Associate Editor

Kansas City magazine

Kansas City, Missouri

Date Posted July 12, 2021
Industry Magazines / Publishing
Specialty Not Specified
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time
Salary $40,000 to $45,000


Kansas City magazine has an opening for an Associate Editor. This position will be responsible for collaborating directly with the magazine’s Editor-In-Chief to generate fresh and engaging print and digital content for the city’s magazine.


The Associate Editor and Editor-in-Chief work together to produce the monthly magazine, which includes everything from serious news stories to events picks to soft-focus personality profiles. The Associate Editor will write, edit copy and work with freelancers in the magazine departments they manage. They will also help manage our editorial interns. We’re looking for someone who will generate story ideas and efficiently sift through the noise of social media posts and press releases to key in on the coolest, most interesting and most important subjects in the city.


-We’re looking for a confident, skillful writer with a compelling voice who also has the ability to infuse the magazine’s tone into copy from freelancers and interns.

-We’re looking for someone with the reporting skills to spot a great story, track down a source and ask the right questions.

-We’re looking for someone to manage Sway, our lifestyle section. The right candidate will have an eye for design and trends, spotting the next breakout maker or artist. They will work this beat, building connections in the local design and architecture communities.

-We’re also looking for someone who can direct the upload of our monthly print publication. We want someone who knows, or will learn, the best practices for SEO to help ensure that we squeeze the most web traffic we can out of our print content. We also expect pitches for web-only content opportunities that will have great ROI.

-We’d love someone who can contribute excellent profiles and listings to our monthly events section.

-Ability to pitch in on our hard news and food sections as needed.

-Manage editorial interns to ensure they learn while also successfully completing stories and projects


Bachelor’s degree and 18 months of experience in publishing required.


-Understanding of, and experience in magazine publishing

-Experience in digital media best practices

-Ability to juggle multiple projects and meet deadlines

-Attention to detail and ability to spot errors on a page they’ve looked at a hundred times

-Ability to consistently meet deadlines and hold others accountable on deadlines

-Working knowledge of InDesign and WordPress

-An interest and passion for all things that make Kansas City tick


Competitive salary with health and dental coverage, life insurance, generous vacation policy.


We gave up our office during the pandemic and are currently fully remote. We work via Slack, but we are looking for someone who currently lives in the Kansas City metro area. We are an equal opportunity employer and strongly value diversity.

Qualified candidates must submit a cover letter introducing themselves, resume and three to five published writing samples to Martin Cizmar, editor-in-chief at If you use your cover letter to explain the work process that went into producing the stories you’re submitting, all the better. No phone calls, please.

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