Senior Editor

Youth Communication NYC

NEW YORK, New York

Date Posted October 04, 2021
Industry Nonprofit
Specialty Education
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Full-time
Salary $65,000 to $70,000


About the Role

Youth Communication needs an experienced editor to help teenagers write stories about their experiences that will engage and inspire their peers and inform adults. Anchored to their personal experiences, teens cover education inequality, homelessness, immigration, and gender, ethnic and racial discrimination. The editor must have extremely strong editing skills, deep compassion, an ability to see past challenges to focus on young people’s strengths, and a strong belief in the power of storytelling to effect change for writer and reader.

The teens at Youth Communication write stories that initially appear in two digital magazines, our general high school publication, and Represent, which is written by youth in foster care. Though all three Youth Communication editors work with writers from both magazines, this editor will have principal responsibility for working with and recruiting Represent writers. Therefore, the role requires strong organization skills, and an independent spirit while also valuing teamwork.

Flexible in-person vs remote schedule based on which afternoons teen writers are in our newsroom. Editing and other duties can be done remotely.


About Youth Communication

Founded in 1980, Youth Communication (YC) mobilizes the power of youth voices to improve the lives of young people who are the furthest from opportunity, including youth of color, youth living in poverty, experiencing housing instability, and in foster care. Our writing program helps teen writers—and the peers who read their stories—imagine bigger and brighter futures and strengthen the social and emotional and literacy skills that will help them achieve those futures.

The teens’ stories are the foundation of award-winning curricula and professional development that we create and sell to educators, most of whom work in schools, but also including after school staff, probation officers, and foster care staff. In addition, the teens’ stories are widely reprinted in commercial curricula, anthologies, training manuals, and other places where authentic youth voices strengthen educational offerings.






Stay on top of the foster care beat




Co-lead summer writing workshop

             In addition to our school-year writing program, the Senior Editor works alongside other editorial colleagues to run a full-time, six-week summer writing workshop for 12-15 teens.


Manage our annual Awards for Youth in Foster Care writing contest


Other Ongoing Editorial Tasks


Required Qualifications

Flexible in-person vs remote schedule based on which afternoons teen writers are in our newsroom. Editing and other duties can be done remotely.

Note: All employees of Youth Communication must show proof of vaccination.


How to Apply

Send a cover letter describing your interest and fit with our mission, your resume, and three relevant clips to People of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates will be contacted for interviews on a rolling basis. Please no phone calls. We are unable to respond to all applications.

For more information, please reference our hiring process and commitment to diversity

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