ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR/ TEACHER
Education Week, the nation’s premier independent news source for pre-K-12 education, is looking for a creative and enterprising editor to lead its online vertical for teachers and direct coverage of the teaching profession across all its digital and print platforms. You’ll have the opportunity to stretch yourself professionally as part of Editorial Projects in Education (EPE), an entrepreneurial nonprofit media organization that engages readers and viewers through digital, print, video, and broadcast media and live and virtual events.
The Assistant Managing Editor/Teacher is a unique and important role at Education Week. In addition to serving as a member of the senior editorial team of Education Week, the person in this position will drive EPE’s strategy for serving a vital audience of classroom teachers and instructional leaders with news, information, opinion, service journalism, and other features that promote professional engagement, idea-sharing, and a lively but civil discourse on issues of education policy and teacher practice. He or she leads a team of staff reporters and contributing writers, complemented by a host of other contributors and content partners. The editor also works with other EPE departments to strategize ways of assisting teachers’ professional growth through online career services and other resources.
A truly cross-platform position, the job also entails developing and moderating live and virtual events and contributing to video and multimedia coverage.
Key responsibilities include: Developing and editing news stories and blog posts on teacher policy, practice, and career issues; conceptualizing and editing 2-4 special reports annually; selecting and editing freelance stories by educator-writers and identifying potential freelance contributors; managing 8-10 teacher-bloggers (including identifying and acquiring new bloggers); managing and developing editorial partnerships; conceptualizing and overseeing multimedia features (including video); overseeing website updating and development (including mobile); developing and moderating live and virtual events; overseeing social-media outreach and strategy; managing grant-fulfillment objectives and writing grant proposals and reports; and playing a leadership role in digital-journalism strategy.
Key attributes for this position: The Assistant Managing Editor/Teacher must be an audience-obsessed journalist with a strong entrepreneurial mindset. She or he should be comfortable pitching and developing new storytelling models; identifying and effectively advocating for new ways of connecting with and serving the teacher audience; and working across departments to identify new teacher products and services that advance the nonprofit mission of EPE while also helping to support the organization’s financial health and future growth.
Specific characteristics include strong news judgment, knowledge of K-12 education, and personal interest in classroom-level issues; experience in news editing and in conceptualizing and structuring stories; the flexibility to work on multiple projects and multiple platforms at once; the ability to edit different types of writers (at different levels of experience) and hone their work into compelling articles, packages, and special projects, including cross-platform “tent pole” features; strong technical skills, including experience in managing a website; a collaborative, cross-organizational work style; and adaptability to change.
Specific qualifications include:
- Bachelor’s degree and five to seven years of experience in a related position.
- Standout samples of writing and editing work.
- Demonstrated experience with a range of digital storytelling and tools, and strong engagement with digital trends.
- Strong people-management skills and a knack for developing talent, both in-house and freelance.
- Strong knowledge of and interest in digital publishing, including working knowledge of SEO, analytics tools, HTML, Photoshop, blogging software, and other digital-media tools.
- Experience working with a content-management system.
- Experience with a variety of social media platforms for audience development.
- Experience in audio/video production/editing a plus.
- Background in teaching or education policy a plus.
Compensation package: Salary is competitive, based on a candidate’s experience and other qualifications, and comes with excellent benefits, including opportunities for employee surplus-sharing. EPE offers a convenient and vibrant workplace just outside Washington, D.C., with an on-site gym, proximity to Metrorail and the Capital Crescent Trail, and a friendly and supportive atmosphere where employees can thrive professionally.
About EPE: Editorial Projects in Education Inc., based in Bethesda, Md., is a nonprofit media organization dedicated to raising the level of awareness and understanding among professionals and the public of important issues in American education. To learn more about EPE, visit www.edweek.org.
How to apply: Submit your resume, a letter of interest, salary expectations, and links to writing or editing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “EdWeek Teacher” in the subject line.
EPE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.