Considering an association job

February 11, 2010 at 3:03 am Leave a comment

D.C. and the Md. and esp. the Va. suburbs are known as the “world headquarters” of associations — there’s even a trade association for association professionals! While journalists are often familiar with the alphabet soup of associations as a good source of ideas and background on various industries and subject areas, these groups are also a good source of job openings for those with news experience.

Hiring experts say that transitioning journalists should consider association work because it can make good use of their research, communications and writing and editing skills. It’s also a good way to leverage one’s subject-area expertise — often associations prefer to hire professionals with knowledge of their particular area.

Here is some advice on why to consider association work, and how to find good openings in this world:

*Associations are hiring in this area. With so many different associations — trade groups, medical groups, college and alumni associations and government-related associations — in this region and movement within this sector, there are a host of openings. And there is a large variety of types of jobs available here including management and supervisory positions, writers and editors for publications produced by associations, entry-level assistant jobs and communications positions.

*Many associations like to hire journalists because of their skill set — writing, editing, research and communications talents — and their ability to work on deadline. Experts say that the stereotype many journalists have of the association world as being a slow-moving and bureaucratic place — much like a federal agency — is outdated. Many associations have real-time Web sites to update and busy publication schedules, as well as conferences to plan, meetings to hold and briefings to give. The pace, depending on the association of course, can be pretty hurried and the variety of tasks can be broad.

*Working for an association can be a way to deepen one’s expertise in a particular subject area or about a specific industry and to sharpen one’s credentials in this world. And for journalists who aren’t sure they are quite ready to leave the world of journalism yet, associations can be a good way to transition from a newsroom to a corporate or public affairs job.

*If you’re looking for association work, the Web site has a terrific list of links to various associations (one even for journalism-related ones) that you should research and which can lead you to job listings:

The associations and societies listed below first appeared in sequential editions of Job-Hunt’s twice-a-month emailed newsletter. They are listed below by industry/profession category.

Check the appropriate Specialized Job Site category for more career and employment links relevant to a particular industry, profession, or group:

Computers & Technology Education
Engineering Finance, Accounting, Banking
Government (Fed, State, Local) Green Industry
Human Resources Journalism
Law & Law Enforcement Marketing, Sales
Medicine, Healthcare Women’s Associations

*The site also lists these resources for associations:

More Association Resources

See Job-Hunt’s Networking and Job Search Support section for links to local associations by state.

Need to find more national and international associations, societies and other collections of people? Try these Web sites:

  • American Society of Association Executives – searchable directory of member associations for those in your area of interest and location.
  • Canadian Society of Association Executives
  • Corporate Alumni Associations – Job-Hunt’s collection of over 250 company, military, and government alumni groups where former colleagues stay in contact
  • GuideStar – the national database of non-profit organizations (U.S. only)
  • – a searchable directory of non-profit organizations in over 100 countries (includes jobs, internships, and opportunities to volunteer, too).
  • International directory of Chamber of Commerce Web sites is a great starting point if you are looking for employers in a specific goegrophic area (inside or outside of the U.S.)
  • Associations on the Net (IPL) – from the Internet Public Library (by the University of Michigan), organized by category
  • Google offers excellent search capability. To find a local organization, do a search on the word “association” plus the name of the location and/or the profession you want.
  • Scholarly Societies Project – an international directory of scholarly societies
  • Academic360 – start there to find your alumni association. If you’ve attended a college or university for at least 1 semester, you are probably entitled to consider yourself an alumnus and have access to the network represented by the school’s alumni/ae association.

