Nonprofit Remote Digest - Issue #484
Founded in 1946, Jewish Currents is a progressive Jewish magazine covering politics, culture, arts and more.
Jewish Currents is seeking a Web Editor to build out a robust online department, with a focus on news features and narrative reports, investigations, conversations, and analysis to complement the magazine’s cultural and literary work. Interested individuals should send a cover letter, clips, and a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jewish Currents covers a wide variety of topics, including Israel/Palestine, antisemitism, US politics, labor, movement politics, race, immigration, and the climate crisis. The Web Editor will help set short-term and long-term goals for online coverage, develop fruitful relationships with writers and thinkers on our beats, and identify story opportunities in which Jewish Currents can demonstrate a robust intervention. The ideal candidate should be as gifted at story ideation and curation as they are at shaping text on the page—from finding and refining the argument and structure of a given piece, to working closely with language at the line level. You do not have to be Jewish—or a current expert in Jewish politics—to be right for this job, though you must demonstrate a familiarity with our work and our positioning in the media landscape. Eventually, this job will include becoming an expert in the issues we cover, and representing the magazine in public appearances as necessary.
The Web Editor will join the management team alongside the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, and drive long-form investigations, supervise a web staff of two that is expected to grow, and turn around sharp, timely articles that make essential interventions in the news cycle. Jewish Currents occupies a unique space between news outlet and journal, and publishes at a rate of one article daily; we are seeking a person with a vision for achieving maximum impact at this pace. We are building a model where every piece counts, and has lasting value beyond its peg. The right person will have a strong sense for how to assign and supervise limited staff capacity, given the leading stories of the day and our unique positioning in the media landscape. We seek someone who can help mentor and supervise our two current web-oriented staff members, and expand our stable of freelance contributors.
Who We Are
Founded in 1946, Jewish Currents is a progressive Jewish magazine covering politics, culture, the arts, and more. Relaunched in 2018 with an all-new staff and design, Jewish Currents publishes daily on our website and in our newsletter, and quarterly in print issues of our award-winning magazine. Since our relaunch, we have quadrupled in size, and received coverage in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Bloomberg, Buzzfeed, Vice, The Nation, Poetry Daily, and elsewhere.
Jewish Currents is building the most important Jewish publication in the Anglophone world, and is already proving itself to be a key progressive platform in the public conversation. A more robust website—focused on timely, meaty stories that wouldn’t appear anywhere else—is central to our plans for continued growth.
The Web Editor is responsible for the following:
Work with the Editor-in-Chief and the Publisher to deliver and execute a comprehensive online program.
Supervise staff of two (and growing) with hire/fire authority.
Assign and supervise staff to cover stories and narrative pressure points that we’d like to “own” as a magazine and develop plans for bringing them into the public sphere.
Work with the EIC to identify a long-form investigation for every issue of the print magazine.
Supervise and sign off on all content in your program area, delegating to junior and senior staff as needed.
Top-edit a majority of news features and reports on the web.
Assign and supervise fact-checking and copy editing for content you are editing as needed.
Consult on and assist in coordinating art and photography for longer pieces as needed.
Coordinate and communicate with staff and stakeholders regarding the above goals.
Recruit, commission, supervise, and manage writers and reporters, both on staff and freelance.
Assist Publisher in raising funds for editorial projects as needed.
Comply with media law and ethical guidelines.
Meet deadlines and budget requirements.
Grow our organization.
5+ years of relevant professional experience
Exceptional editorial skills
Competency with core elements of reporting and investigations including source cultivation, security, research, and more
Experience developing organizational structures and managing a team
Strong sense of the most important story, and a hunger to both make and shape news cycles and discourse
Ability to articulate our vision and our work to donors, grantors, strategic partners, and as a participant on forums, panels, and in other media
Natural leadership qualities and a collaborative spirit
Ability to work remotely
$70,000 yearly salary
Great benefits package
Substantial content budget
Jewish Currents is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. Jewish Currents is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Jewish Currents are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regard to age, race, color, creed/religion, disability, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran or military service member status, familial status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic information, arrest and/or criminal conviction record, or any other category protected by law. Jewish Currents will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. We highly encourage individuals from marginalized groups of any kind to apply.
How to Apply
Please send cover letter, three references, and resume.