Manager, Managing Editor, Stateline

The Pew Charitable Trusts, Washington, District of Columbia

Date PostedApril 21, 2017
Job StatusFull-time
SalaryNot Specified

The Pew Charitable Trusts is driven by the power of knowledge to solve today's most challenging problems. Pew applies a rigorous, analytical approach to improve public policy, inform the public and invigorate civic life.


We are an independent nonprofit organization – the sole beneficiary of seven individual trusts established between 1948 and 1979 by two sons and two daughters of Sun Oil Company founder Joseph N. Pew and his wife, Mary Anderson Pew.


Our work lays the foundation for effective policy solutions by informing and engaging citizens, linking diverse interests to pursue common cause and insisting on tangible results. Our projects encourage efficient, responsive governments – at the local, state, national and international levels – serving the public interests.


With offices in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, Brussels and London and staff in other regions of the United States as well as Australia, Pew provides an exciting learning environment and the opportunity to work with highly talented individuals. We are a dynamic, rapidly evolving organization that values creativity and innovative thinking and fosters strong teamwork with mutual respect.


Project Overview:

Launched in 1998, Stateline is a web-based source of news and analysis that helps policy makers, the media, influential stakeholders, and the public track developments in state capitals nationwide. Staffed by professional journalists, Stateline provides the latest news, analysis, and intelligence from state capitals on fiscal and economic issues, health care, demographics, and the business of government. It produces 20 or more originally reported articles on key state policy issues every month, while also offering a daily news roundup from dozens of state and local media outlets that identifies emerging issues and trends in the 50 states. Stateline also produces special reports, such as its annual State of the States series, and intensive, ongoing coverage of major events. Stateline's annual readership includes millions of readers, including state officials, business leaders, journalists, students of state government, and ordinary citizens. The content appears at, and is distributed to the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, USA Today, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the PBS NewsHour, and others. Stateline is committed to the highest standards of objectivity, fairness and journalistic integrity.


Position Overview
This position's primary responsibilities are to edit stories on state policy developments, oversee Stateline's daily and weekly newsletters, and manage and mentor a staff of reporters. This position is based in Washington, DC and reports to the Project Director/Executive Editor, Stateline.

  • Edit articles on state policy developments.
  • Plan coverage, research and develop story ideas, and exercise news judgment.
  • Compile Stateline's daily “Editor's Picks” and the weekly newsletter.
  • Lead, manage and develop staff.
  • Encourage and monitor staff use of social media.
  • Coordinate the production and publication of Stateline graphics.
  • Monitor the leave requests of reports/staff to ensure there is sufficient coverage at all times.



  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • Minimum of eight years of directly related practical editing experience, including experience editing enterprise stories, and demonstrated knowledge of how government works is required.
  • Minimum of two years of previous direct supervisory experience including managing performance management process for direct reports and providing career development advice and counsel.
  • Strong multi-media skills, especially with online content, graphics, data visualization, and technology. Experience with content-sharing partnerships a plus.
  • Ability to write clear, informative, and engaging prose, to edit efficiently and assertively to improve stories as they are submitted, and to provide constructive feedback in ways that motivate staff and strengthen their skills.
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time efficiently, and stay attentive to details.
  • Capacity to fit into a creative, fast-paced, and highly professional corporate culture which emphasizes excellence, collegiality and teamwork. Accustomed to working as a member of a team and individually to meet goals.



It is anticipated that the individual in this position will travel occasionally within the U.S.



Pew offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits package.


The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law



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