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Company: Stanford Social Innovation Review
Position:
Seeking Experienced Editor
Location:
California
Job Status:  Full-time
Ad Expires: 
March 14, 2013
Job ID: 1468593

Description:

Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) is seeking a senior editor to become an integral member of the five-person team that produces the content and runs the business. SSIR is published by Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, a research center that brings together scholars, practitioners, and leaders. SSIR is the leading public forum for the dissemination and discussion of new and important ideas in the field of social innovation. The underpinning of SSIR is its award-winning quarterly print magazine, written by and for global leaders of social change. It is sold on newsstands across the US and Canada and subscribed to by leaders of nonprofits, foundations, government agencies, and socially responsible businesses, as well as important thinkers and researchers in academia, consultancies, and think tanks. SSIR also produces a website with a wide variety of original online-only content that attracts more than 100,000 unique monthly visitors (40 percent of whom live outside the US), a regular series of paid webinars, and several major conferences held every year at Stanford University.

 

Responsibilities:

-                    Create most of the magazine content. This includes developing article ideas, identifying potential authors, soliciting articles, reading and reviewing articles, doing line and content editing, finding photographs, writing headlines and captions, and writing at least one article. This involves working closely with the managing editor and takes up most of the senior editor’s time.

-                    Help produce the magazine. This involves using InDesign software and working closely with the managing editor as well as the outside copy editor, proofreader, and designer.

-                    Help generate ideas and launch new types of content and products. The senior editor plays an essential role as part of the SSIR team in helping grow the organization and making sure it continues to provide a variety of content and products that serve its audience. 

-                    Help solicit, create, and produce SSIR Special Supplements (paid editorial content that runs in the magazine) in tandem with the managing editor. This includes coming up with ideas for supplements, finding organizations that want to create and sponsor a supplement, editing the content, and working with the copy editor, designer, and proofreader to produce the supplement.

-                    Cultivate relationships and work closely with Stanford faculty and students and with faculty at other universities. Cultivate relationships and work closely with practitioners, consultants, thinkers, and others in the field of social innovation.

-                    Write occasional blog posts and help solicit and edit blog posts and online-only articles for the SSIR website. Participate in social media strategy and execution across all four of SSIR's social media platforms—Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+. This involves working closely with the digital editor.

-                    Help create and moderate periodic SSIR webinars. This involves working closely with SSIR’s publishing director.

-                    Contribute ideas and help plan and host SSIR conferences and events. This includes helping develop ideas for new events, working with partners to produce the events, helping plan the agenda, recruiting one or more speakers, introducing a speaker, and moderating a panel. This involves working closely with the publishing director.

-                    Stay informed about the field of social innovation. This includes attending conferences, reading books, journals, and media, talking to academics and practitioners, and meeting with representatives from important organizations.

-                    Represent SSIR at seminars, conferences, and meetings. This includes moderating panels, introducing speakers, meeting important people, speaking, sitting on advisory boards, and participating on judging panels.

 

Qualifications:

-                    At least five years of experience editing a range of articles (e.g. op-eds, long features, research, investigative pieces, profiles of organizations) and working with a variety of authors (e.g. journalists, academics, consultants, foundation CEOs). Editing experience at a magazine is highly desired. Working as an editor at a website is a plus.

-                    At least three years of experience writing short and long nonfiction articles for publications. Writing research-based articles or having articles published in a magazine is highly desired.

-                    Ability to take very long research articles and white papers and turn them into lengthy (4,500 words) and compelling articles for an intelligent yet non-academic audience. Highly developed skills to work well with faculty, researchers, executives, and consultants who may be strong-willed and not used to being heavily edited.

-                    Demonstrated ability to cultivate and maintain relationships with a diverse group of people holding a wide range of opinions and political views—such as idealistic nonprofit executives, erudite university professors, radical activists, libertarian business executives, hard-nosed philanthropists, and pragmatic government policy makers.

-                    Strong work ethic, the ability to work independently, a willingness to express one’s ideas and opinions, an entrepreneurial spirit eager to come up with new ideas and bring them to fruition, the ability to work well as part of a team, and a devotion to getting the details right.

-                    Passion for the field of social innovation. Being widely read and knowledgeable about the field of social innovation, and an interest in and knowledge of related subjects—such as politics, economics, sociology, business, and psychology—is highly desired. 

-                    Bachelor’s degree required. An advanced degree, particularly one in the social sciences or journalism, is highly desired.

How to Apply:

To apply for this job go to Stanford University's jobs website. Do not contact the editor or the publication. Stanford's jobs website is located at: http://stanfordcareers.stanford.edu/

 

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