Dynamic trade association seeking an individual with strong media and communications skills, including expertise in writing, editing, photography, and digital and social media. Must have experience in news, feature and business writing, as well as editing and proofreading, and be capable of producing high-quality work on a consistent basis ahead of the deadline. Exceptional grammar and command of AP Style required. The individual would join a team of communications, and public and member relations professionals, and must be able to work collaboratively as well as independently in meeting organizational goals. Association and/or utility experience a plus; some travel required.
The successful candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, English or related field. The candidate should possess more than 10 years of experience in the writing/editing/communications/public relations field. Experience in a trade association, energy industry or cooperative is desirable.
Pennsylvania Rural Electric Association (PREA) is a statewide trade association. Allegheny Electric Cooperative, Inc. (Allegheny) is a generation and transmission (G&T) rural electric cooperative. Both entities are located in Harrisburg, Pa. and managed by Continental Cooperative Services who will employ the successful candidate.
PREA is a statewide trade association that provides services to 14 member electric distribution cooperatives in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, which enable the member cooperatives to deliver electricity and other programs at the highest value to the consumers and communities they serve. PREA has served as the unified voice for electric cooperatives in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. These member-owned entities provide power and other services to more than 230,000 rural households, businesses, and industries, representing more than 600,000 consumers. The 13 cooperatives in Pennsylvania own and maintain about 12.5 percent of the electric distribution lines in the state, covering nearly one-third of the Commonwealth’s land area in 42 counties. These lines, an essential component of rural business and industry, represent one of the Commonwealth’s largest non-governmental investments in rural infrastructure.
Allegheny provides the power requirements for the 14 rural electric distribution cooperatives in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Allegheny’s mission has been to provide electric cooperative consumers with a reliable supply of energy at a competitive price. In doing so, Allegheny has been very active in meeting its members’ desire to support conservation, provide clean and renewable energy generation, and ensure a secure energy future for electric cooperatives. About 65 percent of Allegheny’s energy supply comes from clean, stable and relatively low-cost resources. The remaining 35 percent of Allegheny’s power supply comes from market purchases.
The organizations offer a competitive compensation and benefits package. Please submit a resume, salary expectations, and a minimum of three references to HR@ccsenergy.com. Continental Cooperative Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Major Areas of Responsibility
Produce a variety of content, including news and feature writing, photography, and other communications, for publication and other organizational use
Provide quality control of publications and products through editing and proofreading
Provide coverage of events, including meetings and other media opportunities
Provide communications support for departmental and organizational tasks as required
Represent the organization at various events and functions
Develop and maintain contacts with affiliated organizations
Develop and maintain media contacts
Provide editorial guidance to writers, columnists
Coordinate training events for communicators
Thorough knowledge of news and feature writing and editing, including intimate knowledge of Associated Press style required
Thorough knowledge of multiple media platforms, including print, digital, photographic, video and social media required
Thorough knowledge of press and media relations, interview techniques, internal and external communications required
Basic knowledge of publication layout and design, website management, print, and digital advertising, and publication production and printing required
Knowledge of electric utility industry/energy policy/government operations a plus
Knowledge of cooperative business model/trade associations a plus
Skills and Abilities Sets
Excellent writing, editing skills
Excellent oral communication skills
Excellent photography/videography skills
Ability to understand complex issues and effectively communicate them to others
Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment
Ability to work with multiple technology platforms
Ability to coordinate the work of multiple staff members, and outside content providers
Ability to manage multiple assignments under time constraints in a fast-paced work environment
Write/edit stories, articles, press releases, business briefs, other communications as needed
Develop stories/content for publication, conduct interviews, take photographs
Take an active part in the production process, communications planning, training events, other organizational functions as needed
Travel to cover events and represent the organization