The managing editor (ME) is an integral part of Guernica’s all-volunteer team, with a bird’s eye view of all the magazine’s moving parts. The ME reports to the editor-in-chief and deputy editor, and is a key member of the magazine’s leadership.
We’re a highly creative, collaborative team of people who work all kinds of day jobs, but are united by our passion for the arts, politics, journalism, social justice, and the expanding possibilities of digital media. Our ME will play an important role in sustaining and shaping our acclaimed publication at a critical time, both for Guernica and the world.
- Regularly coordinating with poetry, fiction, and nonfiction editors to ensure a steady flow of information, and that editorial and production deadlines are met.
- Overseeing Guernica’s fellowship program, including hiring and training, and coordinating with editorial staff to facilitate mentorships. This will include identifying potential fellowship projects, pairing editors with fellows, scheduling and leading regular digital check-ins, and overseeing the training and performance of fellows.
- Developing proficiency with Guernica‘s WordPress-based content management system and ushering pieces through the production cycle. This will include assigning fact-checking and formatting duties to our fellows, reviewing and making corrections to this work when needed, and liaising with the magazine’s art director, copy-editors, fellows, and social media editors when content is ready for their input. The ME will also communicate regularly with the publisher to facilitate payments to writers.
- Organizing and helping to lead bi-monthly online staff meetings.
- Maintaining the editorial calendar, in coordination with the editor-in-chief and deputy editor.
- Reordering and updating Guernica’s main page with revolving content.
- Overseeing the submissions process, in coordination with the submissions manager, and ensuring that submissions are disseminated and evaluated in a timely manner.
- Acquiring and editing pieces for publication, as desired and time allows.
The managing editor role requires approximately ten to fifteen hours of volunteer work per week. The ME will be responsible for coordinating multiple editorial efforts and schedules simultaneously–it is therefore crucial that the person in this role be highly organized, a diplomatic and efficient communicator, accustomed to working at a fast pace, and comfortable juggling multiple tasks and deadlines at once. We strongly encourage people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, and others who may contribute to the diversity of our perspectives to apply.
Applications will remain open until the position is filled. Please apply via Submittable.