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Center for American Progress seeks a director of editorial

September 21, 2023

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

American Progress has an immediate opening for a Director of Editorial to join a small management team that works together to run all aspects of production on a day-to-day basis. A player-manager role, the Director of Editorial helps assure the quality of publications ranging from research reports to rapid response columns. Working in a fast-paced, journalistic environment, the Director will help with daily production of the website; the hiring, training, and management of editorial staff; various digital projects including websites; and short- and long-term planning.

Ideal candidates will have a clear understanding of American Progress’ mission and a thoughtful approach to collaboration with a variety of writers and policy experts.

The successful candidate will join a dynamic team of colleagues to assist in supporting American Progress’ five crosscutting priorities:

  • Building an economy for all
  • Restoring social trust in democracy
  • Advancing racial equity and justice
  • Tackling climate change and environmental injustice
  • Strengthening health


  • Line edit and copyedit American Progress’ products including reports, issue briefs, columns, and other content for both print and web.
  • Help to manage, train, and mentor a team of editors.
  • Help conceptualize and scaffold complex policy ideas and create narrative companion pieces, making them accessible to large audiences.
  • Write and/or project manage large, organizationwide products.
  • Work collaboratively with policy team leads, functional teams, and various department managers, and fill in for other team managers as needed.
  • Work on the conception and execution of interactives, videos, and special projects related to edited reports and issue briefs.
  • Help conduct writing trainings with authors and editors.
  • Edit/update and other American Progress websites.
  • Help maintain the style guide and its grammatical and style standards.
  • Help maintain accuracy and overall quality of publications.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • At least seven years of writing and editing experience, as well as management experience, with the ability to communicate complex ideas effectively to a general audience.
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced journalistic environment and under time constraints.
  • Strong management skills to oversee a diverse team.
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills, particularly the ability to give feedback and instructions clearly but diplomatically.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, including a particular attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability and strong interest in training others, especially on writing best practices.
  • Strong project management and problem-solving capabilities, especially the ability to keep track of many small moving parts across several distinct projects.
  • Proficiency with AP Style and WordPress.
  • Experience with Google Analytics, Adobe Creative Suite, WordPress, Trello, InDesign, Illustrator, and other production platforms is a plus.

This position is not represented by a union and has a minimum salary of $92,000.

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