Senior Editor, Wide Margins and TalkPoverty

Reports to: Editor-in-Chief, Wide Margins and TalkPoverty.org
Staff reporting to this position: None
Department: Communications
Position classification: Exempt, full time; Union - Level 5
Minimum compensation: $68,000
Work site: Remote

Summary

The Senior Editor of Wide Margins and TalkPoverty.org will support the transition away from TalkPoverty.org, an existing blog at American Progress, to Wide Margins, a new quarterly digital magazine that will launch in January 2023. After launch, the Senior Editor will help manage the long-term content and digital strategy for Wide Margins. Strong understanding of digital best practices and an ability to edit for the internet are required. This is a fully remote position.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage short- and long-term editorial planning for Wide Margins, working with the Editor-in-Chief to identify themes and content for quarterly issues and with the Executive Vice President for Communications and Strategy to ensure that the content strategy is supportive of American Progress’ overall goals and priorities.
  • Collaborate with the Editor-in-Chief to formalize and enforce Wide Margins’ processes, including editorial standards, contracts, and writer recruitment.
  • Manage Wide Margins’ Twitter account, @WideMarginsMag, by devising daily content and analyzing its success.
  • Make field pitches for Wide Margins, as well as regularly pitch and recruit writers for the website.
  • Manage Wide Margins’ freelancer payment process, ensuring that writers are paid on time and coordinating as needed with American Progress teams to resolve outstanding issues.
  • Edit Wide Margins articles regularly.
  • Publish posts for Wide Margins through WordPress.
  • Support the transition from TalkPoverty.org and @TalkPoverty, as needed.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Five or more years of digital strategy or journalism experience, including work with digital projects, search engine optimization, digital campaigns, Google Analytics, and social media.
  • Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
  • Experience with common content management systems.
  • Ability to juggle daily site operations and long-term projects.
  • Commitment to usability and accessibility best practices.
  • Sound editorial and ethical judgement.
  • Deep knowledge of marginalized communities and skill with centering the experiences of people who are often excluded from mainstream media coverage.

American Progress offers a full and competitive benefits package. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 70 and has a budgeted salary of $75,000.

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 and the levels of community spread and adjust plans as needed for in-office work. Any changes to our current hybrid office work policy will be communicated at the time of hire. Updates will be posted on American Progress’ Jobs page.

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Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress.

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Additional information

American Progress operates two separate nonprofit organizations to maximize the progressive agenda: the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “American Progress.” The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational institute. It undertakes research, public education and a limited amount of lobbying. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a nonpartisan 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to achieving progress through action. It works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid-response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders. The organizations share office space and employees.

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