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Managing Editor - writing / editing / translation - job employment

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City: Seattle-tacoma
Date: 08 Nov 2018
Category: Writing / Editing

ParentMap, a dynamic Seattle-area media company with a magazine readership of more than 200,000 and a monthly reach of more than 1.7 million, is looking for an experienced, full-time managing editor.

The ideal candidate should have a strong background in print and online journalism (both editing and writing); experience managing an editorial team; and a talent for developing the spot-on mix of fun, useful and newsy content and related products that our audience of uber-busy parents wants and needs.

In short, we want someone who is poised to build on ParentMap's strengths to advance the magazine and website to a new level of excellence.

The candidate should live in the Puget Sound region and be available for frequent in-person meetings around Seattle. This role will include, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:
  • Managing all editorial channels for ParentMap, including daily digital content and monthly print magazine
  • Lead editorial team in creating and maintaining the brand and voice of the magazine across all channels (print, eNewsletters, digital, social)
  • Lead editorial team in all aspects of creating and driving annual editorial calendar across all channels, with a balanced mix of high-performing content that includes groundbreaking feature stories, top parenting news, the most awesome local outings and travel, and sponsored content
  • Lead editorial team in vetting pitches and making assignments and building/nurturing an excellent team of freelance writers
  • Ensure the integrity and success of all ParentMap content
  • Lead content strategy and community engagement
  • Lead editorial team to develop new editorial products that map to ParentMap's overarching business and editorial goals
  • Track and analyze success of content using metrics tools, and lead the team in making adjustments based on impact, goals and ROI
  • Establish and nurture relationships with community partners, leaders and organizations to further the brand and strengthen our relationships with readers and partners
    Team management
  • Participate in ParentMap's leadership team, including helping setting annual business and editorial goals and budgets
  • Manage a small team of full- and part-time editors and editorial staff in all facets of their work
  • Collaborate across multiple teams, including Sales and Marketing, to develop new products and partnerships
  • Lead efforts to recruit, nurture and maintain an excellent cohort of freelance writers (and other contractors, such as photographers) who contribute to ParentMap

Required skills and experience

A managing editor candidate needs to be talented, creative, enthusiastic, organized, innovative and bring new ideas in the parenting and family space. Specific skills required include:

  • B.A. in journalism or related field, or equivalent experience
  • At least five years experience in news or magazine editing, as well as several years experience in news or magazine writing; as well as experience developing new editorial products
  • Demonstrated ability to manage an editorial department, including staff editors and freelancers
  • Familiarity with online metrics and tools (eg, Google Analytics) to analyze content performance
  • Demonstrated ability to dream up, develop and execute new editorial products that directly map to ParentMap's overarching business and editorial goals
  • Demonstrated ability to succeed in a virtual office environment
  • Knowledge of best practices in SEO; social media marketing for news; writing for eNewsletters; as well as familiarity with content management systems, photo editing software and related programs

Note: ParentMap operates in a flexible, virtual office environment, meaning that the managing editor will be based at home, but responsible for participating in a number of weekly meetings, in person and by phone; and in managing a team virtually. This job is full-time and reports to the publisher.

Salary and benefits: ParentMap offers a competitive salary package including paid vacation and sick leave.

How to apply: Email a cover letter, resume and recent writing and editing clips to jobs at parentmap dot com. Include "Managing Editor" in the subject line.

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