Position: Associate Editor

Department: Elks Magazine | Location: Chicago, IL

Position Description

The Elks Magazine (circulation 775,000), the official magazine of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the USA, has an immediate opening for an associate editor at the BPO Elks’ national headquarters in the heart of Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.

The BPO Elks is one of the oldest and largest fraternal organizations in the country and has more than three-quarters of a million members, both men and women, spread across almost 2,000 communities all over the country.

Founded in 1868, the Order of Elks is committed to the ideals of charity and patriotism, and each year, the organization gives more than $90 million in cash and more that $585 million in goods and services to the nation's youth, its veterans, the disadvantaged, the disabled, and groups that support patriotic and civic programs. Over the course of its nearly 150-year history, the BPO Elks has disbursed more than $3.6 billion in this fashion.

The Elks Magazine was established in 1922 to provide Elks members with a top-quality magazine that highlights the great charitable work lodges are doing in their communities while offering everyone else in an Elks household something of interest as well, including general interest feature articles, travel articles, and departments devoted to membership, business, and health issues.

Come be a part of the Elks’ quiet network of good deeds!

Primary responsibilities include: 

  • Writing and Editing Fraternal News:
    • Researching stories for the fraternal news portion of the magazine to ensure that all pertinent facts and information associated with each of the articles submitted by the lodges is included.

    • Verifying the accuracy of all facts and information presented in fraternal news articles.
    • Assembling news articles according to house style and the magazine’s established fraternal news format.

Secondary responsibilities include: 

  • Proofreading:
    • Assisting the other editors in reading galleys and proofs, as needed, to make certain that typeset copy conforms to house style, is factually accurate, and contains all the necessary information needed for production to proceed.

  • Editing Feature Articles:
    • Preparing general interest articles for publication by verifying the accuracy of the material presented.

    • Ensuring that the given subjects are treated in a comprehensive fashion appropriate to the magazine’s scope.

    • Editing manuscripts to bring them in line with house style and The Elks Magazine’s established ethos.

    • Researching and writing engaging sidebars to accompany articles.
    • Assisting the editor in locating suitable images with which to illustrate the articles and working with copyright holders to obtain all necessary permissions for publication.

  • Editing Department Articles:
    • Researching the monthly business and  health department articles and working with their authors and the editor to ensure that the articles present coherent, factually accurate discussions of the chosen subjects.

    • Working with the health author and the editor to establish a yearly schedule of timely and engaging health-related subjects that will be of interest to the readers of The Elks Magazine.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Special Projects:
    • Representing The Elks Magazine at the national convention and other special activities requiring the presence of magazine staff.


Qualified candidates will have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree (a master’s degree in English or a related field is a plus) and 3 years of related work experience and will also possess the following:

  • Creativity and an interest in history.
  • Strong editing, proofreading, and research skills and a firm knowledge of proofreader’s symbols.
  • Technical writing experience or equivalent.
  • Knowledge of copyright and permissions law.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills, including an in-depth knowledge of Standard English, spelling, grammar, syntax, and the Chicago Manual of Style.

  • Poise, tact, and diplomacy.
  • Ability to work under pressure, establish priorities, and meet tight deadlines.
  • Attention to detail in composing, typing, and proofing materials.
  • Ability to work individually as well as to participate on team-based projects.
  • Willingness to acquire additional skills.
  • Ability to take the initiative and to make decisions without direct supervision.  
  • Interest in the nonprofit sector.
  • Ability to travel on occasion.(Position may require travel to annual convention for up to 1 week.)       

A cover letter and resume are required for consideration. Accepted file formats are: .doc, .docx, .rtf, and .pdf. The application process includes completing a pre-employment test. Please allow approximately 30 minutes of time when applying.

No phone calls, please.

Equal Opportunity Employer