Commonweal, the independent journal of opinion edited and managed by lay Catholics, is seeking a managing editor to play a significant role in shaping its print and digital work.
Working under the direction of the editor, the managing editor will have responsibility for these areas:
Providing the framework and timetable for long-term and short-term editorial planning, both for print and digital publishing.
Management oversight and daily direction for the editorial production workflow of Commonweal both in print and digitally, from manuscript review and acceptance through design and layout, editing assignments, copy editing, proofreading, final release for publication, and social media promotion.
The managing editor will also have the opportunity to contribute original work to Commonweal, and to take a leadership role in editorial projects.
The position directly supervises a print production layout editor and an editorial assistant, as well as free-lance editorial and design resources.
The position requires at least five years of experience in an editorial role. A bachelor’s degree is required; an advanced degree in a field related to Commonweal’s focus is a potential plus. We expect candidates to have a familiarity with the religious, political, and cultural debates that make up Commonweal’s editorial focus.
Strong and proven organizational skills, especially in a publishing/media environment, are a primary requirement, as are exceptional copy-editing and proofreading standards. Among the specific skill sets and work experiences that would be desirable are print layout and production technology, including Adobe InDesign and InCopy; art and photo selection and permissions; workflow management for an editorial team; digital publishing practices and technologies; and best practices in social media authoring and promotion. The position also requires an informal yet highly disciplined management style that will mesh with the collaborative nature of the Commonweal editorial staff.
The position is full time, although the Commonweal office operates on a four-day work week. Salary will be commensurate with experience.
Commonweal is operated by a nonprofit foundation independent of any official church affiliation. Additional information about the organization is available at www.commonwealmagazine.org/about. Commonweal publishes a print magazine 11 times yearly, as well as a continuously updated website.
Resume and a cover letter describing the applicant's interest in Commonweal should be sent via e-mail (only) to email@example.com.
Commonweal is an equal opportunity employer.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits package includes health care and employer-funded retirement plan.
Commonweal's mission is to provide a forum for civil, reasoned debate on the interaction of faith with contemporary politics and culture.
Read by a passionate audience of educated, committed Catholics, as well as readers from many other faith traditions, Commonweal presents well-argued, respectful points of view from across the ideological spectrum. Charity, depth, and honesty are Commonweal’s watchwords. We believe that the challenging problems of the present and debates about the future need breathing room—articulated not in slogans or hot takes but addressed civilly, fairly, and at length when necessary, and always accessible to the general reader.
Founded in 1924, today Commonweal publishes both in print (11 times yearly) and via a continuously updated website. In addition, Commonweal Local Communities, in-person discussion groups centered on Commonweal-related topics, now meet monthly in fifty cities around the United States. We also organize discussions and workshops for younger readers and aspiring young writers; we reach several hundred university campuses with student subscriptions; and we regularly sponsor live panel discussions on compelling issues of the moment. I...n the past year, we launched the Commonweal Podcast, an opportunity for a new generation of readers to engage with our editors and writers in yet another medium.
Commonweal has a full-time staff of 13, and our office is located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in New York City.