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Editor in Chief

Post Date:Jul 24, 2018Type:Full time
Start Date:Salary:
Location: United States - District of Columbia - Washington Job Reference:
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Editor in Chief, ThinkProgress


Reports to: Executive Director, Center for American Progress Action Fund

Staff reporting to this position:  ThinkProgress team

Department: Communications, ThinkProgress

Position classification: Exempt, full time


ThinkProgress has an immediate opening for an Editor in Chief to oversee a nonprofit newsroom of about 40 staff producing trustworthy journalism from a progressive perspective.


The Editor in Chief will be responsible for spearheading the site’s coverage strategy and guiding the newsroom to execute impactful work, with a particular eye toward holding the Trump administration accountable on issues of concern to progressive Americans. As the newsroom leader, the Editor in Chief will also be charged with fostering a strong and respectful organizational culture that is consistent with the CAP Action mission.


Alongside a team of senior editors, the Editor in Chief will manage ThinkProgress staff executing a range of on-the-ground, rapid-response, and enterprise projects. This role requires both a fast-twitch enthusiasm for breaking news and an ambitious long-term vision for the future of ThinkProgress coverage in a constantly changing media landscape.


Ideal candidates will have a sophisticated understanding of the online political landscape; a sharp eye for opportunities to add value to major national stories; a thoughtful approach to leading a team; and an appetite to take on new challenges in a fast-paced, competitive industry.




  • Manage newsroom policies, guide coverage strategy, and define editorial vision.

  • Serve as the public face of ThinkProgress and the primary representative of its brand.

  • Manage a team of senior editors overseeing reporters across multiple beats.

  • Work closely with ThinkProgress editorial staff to hone story ideas, develop new angles on political stories, and guide major reporting initiatives.

  • Make strategic decisions about ThinkProgress staffing and hiring.

  • Oversee the newsroom’s business strategy to spearhead new revenue initiatives and ensure ThinkProgress remains on solid financial footing into the future.

  • Serve as a member of the CAP Action Fund Executive team.

  • Communicate regularly with the executive director of CAP Action Fund to align broad strategic mission while maintaining ThinkProgress’ editorial independence.


Requirements and qualifications:

  • A deep understanding of the role ThinkProgress currently occupies in the online media landscape.

  • A compelling vision for guiding ThinkProgress’ mission into the future.

  • The editorial skills to successfully advance ThinkProgress’ work, including a savvy instinct for what makes an impactful story and how to execute it.

  • The management skills to oversee a diverse team of editors and reporters.

  • The communication skills to clearly articulate both big-picture editorial strategy and daily coverage priorities.

  • A proven ability to break news and shape the national political conversation.


Candidates who would excel in this position:

  • Feel deeply passionate about furthering ThinkProgress’ editorial goals.

  • Understand how to guide a team to accomplish a shared mission.

  • Have confidence in their leadership skills, including their ability to balance competing priorities and make decisive calls.

  • Think deeply about the changing online media landscape and enjoy strategizing about how best to take advantage of emerging trends.

  • Excel at generating original ideas that stick out in a crowded media environment.


This position is not for candidates who:


  • Lack experience working in a newsroom.

  • Struggle with management responsibilities and communication skills.

  • Become easily overwhelmed in stressful, fast-paced situations.

  • Are uninterested in the overarching mission of CAP and CAP Action.

  • Want a 9-to-5 job.

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Contact Information
Center for American Progress
1333 H St NW
Washington, DC 20005
United States
Ph: 2026821611

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