Associate Editor

Democracy: A Journal of Ideas

Washington, District of Columbia

Date Posted June 17, 2022
Industry Magazines / Publishing
Specialty Not Specified
Required Education Bachelor's Degree
Job Status Not Specified
Salary 55,000 - 65,000


Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, a leading quarterly journal of progressive ideas and policy, is seeking a new Associate Editor to work under the Editor and Managing Editor. This job will be hybrid, with 2-3 days a week in our Washington, DC office, and the rest remote. The particular days and hours will be flexible.

Since its inception in 2007, Democracy has established itself as the country’s premier progressive journal of policy and ideas. We published Elizabeth Warren’s first major article on her idea of a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; we have published numerous leading scholars and thinkers in economics, the social sciences, and history; before 2017, we published, usually at their request, a number of figures who went on to join the Biden administration in key positions (Ron Klain, Jake Sullivan, Heather Boushey, and more). The New York Times profiled us, calling the journal “the little magazine that incubated Team Biden.” We are read carefully within the administration, on Capitol Hill, and among policy insiders everywhere.

Your duties will include:

  • Editing: You’ll be involved in every step of the print editorial process, starting at pitch meetings and brainstorm sessions and ending with proofreading blueline proofs before they’re approved at the printer. You’ll also correspond with many of our authors through the process
  • Research: From fact-checking essays, to reading through publisher’s catalogs for upcoming new and under-the-radar books to review, to finding potential authors with fresh angles on policy questions, your ability to research will be key. We publish on a broad range of topics, so we don’t expect deep expertise in any one, but rather the ability to familiarize yourself with the current state of debate and discourse.
  • Social Media: You’ll be the lead operator of our Twitter and Facebook feeds, promoting both new essays but also pieces from our back catalog that have become relevant because of current news.
  • Writing and Contributing: Writing is not required to be a large part of the job, but you will have the option to write, interview academics and journalists for our site, or blog if you wish.
  • All the Rest: With only three employees, we all end up working as jacks-of-all-trades most days. It might be helping to plan an event, monitoring the questions on a Zoom webinar, or hounding a publicist for a review copy of a book. Your work days won’t get repetitive.  



  • A sharp eye for grammar and diction errors, as well as a larger ability to assess and critique a piece’s structure and argument, is a must.
  • A familiarity with American politics, but more important, policy debates, is key. We are not a horse-race publication, so the ability to debate the pros and cons of upzoning or the intricacies of paid family leave is much more important than how a candidate is polling in a swing state.
  • Commitment to Democracy’s progressive mission and spirit of open debate.
  • Familiarity with Adobe InDesign, Wordpress, basic HTML, are all pluses but not required.

We are willing to consider a wide range of experience levels. If you’re interested in intellectual debates and rigorous editing, this is the job for you. It’s a small office (three people, plus an intern) where camaraderie is important and where we’ll want you to contribute regularly to the exchange of ideas and information.

Start Date: July 11

Benefits: Paid time off and holidays. Unlimited sick time.

Location: Hybrid in the Washington, DC area. 2-3 days a week in person.

How to Apply: Please send a resume and cover letter to

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