Editor, CFLE Network

National Council on Family Relations
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The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), the premier professional association for the multidisciplinary understanding of families, and sponsor of the Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) credential, seeks an editor for its quarterly newsletter, CFLE Network.

CFLE Network, provides news, information, resources and materials regarding the practice of Family Life Education. It also provides information regarding the status and ongoing development of the CFLE program.

The purpose is to share information on Family Life Education in a translational way and in an easy to read, journalistic fashion. Each CFLE Network issue has a theme, and the editor is responsible for determining the four themes for each year, in consultation with the director of Family Life Education.

This part-time, contract position is to be filled for a period of 24 months with an option to renew for 12 months. This job can be performed remotely.

Editorial Responsibilities

  • Establish and maintain the highest possible standards in the content of each issue
  • Ensure authors address how FLE practitioners can apply the information detailed in CFLE Network articles to their work with individuals, families, and other community members
  • Work with the Director of Family Life Education to ensure issue themes, authors, and article contents reflect and respect the diversity of CFLEs and the clients with whom they work
  • Produce content for each issue (i.e., Call for Articles, Resources Page, other items as needed)
  • Work with the Director of Family Life Education to ensure that all production deadlines are met
  • Work with the authors, column editor(s), copy editor, and production staff
  • Work with NCFR’s Director of Family Life Education throughout the editorial process. Editor has the option of selecting a “guest editor” for some issues
  • Ensure that each issue is within the page limit set by NCFR and complies with CFLE Network author guidelines
  • Recruit practicing CFLEs and expert authors
  • Maintain discretion on all confidential information gained through the editor position
  • Assist the Director of Family Life Education in the education and training of a new editor at the completion of term of contract

NCFR will provide:

  • An editorial stipend to the editor and access to materials on the NCFR website
  • Placement of the newsletter on the NCFR website
  • Copyediting services
  • Production and distribution of the newsletter to current CFLEs
  • Funds for newsletter-related financial issues, upon approval by the director of family life education
  • Management for all other issues

The editor should recuse self from editing an article on which she or he has a potential conflict of interest.


  • Current status as a CFLE and familiarity with CFLE Network
  • An advanced degree in Family Science, preferred
  • A solid, established record of experience in Family Life Education and the Family Science discipline
  • Experience with editing and writing, including Microsoft word processing “track changes” function
  • Experience working with authors with wide range of writing experiences and skill levels
  • Ability to work effectively with staff, column editors, and authors
  • Demonstrated project management proficiency
  • Constructive and positive approach to interactions with others
  • Able to devote 30–32 hours to editing each issue
Organization Summary

The National Council on Family Relations is the premier professional association for the multidisciplinary understanding of families. NCFR has a membership of nearly 3,000 family researchers, practitioners and educators. For more information on the National Council on Family Relations or its scholarly publications, contact NCFR at 1-888-781-9331 or visit its website at www.ncfr.org.

Job Overview


National Council on Family Relations
661 LaSalle St., Suite 200
Saint Paul, MN 55114
United States

How to Apply

Preliminary application materials include the following:

  • Letter of application in which the following issues are addressed:
    • Self-assessment of your qualifications (experiences/perspectives/knowledge of Family Science and Family Life Education) as the editor of the CFLE Network.
    • Description of what you think the relationship should be between the editor and authors.
    • Description of how you would manage the editorial process including communicating with the author(s), tracking reviewer comments, collaborating with the copyeditor, and coordinating the production schedule.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of reference addressing your qualifications.

The CFLE Network search committee will review application materials beginning June 30, 2021, until the position is filled. Please send your application materials via email or mail to:

Dawn Cassidy, Director of Family Life Education. National Council on Family Relations, 661 LaSalle St., Suite 200, Saint Paul, MN 55114. Email: [email protected]


NCFR Policy on Diversity

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) values the diversity of its staff and membership, which is shaped by our historical, cultural, economic, and social contexts. This diversity strengthens our organization and our members’ research, scholarship, and practice. NCFR’s definition of diversity applies to all aspects of our operations and our membership:

Embracing diversity means acknowledging that all groups do not live in the world in the same way. Diversity provides a lens for understanding (a) disparities of power, privilege, and access as well as the (b) exclusion of marginalized groups. The lens can also reveal that some groups are diminished by invisibility or a lack of recognition. In addition, diversity focuses attention on the strengths, wisdom and competencies of different individuals, couples, families, groups, and societies.

Aspects of diversity include but are not limited to:

  • Ability and disability
  • Age
  • Bilingualism and multiculturalism/English language learners
  • Body size and condition
  • Customs and traditions
  • Educational, disciplinary, or career status
  • Ethnicity, race, national origin, or cultural identity
  • Gender, gender identity, and gender expression
  • Geographical background and location
  • Indigenous or immigration status or identity
  • Marital status, relational status (including singlehood), and family structure or identity
  • Objective and subjective worldviews and standpoints
  • Political ideologies and affiliations
  • Religion/no religion, spirituality and affiliations, and faith
  • Sexual orientation, identities, and expressions
  • Socioeconomic status, residential status, social class, employment, and national service

[Note: The aspects are listed alphabetically, but not in any order of priority.]

NCFR realizes that various aspects of identity and recognition continue to emerge over time. Thus, this list will likely be expanded as emergence occurs. The enhanced understanding of diversity and inclusion in National Council on Family Relations guides us to greater excellence in scholarship, research, practice, and outreach to the larger societies.

Application Deadline
Open Until Filled