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Guernica is seeking a managing editor

Primary job responsibilities are as follows:

1. Oversee Guernica’s twice-monthly issue publication cycle. This entails maintaining an editorial calendar that encompasses all sections of the magazine, liaising with section editors to organize and curate upcoming issues, making intern assignments to ensure that work is thoroughly fact-checked and formatted using our content management system, reviewing fact-checking and other queries with writers, and communicating with our publishing and social media team and art director about upcoming content.

1b. The managing editor is responsible for reading upcoming issues in their entirety, along with the editor-in-chief and a third reader from our staff, and enacting all final edits and changes to pieces prior to publication; maintaining the magazine’s manual of style and enacting copy-
edits on content; and participating in the headline-writing and newsletter production process.

2. Track and enforce all issue deadlines and meeting dates. Guernica staff members meet once monthly in Midtown Manhattan; the managing editor is responsible for drawing up an agenda and directing these meetings.

3. Hire and train editorial interns. This entails posting quarterly calls for interns, screening resumes and cover letters, administering a copy-editing test, interviewing via telephone, selecting candidates, and taking part in an in-person training session.

4. Manage the homepage. This includes determining how issue content will appear on the site and keeping the magazine masthead current.

5. Coordinate with the publishing department of the magazine. The managing editor is the primary flow-through for editorial information that needs to be delivered to publishing, and is responsible for overseeing/maintaining a database of Guernica contributors and editorial contacts, acting as a liaison on subjects such as social media input and marketing pieces, sending contracts to writers as necessary, and recruiting authors for events.

Versatility, thoroughness, and intellectual curiosity are key among the attributes we’re after. Most significantly, the managing editor must be highly organized and efficient. The ME is expected to cultivate relationships with writers and editors, and to keep up to date on political and social issues, as well as literary and artistic happenings, to encourage content that is timely and relevant.

The ideal candidate has significant experience editing and writing for magazines, newspapers, and/or literary journals, and a strong interest in global social and political issues, the creative arts, and the perspectives of underrepresented populations. The position will require roughly twenty to twenty-five hours per week, though will vary depending on production cycles.

Guernica seeks motivated team players, eager to help diversify and strengthen the magazine. All staff members are expected to attend editorial meetings, held on the second Tuesday of every month in New York City.

The managing editor will receive a $1000 per month stipend over the next 12 months. Send resume, cover letter, and references to managingeditor@guernicamag.com by February 5, 2016.

Guernica is seeking an executive nonfiction editor

Primary job responsibilities are as follows:

1. Work closely with the magazine’s stable of nonfiction editors. This entails providing guidance on particular pieces and projects, and vetting drafts with a mind toward tone, quality of prose, and factual accuracy before they are submitted to Guernica‘s editor-in-chief and managing editor for publication. This role requires editors to work confidently across an array of subjects and styles, so versatility, intellectual curiosity, and wonderful taste are key among the attributes we’re after.

2. Develop and maintain a nonfiction editorial calendar, organize periodic meetings of the magazine’s nonfiction staff, and track progress. The executive editor will act as manager of the features section, overseeing junior and senior editors. Impeccable organizational skills and an eye for detail are essential. Since the role involves extensive (and most often virtual) communication with members of the nonfiction team, excellent communication skills—diplomacy, tact, and a sense of humor—and a talent for collaboration are crucial.

3. Keep up to date on political and social issues, as well as literary and artistic happenings to encourage content that is timely and relevant.

4. Regularly assist in screening unsolicited submissions and responding to queries in a timely fashion.

The ideal candidate has significant experience editing and writing for magazines, newspapers, and/or literary journals, and a strong interest in global social and political issues, the creative arts, and the perspectives of underrepresented populations. The position will require roughly ten hours per week, though will vary depending on production cycles.

Please note: In addition to overseeing the features team, the executive editor will have opportunities to solicit and edit pieces on his/her own. However, this is optional and will involve additional time beyond what is required for the tasks specified above.

Guernica seeks motivated team players, eager to help diversify and strengthen the nonfiction section, as well as the magazine as a whole. All staff members are expected to attend editorial meetings, held on the second Tuesday of each month in NYC.

Guernica is a volunteer-driven publication and all editorial positions are unpaid. Send resume, cover letter, and references to nonfiction@guernicamag.com by February 5, 2016.

Who We Are

Guernica is an award-winning magazine published twice monthly by an all-volunteer staff. We give equal weight to reportage, polemic, and criticism of domestic and international affairs alongside first-person narrative, fiction, poetry, and visual art from established and emerging artists and authors. Works from the magazine have been selected as Notable Essays for The Best American Essays 2012 and for Best of the Net 2012, and we’re a 2013 Utne Media Awards Nominee for top Social/Cultural Coverage. Contributors come from dozens of countries and write in nearly as many languages. They include acclaimed writers such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi, Bei Dao, J. Malcom Garcia, Mark Dowie, Lis Harris, Zadie Smith, Dambisa Moyo, Aleksandar Hemon, Edith Grossman, Tariq Ali, Susie Linfield, Horacio Castellanos Moya, Lorraine Adams, José Saramago, Rivka Galchen, and many others.

Guernica is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity. We welcome and encourage applicants of all races, ethnicities, gender and sexual identities, and disability statuses, including people who have been previously incarcerated.