The Atlantic Council seeks a motivated, talented, and creative editor and writer. This post is responsible for leading the production and editing of all short-form editorial products produced by the Atlantic Council online as well as for collaborating with the broader Communications group and across the Council to ensure that these products are successfully executed. The Deputy Managing Editor will oversee the Atlantic Council’s flagship section and newsletter, New Atlanticist, as well as help shape other top editorial initiatives such as the Council’s new Fast Thinking alerts.
The Deputy Managing Editor will draw on experience in writing, editing, and editorial production to improve the quality and expand the reach of the Council’s editorial work across a variety of platforms (website, email, social media, etc.), engaging both internal Council experts and external writers and editors to create unique, compelling, relevant, and influential content on the global issues central to the Council’s work.
The Deputy Managing Editor will also be expected to help develop editorial strategy, implement editorial innovations, and provide editing and writing support for the overall Editorial team. S/he will report to the Managing Editor. The ideal candidate will be a skillful, seasoned writer and editor—with substantial experience working in journalism and media, especially in international affairs.
- Directly manage the Atlantic Council’s flagship section, New Atlanticist.
- Edit short-form content to a high standard, finding and removing errors, improving quality and impact, and creating professional copy consistent with the Council’s style and standards.
- Lead and develop the Atlantic Council’s ability to rapidly respond to events in the world with editorial products infused with the top-notch foreign policy expertise of our network of experts, and make sure the organization is relevant to the news cycle at speed and at scale.
- Write short-form pieces for the Council based on input from staff and fellows, Council events, and world-affairs news and developments.
- Help to create and define a voice for the Council, expressed through editorial products and platforms including the website, newsletters, blog posts, articles, and publications.
- Be a main point of leadership for editorial standards and quality, including style.
- Work with Council staff in other programs who produce newsletters, articles, and blog posts, helping them set priorities, develop products, establish and enforce editorial guidelines and policies, and monitor performance to gauge success.
- Help to develop and track metrics and measure the impact of the Council’s editorial work through detailed analytics reports.
- Work with not just the Managing Editor and editorial team, but also the Vice President of Communications, the Digital team, and the Media Relations team on overall communications strategy and delivery to maximize the Atlantic Council’s visibility.
- Other tasks as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree or higher in Journalism, Communications, International Relations, or a related field.
- Approximately 5-7 years of relevant work experience in journalism, media, international policy, and/or communications.
- Excellent editing and writing skills with experience editing, writing, and distributing news analysis, op-eds, commentary, essays, and features.
- Experience with WordPress or other equivalent industry-standard web-publishing platforms, writing and publishing for the web, and social media promotion and distribution.
- Strong administrative and organizational skills, and the ability to cope with ambiguity and manage multiple priorities.
- An understanding of think-tank work and the Washington, DC policy environment.
- Experience working with policy experts to facilitate the expression of their subject-matter expertise to both niche and broad public audiences.
- Demonstrated initiative and ability to work well with a team in a dynamic environment.
- Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of international affairs and a commitment to the mission and goals of the Atlantic Council.
- Knowledge of media workflow, organization, tools, and tactics, along with experience in creating new editorial products and managing multiple product lines.
- Knowledge of Google Analytics and metrics software or other systems preferred.
- Experience in global media environments preferred.
Please note: Atlantic Council is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We take affirmative action to ensure equal opportunity for all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics. Atlantic Council is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to applicants with physical and mental disabilities. Thank you for your interest in the Atlantic Council.