*As always, a variety of  leads to pursue:

*Speaking of association jobs, the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) in D.C. has an entry-level opening (hat tip to for an editorial assistant, which could be a good opportunity for someone just starting out:

Company: AACC
Editorial Assistant
Washington, District of Columbia
Job Status: Full-time
Salary: $35,000 to $40,000
Ad Expires:
March 17, 2010
Job ID: 1148799

Medical association seeks to fill an entry-level editorial position for its highly respected medical laboratory news magazine and other newsletters. This person will search for appropriate news items, proofread copy, and write copy from press announcements, along with other administrative tasks. Requires a Bachelor’s degree in journalism or English and 1 to 2 years experience, preferably in a medically related area; or equivalent combination of experience and education. Must possess strong computer skills (Word, Excel, Acrobat) and ability to manage multiple tasks. Opportunity for advancement. Metro accessible, 35-hour work week, and excellent benefits. E-mail resume, cover letter and salary requirements:;

*Recent college graduates might find this two-year opportunity worth pursuing, with Environment America’s Fellowship Program (and D.C. is one of the locations):

The 2010-2012 Fellowship Program: Job Description

Environment America’s Fellowship Program is designed to give you an opportunity to make an immediate impact even as you gain the training and experience you need to become a leader in the environmental movement.

Through the Fellowship Program, you will develop basic expertise on critical issues­, for example, clean energy­, and work to carry out our strategy for winning positive policy change­, for example, pushing a new initiative that will bring solar power to thousands of homes and families. One week, you might take part in a coalition meeting, speak at a news conference, lobby lawmakers or their staff, and write an op-ed for publication in the state’s top paper. Another week, you might call a list of civic leaders to seek their endorsements of pending legislation, organize a town hall meeting with a lawmaker, and hold a rally in a key legislator’s home district.

In addition to developing policy expertise and lobbying on issues, fellows play an important role in mobilizing and engaging the public on critical issues. You’ll canvass during the year and run citizen outreach canvass offices during each summer of the two-year program. By the end of the program, you will have learned how to raise funds, build a membership, recruit and manage staff and volunteers, work with lawmakers and community leaders, earn media coverage, and run a successful grassroots campaign.

We are seeking recent college graduates who are ready to commit their time, talent and energy to grassroots political action on behalf of our environment. We look for academic excellence, problem-solving ability, creativity and top-notch written and verbal skills. We value leadership experience, especially with campus and other activist groups.
Training and experience
Environment America Fellows will participate in approximately four weeks of paid training in their first year.  These trainings are a mixture of lectures, discussions, role-plays and in-the-field practice. Most importantly, you will learn through hands-on experience, and guidance and feedback from our current staff­including some of the nation’s top environmental advocates and organizers. In addition to learning about the issues and how to influence the political debate, you will learn organization-building skills, such as grant-writing, volunteer recruitment and how to manage staff and direct campaigns.
Fellowship candidates are hired nationwide and placed in Environment America offices across the country. If you are interested in particular locations, you will be asked to identify them during the interview process. In most cases, final placement, including location and position, occurs during your first national Fellowship Program training.
Salary and benefits
As a recent graduate, you earn $23,750 in your first year and $24,250 in your second year. You are eligible to opt into our group health plan, and accrue two weeks paid vacation over the course of your first year and an additional three weeks over your second year. You are eligible to apply for college loan assistance. In your second year, you’re eligible to participate in our 401(k) plan. Salary and benefits vary in California and New York.
Environment America is currently hiring for positions in: Phoenix, AZ; Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Francisco and Santa Barbara, CA; Denver, CO; Hartford, CT; Washington, DC; Miami and Tallahassee, FL; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Des Moines, IA; Portland, ME; Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Ann Arbor, MI; Minneapolis, MN; St. Louis, MO; Missoula, MT; Las Vegas, NV; Concord, NH; Trenton, NJ; Albuquerque, NM; Albany and New York, NY; Raleigh, NC; Columbus, OH; Portland, OR; Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, PA; Providence, RI; Austin, TX; Richmond, VA; Seattle, WA; Madison, WI.

For more information and to apply:

*With another hat tip to, The Chronicle of Higher Education in D.C. is looking for an assistant managing editor for visuals:

Company: The Chronicle of Higher Education
Assistant Managing Editor
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Job Status: Full-time
Salary: Not Specified
Ad Expires:
March 17, 2010
Job ID: 1148820

The Chronicle of Higher Education, an independent newspaper based in Washington, D.C., is looking for a dynamic newsroom leader to be our new assistant managing editor for visuals. We’re seeking a top-notch visual journalist who is an expert on bringing all of the pieces together — from words and photos to graphics and design.

