fhi360 Editor II in Lansing, Michigan


The Social Marketing and Communication (SMC) department has distinctive competence in a science-based approach to social marketing and communication to address public health and other challenges in the U.S. SMC implements a diverse portfolio of social marketing, public relations, communication, and training and technical assistance projects in the U.S. that are funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, foundations, and private associations. In the past decade, our team has worked on issues such as diabetes, emergency and pandemic preparedness, obesity prevention, sexual health, HIV/AIDS, youth financial education, cancer, asthma, immunizations, violence prevention, access to health care, and tobacco control and cessation. This position is within SMC’s Copy Lab team, which provides editorial support across the department’s clients and subject areas, and offers support to other domestic and international units within the larger organization.

Job Summary:

Supports the activities of editing, writing, and publishing of documents, digital communications, and presentations within SMC. Writes, reviews, and/or edits documents ensuring the integration of scientific and medical input and adherence to clear writing best practices. Ensures compliance with current client and company editorial requirements. Contributes to the development of formats and guidelines for project documentation. Ensures effective planning of timelines to meet deadlines for publications, documents, and other materials.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Conducts substantive edits, copy edits, and proofreading for print, web, presentation, and social media content across range of SMC projects to ensure high quality and impact.

  • Consults with authors to ensure content is appropriate for audience, medium, and communication channels.

  • Ensures compliance with client and company style, standards, and procedures, and develops new project-specific style guides as needed.

  • Maintains consistency of voice, style, punctuation, spelling, and grammar within and across publications.

  • Reviews and adjusts formatting and flow of publications to ensure clear logic and consistency.

  • Ensures appropriateness and clarity of tables, figures, and other visuals.

  • Coordinates with subject matter experts to resolve substantive questions, meaning, language, and context of material.

  • Serves as liaison with design department for publications and materials development, provides recommendations for design specifications, and conducts quality assurance review of final products.

  • Provides technical expertise to staff on publication process and scheduling.

  • Provides editorial guidance and training to SMC staff and supports leadership and professional development of junior editors.

  • Leads editing/quality control on business development proposals and contributes to proposal writing.

  • Researches and writes print, web, presentation, and social media copy as needed for consumer and technical audiences.

  • Arranges for external editorial, design, and printing vendors, as needed.


  • Coordinates with content experts to resolve substantive questions, meaning, language and context of material.

  • Serves as project manager for specific publications. Works with production coordinator, purchasing and external vendors.

  • Maintains consistency of voice, style, punctuation, spelling and grammar with writing of publications.

  • Serves on company task force, committees, and working groups as needed.

  • Develops new publication projects and edits/produce documents in compliance with company standards and procedures.

  • Develops pages in the content management system (CMS) and assist in designing and implementing dissemination strategies.

  • Consults with authors to ensure appropriate audience is identified and reached once material is produced.

  • Provides technical expertise to staff on publication process, budgeting,and scheduling of projects.

  • Serves as a supervisor to team members, schedules work plans, manages process to complete publications on time and within budget.

  • Researches and writes material for special publications as needed.

Applied Knowledge & Skills:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of concepts, practices, and procedures with publication production and editorial processes.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Demonstrated writing and technical skills.

  • Excellent project management skills.

  • Ability to motivate, influence and collaborate with others.

  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage projects effectively to accomplish goals.

Problem Solving & Impact:

  • Works on problems of complex scope that require analysis of data and in-depth evaluation of various factors.

  • Exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices in selecting methods and techniques to perform duties and obtain results.

  • Decisions made generally affect specific functional areas with cost and failure to achieve short term goals of the company.

Supervision Given / Received:

  • Determines methods and procedures on new assignments.

  • Acts as supervisor to staff to achieve departmental goals.

  • Contributes to business and operational decisions that affect the department.

  • Typically reports to a Manager.


  • Bachelor’s degree or its international equivalent in Journalism, English, Communications, or related field.

  • At least 5-8 years of editing experience.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of concepts, practices, and procedures with publication production and editorial processes.

  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills; must be able to read, write, and speak fluent English.

  • Excellent project management skills.

  • Keen attention to detail and strong organizational skills.

  • Ability to motivate, influence, and collaborate with others.

  • Ability to meet deadlines and manage multiple projects simultaneously to accomplish goals.

  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.

  • Experience working with graphic designers and a working knowledge of design concepts and practices.

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collegial and collaborative manner with work colleagues and clients.

  • Motivation and willingness to take initiative and full responsibility for selective activities.

  • Ability to solve problems quickly and creatively.

  • Expertise with Microsoft Office Suite.

Technology to be Used:

  • Personal Computer, Microsoft Office (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), e-mail, telephone, printer, calculator, copier, cell phones, PDAs and other hand held devices.

Typical Physical Demands:

  • Typical office environment. Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time; ability to lift 5-50 lbs.

Travel Requirements:

  • 10%-25%

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.FHI 360 fosters the strength and health of its workforce through a competitive benefits package, professional development and policies and programs that support healthy work/life balance. Join our global workforce to make a positive difference for others — and yourself.

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FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research, technology, communication and social marketing — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries and all U.S. states and territories.

As we evolve to meet the challenges of the future, we stand committed to the principles that have guided our organization for the last 40+ years. Our work continues to be grounded in research and science, strengthened by partnerships and focused on building the capacity of individuals, communities and countries to succeed.