How This Position Contributes to the TeamThe Coordinator, Content Creation
writes and edits copy for WEF publications and products , with a primary focus on the
flagship magazine, digital newsletter, and online news . This position also
identifies, follows, and reports on noteworthy events and water sector trends
To Keep WEF Members Engaged And Informed.NOTE
This position is open to either 100% remote work or hybrid work – 80% remote and 20% in-office (Alexandria, VA).
Principal Functions:Serves as in-house copywriter for print and online publications
Water Environment & Technology
Produces a variety of content types including
news briefs, news analysis articles, profiles, case studies, photo essays , etc.Works closely with publication editors
to hone angle and scope of assignments.Researches assignments
via press releases, background research, and firsthand interviews (phone, email, occasionally in-person).Follows industry trends proactively and independently , while staying abreast of new developments of interest to water professionals.Provides
for WEF events.
Substantively edits articles .
Confers with publication editors
to understand the desired angle.Ensures articles
conform to established, in-house style rules .Works with external authors
(subject matter experts) to get review and approval of edited drafts.Collects, reviews, and organizes associated
graphics and photos .
Identifies and pitches potential article topics , including locating noteworthy developments in the water sector as well as brainstorming ideas for original trend pieces.Assists with review of page proofs .Other duties as assigned.Qualifications:Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or a related field
preferably with an educational background in or commensurate experience with science or engineering concepts.1 to 4 years’ experience in newspaper, magazine, or trade journal publishing
experience writing for print and digital channels; experience covering science, environmental, and/or nonprofit tropics strongly desired; multimedia experience preferred.An
understanding of print and digital publishing ; knowledge of
AP Stylebook and rules of grammar, punctuation, and proofreading ; social media savvy.Comfortable working with Microsoft Office programs.Excellent
writing skills and ability to create engaging content ; strong research and interviewing skills.Ability to meet deadlines and handle multiple projects simultaneously.Strong attention to detail;
comfortable working with editors and internal and external experts ; good problem-solving skills, as well as good listening and communication skills.Ability to travel to WEF events up to 3 times a year .This person will work primarily in an office environment using standard office equipment.WEF reserves the right to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or other compliance with public health measures as a condition of employment. This is not mandatory at this time.WEF is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Who We AreThe Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of
more than 30,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations (MAs) representing water quality professionals
around the world.
Since 1928 , WEF and its members have protected public health and the environment.
WEF and its global network of members and member associations provide water quality professionals around the world with the latest in water quality education, training, and business opportunities.
WEF’s diverse membership includes scientists, engineers, regulators, academics, utility managers, plant operators, and other professionals. WEF uses this collective knowledge to further a shared goal of improving water quality around the world.WEF is operating under a new Strategic Plan built on the
vision of a life free of water challenges . Our ultimate
goal is a world where each person has access to clean water and sanitation, where communities prosper, and where nature thrives.
The key strategic goals under the new Strategic Plan are: 1) to attract and develop a diverse and passionate workforce; 2) to cultivate a purpose-driven community to sustainably solve water challenges for all; and 3) to lead the transformation to the circular water economy.The new Strategic Plan embodies WEF’s embrace of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all that we do.
WEF is committed to equity and inclusion in all aspects of our work, including within the governance structure and leadership, WEF partners, WEF staff, and the WEF membership.
This commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion will guide our work and our programs, culminating in outcomes that improve public health for all.