Associated Builders and Contractors - National Office

Position Title:  Senior Writer / Editor
FLSA Status: Exempt
Functional Area/Department: Member Services
Reporting Supervisor: Senior Director of Public Affairs


To Apply:

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ABC’s position descriptions are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the incumbent(s) of this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and activities required of the position.  ABC’s position descriptions do not create a contract, express or imply, or other legal rights between ABC and any staff member, nor guarantee employment or specific duties for any specific duration. ABC may add, change, delete, suspend or discontinue any of these positions and descriptions at any time without prior notice.

Founded in 1950, Associated Builders and Contractors is a national construction industry trade association representing more than 21,000 members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 69 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. Visit us at abc.org.

The senior writer/editor will play a key role in advancing construction worker health and safety, growing the construction workforce, advocating for construction/small business/merit shop priorities before Congress and the administration, and demonstrating the value of membership to commercial and industrial construction contractors and industry stakeholders. The position will collaborate with ABC’s Public Affairs, Government Affairs, Safety, Workforce Development, Marketing and other internal teams to achieve fluency on the association’s goals, events and issues, craft winning messages and ensure the accuracy of internal and external communications.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

Responsibilities:

  • Writing and editing news releases, statements, op-eds, letters to the editor, talking points, presentations, magazine/newsletter articles, blogs and copy for infographics.
  • Editing and fact-checking issue briefs, letters to lawmakers and regulators, regulatory comments, congressional testimony, legislative issue summaries, action alerts, PowerPoint presentations, reports, surveys, research results, newsletter/website content, social media assets, marketing communications and advertising, member outreach, committee minutes and leadership bios.
  • Organizing and posting content to abc.org and other websites.

Specialized Skills:

  • Exceptional writing, editing and oral communication skills under tight deadlines.
  • Ability to master complex topics and condense detailed information into readable summaries.
  • Aptitude for developing persuasive arguments.
  • In-depth understanding of legislative and regulatory processes.
  • Experience using government/industry data reports to develop content.
  • Eye for excellence in graphic design and video storytelling.
  • Enthusiasm for working across departments and with chapters, members and outside stakeholders.
  • Congenial and collaborative interpersonal style that helps colleagues hone their communication skills and produce better work.
  • Mastery of AP Style.
  • Demonstrates the highest level of personal and ethical standards.
  • Professional demeanor.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, public relations or a related field.
  • Journalism/trade association experience preferred.
  • Working knowledge of website content management systems, Adobe Acrobat and Excel.

Experience Required:

  • 8+ years of professional writing and editing experience.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

To achieve our mission, we hire energetic and fun-loving individuals who possess the following skills:

  • Professional demeanor and presentation of self
  • Ability to organize and manage several priorities simultaneously while working under pressure and deadlines
  • Writing and verbal skills
  • Self-starter, highly organized
  • Strong organization, multi-tasking, and time management skills with the ability to work in a demanding self-directed work schedule.
  • Effectively utilizes tools/resources to work efficiently.
  • Ability to take ownership of a process and to use problem solving skills to resolve issues
  • Demonstrates the highest level of personal and ethical standards.
  • Work accurately with close attention to detail.

IMPORTANT NOTICES

Nondiscrimination:

  • It is the continuing policy of ABC to take affirmative action to assure equal opportunity for all current and prospective employees without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, personal appearance, marital status, familial status, family responsibility, pregnancy or other pregnancy-related conditions, childbirth, disability, military/veteran status, citizenship status, religion or political affiliation, past convictions or incarceration, prior psychiatric treatment or any other status protected by federal or state law, local ordinance or executive orders. ABC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Disability Specifications:

  • ADA: ABC will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Physical Demands:

  • While performing the responsibilities of the position, the employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is often required to sit and use their hands and fingers, to handle or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

Work Environment:

  • This position is performed in a typical office environment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and vehicles. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.