Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI) is an organization with a rich history and a bright future. As a leader in the energy industry we look to our employees to help us grow, change, and provide utility construction and right of way services, material & supplies, electrical equipment and renewable energy resources power to the utility sector across the country.
An Associate Editor collaborates with the magazine team to provide creative ideas and content for the monthly Arkansas Living magazine, as well as works directly with member co-ops on their portion of the publication. The Associate Editors also works with the Editor to produce an in-house publication on current/future energy industry topics and developments, and cooperative industry news. In this position, you will be given the opportunity to work alongside peers who are versatile, enthusiastic, and continuing to strive to push AECC and our mission forward.
Manages and produces local co-op pages for monthly magazine; includes working closely with the member co-ops' local page editors to develop content, including writing and taking photographs for the pages. Collaborates with graphic designer to ensure content is produced and approved before deadlines.
Edits articles, features and assists with proofing, social media and magazine website updates. Also assists with special projects as needed.
Writes articles and features for magazine, which will require on-site interviews in many cases, with a major emphasis on accuracy.
Takes photographs and video to accompany articles, features. Stays abreast of and learns about new video apps for digital use to help update the magazine's website/social media/digital offerings.
Oversees freelance writers working on assignments. Fact-checks their work and offers guidance, making sure they meet deadlines and produce work that is acceptable for use. This includes writers and photographers.
Assists Editor in developing editorial calendars, both monthly and annually.
Provides customer service to magazine readers and member co-op communicators.
Updates digital archives of magazine using the MerlinOne data access management system.
Assists with co-op communicator training and education, including developing presentations on writing skills and editorial planning.
Represents the magazine at industry events and conferences.
Serves as the managing Editor, overseeing entire production process, in the absence of the Editor.
Works with Editor and others to produce an employee publication featuring news and features designed to help co-op employees stay abreast of industry developments and other issues to assist them with their jobs. Also, assists with social media and magazine website updates.
The ability to handle necessary stress and work well with others are essential functions of this position.
Performs any other related duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in Journalism, English or Public Relations, plus 7 years related experience and/or training, including project management experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Valid driver’s license
Experience writing for and editing newspapers and/or magazine publications with significant circulation.
Co-op statewide or G & T publication experience preferred.
Strong writing and editing skills required. (AP style required).
Experience with Adobe Creative Suite preferred.
Strong photography skills preferred.
Certified Cooperative Communicator (CCC) from NRECA.
2 Retirement Plan Options
Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
9 Paid holidays
Paid time off accruals
Free & confidential Employee Assistance Program
Should you elect to apply for this position, AECC/AECI will review your qualifications. If after reviewing the qualifications and experience of all applicants, your skills and credentials meet our needs, someone from our organization may contact you. Please be advised that the time required to complete the applicant review process typically takes between 30 and 90 days but could extend beyond that. Once the position has been filled, all applicants will be notified via email.
Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation and Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. are Equal Opportunity Workplace and an Affirmative Action Employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age or any other protected category.
Internal Number: 1715
About Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc.
Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) is an organization with a rich history and a bright future. As a leader in the energy industry we look to our employees to help us grow, change, and provide power to over 500,000 members of our 17 electric distribution cooperatives.