There are eight full-time employees at SSIR, five on the editorial side and three on the publishing side. The Senior Digital Editor is responsible for leading and managing the editorial portion of SSIR’s website, one of the primary ways that the organization disseminates content and interacts with its audience. SSIR’s website reaches about 200,000 unique visitors each month, or about 2.5 million people a year, about 40% of whom come from outside the United States. Over the 15 years that SSIR has been publishing, the way that editorial content is delivered on the web has changed dramatically, and that is certain to continue in the future. It is the responsibility of the Senior Digital Editor to stay abreast of the latest Internet publishing trends by reading articles, talking to industry leaders, attending webinars, and other means, and then to make sure that SSIR’s website, social media activities, articles and other content, and Internet strategy adapts to these changes so that SSIR delivers its content and reaches its target audience most effectively. The Senior Digital Editor is also responsible for obtaining, editing, and publishing online at least one original article every working day (Monday through Friday). In addition, the Senior Digital Editor is responsible for staying informed about the field of social innovation and representing SSIR at seminars, conferences, and meetings in the field of social innovation, and for other shared responsibilities with members of the SSIR team. The Senior Digital Editor works under the supervision of the Managing Editor.
Demonstrated experience editing a range of articles (e.g. op-eds, long features, profiles of organizations) and working with a variety of authors (e.g. journalists, academics, consultants, foundation CEOs). Must be able to take articles that are written by people who are not professional writers and turn them into informative and compelling articles for an intelligent yet non-academic audience. Must be able to meet all deadlines. Must also be able to work well with faculty, researchers, executives, and consultants who may be strong-willed and not used to being heavily edited. Editing experience at a magazine or website is highly desired.
Demonstrated experience leading and managing an editorial website or significant portion of an editorial website. This includes developing and implementing an editorial strategy, and managing the obtaining, editing, publishing, and promoting of at least one original article every working day (Monday through Friday). It also requires leading and managing SSIR’s editorial digital strategy and operations, including leading and managing the social media efforts, insuring all content is optimized for search, managing the look and feel of the website itself, evaluating the effectiveness of SSIR’s digital efforts, making sure the website is optimized for all platforms, and other related digital tasks (using outside contractors when needed).
Demonstrated experience using a variety of software, applications, websites, and other tools to create, manage, and promote Internet content, including: social media (in particular LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter); social media tools (e.g. TweetDeck and HootSuite); content management systems (specifically Expression Engine); video tools and websites (e.g. YouTube,); publishing software (specifically InDesign); photo and illustration software (e.g. Illustrator and Photoshop); and website analytics tools (specifically Google Analytics, but also others, e.g. Parse.ly).
A strong work ethic, the ability to work independently, a willingness to express one’s ideas and opinions, an ability to work well as part of a team, and a devotion to getting the details right.
Demonstrated ability to perform detailed work with high level of accuracy and attention to detail, while meeting all deadlines.
A passion for the field of social innovation. Being widely read and knowledgeable about the field social innovation, and an interest in and knowledge of related subjects—such as politics, economics, sociology, business, and psychology—is highly desired.
About Stanford Social Innovation Review
Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) produces a wide range of editorial content for leaders of nonprofits, businesses, and governments around the world engaged in social innovation. Its goal is to provide a media platform for leaders of social innovation from around the world to share ideas, research, and experiences to advance the field of social innovation. SSIR operates like a small media company within Stanford University, producing a quarterly paid-subscription magazine; a website that publishes new articles, podcasts, and videos daily; webinars; conferences; and other content. Every year more than 2 million people around the world read SSIR articles, listen to SSIR podcasts and webinars, and attend SSIR conferences. SSIR is a part of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, an academic center within the School of Humanities and Sciences that brings together faculty, students, and practitioners to develop and share knowledge about philanthropy, civil society, and social change.