Associate Editor

Position Announcement

Job title: Associate editor and content specialist

Position reports to: Communications Director

Position location: Washington, D.C.

Friends of the Earth is a hard-hitting, progressive, environmental organization that pulls no punches and speaks sometimes uncomfortable truth to power. It's an approach that has worked for four decades to produce important victories that help protect our planet and its people. We’re part of Friends of the Earth International, a federation of groups working in 75 countries on today’s most urgent environmental and social issues.

To accomplish our mission, Friends of the Earth is working at the nexus of environmental protection, economic policy, and social justice to fundamentally transform the way our country and the world value people and the environment. By focusing on reforming economic drivers such as tax or trade policy that are often used to empower corporations and governments to harm the environment, we have been able to make changes in the policies. Friends of the Earth is fighting to champion the environment and create a more healthy and just world.

Friends of the Earth seeks an associate editor and content specialist to expand its communication capabilities to produce, manage and procure content for the organization’s publications, websites and issue materials; including the quarterly membership magazine. This position will work closely with the communications director and other members of the communications department.  

Basic function:

The communications associate will be tasked with supporting and backstopping communications team colleagues -- engaging in communications work that supports our policy advocates and helps them win campaigns in the short term, while helping to strengthen Friends of the Earth and the broader progressive and environmental movements in the long run. Under the direction of the Communications director or designee, you will participate in activities including generating media coverage, sending email alerts to activists, writing persuasive blog posts and op-eds, producing social media content, and developing communications and campaign strategies.

Principal duties and responsibilities:

  • Serve as lead editor for the quarterly newsmagazine, charged with managing its editorial and production schedule, content creation and liaising with internal and external writers.
  • Serve as primary website content editor, ensuring fresh content, working with campaign staff on updates and ensuring consistency across all organizational web properties.
  • Responsible for producing three to four issue and/or activity-focused website, blog or externally published articles per month.
  • Engage with issue campaigners to research, write, edit and produce four article and blog content each month.
  • Copy editing, fact-checking and ensuring AP style consistency.
  • Work with members of the communications department to enhance all Friends published content and measure its effectiveness.
  • Supports social media and content promotion efforts.
  • Support or lead the production of fact sheets, issue papers, news releases, annual report, as needed web content and media collateral.
  • Develop and maintains a professional network of colleagues and members by attending organizational and other programs and events.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum four to six years' experience writing, editing and in organizational communications.

Skills and abilities:

  • Bachelor's degree in Journalism, Communications or related fields; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • A background in environmental/political writing with national, economic and/or human interest is a plus.
  • A solid understanding of various aspects of magazine and newsletter production.
  • Ability to manage internal and external writers and other contributors.
  • Excellent interviewing, secondary research and writing skills.
  • Excellent skills in substantive editing for meaning and quality, and copy-editing for AP style and accuracy.
  • Exceptional abilities to write quickly and handle multiple simultaneous projects.
  • Exceptional organization with strong work habits combined with attention to detail.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills.
  • Cooperative and team-oriented demeanor, with the ability to work independently.
  • Politically savvy, with at least a basic knowledge of the federal legislative process, national politics and environmental issues.
  • A consumer of a variety of types of traditional, new and social media.
  • Knowledge of HTML and website content management (WordPress, etc.), experience working or volunteering for a media outlet (including campus media), graphic design or video production skill and experience, previous activism or political experience are highly desired.
  • While not a requirement, Spanish proficiency is highly desired. 


This position offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience.

To apply:

E-mail cover letter, resume and short writing sample to with the subject heading “Associate editor.” No mail applications or phone calls. Position will remain open until filled.

Friends of the Earth is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from women, people of color and other members of underrepresented groups who will contribute to the diversity of our staff.

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