Senior Digital Editor, Stanford Social Innovation Review
June 23, 2018
Senior Digital Editor, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Job Number: 79250
Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description Editor 2Job Code: 4252 Job Grade: I Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) produces a wide range of editorial content for leaders of nonprofits, businesses, and governments around the world engaged in social innovation. Its goal is to provide a media platform for leaders of social innovation from around the world to share ideas, research, and experiences to advance the field of social innovation. SSIR operates like a small media company within Stanford University, producing a quarterly paid-subscription magazine; a website that publishes new articles, podcasts, and videos daily; webinars; conferences; and other content. Every year more than 2 million people around the world read SSIR articles, listen to SSIR podcasts and webinars, and attend SSIR conferences. SSIR is a part of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, an academic center within the School of Humanities and Sciences that brings together faculty, students, and practitioners to develop and share knowledge about philanthropy, civil society, and social change. There are eight full-time employees at SSIR, five on the editorial side and three on the publishing side. The Senior Digital Editor is responsible for leading and managing the editorial portion of SSIR's website, one of the primary ways that the organization disseminates content and interacts with its audience. SSIR's website reaches about 200,000 unique visitors each month, or about 2.5 million people a year, about 40% of whom come from outside the United States. Over the 15 years that SSIR has been publishing, the way that editorial content is delivered on the web has changed dramatically, and that is certain to continue in the future. It is the responsibility of the Senior Digital Editor to stay abreast of the latest Internet publishing trends by reading articles, talking to industry leaders, attending webinars, and other means, and then to make sure that SSIR's website, social media activities, articles and other content, and Internet strategy adapts to these changes so that SSIR delivers its content and reaches its target audience most effectively. The Senior Digital Editor is also responsible for obtaining, editing, and publishing online at least one original article every working day (Monday through Friday). In addition, the Senior Digital Editor is responsible for staying informed about the field of social innovation and representing SSIR at seminars, conferences, and meetings in the field of social innovation, and for other shared responsibilities with members of the SSIR team. The Senior Digital Editor works under the supervision of the Managing Editor. This position is full-time, exempt. Core Duties:*
Research, plan, write, and edit original/complex publications for style and substance.
Develop and publish sensitive policy statements and publications for internal and/or external audiences.
Ensure adherence of editorial content to guidelines and oversee the work of other editorial staff or freelancers.
Recommend changes and amendments to communications or publications.
Work within deadlines and cost constraints of clients.
Advise and collaborate with clients on editorial and publication methods.
Communicate with writers, editors, photographers, vendors, and contractors, and review publication process.
Serve as resource in developing strategies that promote effective delivery of publications/editorials to target audiences.
May assist with performance evaluation, hiring, and staff management.
May supervise professional or support personnel.
* Other duties may also be assigned
Minimum Requirements: Education & Experience: Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant work experience is required. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Demonstrated understanding of the principles, terminology, procedures, and best practices of communications, public relations, and editorial content.
Extensive experience in planning and implementing complex publications/editorial projects.
Demonstrated ability to synthesize and coordinate materials from multiple resources.
Demonstrated ability to edit complex stories for both style and substance.
Exceptional attention to detail and thorough command of editorial and proofreading skills.
Experience producing highly effective work within the deadline and cost constraints of clients.
Extensive experience and understanding of job-required software applications.
Demonstrated ability to apply ingenuity and creativity in solving complex problems.
Demonstrated ability to apply discretion and judgment in evaluating implications of information release to internal and external audiences. Preferred Requirements: An advanced degree is highly desired. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
experience editing a range of articles (e.g. op-eds, long features, profiles of organizations) and working with a variety of authors (e.g. journalists, academics, consultants, foundation CEOs). Must be able to take articles that are written by people who are not professional writers and turn them into informative and compelling articles for an intelligent yet non-academic audience. Must be able to meet all deadlines. Must also be able to work well with faculty, researchers, executives, and consultants who may be strong-willed and not used to being heavily edited. Editing experience at a magazine or website is highly desired.
Demonstrated experience leading and managing an editorial website or significant portion of an editorial website. This includes developing and implementing an editorial strategy, and managing the obtaining, editing, publishing, and promoting of at least one original article every working day (Monday through Friday). It also requires leading and managing SSIR's editorial digital strategy and operations, including leading and managing the social media efforts, insuring all content is optimized for search, managing the look and feel of the website itself, evaluating the effectiveness of SSIR's digital efforts, making sure the website is optimized for all platforms, and other related digital tasks (using outside contractors when needed).
Demonstrated experience using a variety of software, applications, websites, and other tools to create, manage, and promote Internet content, including: social media (in particular LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter); social media tools (e.g. TweetDeck and HootSuite); content management systems (specifically Expression Engine); video tools and websites (e.g. YouTube,); publishing software (specifically InDesign); photo and illustration software (e.g. Illustrator and Photoshop); and website analytics tools (specifically Google Analytics, but also others, e.g. Parse.ly).
A strong work ethic, the ability to work independently, a willingness to express one's ideas and opinions, an ability to work well as part of a team, and a devotion to getting the details right.
Demonstrated ability to perform detailed work with high level of accuracy and attention to detail, while meeting all deadlines.
A passion for the field of social innovation. Being widely read and knowledgeable about the field social innovation, and an interest in and knowledge of related subjectssuch as politics, economics, sociology, business, and psychologyis highly desired. Certifications and Licenses: None Physical Requirements*:
Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, and grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
Occasionally grasp forcefully, writing by hand.
Rarely sort/file paperwork; lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
* Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.Working Conditions:
Occasional work on evenings and weekends.
Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and
procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide, http://adminguide.stanford.edu. Final offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of national criminal background check, national sex offender registry search and, where applicable, driving record. Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Location: School of Humanities and Sciences, California, United States Schedule: Classification Level:
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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