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Editor and Content Manager, The Magistrates Association

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Job description

The Magistrates Association is seeking a talented writer with a strong instinct for storytelling and outstanding attention to detail to develop and deliver our work to raise our profile and the profile of the magistracy as a whole.

The Magistrates Association is the independent membership body for the magistracy. We work to promote the sound administration of the law, including by informing the public about the courts and the role of magistrates and contributing to the development and delivery of reforms to the magistracy and the broader justice system. With 15,000 members, we are the independent voice of the magistracy.

Role purpose:

  • To manage the editorial development of Magistrate—the only magazine dedicated to the magistracy—and contribute to the production of engaging, written website content.

Reports to: Head of Marketing and Communications

Main relationships: members, staff, internal and external magazine contributors, and suppliers (designers, photographers, printers, proofreaders and website administrators).

Main areas of responsibility

  • Coordinating production of our (currently bimonthly) print magazine
  • Overseeing the digitisation of the magazine
  • Editing and writing compelling, audience-focused copy for our magazine and website
  • Ensuring high editorial standards across the organisation.

Specific responsibilities


  • Contribute to implementing our marketing and communications (marcomms) strategy, which seeks to increase brand awareness and reputation and support membership recruitment and retention.
  • Contribute to delivering and evaluating the performance of our content strategy and organisation-wide annual content plan, including participating in any editorial board we may establish to inform future planning.

Editorial project management

Produce our bimonthly print magazine, on time, on budget and to a high standard, including:

  • Developing and managing a production schedule
  • Working with colleagues to develop an annual content plan for the magazine that is aligned with our overarching marcomms and content strategies
  • Sourcing and editing content, and liaising with contributors
  • Researching and (ghost) writing content
  • Sourcing appropriate images and commissioning graphics/photos as needed
  • Managing external suppliers to ensure high-quality production and distribution (designer, proof-reader, printer and distributors)
  • Uploading magazine content to our website
  • Acting as the first point of contact for all magazine-related enquiries
  • Proposing and overseeing the implementation of changes to the magazine’s frequency, design, format and structure that address member feedback, reflect our new visual brand identity, and ensure accessibility.

Project manage the digitisation of the magazine, including:

  • Leading a tendering process
  • Liaising with web developers to enable integration
  • Working with colleagues to launch the new digital version
  • Formulating and securing internal sign-off of a longer-term plan to transition members from print to digital consumption
  • Regularly monitoring reach and engagement post-digitisation to enable insight-driven content development.

Content development

Contribute to developing and delivering the organisation-wide annual content plan, including:

  • Proposing spin-off digital content to increase reach and engagement with the magazine content.
  • Writing blogs and search engine optimised (SEO) website copy that communicates complex topics accurately and engagingly and reflects brand messaging and house style.
  • Copy-editing and/or proofreading blogs, reports and website copy, using editorial flair and judgement.
  • Lead on procuring, rolling out and keeping up-to-date an internal image bank/photo management solution.
  • Work with colleagues to commission photographs for use across all the organisation’s communications channels.

Editorial standards

  • Work with the Head of Marketing and Communications to define, maintain and develop the organisation’s writing style and tone of voice.
  • Deliver advice and training to support colleagues to develop their writing skills and apply the organisation’s style.
  • Champion and ensure compliance with the organisation’s brand and style guidelines.

Organisation wide

  • Fulfil other relevant organisation-wide duties, as required.

This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the job and the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this role. It is not exhaustive, and staff may be required to undertake other reasonable duties commensurate with the role.

Salary range GBP £35k+ annual
Date posted 24th November 2022
Commitment Part-Time
Place of work London, UK
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