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Executive Editor - In These Times

  • 2022-08-15 3:46 PM
    Message # 12884594

    In These Times is a progressive, nonprofit political magazine dedicated to supporting movements for economic, social, racial and environmental justice, with a special emphasis on workers’ rights and investigative reporting. Founded in 1976, the magazine has seen record growth over the past five years, as more and more people become engaged with democratic socialism, the movement for Black lives, and campaigns for workers’ rights. 

    We’re looking for an Executive Editor who will be responsible for supervising the editorial department (currently made up of five editors, as well as a Creative Director), establishing and maintaining processes and workflow, and supporting and advocating for the editorial team members. This is a management position that reports directly to the Editorial Director.

    The ideal candidate is an experienced editor who is passionate about progressive politics, progressive policy and social movements, and can translate that enthusiasm into compelling coverage that drives social change. Candidates should have experience managing others as well as editing clean, fact-checked copy in a deadline-driven environment. The ideal candidate will be comfortable editing a variety of stories, including hard news, long-form features, opinion and cultural commentary for both print and web, with an understanding of the unique needs of both mediums. 

    We’re particularly interested in candidates with experience and ideas that will help us diversify our audiences culturally and geographically, and increase our reach among underserved communities as well as younger audiences. Producing journalism and building a readership that is representative of progressive movements will be a core focus for the candidate and others on the team. 


    • Managing a team of journalists (currently: two web editors, an Associate Editor, an Assistant Editor, an Audience Engagement Editor and Creative Director) with empathy, strategy and a strong sense of collaboration
    • Optimize editorial processes across print and web, and ensure editorial policies and standards are clear, well-communicated and adhered to
    • Edit print and web stories across a variety of topics
    • Help cultivate and maintain writer relationships
    • Collaborate with the Publishing department to identify opportunities to increase the visibility and impact of stories
    • Participate in culture building, inclusive decision making, and bringing ideas to different parts of our work in order to help us improve as an organization
    • Collaborate with other members of the management team, collaborate in setting goals and strategy for the overall organization


    • Previous experience leading a small to medium-sized editorial team
    • 3 or more years of experience as an editor for print and/​or web journalism
    • An understanding of and engagement with progressive politics and/​or social movements

    Salary and Benefits

    Annual salary is $70,000 to $75,000, based on experience, with a scheduled 5% raise in April of 2023.

    This is a full-time, 40-hour a week position with generous benefits, including:

    • 100% paid medical, dental and vision insurance, including full coverage for partners and dependents 
    • 100% paid short-term and long-term disability insurance, as well as life insurance 
    • Employer matched (3%) SIMPLE IRA plan
    • 16 paid holidays and 20 days paid vacation
    • 15 weeks paid parental leave

    In These Times is a NewsGuild union workplace, and this is a management position. Our offices are located in Chicago, Illinois, (just off the Western Blue Line) but we are currently working remotely due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We are open to this being a full-time remote position through March of 2023 and possibly longer.

    In These Times is committed to diversity and encourages members of underrepresented communities to apply, including women, LGBTQ people, people of color and people with disabilities.

    How to Apply

    To apply, send a cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position, along with your CV and clips, to jobs@​inthesetimes.​com with the subject ​“Executive Editor”. This position will remain open until it is filled. No phone calls.

    In These Times is an equal opportunity employer. People of all classes, races, ethnicities, gender identities and abilities that are underrepresented in media are strongly encouraged to apply.

    Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis, and we’re hoping to fill this position as soon as possible. If you’re interested, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

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