KCBA Bar Bulletin Editor

King County Bar Association Bar Bulletin Editor

The KCBA is recruiting a new editor for The Bar Bulletin, our monthly publication which is sent to lawyers in King County with a monthly circulation over 7500.

The paper provides lawyers and judges with news, analysis, and commentary of local, state, and national legal topics. The editor develops monthly issue "themes" and solicits volunteer authors to write an average of thirteen 400 to 2000 word articles that the editor subsequently reviews for legal accuracy, grammar, and style.

Working with bar staff, an editorial advisory committee, a graphic designer, and volunteer authors, the editor combines editorial content with staff-provided external and internal display advertising and association news content to create the final 28 to 32 page publication each month. 


Responsibilities:

The editor main duties are:

  • The editor is responsible for obtaining all editorial copy for the paper including news articles, features, regular and occasional columns in addition to planning and obtaining the monthly member profile.  In addition, the editor is responsible for ensuring content aliens with KCBA’s mission and vision, is of interest to a wide range of attorneys who practice in King County and showcases the Bars programs and its membership.  While many articles come to the editor, the editor needs to proactively generate story ideas and find authors as well as keep authors on schedule. The editor may also write articles on a regular or occasional basis and sometime may be required to do so if copy is short.
  • Edit all copy.  This included not only editing for grammar, length, organization, spelling etc., but also creating headlines, sub-headings pull-quotes etc.
  • A detailed production schedule dictates due dates throughout the month for the editor's various responsibilities.  The schedule includes set submission dates to the graphic designer and two sets of production proofs.  Production dates are inflexible and must be adhered too. 
Qualifications:

The Association seeks applicants for this position with relevant experience including:

  • Writing and editing ability
  • Ability to motivate and work well with volunteers, KCBA and production staff, the legal community and the public
  • Ability and willingness to meet inflexible deadlines,
  • Creativity and a good sense of design, 
  • Experience as a publication editor at a nonprofit organization, as a law review editor, or other related journalism activities. Preferred.
  • A law degree is strongly preferred.  

Salary:

The time commitment for the editor is between 15-20 hours per month.  While not a salaried position, the editor is an independent contractor and a $1,500 honorarium is paid monthly by the bar to recognize the editor's efforts. 


About the King County Bar Association:

Founded in 1886, KCBA is a membership legal organization with over 5,500 attorney members, 40 staff and an annual budget of over $4,000,000.  KCBA promotes and supports a diverse and collegial membership; works with the judiciary to achieve excellence, equity and accessibility in the administration of justice; and benefits the community through public service and engagement in public policy. As an equal opportunity employer KCBA encourages people of diverse backgrounds apply for this position.  KCBA defines diversity to refer to the inclusion of individuals who self-identify with those groups historically discriminated against, and which continue to experience the effects of such, and/or who are underrepresented in the legal profession including on the basis of disability, gender, presence of a disability, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.  Learn more at www.KCBA.org.

How To Apply:

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample to Kathleen Jensen, KCBA Associate Executive Director, kathleenj@kcba.org. Please submit your application by 5:00pm on Thursday, February 4, to ensure you are considered in the initial review of applications. You will be contacted for interviews if your application is selected for full consideration.  Learn more about the Bar Bulletin online at www.kcba.org/barbulletin.

To Apply

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample to Kathleen Jensen, KCBA Associate Executive Director, kathleenj@kcba.org.

Please submit your application by 5:00pm on Thursday, February 4, to ensure you are considered in the initial review of applications.

You will be contacted for interviews if your application is selected for full consideration.  Learn more about the Bar Bulletin online at www.kcba.org/barbulletin.