Senior Managing Editor, Digital
The Poetry Foundation is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. The Foundation works to create a receptive climate for poetry by presenting programs and publications, developing audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, awarding prizes and fellowships to poets, and encouraging all styles of poetry.
The Senior Managing Editor, Digital role is a newly created position and is responsible for supporting the digital editorial team, which includes the Features Editor, Web/Blog Editor, Digital Archives Editor, Permissions Coordinator, and Permissions and Digital Projects Assistant, as well as coordinating online publication schedules and workflow. The digital editorial team works closely with the editorial staff of Poetry magazine and other Foundation teams to create content for the poetryfoundation.org website and other online channels.
The Senior Managing Editor must have demonstrated experience in digital publishing processes and supporting cross-functional teams, extensive editorial experience and be experienced in leading, managing and supporting teams. The candidate should be extremely organized and detail-oriented, and possess strong written, and digital communication skills. This role would work closely with, and in partnership with, the Technology Director to collectively support the Digital Team and all aspects of its operations.
The Objectives You Will Meet
The Senior Managing Editor will report directly to the President and, as a member of the senior team, will carry out the Foundation’s vision, goals, and initiatives for online content. The main responsibilities include coordinating the assignments of the digital editorial team for content creation and development, budget and project management, and relationship-building with contributors, publishers, rightsholders, and other communities. This role will maintain high standards in editing, oversee production calendars, and develop/refine editorial processes that keep the digital editorial team organized and on schedule. This role will also advocate for strong interdepartmental relationships in order to connect and grow online content and meet Foundation needs.
How You Will Meet These Objectives
Content Creation and Management
- Create and oversee digital content and special initiatives that support the Foundation’s mission and programs, including hiring and managing independent contractors
- Collaborate closely with the Technology Director to produce dynamic interactive and multimedia content, and advise on web user experience with a focus on accessibility
- Work closely with the Marketing & Communications team to identify how online content can be shared and promoted in new/interesting ways
- Liaise with the Poetry magazine team to identify and execute opportunities for collaboration well in advance of publication
- Liaise with Creative Director on projects and how to optimize for online platforms
- Serve as the lead on multimedia editorial strategy across the Foundation (podcasts, video, future interactive features, etc.)
- Steward existing partnerships and develop new partnerships to produce relevant multimedia content
- Demonstrate commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, with knowledge of antiracist approaches to editorial work
- Update and maintain production calendars for online content and adjust as needed to meet deadlines
- Collaborate with editorial staff to review final content before publication
Leadership and Teamwork
- Hire digital editorial staff, and manage the recruitment process (draft job descriptions, interview candidates, etc.)
- Oversee and manage the digital editorial administration, including budgets and supports for the digital editorial staff
- Develop and oversee processes for working with readers and other project contractors
- Conduct annual performance reviews and mentor the digital editorial team to implement and realize work plans and goals
Physical Requirements and Work Environment:
- Remaining in a stationary position, often sitting for prolonged periods in an indoor office environment
- Able to navigate throughout various offices of the building
- Communicating with others to exchange information and perform duties
- Ability to read materials on a computer screen
- Repeating motions that may include the wrists, hands, and/or fingers
- Moderate noise level consistent with an office environment
Currently, all Poetry Foundation employees based in Chicago are working in the office 3 days per week and 2 days remote. The Poetry Foundation offices are located in the River North neighborhood, in close proximity to multiple public transportation options (bus and train). Candidates for this position should plan to be based in Chicago.
More About the Poetry Foundation
The Poetry Foundation pursues its mission to celebrate and share poetry with audiences through a family of programs. Learn more about the organization here.
Commitment to Equal Employment Opportunity
The Poetry Foundation provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type with regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.
The Poetry Foundation building is situated on the occupied original homelands of the Council of the Three Fires: The Ojibwe, Potowatomi, and Odowa Nations, among other Indigenous nations. Indigenous people continue to live here today, and Chicago is home to one of the largest urban Indigenous communities in the United States. We recognize that some of us are settlers on colonized land and that this land acknowledgment is one small part of disrupting and dismantling the colonial structures in which we are living.
The Poetry Foundation requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to ensure our own safety and the safety of our guests, partners, and patrons. All employees must complete an attestation and provide proof of their vaccination status or request a medical or religious exemption within the first week of employment.