Writer / Editor

United States- Arlington, VA Headquarters
Jul 17, 2017
Nov 10, 2017
Full Time


The Writer/Editor supports the day-to-day operations of Conservation International's (CI) blog, “Human Nature,” and undertakes other writing and editing assignments as needed. As a member of the Editorial team within the Brand and Communications Division, the Writer/Editor helps ensure CI’s blog remains a timely, accurate, media-rich online publication that engages and grows audiences, attracts press interest, builds a community of CI supporters, demonstrates CI’s expertise and effectiveness, and develops and broadcasts the voice of CI staff as thought leaders and “go-to” experts.

Working under the direction of the Senior Editor, the Writer/Editor builds all blog posts on the Human Nature site; conceptualizes, pitches, writes and edits articles; sources images, maintains the blog calendar; writes social copy for all posts, transcribes recorded interviews; reaches out to staff to secure posts highlighting CI’s work around the world; and completes other writing and editing assignments in support of Brand and Communications. 

Working with the Senior Analytics Coordinator, s/he is responsible for aggregating reports that analyze CI blog data and trends, including growth rates, time spent online, popular themes, resonance in social media and geographic/demographic traffic.


Daily blog management

  • Ensure timely publication of multiple posts per week, including news-oriented posts.
  • Ensure all blog content is in line with CI mission and messaging.
  • Ensure posts are edited and approved before being built.
  • Build posts on Human Nature.
  • Maintain the blog calendar to reflect the latest publishing schedule.
  • Create social copy for all posts.
  • Work with the web and IT teams to troubleshoot any technical issues with the site.

Content gathering from across CI and storytelling

  • Work with the Senior Editor to conceptualize, pitch, write and edit posts for the blog in line with the blog. strategy and project calendars, with a sharp eye to what’s happening in the news.
  • Identify opportunities for staff to write blog posts about their work.
  • Work with the Manager of Photography to source images for posts. 

Data gathering and analysis

  • Analyze, monitor and report on traffic usage, trends and gaps to identify and recommend new strategies, incentivize participation and track growth.
  • Provide updates to communications division about data, and provide recommendations for more effective strategies or activities to reach goals.


  • Support CI’s Brand + Communications department as a writer and editor of additional materials, including website copy, fact sheets, annual reports and collateral materials.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • This position is located in Arlington, VA. Some international travel may be required. 



  • Bachelor’s degree in related field.
  • 2-4 years related work experience.
  • Strong writing and editing skills, with experience with AP style.
  • Background in communications, journalism or online media.
  • Ability to plan and execute outstanding editorial content under deadline pressures.
  • Ability to work both independently and in team atmosphere.
  • Ability to understand how individual projects fit into larger strategic goals.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and diplomatic skills in working with both colleagues and senior leadership.
  • Experience with blogging platforms and CMS (especially WordPress) and analytic tools (such as Google Analytics).
  • Flexible and solutions-oriented.


  • Self-starter and a creative communicator with an understanding of and appreciation for CI’s mission, vision and messaging.
  • Experience translating jargon-heavy, scientific information into content for an educated, informed general audience.
  • Experience coordinating and curating multimedia content for online production.



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