosted conferences and convenings, and policy division meetings, as necessary; and

      Represent the organization at external meetings, conferences, trainings, and events, as necessary.




      Excellent conceptual development, line-editing, writing, and research skills;

      Strong oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively distill and present complex information in a clear, concise way;

      Excellent critical thinking and leadership skills;

      Ability to coordinate and communicate across all staff to maintain efficiency;

      Excellent interpersonal skills, including maturity, an ability to work independently and in a team setting, and a sense of humor;

      Efficient, organized work style and an ability to prioritize quickly and confidently; and

      Demonstrated ability to perform in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment.




A minimum of eight years of work experience in the fields of communications, publishing, or journalism is required, with a minimum of three years in a supervisorial role. Experience managing an editorial production schedule is also required. Exposure to criminal justice issues and/or policy analysis and politics preferred.


A Bachelor's degree is required.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

      Frequently communicates with internal and external coworkers and customers.

      Frequently operates a computer to create policy briefs, memos, and presentations.

      Frequently remains in a stationary position to perform desk duties.

      Frequently works in a well-lit, tempered room.

       Occasionally moves throughout the office to communicate to coworkers.

       Seldom transports objects, such as files or paper boxes, with weight up to 25 pounds.



Interested individuals should upload the following elements (in PDF format) to:

  1. Cover letter specifying the location for which you are applying
  2. Resume
  3. Two writing samples (preferably no more than three pages)
  4. Names and contact information for references (at least three)


Incomplete applications will not be considered.

CSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer (Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disabled)

CSG participates in E-Verify

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