Director Communications and Publications

27 Apr, 2021


Director Communications and Publications

American Correctional Association
Alexandria, VA

The Director manages the Communication and Publications department. S/he provides supervision and directions to staff members. The director will ensure productions are on schedule. Reviews and approves all publications and communication manuscripts before dissemination and printing.

Ensures staff meets high performance standards, stays abreast of issues and trends in corrections. Manage the print and electronic archaic. Can provide training, mentorship, and performing the work of staff. Recruits and maintains contact with correction professionals to ensure continuous supplies of articles for the publications. Will assign other projects as needed.

Essential Job Functions

Leadership, training, mentoring, editing, writing, proofreading, interpersonal communications. Strong business acumen and budgeting experience, project management experience. Adherence to strict deadlines.

Position Requirements

Education: Undergraduate degree, preferably in English, journalism or related area. Knowledge of criminal justice/corrections helpful. Skills: Proficiency with word processing software necessary, and basic knowledge of desktop publishing software helpful. Excellent editing, writing and proofreading skills and ability to handle stringent deadlines required. Experience with Associated Press style and strong interpersonal communication skills essential.

Relevant Experience: A minimum of four years of editorial experience in relevant position with at least one year experience in managing staff.

Position Relationships

Inside the Association: Regular contact with department directors and their staff to gather department article submissions, news about the association and article ideas. Assigns staff to help other departments with editorial projects. Works closely with editorial and graphics staff to produce Corrections Today, and other publications.

Outside the Association: Works closely with a variety of members and authors during the editing process. Solicits information from membership for articles. Works with association officers, board and committee members when editing their manuscripts. Interviews experts in the field for articles and assists in special media development projects. Maintains contact with various agencies for input into regular columns. Solicits articles. Attends conferences, seminars, etc., as assigned.

Position Responsibilities

Develops ideas for Corrections Today. Sometimes makes recommendations to managing editor on whether to accept or reject manuscripts submitted for publication. Decide content of regular columns in Corrections Today.

Other Characteristics:


Maintains adherence to approved departmental budget. Supervisory Responsibilities: Assign articles, conduct binder checks, oversee production, review proofs, etc.

Other: Supervise managing editor on status of editing/ writing projects. Requires occasional evening/weekend work during heavy production periods. Office work environment. Travels to association conferences as needed. Other duties as assigned.


For over 150 years, the American Correctional Association has championed the cause of corrections and correctional effectiveness. Founded in 1870 as the National Prison Association, ACA is the oldest association developed specifically for practitioners in the correctional profession.

Based in Alexandria, VA, the American Correctional Association is the oldest and largest national and international correction association in the world. ACA serves all disciplines within the corrections profession and is dedicated to excellence in every aspect of the field.

ACA represents everyone from wardens/superintendents to social workers and health care practitioners. All across the corrections spectrum, ACA is there bringing together corrections’ best. Our members represent federal, states and local entities including jails, prisons, penitentiaries, halfway houses, probation, parole and juvenile detention centers.

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Job posted: 2021-04-27