Editorial Manager (Volunteer to Compensation)

Who What Why
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Commercial
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 08

Position description

*Note: the following is an opportunity for volunteer, part-time, flexible work–with the possibility of compensation as we grow. Please DO NOT APPLY if you are only looking for paid employment.* 

Are you at a point in your life where doing something challenging, meaningful, and fun is more of an urgent concern for you than compensation? Are you an experienced manager with a knack for creating and maintaining editorial processes? Are the words “collaboration” and “team player” part of your natural lexicon? The nonprofit news organization WhoWhatWhy is looking for an Editorial Manager to set up, organize, and improve editorial production processes.

Check out WhoWhatWhy.org. You’ll quickly see that we’re a unique news organization: not left-wing, not right-wing, and not consensus-seeking. We just want the truth — whatever it is. 

We have thought long and hard about what limits journalism’s ability to effect positive change in the public interest, and we see two factors that dominate the landscape: (1) Commercial entities overly concerned with meeting financial goals and filling “eyeball” quotas — while keeping up with the rest of the pack, thereby ensuring a sameness and superficiality to the coverage (2) Ideologically driven outfits that cater to a specific mindset and dare not reveal things that would upset their readers — or force them to reconsider their values.

At WhoWhatWhy, we go at each story with an open mind, boundless curiosity, and a willingness to dig deep and ask hard questions — even when we’re told not to. Nothing is going to stand in our way when it comes to discovering what is going on beneath the surface, and why. Call it naive to believe such fearlessness possible, but we think it’s the essence of true journalism.

And because we’re straight to the point, we make clear that we’re looking for volunteers — skilled volunteers. Yes, we’re a nonprofit that wasn’t funded by a zillionaire. Yes, yes we decline to accept corporate ads. Yes, we have a tiny budget right now and simply don't have the ability to pay many people very much. 

But we promise you this: If you do an excellent job, over time we’ll find a way to compensate you as we’re able. And in the meantime, you won’t be just another member of the team. We guarantee that your work will be meaningful, and you’ll be in the company of other fun, idealistic, motivated, decent people. 

As you will find out (if you didn’t know already) it feels pretty good to do the right thing. Bonus: an impressive array of readers — including many who are distinguished in their own fields; educators, scientists, thought leaders of all kinds -- will see the stories you touch.

Interested? Qualified? Read on for details. And if you think you’re a good fit, tell us. 

Responsibilities

  • Manage the editorial team to ensure news production happens on time, accurately, and to the best of our editorial ability
  • Analyze our current editorial processes, identify weaknesses, and build systems to help the newsroom run more smoothly
  • Define complicated tasks, set deadlines, and delegate work while keeping our "big picture" in mind
  • Collaborate with the Marketing/Branding, Creative, and Operations departments on consistent messaging throughout the organization

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher
  • Proven experience in management and operation of complex editorial structures and processes
  • The ability to define and delegate tasks, and motivate others
  • Strong organizational and communication skills
  • The ability to self-direct and manage others working remotely
  • The patience to monitor multiple individuals, projects, and processes

Perks

  • Channel your passion in a stimulating environment
  • Learn the nuts and bolts of nonprofit operations in an up-and-coming organization
  • Develop new skills and gain valuable experience that can enhance your professional trajectory
  • Do amazing work on a flexible, part-time basis
  • Have fun while you make a difference 

Expectations 

You will work remotely and on your own schedule. We also ask for a minimum commitment of 10-15 hours a week (Though doing more is not discouraged!). Because our staff is spread throughout the world, we communicate mostly through Slack and email, and team members are requested to be highly responsive in a timely manner. 

Application instructions

We will not review applications that appear to be mass submissions. To apply, send your resume and a customized cover letter explaining why you're a good fit for this position. If there is no option to attach a cover letter, please send a cover letter. You should confirm your understanding that this is, initially, a volunteer position. Thanks! 

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