Metro Editor

The Washington Post
Washington, DC
Closing date
Dec 8, 2023

Job Details

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 an ambitious, accomplished and innovative journalist to lead Metro, an essential department in our newsroom with the mission of providing in-the-moment, captivating coverage of the region. Across the District, Maryland and Virginia, The Post aims to give its readers and subscribers critical, timely spot news and deep, rigorous accountability journalism while engaging them in understanding the people, events and trends in this unique and important community.

The ideal candidate is a seasoned and skilled editor who is energized by the prospect of leading a talented staff at a time of continued change and innovation, while overseeing a wide-ranging portfolio that serves some of our most loyal and engaged audiences. The department includes teams that cover local breaking news, beat reporters who consistently hold local governments and officials to account, an enterprise team that delivers resonant, deeply reported narratives and investigations, and journalists focused on visual storytelling.

Strong management skills, impeccable news judgment and experience fostering collaboration and embracing new storytelling formats are a must to successfully lead a versatile and diverse staff that frequently works with other parts of newsroom. A commitment to the critical importance of vibrant local news in today's world is vital, as is a vision for how to make Post journalism a daily habit for our local audiences.

Please consider applying if you meet most of the criteria below.

Preferred Qualifications & Experience
  • A minimum of 10 years of professional journalism experience, including as a manager.
  • A record of success in driving a competitive daily news report across a wide range of subjects-bonus points if you have a track record of running impactful government accountability coverage.
  • Demonstrated experience guiding reporters and editors through a period of innovation and change.
  • Substantial experience in serving a digital audience, as well as a commitment to telling stories optimized for a variety of platforms, whether with text, visuals, graphics, sound or all the above.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading large teams, as well as an approach to management that balances high expectations and impeccable journalistic standards with fairness and empathy.
  • Experience in encouraging and facilitating collaboration both within a department and with teams elsewhere in the newsroom.
  • Experience managing a budget.
  • Extensive knowledge of the D.C. metro area is a plus but not strictly required.

This position is based in our Washington newsroom.

Interested applicants should submit a résumé and a cover letter outlining their vision for the role 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 10/22/2023 will be prioritized. The cover letter should be addressed to Executive Editor Sally Buzbee, Managing Editor Matea Gold and Deputy Managing Editor Liz Seymour.

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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Thank you for your interest in a career with The Washington Post. We invite you to review all of our open positions to find the one that's right for you. We look forward to receiving your resume!

Since it first began publication more than 130 years ago, The Washington Post has grown into one of the most storied and respected news organizations in the world. A subsidiary of The Washington Post Company, today's Post is the indispensable guide to Washington. In print, we enjoy the highest penetration of any major metropolitan newspaper in the United States. On the web, we have the third largest news website with 17 million unique visitors each month, and have recently launched a celebrated news app for the iPad. We serve Washington in all media, on any platform, including paid products, events, and tailored content.

More broadly, The Washington Post Company delivers quality products to today's students, readers and viewers. What unites our company is the immediacy of our products and services, created by teachers and tutors at Kaplan; reporters and editors at our media properties; and associates at Cable ONE.
Washington Post Media views its employees as its most valuable asset and provides a comprehensive benefits package to promote healthy and balanced lives at work and at home. We offer competitive salaries, opportunities for training and career advancement and an outstanding, progressive benefits package including:
Health and dental benefits
Flexible healthcare and dependent care spending accounts
401(k) and company-funded cash balance plan
Life and disability insurance
Tuition reimbursement
Adoption assistance
Domestic partner benefits
Employee assistance program
Employee referral program

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