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Specialist, Magazine Editor (Brand Strategy and Communications)

Alexandria, Virginia
Job Type
21 Sep 2022
Title: Specialist, Magazine Editor (Brand Strategy and Communications)

Department/Unit: Brand Strategy and Communications/Member Experience

FLSA Status: Full-time, Exempt

Location: Alexandria, VA

About APTA

Do you want to contribute to an organization dedicated to improving societal health? Would you like to collaborate with colleagues who are passionate about making a difference? Are you excited to work in a new state-of-the-art building designed to encourage movement, participation, and employee health?

Then you want to work for APTA!

APTA is the trusted leader for the physical therapy profession, representing more than 100,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and physical therapy students. Our approximately 150 employees support the association's mission to build a community that advances the profession of physical therapy to improve the health of society. Learn more in our Association Profile.

Located in Alexandria, Virginia, APTA has outstanding employee benefits, including flexible work schedules, generous retirement contributions, and travel subsidies for employees who choose public and active transportation.


The editor of APTA Magazine manages all aspects of the association's monthly, signature publication. Job responsibilities include managing editorial and production: developing and securing written articles; developing and monitoring production deadlines to keep tasks on schedule; working with design firm and printer; coordinating the web version of the magazine.

In addition to the specific duties of a magazine editor, this person is a member of Member Experience who implements efforts to support organizational priorities and activities within the Brand Strategy and Communications Department. Supports unit efforts with a focus on departmental contributions to membership strategy and people strategy for the association. Participates in and supports efforts of appointed and member volunteer groups and APTA leadership. Supports preparation of compliance requirements and documents and seeks out opportunities for continuous quality improvement in department activities. Effective champion of the association vision, mission, and brand.

Essential Functions:

Manages editorial and production of APTA Magazine print and online.
Implements work plans related to respective activities of the Brand Strategy and Communications department that align with organizational priorities and the association's membership strategy and people strategy.
Prepares and completes required departmental compliance forms as outlined below including ensuring required information is accurate for timely submission of all required forms
Contributes to and implements recommendations on advancing operations within the department to gain efficiencies and grow revenue, if applicable.
Contributes to quality assurance and continuous quality/performance improvement in department activities, including supporting department director and unit leader in annual assessments of respective budget activities described above.
Supports the Member Experience Unit in the implementation of the association's programs, priorities, and projects in partnership with department director and staff colleagues.
Prepares, in consultation with the director, department-level data that supports and aligns with the APTA data strategy.

Staff Expectations

Upholds and fosters team values
Complies with all APTA policies and procedures
Performs other duties as assigned to foster achievement of association priorities

Qualifications - The ideal candidate will have:

4+ years' experience in managing an association and/or health care periodical, including developing topics, assigning articles, moving publication through the print and online production process, having an understanding of health care profession, and working with outside contributors, including association members
Undergraduate degree in English, journalism, or related field or equivalent related experience
Experience in strategic periodicals planning and execution
Experience in news, health care, political, and advocacy reporting
Excellent interpersonal skills
Excellent organizational and communication skills
Excellent writing, editing, copyediting, and proofreading skills
Familiarity with AP style preferred
Knowledge of medical or scientific terminology preferred
Strong computer experience required


Up to 10%, national

How to Apply

Send your resume and cover letter, with salary requirements when submitting application

Principals only; No agencies; no phone calls, please. Candidates selected to participate in an interview will be contacted by Human Resources.

The American Physical Therapy Association is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

APTA participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. For more information please visit

APTA is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce and invites and welcomes applicants with diversity of experience, mindset, and skills to add value to APTA and our staff community.
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  • Job Reference: 717277781-2
  • Date Posted: 21 September 2022
  • Recruiter: American Physical Therapy Association
  • Location: Alexandria, Virginia
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Advert / Media / Entertainment
  • Job Type: Permanent