Government Accountability and Policy Editor

Location
Washington, DC
Posted
May 09, 2022
Closes
May 30, 2022
Ref
JR-90273556
Hours
Full Time
Application Instructions

Please list all professional experience and explain any gaps in employment history. All of your application materials, which may include PDF files of work samples and/or links to audio, video, photography or graphics, must be uploaded to the field labeled Resume/Cover Letter/Work Samples to be considered for the position.

Job Description

The Washington Post is looking for a government accountability and policy editor on the National Politics desk to oversee reporting on the federal government and its workforce, as well as some of the most fiercely debated issues spurring legislation at the federal and state levels.

This editor, who will report to the senior politics editor, will be a crucial voice in guiding some of the Politics staff's most distinctive enterprise work and will play a key role in spearheading collaborations with other teams in the newsroom that cover federal agencies.

We are looking for someone with strong editing skills who can help reporters break news about how the White House is driving its agenda within the federal bureaucracy and execute powerful accountability stories assessing whether the government meets its mission to serve the public. This editor also will lead coverage of the fast-moving fight over access to abortion, both the formation of policies in Washington and in state capitols and the political fallout. In addition, this editor will guide coverage of other significant policy developments in state legislatures.

The ideal candidate will have a track record of success in story origination, writing and editing, and be able to execute high-impact and timely pieces in a competitive area. We are looking for an editor who is precise, makes sound decisions and has a knack for elevating concepts and optimizing stories for digital success. This editor must have exceptional organizational skills and an ability to give clear guidance to reporters. In addition, this editor must have a keen eye for fairness and clarity in lines of coverage that are politically charged and complex.

This editor must also work collaboratively with other politics editors and across the newsroom to ensure that we provide readers with revelatory and comprehensive coverage. In addition, we are looking for someone who embraces an inclusive approach to story generation and varied forms of storytelling, and who will help identify the most dynamic formats for our coverage of voters.

This editor will be based in our Washington newsroom. The Post strives to provide its readers with high-quality, trustworthy news and information while constantly innovating. That mission is best served by a diverse, multigenerational workforce with varied life experiences and perspectives. All cultures and backgrounds are welcomed.

Interested candidates should upload a cover letter, résumé and five to seven examples of your work (as pdfs) to our jobs portal by 05/20/2022. The cover letter should be addressed to Senior Politics Editor Dan Eggen, National Editor Matea Gold, Deputy National Editor Philip Rucker, and Managing Editor Steven Ginsberg. Internal candidates can apply here.

The Post strives to provide its readers with high-quality, trustworthy news and information while constantly innovating. That mission is best served by a diverse, multi-generational workforce with varied life experiences and perspectives. All cultures and backgrounds are welcomed.

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