Senior Editorial Director
- School of International and Public Affairs
- Full Time
- Opening on: Dec 17 2022
- Grade 15
- Job Type: Officer of Administration
- Bargaining Unit:
- Regular/Temporary: Regular
- End Date if Temporary:
- Hours Per Week: 35
- Salary Range: $125,000 - $163,750
The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above hiring range represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.
Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs is seeking a Senior Editorial Director to bring editorial leadership and execution to a range of strategic communications and initiatives at the school. The Senior Editorial Director’s main priorities will be: 1) lead the dean’s communications portfolio, serving as the dean’s head writer, executing high-level, public-facing communications; 2) partner in launching SIPA’s new flagship annual policy publication by serving as the inaugural managing editor, a leadership role requiring vision, project planning, and collaboration between various internal and external stakeholders; 3) in collaboration with the Director of Event Management, steward SIPA’s signature events strategy by generating speaker and topic ideas, managing speaker booking, and guiding all event content elements to ensure these events support SIPA’s reputation as one of the leading voices and conveners of dialogue on some of the most complex and urgent policy issues facing our world today; and 4) consult on editorial content across the school, including but not limited to SIPA Magazine and other annual and high-level, school-wide communications.
The Senior Editorial Director is based in the Communications & External Relations unit, reports to the Associate Dean of Communications & External Relations, and has management responsibility for the Editorial Director. They would have frequent interaction with the Dean and other senior leadership and faculty. Our ideal candidate is passionate about international affairs and connecting with audiences – whether through speeches, writing, or programming – and can organize and coordinate the internal and external resources required to produce world-class communications, content, and events.
- Leads and develops the Dean’s communications portfolio including public-facing speeches; high-level internal communications to SIPA faculty, staff, and students; strategic communications to external affiliates.
- Partners with the Dean to author op-eds based on the dean’s academic research and pitch them to news outlets for publication.
- Writes original content to augment the dean’s personal presence across social media channels, particularly LinkedIn.
Annual Policy Publication: (in collaboration with the Editorial Board, comprised of the dean, senior faculty, and staff)
- Designs and enforces an editorial framework and set of guidelines for the inaugural report.
- Collaborates with faculty to shape the content, work with freelancer(s) to edit all content, and coordinate peer review.
- Develops, manages, and enforces the production timeline and serve as the main POC between all relevant parties: authors, dean/Editorial Board, publisher, and Communications team.
- Partners with the Communications team to strategize around optimizing and packaging the content for publicity, marketing, and policy briefings.
Editorial programming and general communications:
- Develops and executes the school’s speaker and programming strategy, leveraging SIPA’s network and convening power to develop an annual calendar of signature events, continuously bringing in timely speakers and topics that engage SIPA’s audiences and elevate SIPA’s brand in the international public affairs community.
- Advises the Communications & External Relations department broadly on editorial content and style as applied across channels.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and at least 7 years of professional experience in journalism, communications, or other related field.
- Familiarity with international affairs, either through professional experience or academic qualifications.
- A talent for writing intelligent and engaging prose about international politics, translating academic concepts into accessible language with an understanding of the audience.
- High energy, hands-on, action-oriented personality that will enable quick turnaround for a driven principal.
- Excellent project management experience to coordinate multiple contributors and stakeholders and set/enforce timelines/deadlines.
- Strong leadership and interpersonal skills. Enthusiastic team player with a positive and flexible attitude who can work both independently and collaboratively.
- An understanding of how to write and program for various audiences.
- Advanced degree in policy, economics, international relations or a related field.
- Additional years of directly related professional experience, especially digital magazine or print editing, event programming, or policy communications work.
- Strong track record of published articles under own byline or on behalf of principal.
- Digital publishing experience.
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