American Society of Magazine Editors

Managing/Production Editor at Mother Jones

Are deadlines in your DNA? Can you manage up, down, sideways, and across time zones? Are you quick with an edit and graceful under pressure? Mother Jones is looking for a managing/production editor to coordinate and corral the work of reporters and editors in three bureaus, including overseeing the production of our award-winning print magazine. You should be a workflow genius, a skilled negotiator, ridiculously organized, flexible, meticulous, and a born collaborator. Your previous boss should call you charming AND ruthless. You should be comfortable managing staff bandwidth, overseeing fact-checking and legal review, calculating page counts, and rooting out errors. Pushovers need not apply.

At MoJo, you’ll be part of a crew of kick-ass journalists dedicated to combating demagoguery and propaganda with rock-solid facts and fearless investigations. Our team's focus is the news behind the news—covering the issues everyone's talking about, without regurgitating the same tired storylines. Our editors shape investigative projects into beautiful narratives and help reporters crank out fast-breaking scoops. With a digital audience of 13 million and a print circulation of 200,000, we'll ensure the work you usher into existence is widely seen. Plus, Mother Jones has a healthy, diversified business model that keeps us independent, and a management team that understands that hard work and ambition are not incompatible with sanity.

You will:

  • Help reporters and editors in three bureaus coordinate and manage stories
  • Use a deep understanding of both the news cycle and larger trends to create synergy between ongoing reporting and deeper investigations
  • Oversee production of a national magazine from story assignment to production
  • Manage production calendar and all relevant deadlines
  • Work with the art department, production director, and head of news product to create a great print product
  • Oversee research department, including legal reviews and fact-checking
  • Oversee copy editor, assistant editor, proofreader, and outside contractors

You should have:

  • At least five years relevant experience in a high-pressure, fast-paced news environment
  • Experience with strategies to improve systems and workflow
  • Killer writing and editing skills
  • Experience with InDesign, InCopy, and Wordpress.

This position is based in our San Francisco office. Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits. Mother Jones and its parent organization, the Foundation for National Progress, are committed to building and maintaining a diverse and welcoming workplace. We do not discriminate in our hiring based on race, color, religion, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, veteran status, union activity, physical or mental disability, AIDS/HIV status, on-the-job injuries, age, or any status otherwise protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

To apply, please send your resume and a personalized cover letter outlining why this is the organization and job for you to jobs(at)motherjones(dot)com with “Managing Editor” as the subject line. No calls or office drop-ins.

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Friday, February 24, 2017
San Francisco, CA