Managing Editor for Audience and Visual Journalism

Washington, DC
Nov 02, 2022
Dec 15, 2022
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 seeking a dynamic and innovative news leader for the position of managing editor overseeing areas of the newsroom focused on audience growth and strategy, curation and distribution, new story formats and visual journalism. This managing editor is responsible for a broad and critical portfolio that encompasses The Post's audience development and engagement teams; the teams that manage the curation and distribution of our journalism across multiple platforms, including our homepage, app, Apple News, social media and other surfaces; the staffs responsible for design, optimization and new product development; and several newsgathering and presentation departments, including Video, Audio, Graphics and Photo. This managing editor oversees more than 350 journalists.

The successful candidate will join three other managing editors who, along with the executive editor, hold the top positions in The Post's newsroom and who collaborate closely in a leadership group. The person in this job will take a leading role in the overall strategy and execution of our audience growth goals, including starting and leading new initiatives on a variety of platforms. This work requires maintaining a close and effective relationship with The Post's engineering and product teams, with the goal of drawing bigger audiences to its award-winning journalism.

This managing editor should have deep experience in building and overseeing collaborative, cross-functional teams to create strong journalism, a commitment to The Post's values and mission, and a demonstrated ability to inspire, mentor and train journalists to adapt and succeed in an ever-changing news environment. The successful candidate will be motivated by a desire to experiment with new storytelling forms, have a keen interest in how we effectively and creatively distribute our work on multiple platforms, and be committed to fostering a culture of creative problem-solving, empathetic management and effective and inspirational leadership.

Qualified candidates should have a demonstrated track record of innovation in new product development and audience growth. They should also be flexible and nimble, able to recognize opportunities when they emerge and marshal resources to pursue them.

In addition to being the newsroom's primary liaison with the company's engineering and product teams, this managing editor also serves as the newsroom's point person with managers who oversee advertising, subscriptions and marketing.

Those interested in applying should upload a résumé and a detailed cover letter, outlining how they are a good fit for this position and their vision for it, to our jobs portal. All application materials can be uploaded to the same field. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but those received by 11/20/2022 will be prioritized. Your cover letter should be addressed to Executive Editor Sally Buzbee.

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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