You’ll lead our team of photo editors, designers, and graphic artists. We want someone who will inspire them and the rest of the newsroom, fostering outstanding visual storytelling both in print and online.

The assistant managing editor will serve as one of our top editors, reporting to the managing editor. You’ll juggle managing the design of a weekly newspaper, a weekly magazine of ideas (The Chronicle Review), and daily updates to our Web site.

Requirements: Extensive experience in design, photo, and graphics a must. Significant management experience required. Demonstrated ability and interest in multimedia and Web design.

The Chronicle offers excellent benefits and competitive salaries.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, résumé, and samples of their work to with “AME for Visuals” in the subject heading. No phone calls, please.

The Chronicle of Higher Education Inc. produces two newspapers and three Web sites, as well as newsletters and events. The Chronicle of Higher Education, published since 1966, is the leading source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators. It has a print readership of 350,000 and Web traffic of more than 14 million pages a month at The Chronicle of Philanthropy ( is the newspaper of the non-profit world with a print readership of over 100,000 and Web traffic of more than 1.2 million pages a month. Arts & Letters Daily ( is a highly regarded guide to online articles about culture and ideas.

*Amtrak has an opening in D.C. for a coordinator of digital and social media:

Amtrak – Washington, DC
COMMUNICATION AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: Skilled communicator and writer who can get the point across and tailor the communication for the receiving…
From Amtrak

Coordinator, Digital and Social Media – Eff. 02/09/10 .
Location: District of Columbia-Washington
Req. Number: 90117318

Position Title: Coordinator, Digital and Social Media
Department: Government Affairs and Corporate Communications
Location: Washington, DC
Posting #: 90117318


SUMMARY OF DUTIES: Assist in the integration and coordination of digital and social media with Amtraks Corporate Communications goals and strategies. Particular focus on helping manage content and expand functionality of Intranet site, maintaining digital image library and identifying and implementing social media tools designed for internal and external audiences. Help educate senior management, departments and others across the company on incorporating relevant social media techniques into the corporate culture.

EDUCATION: Bachelors degree in Public Relations, Communications, Marketing, Business or other related field, or an equivalent combination of education, experience, and training.

WORK EXPERIENCE: Some digital and social media experience within a corporate, public relations agency or government agency environment. Experience developing and carrying out digital and/or social media communications initiatives, utilizing communications channels such as Intranet and social media sites, streaming video, podcasting, blogging, Internet forums and other vehicles to integrate with traditional internal and external communications programs. Experience across the digital space along with an understanding of corporate communications, interactive technology and marketing messaging and tactics.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Must be committed to staying on top of emerging technologies and developing new programs and strategies accordingly. Demonstrated ability to create and execute digital and social media communications tools and strategies within a large organization. Ability to identify opportunities to integrate digital and social media with employee communications programs that fit within Corporate Communications strategies. Must be detail oriented and a strategic thinker with excellent project management skills.

COMMUNICATION AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: Superior oral, written and interpersonal communication skills required. Strong leadership skills, and ability to work independently or as a team with minimal supervision. Ability to successfully interact with a broad range of personnel within a corporate environment. Must exercise discretion at all times.




Hiring Range: $56,000.00 – $71,000.00
Last Date to Apply: 02/16/10
Position Type: Permanent
Job Category: Government Affairs & Communications
Years of Experience: 4 – 7
Travel Requirements: <25%

*And last but not least (courtesy of, AC Key Radio in Frederick, Md., has an opening for a program director:

We are looking for a Program Director for heritage AC Key 103 in Frederick, Maryland. If you have a passion for creating community involved promotionally active radio with strong fundamentals, possess exceptional people skills, and thrive on creating high-touch relatable radio, then we would love to hear from you. Airshift included, (we look for relatable personalities – not DJs or liner readers) who understand connecting with the audience while moving the station forward. If this is you, please send your mp3 and programming philosophies to: No call please, EOE.

Happy hunting! (Presuming I get out of snowbound Washington National on a flight Thursday, the blog will be on holiday over the long President’s Day weekend, and I will return to posting on Tuesday, Feb. 16. If I can’t get outa D.C., it’ll be back sooner. Stay tuned~!)



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