Senior Editor / Writer, Southern Poverty Law Center - AL

Montgomery County, Alabama
Salary commensurate with experience and within parameters of SPLC salary bands.
17 Mar 2017
17 Apr 2017
Job Type
Full Time

In fast-paced, highly collaborative environment, performs a wide variety of research, writing and editing assignments, including commentaries, speeches, in-depth and investigative articles, policy reports, press releases, blog posts and other web copy, brochures, and video scripts.


  • Edits and rewrites copy from various SPLC writers, researchers, analysts, lawyers and paralegals.
  • Writes and edits for a wide variety of print and online organizational publications.
  • Conducts research social justice topics.
  • Provides editorial direction and support for programmatic departments as needed.
  • Writes and edits in the voice of the organization.
  • Works across departments to bring clear messaging and institutional voice to all written communications.
  • Performs copyediting and proofing for a variety of publications.


Education and work-related experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications or English.
  • At least seven years of experience, including significant editing experience, preferably in a journalistic environment.
  • Strong knowledge of public policy, politics and law.
  • Experience in a nonprofit, social justice group a plus.

Knowledge, skills, ability:

  • Must be a highly skilled, top-notch wordsmith able to turn pedestrian copy into clear, concise, compelling prose for a general audience.
  • Must be fast, nimble writer with strong reporting skills, able to quickly grasp and interpret complex public policy and legal information.
  • Must be familiar with and committed to social justice issues.
  • Must be able to communicate well with writers and thrive in collaborative environment.
  • Must be able to manage multiple projects and deadlines, with minimal oversight.
  • Must be team player with entrepreneurial spirit and ideas, able to collaborate effectively with staff members at all levels in fast-paced environment.
  • Must take direction well but be self-motivated with ability to work independently.
  • Ability to work under deadline pressure.

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An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation and national origin. We reasonably accommodate staff members and/or applicants with disabilities, provided they are otherwise able to perform the essential functions of the job.