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Last updated June 29, 2017

Help Wanted - Editor-In-Chief for the Alpenhorn

We are looking to fill a key leadership role within the Alpenhorn Team. If you have questions about or interest in the position, please contact Mike Reed, 925-944-2457 MikeReed236@gmail.com for more information.

Key Responsibilities:
• Recruit, lead, and optimize the skills and volunteer time/experience of the Alpenhorn's dedicated and talented team.
• The current structure has the Editor-In-Chief leading four Assistant Editors who work on assigned quarterly issues. This includes identifying and planning the content of each Alpenhorn issue looking out 12-18 months.
• For both the magazine and advertising functions, ensure that all content and production schedules are on time and that the magazine is produced on a timely and regular basis.
• Working with the Editorial Assistants, review and edit all articles for each issue, provide editing suggestions to each contributor to secure their sign-off, finalize each article, and upload all final documents and their attachments (e.g., photos, illustrations) properly tagged and annotated for magazine design.
• Coordinate the preparation of the annual budget and work with the Treasurer to track budget to actual revenue and expense of the magazine, and approve all invoices relative to magazine production for payment.
• Oversee and approve the work of the Magazine and Ad Designers and monitor the relationship with the printer, Modern Litho.
• Review and approve all contractor bills submitted for payment and send those to the Treasurer for payment.
• Prepare the Team's Annual Report for the Board, which is published in the Bulletin.
• With the Editorial Assistants and Magazine Designer, establish and maintain Editorial Standards and magazine quality.

Skills Required
• Excellent project management skills.
• Excellent editing and proofing skills, which include thorough knowledge of grammar and punctuation.
• Ability to manage/lead teams and achieve workload goals through group process and facilitation.
• Excellent communications skills (oral and written); ability to provide clear, timely and professional/courteous communications, especially to those who contribute articles.
• Willing and able to write articles for the magazine (Editors' Corner, etc.).
• Organized, detail-oriented, with the ability to manage information coming from multiple sources and via multiple delivery methods.
• Some technical knowledge of photographs and jpg files.
• Able to work within a shared DropBox file environment.
• Able to devote the time required, which is extensive. Generally 30+ hours a week and more during article in-take and production periods.
• Prior experience in managing creative direction of a publication or organization highly recommended.