The Senior Director of Publications is responsible for daily oversight of AOPA’s print media and associated web properties, including managing editorial, design, production staff, and freelancers, and overseeing the production process. Works closely with the Editor in Chief to ensure the print publications and the associated web properties meet or exceed member expectations, contributing to member recruitment and retention, while producing on time and within budget. Evaluates and where appropriate implements new technology and other developments in the magazine publishing industry in connection with the business manager. Lives and understands the general aviation lifestyle; uses GA airplanes for personal and business travel; understands the joy and challenges of the typical GA experience in ways that can be communicated to other pilots. Duties Create the editorial calendars and develop and edit content of Pilot and Flight Training. Oversee magazine design and production process for two monthly publications. Manage staff, contractors, and freelancers for Pilot and Flight Training. Work with internal and external stakeholders, balancing the needs of multiple and often competing interests to create publications that serve diverse audiences including members, the aviation industry, advertising, and advocacy. Coordinate with business director to establish budgets and develop and implement new technologies. Motivate a team of direct and indirect reports and manage performance through ongoing feedback. Enable career development. Requirements Bachelor’s degree in journalism or a related field. A minimum of 7-10 years in publishing, with demonstrated increasing levels of responsibility. Strong editing and writing credentials. Experience managing a creative staff. Private pilot with an instrument rating.
Licenses & Certifications
Private Pilot Lic (PPL)