Managing Editor

Association of Corporate Counsel

Washington, DC

Washington, DC
30+ days ago


The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is a leading global bar association that promotes the common professional and business interests of in-house counsel who work for corporations, associations and other private-sector organizations through information, education, networking opportunities and advocacy initiatives. We anticipate and understand the needs of the in-house bar; help members deliver services to their corporate clients efficiently: promote the value of in-house services; influence the practice of law as it affects the in-house bar: and deliver a mix of relevant, timely services including information, education, networking and advocacy. With more than 35,000 members employed by over 10,000 organizations in more than 89 countries, ACC connects its members to each other and to the people and resources necessary for their personal and professional growth.

The Managing Editor is responsible for the daily editorial operations of the ACC Docket, ACC’s flagship publication. The candidate must have extensive international and editorial management experience in both print and online media. Responsibilities include creating detailed editorial calendars, drafting original content, and overseeing the editing, layout and production of global magazine content. The ideal candidate must have a working knowledge of international affairs, impeccable writing skills and bilingual proficiency.

All applicants must have a strong work ethic and be personable, proactive and able to handle multiple projects in a fast­–: paced environment. It also requires exceptional client service (internal/external), as well as the ability to advance and support objectives set forth in ACC’s Strategic Plan.

Qualified candidates will be asked to complete a writing test.

Job Summary:

The Managing Editor will lead global content development for the ACC Docket and ancillary publications. Under the supervision of the Editor in Chief, this position helps develop, edit and proofread feature articles and all other global content for the ACC Docket, the association’s award-winning magazine that is published 10 times a year, averaging approximately 140 pages for each issue. This position also manages the entire process of substantive, legal and proofreading edits with outside feature authors and legal editors, as well as internal publishing department editors. This also includes work on its regular international Briefings supplements, as well as finding and managing content for Latin American and Canadian Briefings, in addition to work on any other special supplements as may be determined. Further, the Managing Editor will assist in the development and management of online-only content for

The Managing Editor is the primary contact for the magazine’s design firm throughout the production process of each issue, as well as the contact for our digital content vendor.

Other tasks and responsibilities may be assigned from time to time by the Editor in Chief.

Essential Responsibilities:

  1. Participates in biweekly feature acquisition meetings with the Editor in Chief, helping to slate articles relevant to global in-house practice for upcoming issues.
  2. Copyedits articles the Editor in Chief has brought in for potential publication before they go out to the legal advisory board and global committee.
    Helps feature authors develop detailed outlines into working articles to ensure purpose is clear and deadlines are met.
  3. After an issue is slated, manages process of legal edits, author approval and final editorial revisions, including substantive editing and fact checking, before the design stage.
  4. Proofreads the entire magazine and all supplemental newsletters, etc., using InCopy during the production stage: lastly conducting Blueline edits through Insite to finalize the magazine for print.
  5. Provides a communication link among editorial, design and production, including tracking supplied photos and offering solutions to layout issues.
  6. Helps create interesting headlines and subheads for articles.
  7. Manages entire production of Canadian and Latin American Briefings from article acquisition through publication, including soliciting articles and working with authors to develop drafts.
  8. Participates in editorial brainstorming meetings, helping to plan the future (global) editorial content of the magazine.
  9. Creates production schedule for the ACC Docket with input from internal staff, the outside design firm and printer.
  10. Assists Editor in Chief with the tracking of budget expenses.
  11. Writes and conducts interviews, as needed, for the print Docket as well as content for
  12. Manages “In Brief” –: a daily business news email service for members.
  13. Balances multiple priorities, works independently and as part of a team, keeps others informed through clear written and oral communication, and maintains a high level of productivity.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Yes.

Keyword: Managing Editor
Required Experience:

Minimum Requirements:


Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, English, or related field. Master’s degree in Journalism, English or related field preferred.

Work Experience:

- Must have at least five years of experience as a managing editor with an international publication or extensive editorial experience overseeing the development of global content.
- International experience (working on non-US based publications, contacts outside the US, work in a country outside the US, the ability to communicate with international audiences, etc.) is a must.
- Must possess excellent copyediting and proofreading skills.
- Experience in the legal profession or work on previous law publications is a plus.
- Portfolio will be reviewed during the interview.


- Strong Written and Verbal Communication, Editorial Management, Copy Editing, Proofreading, Multitasking and Attention to Detail.
- Ability to speak and write a second language.


- Possess in-depth knowledge of international affairs.
- Have impeccable writing skills and bilingual proficiency.
- Work with a high degree of independence moving feature section from draft to final stage for layout in the Docket, consulting with and keeping the Editor in Chief apprised, as appropriate.
- Have a proven track record of working under tight deadlines and implementing and managing editorial standards, deadlines and quality control.
- Set and reinforce policies and procedures established by the Editor in Chief and ACC.
- Be detailed oriented and have appropriate follow-through.
- Demonstrate excellent time management and organizational judgment, and skills that facilitate handling multiple priorities and concurrent projects.
- Develop and maintain a collegial working relationship with all colleagues, both inside and outside of the publishing department.

Environmental and Physical Conditions:

  1. Indoors in normal office environment with little exposure to excessive noise, dust, fumes vibrations, and temperature changes.
  2. Frequent computer use at desk.
  3. Frequently works at fast pace with unscheduled interruptions.
  4. Moves frequently around office to supervise work.
  5. Some travel may be required.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee(s) assigned to this title. This description should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of incumbents holding the position. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed. Furthermore, neither this description, nor completion of tasks associated with this title should be construed as a contract of employment. All employees of ACC, unless otherwise designated by the President, are at-will employees.

ACC is an EEO Employer

From: Association of Corporate Counsel