Assistant Managing Editor
The Assistant Managing Editor role for Education Week is a vital position in our news operation as these editors are most directly responsible for planning coverage and guiding our reporting efforts. At the same time, these editors sit at the forefront of our strategic imperative to develop deep expertise in the audience communities we serve. In our newsroom, each Assistant Managing Editor is responsible for supervising 2-4 reporters while also acting as our resident expert on one of the five main audience groups we serve (school district leaders, principals, teachers, policy and industry leaders, and higher education professionals) for the purpose of guiding all newsroom efforts to provide news and information to that audience group.
We are a mission-driven news organization – one of the first non-profit newsrooms — with a tradition of excellence and a passion for serving the K-12 education field. We’re looking for an editor who understands K-12 education and can articulate a vision for coverage on a range of topics that is fresh, insightful, and highly relevant to the K-12 professional audience.
Specifically, the Assistant Managing Editor will lead a highly motivated team of reporters covering some of the most vital and dynamic issues in the field: the teaching profession, curriculum and instruction, and how factors such as race, disabilities, and being a non-native speaker of English impact opportunities for students and influence educators at the school and classroom levels.
Education Week is at an exciting point in its history, a time of transition and opportunity. We have made recent major investments in our digital operations through a strategic redesign of edweek.org, a major technology upgrade that includes a new CMS, a robust use of Metrics for News analytics to expand and deepen our audience relationships, and exciting brand work. This Assistant Managing Editor will join a seasoned and energetic editing team that is poised to embrace a newsroom-wide advance editorial planning process and sharpen our journalism to grow our audience and raise the profile of our expertise. We’re looking for an editorial leader who is comfortable with change and can provide a compassionate and steady leadership hand to their team members.
At Education Week, we believe that our nation’s historic racism against Black people and other people of color has deeply influenced public education in a range of ways, from a patchwork funding system that sustains inequity of resources to echoing and perpetuating cultural and racial biases in classrooms and curricula. Highlighting these impacts has long been a core tenet of our mission and we recognize that to properly serve that mission our organization must understand these influences much more deeply. In addition, our editors have often served as conduits for future EdWeek employees, and we are eager to expand our in-house networks to a wider, more diverse sphere of journalism. With those things in mind, we strongly encourage applications from journalists who are members of traditionally underrepresented communities.
Applicants, please respond by Jan. 10, 2021.
- Lead and manage a group of 2-4 reporters, working with them to develop and execute coverage plans on their respective beats
- Work one-on-one with individual reporters on their stories, providing guidance before and during the story development, and diligent editing of copy when the story is filed
- Assure overall quality of all content produced by your reporter group
- Coordinate closely with the Visual and Immersive Experience (VEX) team to assure that the visual expression of our journalism is properly considered and executed
- Develop and maintain a high level of understanding of one of our main audience groups – to be assigned by Editor-in-Chief or Managing Editor – including attending professional conferences of that group, organizing and conducting occasional audience focus groups, diving into EdWeek’s analytics on their content consumption and other activities as necessary
- Serve as the voice of that audience group in daily news meetings and other newsroom activities, assuring that the news and information needs of the assigned audience group are always given consideration
- Committed to exploring and elevating issues of equity, inclusion, racial and social justice in K-12
- Develop and produce Special Reports as assigned
- Serve as coordinator with EdWeek’s Development office on coverage supported through grants, including helping to develop grant proposals for new funding and providing reports for existing funding
- Coordinate and partner with events team to plan and execute editorial webinars and other live and virtual events
- Provide ‘second read’ editing on stories from other editors, as available
- Work with social media and audience engagement teams on launch plans for stories and packages of stories to assure maximum exposure to the right audience
- Bachelor’s degree, with at least 5-7 years’ related experience in a news, media, information, or education organization
- Extensive knowledge of the field of K-12 education; dedication to the mission of Education Week
- Excellent news judgment, ability to recognize news and trends in education, and conceptualize appropriate coverage and content for Education Week and its multiple platforms
- Excellent hands-on editing skills
- Ability to work independently with limited supervision
- Strong orientation toward delivering results, able to set priorities and manage individuals to achieve them
- Excellent communication skills, including the ability to communicate professionally with various levels of management and audience
- Good team player, willingness to assist others and share expertise
- Excellent time management, organizational, and prioritization skills
- Detail-oriented, deadline-focused, and able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously
- Proficient in editorial software programs and comfortable adapting to changing technologies in those programs
- Able to work flexible schedule as required to meet needs of business
- Extremely ethical, conscientious, and displays a high level of integrity
Profile of the Ideal Candidate
- Excellent journalist
- Experience leading creative professionals in a goal-oriented environment
- Collaborative leader able to understand and demonstrate professionalism
- Extremely ethical, conscientious, with a high degree of integrity
- Strong commitment to equity and inclusion in K-12 journalism
- Excellent communication and presentation skills
At Education Week, we believe that an equitable—and excellent—education for all students is possible, and we empower the field to make it a reality. As a leading authority in pre-K-12 education, Education Week is the comprehensive cornerstone for educators, policymakers, and business leaders, providing trusted and non-partisan journalism and research insights that inspire critical conversations and meaningful action.
Edweek.org and Education Week, in print, engage readers with indispensable news, actionable analysis, outside opinion and commentary, and distinctive explanatory and investigative journalism. EdWeek Market Brief our digital intelligence report for education business leaders, provides original reporting, deep analysis and proprietary, data-driven research focused on school district purchasing and priorities. And EdWeek TopSchoolJobs connects the nation’s leading educators and business leaders with career insights and high-profile and in-demand professional opportunities. We serve the field and connect all voices in the education community with our projects across digital, print, and video platforms and through live and virtual events.
Education Week is an entrepreneurial non-profit media organization with a double bottom-line focus. We combine a mission orientation with a strong desire to evolve our projects to serve our audience and to ensure our growth and sustainability.
We have a long history of creating journalism and research worthy of reader support that is supported by reader revenue, first in print and then starting in 2005 with the launch of a soft digital paywall. About 75 percent of Education Week’s revenue comes from subscribers and advertisers, with remaining support coming from a committed group of philanthropic funders. Although Education Week in print still has a solid paid subscription following, more than 70 percent of our publishing revenue comes from digital products and services. Today, we connect with close to two million visitors each month on edweek.org plus millions more through our print and off-platform channels.
Benefits and Perks
Education Week is a vibrant workplace that is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Bethesda, MD. We are within a short walking distance of numerous restaurants and shops, the Metro, and are adjacent to The Capital Crescent Trail. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package including health and dental insurance, a 401(k), PTO, and tuition assistance. We value innovation, leadership, and forward-thinking, and provide a friendly, intellectual, challenging work environment where employees can thrive and grow professionally.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of our staff is still working remotely, but we are beginning to transition staff back to the Bethesda office as conditions allow. Upon reopening, the expectation is that this position will be located and performed in the office. Those working in the office are required to be fully vaccinated and able to show proof of vaccination. Candidates that live within regular commuting distance to the office or are willing to relocate to the DC/MD/VA area are preferred.
Education Week strongly values equity and believes in a society where all children have access to high quality K-12 education. As such, Education Week is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, skin color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood. EdWeek is committed to maintaining a diverse and multicultural working environment.
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