Who We Are: Political Research Associates
Political Research Associates (PRA) is a national nonprofit devoted to supporting movements that are building a more just and inclusive democratic society. We provide research, strategy, and briefings to expose movements, institutions, and ideologies that undermine human rights. PRA publishes The Public Eye magazine quarterly. The PRA staff union is a unit of the Washington-Baltimore News Guild, Local 32035 of C.W.A. Our office is located in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Who You Are: Editorial Coordinator
You are a talented, early career editorial and/or publishing professional who believes in the power of research to inform social justice advocacy. You are committed to informing winning strategies to fight the Right, block White nationalism, theocracy, and authoritarianism and advance reproductive justice and LGBTQI justice.
This position will be supervised by the Communications Manager and work closely with the Editor-in-Chief. The Editorial Coordinator will be part of a five-person communications and editorial team, including the Managing Director, Editor-in-Chief, Communications Manager, and Communications Coordinator.
The Editorial Coordinator at Political Research Associates plays four important roles:
- Facilitate the editorial production process through project management of deliverables (magazine issues, online publications, reports, etc.) and participation in the production process.
- Research, read widely, and aggregate databases of potential authors, topics, online publications for syndication and pitching, publishers, and upcoming books in the field of analysis of the U.S. and international Right.
- Copy-write article summaries and teaser text for social media and web content creation.
- Support the Communications and Editorial Team and broader organization through limited editorial-specific administrative tasks.
Political Research Associates is committed to hiring someone with the right mix of experience (both traditional and nontraditional), social justice commitment, and potential to grow with us. We strongly encourage people from communities most negatively affected by right-wing ideologies & campaigns to apply, particularly: people of color; immigrants; women and feminine-identified people; lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and Two-Spirit people; genderqueer, trans, intersex, and gender non-conforming people.
- Project management for The Public Eye magazine: coordinating magazine inputs; holding production team, including contractors, to deadlines; coordinating with the printer and mailing house to print and mail quarterly issues
- Fact-checking and proofreading each issue of the magazine prior to publication (digital and print)
- Training and overseeing fact-checking by interns
- Researching potential authors and themes to identify prospects from whom to solicit pitches and maintaining database of all author and topic prospects
- Supporting The Public Eye Editor and Communications team in liaising with authors and maintaining updated author bios and database
- Transcribing webinars and podcast episodes
- Researching publishers and upcoming books for book-related content
- Researching outlets for syndication agreements
- Preparing online articles and other website content for publication
- Drafting article summaries and teasers for social media
- Coordinating printing and mail distribution of The Public Eye magazine with vendor(s)
- Coordinating author contracts and invoicing
- Managing magazine subscriptions in CRM database
- Maintaining potential author and topic database and publisher and upcoming book database
- Converting print pieces from the archive to digital for the website
The ideal candidate will either have completed a Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, new media or a related field or have equivalent experience of 1-2 years, which can include internship, volunteer, or paid positions. Relevant knowledge, skills, and abilities may include:
- Outstanding attention to detail
- Organization and project management skills with the ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously while meeting tight deadlines
- Organizational skills sufficient to manage a project with multiple contributors, tasks and deadlines
- Strong grammatical abilities in English and willingness to learn and follow proofreading procedures
- Strong research skills and curiosity for identifying publications, authors, topics, etc.
- Strong reading comprehension, enjoyment of long-form analysis, and interest in PRA’s research areas
- Ability to read and comprehend complex material
- Works well on a collaborative team
- Ability to work with a high level of independence while part of a team
- Copywriting abilities for social media
- Experience with or willingness to learn Drupal and WordPress web publishing
- Experience in movements for social justice and anti-oppression frameworks and practices
- Interest in deepening knowledge of PRA’s areas of research and broad trends in right-wing organizing in the U.S.
Compensation package includes generous paid time off for vacation, health, and flexible holidays, as well as 100% employer-paid medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance. PRA also offers a 5% employer contribution of salary towards a socially responsible retirement fund, as well as fabulous colleagues in a collaborative working environment and access to professional development.
This is a full-time salaried position ($40,000-$55,000) based in Somerville, Massachusetts. As of September 2021, the Editorial Coordinator may occasionally be required to work in PRA’s Somerville office in order to fulfill core duties and responsibilities of the role. This requirement is subject to change based on public health guidance and office protocols. This position is not eligible for exclusive remote work.
Note regarding COVID-19 office access: PRA has implemented a variety of pandemic precautions and measures to prioritize staff safety and public health. The Somerville office closed in March 2020 and we plan to continue to limit access through December 2021.