Assignment Editor, Instagram

Washington, DC
Nov 01, 2022
Feb 12, 2023
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 creative and social-minded editor to manage our Instagram team. This role requires an innovative thinker who is excited about connecting Post journalism to new audiences off-platform and wants to lead the industry in dynamic storytelling.

The assignment editor will oversee daily operations and strategy for The Post's branded Instagram accounts. The best candidates will be organized, communicative leaders who thrive on turning data into action. We want someone who has a deep understanding of Instagram and how to make the most of its unique features. Strong news judgment and an innovative spirit are critical. The assignment editor will be expected to push experimentation on the platform and empower our editors on Instagram to find new ways to attract and engage with the next generation of Post subscribers.

Candidates should have experience managing a news organization's social accounts during breaking news, planned live events and quiet moments when there is time to craft that perfect post, Story or Reel. The ideal candidate will have a command of voice and tone on social media and the ability to write sharp headlines targeted at specific audiences. They should be excited about coaching others to consistently deliver clever, high-impact storytelling that takes advantage of Instagram's distinct attributes. Candidates should be well-versed in analytics tools such as Chartbeat, Google Analytics and Instagram's engagement insights; the ability to understand and act upon metrics when appropriate is imperative.

Candidates must be well-rounded news junkies who are comfortable editing in a fast-paced environment and have many of the following qualifications: at least two years of management experience in a newsroom; at least six years of journalism experience; experience using social management tools such as SocialFlow; experience reading and using analytics to make decisions; experience with social networks such as YouTube or TikTok; and the ability to investigate and verify claims on social media.

This position is based in our Washington newsroom. Workplace safety is a paramount concern at The Washington Post, and we require our staff to be vaccinated and boosted against the coronavirus.

Candidates should upload a résumé and cover letter outlining their experience, including the accounts they have run and any examples of work on Instagram, to our jobs portal. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but those received by 10/7/2022 will be prioritized. Address the cover letter to Deputy Director of Social Travis Lyles, Universal News Desk Editor Kenisha Malcolm and Head of Curation and Platforms Coleen O'Lear.

Wherever you are in your life or career, The Washington Post offers comprehensive and inclusive benefits for every step of your journey:

  • Competitive medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Company-paid pension and 401(k) match
  • Three weeks of vacation and up to three weeks of paid sick leave
  • Nine paid holidays and two personal days
  • 20 weeks paid parental leave for any new parent
  • Robust mental health resources
  • Backup care and caregiver concierge services
  • Gender affirming services
  • Pet insurance
  • Free Post digital subscription
  • Leadership and career development programs

Benefits may vary based on the job, full-time or part-time schedule, location, and collectively bargained status.

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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