by Melanie Brunson

ACB has been contacted by a number of excellent candidates who are interested in becoming the next editor of "The Braille Forum." However, we have not filled the position yet. After consulting with both the ACB board of directors and board of publications, we have decided that we will not hire a new editor until October. As a result, we have also decided to extend the deadline for applications. The new deadline will be August 1, 2005.

For the convenience of anyone who might still be interested in applying for this position, I will reprint the vacancy announcement at the end of this article. For all Forum readers, I have a request. Please help us spread the word about this continuing vacancy. Feel free to share the announcement that follows with anyone, or act on it yourself if you believe that you have the knowledge, skills, and passion to enable you to help us spread the word about the capabilities of people who are blind, and insure continued production of the top-notch magazine that readers of "The Braille Forum" have come to expect.

Position Available: Editor

The American Council of the Blind seeks a motivated and qualified individual to become the next editor of "The Braille Forum" publication and to manage the telling of the ACB story within the blindness community and beyond.

General duties include: editing, producing and distributing "The Braille Forum" in a variety of alternate formats; assisting with publicity and public relations for ACB events and activities; managing the Communications Center and its production of materials during ACB's national conventions; and supervising a staff assistant.

Interested candidates must: possess a degree in journalism or a related field from an accredited four-year college or university; have at least two years experience in a similar position; demonstrate familiarity with blindness-related issues; be able to use computers and the Internet in the performance of job duties; and be able to communicate effectively. The editor will work in the ACB national office in Washington, D.C. and will report to the ACB executive director. Salary will depend on experience and qualifications. For a more detailed job description, contact the ACB national office. You may reach us by calling (800) 424-8666, or sending an e-mail to [email protected].

To apply, send your resume, cover letter, and three to five writing samples (such as articles, opinion letters, or other such writings of a length not longer than 200 words. Excerpts from writings can be submitted to come within the 200-word parameter.) to the attention of Melanie Brunson, Executive Director, American Council of the Blind, 1155 15th St. NW, Suite 1004, Washington, D.C. 20005. All materials must be postmarked no later than August 1, 2005. Resumes accompanied by a cover letter and the writing samples may also be submitted by e-mail to [email protected]. Your e-mail submissions may not be dated beyond August 1, 2005. If you do use e-mail, please mail an additional hard copy of your writing samples to the address above.

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