Deputy Politics Editor

The Washington Post
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Jan 30

Position description

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Job Description


The Washington Post is looking for a skilled leader to serve as deputy politics editor, a new role in which they will help guide the National politics staff in executing the most ambitious political coverage in the nation. 


This editor, who will serve as the principal deputy to the senior politics editor, will help oversee the politics staff and assist in shaping coverage of the 2024 campaign, the White House, Congress and state politics. Together with the senior politics editor, this editor will be responsible for ensuring the excellence of the daily political report and mobilizing resources for major stories, as well as managing staffing needs. This job requires proven editorial judgment, a high metabolism and a sophisticated understanding of the people, issues and forces shaping American politics. 


We are seeking a seasoned editor with experience running political coverage who brings a high-elevation approach to stories and framing lines of coverage. The ideal candidate will be an experienced manager who excels at developing talent and helping journalists shine and is committed to a supportive and inclusive work environment. This editor must be an excellent communicator with superb organizational skills who understands how to promote collaboration in a large newsroom and has a track record of bringing together different teams in pursuit of a shared goal.  


This position is based in our Washington newsroom.    


Interested candidates should upload a résumé with links to their work and a cover letter outlining the experience and approach they would bring to this position to our jobs portal. All materials can be uploaded to the same field. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but those received by 10/20/2023 will be prioritized. Your cover letter should be addressed to Senior Politics Editor Dan Eggen, National Editor Philip Rucker and Managing Editor Matea Gold.  


Wherever you are in your life or career, The Washington Post offers comprehensive and inclusive benefits for every step of your journey:


  • Competitive medical, dental and vision coverage

  • Company-paid pension and 401(k) match

  • Three weeks of vacation and up to three weeks of paid sick leave

  • Nine paid holidays and two personal days

  • 20 weeks paid parental leave for any new parent

  • Robust mental health resources

  • Backup care and caregiver concierge services

  • Gender affirming services

  • Pet insurance

  • Free Post digital subscription

  • Leadership and career development programs


Benefits may vary based on the job, full-time or part-time schedule, location, and collectively bargained status.


Application instructions

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