Managing Editor

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Location
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sector
    Education
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Nov 03

Position description

Harvard Public Health, a magazine of ideas and insights for a healthier world, is seeking a creative, detail-oriented, and versatile Managing Editor to join its team.

We seek a process-minded editor capable of both establishing and maintaining editorial workflows and developing engaging, high-impact stories and packages. In addition, we envision this person spending about 30 percent of their time pursuing journalism grants to support these stories. The ideal candidate will be collaborative, ambitious, well-organized and deadline oriented. A passion for non-fiction narrative, ability to edit without impeding writers' voice, a strong sense of story, and a penchant for details are all expected. A network of strong freelancers with magazine sensibilities is a plus, as is experience writing or editing science and policy stories.

Harvard Public Health is an independent journalism platform, published by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. With three print issues a year and a dynamic online presence, the publication is dedicated to changing the narrative of public health.

Position Description


The position reports to the magazine's editor-in-chief.

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Manage the editorial operations of a startup newsroom.
  • Establish and refine processes and workflow for print and digital, including maintaining editorial schedules in our project management tool.
  • Oversee and contribute to copy editing and fact-checking for print and digital copy.
  • Develop and edit feature stories, working almost exclusively with freelancers
  • Identify and pursue funding opportunities, with a focus on grant opportunities from foundations and other funders of nonprofit journalism
  • Collaborate with colleagues within the magazine staff and across Harvard Chan on podcasts, events, and other three-dimensional journalism content
  • Perform other duties as assigned


PLEASE NOTE: This is a hybrid position and this position will be based in Boston, MA. Additional detail pertaining to this position will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed in a state in which Harvard is registered to do business (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, California (exempt staff only), Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, Virginia, and Washington).


Basic Qualifications
 

  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent work experience required
  • 8+ years related work experience required, including multiple years in journalism


PLEASE NOTE: Short-listed candidates will be required to submit writing samples and complete proofreading and/or writing tests.


Additional Qualifications and Skills


The following job-specific skills and competencies are preferred:
 

  • Track record of conceiving complex and significant stories and coaching writers through reporting issues and story-craft challenges. Network of strong freelancers with magazine sensibilities a plus
  • Strong editing skills, with sensitivity to cultural contexts
  • Ability to tailor headlines and stories to diverse platforms and audiences
  • Experience with science and policy coverage preferred
  • Experience developing foundation grant proposals preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain processes and workflows
  • Experience with WordPress or similar content management system preferred
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Track record of conceiving complex and significant stories and coaching writers through reporting issues and story-craft challenges. Network of strong freelancers with magazine sensibilities a plus
  • Strong editing skills, with sensitivity to cultural contexts
  • Ability to tailor headlines and stories to diverse platforms and audiences
  • Experience with science and policy coverage preferred
  • Experience developing foundation grant proposals preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain processes and workflows
  • Experience with WordPress or similar content management system preferred
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills


The following cultural competencies are also preferred:

  • Awareness of and aptitude to appropriately and effectively understand, respect, and adapt to cultural and identity-based difference within group environments
  • Knowledge of and commitment to concepts and issues tied to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Skills related to creating and supporting an environment that allows for inclusion, effective intercultural engagement, and personal humility and authenticity
  • Experience fostering and reinforcing an environment that values unique experiences, cultures, backgrounds, and goals

Application instructions

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