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EdSource, a California nonprofit organization with the state’s largest team of education reporters, is seeking a managing editor with a keen eye for seeing the big picture on issues, including those involving early education, K-12 and higher education. With a mix of longform pieces, short news updates, as well as in-depth enterprise, the managing editor will oversee EdSource’s daily news operation and help steer the strategic editorial vision as a key member of the senior leadership team.
A successful candidate will have a proven track record of managing a team of journalists, with the ability to elevate content by helping to conceive relevant, engaging and data-driven stories. We’re looking for a creative and experienced editor with a knack for distilling complex topics and education jargon into clear, compelling storytelling that sheds new light on issues and trends in education.
The managing editor must have excellent news judgment and encourage a strong watchdog focus for the organization.
Founded in 1977, EdSource is a highly respected independent, nonprofit organization with a long track record of reporting on important education issues. While its primary focus is on California, EdSource covers issues within a national context.
The managing editor will join an influential and growing organization recognized as one of the most authoritative sources of education reporting in a state with the nation’s largest system of public education. Articles are published online, in daily email newsletters, as well as through partnerships with other news organizations.
While EdSource is headquartered in Oakland and its Los Angeles bureau, this role's location is flexible based anywhere in California.
At least 8 years of professional editing experience, preferably working with a daily journalism publication;
Ability to set, lead and execute a strategic vision for a wide range of coverage, along with the ability to distill complex education topics;
Enthusiastic leader with team-building skills that encourage collaboration and innovation;
Proven supervisory skills, working collaboratively with other editors, as well as reporters;
Excellent writing and editing skills, with the ability to place issues within a larger context;
Experience working with freelancers and outside contributors;
Ability to oversee, solicit and greenlight commentary contributions;
Ability to work independently under tight deadlines;
Creative self-starter who is eager to explore new ways of covering education issues and create high-impact multimedia storytelling;
Experience in education journalism preferred but not required.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Edit stories with impact in a variety of styles and formats;
Supervise a team of journalists, providing regular feedback and coaching;
Serve as a partner to the executive director in setting the strategic editorial vision;
Work with other team members to develop new ways to grow audience;
Oversight of commentary operation, with an eye on exploring ways to refine process and expand reach;
Other duties as assigned.
Along with the opportunity to do meaningful work with a team of experienced journalists, EdSource offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a range of medical plans, a retirement savings plan, generous vacation leave and paid holidays, as well as professional development opportunities.
Send a cover letter, resume and provide contact information for three references, as well as links to your social media accounts and links to, or attachments of, three to six examples of work you have edited to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the job title in subject line.
Belief StatementEdSource believes that access to a quality education is an important right of all children. We further believe that an informed, involved public is necessary to strengthen California’s schools for the benefit of the state’s children, its civic life and its economy.GoalsEdSource works to engage Californians on key education challenges with the goal of enhancing learning success. It does so by providing timely, useful and accurate information to key education stakeholders and the larger public; advancing awareness of major education initiatives being implemented in California and nationally; and highlighting effective models and strategies intended to improve student outcomes, as well as identifying areas that are in need of repair or reform.HistoryOver a period of more than four decades, EdSource has established its reputation as a highly respected source of education information, research and analysis. It has now emerged as the pre-eminent multi-media education platform for the state, which with over 6 million students is the largest and most diverse public education system in the nation.Since its founding in 1977, EdSource has broadened its focus to include a broa...d range of education reforms, including early education and preschools, charter schools, school accountability, STEM education, teacher evaluation and obstacles students face in the math pipeline from pre-kindergarten to college. In 2011, EdSource launched its journalism and communications arm, which now comprises the largest education reporting staff of any newsroom in the state.The expertise of EdSource’s staff of reporters, writers, and communication and outreach specialists is strengthened by a statewide Board of Directors made up of distinguished leaders from diverse education constituencies.
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