For decades, IIHS has been a leader in finding out what works and doesn't work to prevent motor vehicle crashes from happening in the first place and to minimize injuries in the crashes that still occur.

Open positions

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses — deaths, injuries and property damage — from motor vehicle crashes.

The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) shares and supports this mission through scientific studies of insurance data representing the human and economic losses resulting from the ownership and operation of different types of vehicles and by publishing insurance loss results by vehicle make and model.

Both organizations are wholly supported by auto insurers and insurance associations.

Compensation consists of a competitive salary and a 403(b) retirement plan with a nonelective annual contribution equal to 10% of your salary. Other benefits include health insurance (with dental and vision coverage), life insurance, medical and dependent care flex spending accounts and three weeks of paid vacation in your first year.

IIHS-HLDI participates in E-Verify.

Editorial Director

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is seeking an Editorial Director to join our communications department at our offices located in Arlington, Virginia.  A key to the success of our organization is effectively communicating our research findings to policymakers, automakers and the general public.  To help lead this effort, we are looking for a creative, resourceful, collaborative communications professional who will work with our research and production teams to develop Institute publications.

Primary Duties

  • Lead the writing and development of Institute publications and other print and digital communications materials.
  • Manage Status Report monthly newsletter, developing the editorial calendar, writing and editing articles, negotiating edits during a rigorous internal clearance process, meeting all deadlines.
  • Collaborate with Art Director and digital team to produce Status Report in print and online formats.
  • Supervise Art Director, Editor and writing staff.
  • Collaborate on projects and releases with digital and social media teams and research and executive staff across the organization.
  • Develop and produce all publications, including annual report, strategic plan, consumer brochures, advisories, news releases and other deliverables.
  • Edit letters, white papers, research reports, docket submissions, testimony, manufacturer communications, website and social media content and other materials.
  • Coordinate with Insurer Relations in disseminating content to supporting companies.
  • Backstop senior vice president and other communications staff in media relations’ efforts.
  • Advise Institute staff on communications issues.
  • Provide creative support for other projects as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, English, graphic arts or related fields.
  • At least 10 years prior editorial experience with at least 2–3 years of managing creative projects and/or supervising employees.
  • Strong writing, editing and oral communications skills. Proven ability to distill complex scientific papers and reports into smart, accessible stories for a nontechnical audience.
  • Experience in planning, overseeing and developing print and digital content.
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines with strong attention to detail.

To apply

Email your resume and cover letter to:

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