Overview: This position serves as the assistant director for a busy, fast-paced communications team producing a wide variety of print and digital media for the association. The assistant director will use their strong editing skills, visual design acumen, and extensive project management experience to oversee all phases of print and digital media production while creating content that meets professional communication standards and advances association goals, with a particular focus on creating compelling, effective website content. Types of media include website content, magazine and newsletter articles, video scripts, ads, event collateral, and marketing materials.
Essential Functions of the Position Include but Are Not Limited to:
Overseeing editorial content on association websites, including writing and editing content, developing and managing editorial calendar, and collaborating with developers and designers on graphics and user experience
Performing technical and substantive edits on digital and print media for style, clarity, readability, consistency, and alignment with association voice and values
Managing small and large media projects, including creating concept, identifying resources, developing and maintaining project workplans and schedules, and working with other editors, subject-matter experts, graphic designers, and association staff to create and finalize the end product
Writing for association media, including website content, short articles, and marketing material
Assisting with department administration, including developing and tracking budgets and activity reporting
Working with graphic and web designers to create visual content, including developing concepts, sourcing images, and providing constructive feedback on designs
Contributing to association communications/membership strategy by developing ideas for media products that deliver member messages and value
Proofreading and copyediting digital and print media for style, spelling, usage, grammar, design consistency, and accuracy
Developing, editing, and posting web content
Other duties as assigned.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed as well as major projects managed by the assistant director. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities.
Desired Qualifications for the Position Include:
Bachelor’s degree in related field
Ten or more years of related background, training, and experience, including copyediting, technical editing, substantive editing, and print and digital media production
Ability to adapt voice, style, etc. to project needs and to provide guidance to stakeholders on communications best practices
Extensive experience managing digital media projects, including identifying resources, creating and maintaining workplans and schedules, and familiarity with print and digital production processes
Experience managing print media projects, including identifying resources, creating and maintaining workplans and schedules, and familiarity with print production processes
Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate professionally and provide a high level of customer service
Experience working with graphic and web designers and developers to produce high-quality, effective, user-friendly digital content
Previous association or not-for-profit experience preferred
Advanced computer skills and proficiency in WordPress, Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud (especially InDesign/InCopy, Photoshop, and Acrobat), and business collaboration tools such as Teams and Smartsheet
Working knowledge of Chicago and AP styles
Passion for accuracy and attention to detail
Strong organizational, time-management, and problem-solving skills
Collaborative self-starter with ideas for stories, projects, and products and who is capable of leading a project from ideation through production and publication
Ability to work independently and in a team environment
Eagerness to learn the association’s industry and to enhance the association’s communications program
Aviation knowledge a plus.
The above qualifications are representative, but not all inclusive, of the experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the position.
HAI is the professional trade association for the international Vertical Take-off & Landing (VTOL) industry and represents more than 1,100 companies and over 16,000 industry professionals in more than 65 countries. Each year, HAI members safely operate more than 3,700 helicopters and remotely piloted aircraft approximately 2.9 million hours. HAI is committed to being the global leader in leveraging, innovating, advocating, and expanding the unique operational capabilities of vertical flight on behalf of our members and for the benefit of society. Our mission is to be the leading global voice in promoting safety, community compatibility, professionalism, innovation, and the economic viability of the industry.
HAI is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and proudly offers competitive benefits.