Managing Editor

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San Francisco, CA, United States

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30+ days ago

Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change. We partner with thousands of groups, supporters, individuals and communities to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change. We are guided by a passionate, ambitious vision for the future for people and our planet: until justice stands for all, we will never rest. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.
Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections. We achieve this by hiring people who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Los Angeles, Tallahassee, Miami, Chicago, Houston, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, and Washington, D.C.
The Managing Editor leads the team responsible for creating and publishing editorial content for Earthjustice’s owned audiences. The position plays a critical role in identifying the stories that best meet our goals and tailoring those stories to target audiences reached through social media channels, email/SMS, and a print magazine. The Managing Editor works closely with all facets of the Communications Department, Development’s donor relations staff, and program staff whose work is featured in Earthjustice copy. The management and coaching aspects of this role are significant with four staff writers and editors and, at times, contracted outside. The Managing Editor will be expected to deepen team skillsets and guide staff growth.

Preferred locations for this role include San Francisco, CA, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, CA, and Seattle, WA. Candidates for other offices locations may be considered.

Due to Covid-19, Earthjustice staff are temporarily working remotely from approved locations until offices reopen April 27, 2022. Earthjustice staff will be working two days a week in the office. After six months, the Executive Leadership Team will evaluate whether to adjust our hybrid work plan.

Editorial Leadership (50 percent)

  • Lead the Editorial team in developing digital content packages that emphasize a core theme across various story formats and drive our audiences to take a specific action.
  • Head up the Earthjustice Quarterly print magazine: Set the overall direction, decide the production line-up and story assignments, ensure deadlines and budgets are met, and oversee the digital expression of the magazine content.
  • Exercise significant autonomous decisionmaking on which written stories Earthjustice publishes or not in alignment with the department’s content strategy and goals.
  • Editing stories and serving as final editorial gatekeeper ensuring accuracy. This includes incorporating legal edits from attorneys in ways that are friendly to the reader and do not undermine our casework.
  • Guide other editors’ decisions regarding style, voice, and framing by offering initial directional edits, fielding questions from editors, and reviewing edits.
  • Foster a culture of learning by experimenting with headlines, story formats, action requests, and voice; regularly review data dashboards and other audience feedback with the Editorial team and beyond to refine our understanding of what works for our target audiences.
  • Partner with Program Communications on high-level message development for advocacy and brand campaigns; play a leading role in determining how to broadly stay on message while adapting our language for specific audiences.
  • Lead editorial partnership with the Digital Engagement team in effectively tailoring and promoting content for specific including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Email, and SMS.
  • Set and oversee editorial standards and style within Communications; elevate storytelling and editorial best practices in other teams and departments
  • Run Editorial team meetings focused on sharing storytelling strategies and analyzing data to inform future story-telling approaches and promotion efforts.
  • Occasionally write high-level institutional content.
  • Occasionally generate new story ideas that advance the department’s content strategy, however emphasis is on encouraging and shaping pitches from others.

Management (40 percent)

  • Supervise four staff writers and editors; oversee management of editorial interns. Manage production timelines and balance Editorial staff resources across the magazine, rapid response content, digital content packages, and quarterly project work.
  • Mentor members of the Editorial staff by serving as a thought partner, offering rich feedback on pitches and drafts, and identifying and encouraging professional development opportunities appropriate to role. Create development plans for all staff.
  • Promote change in terms of the expected benefits, as well as removing or lowering the impact of potential obstacles.
  • Set clear team direction that aligns with Earthjustice strategy, mission, and vision.
  • Provide staff with consistent performance feedback – both positive and constructive - and acts as a coach and mentor.
  • Create a learning culture, by encouraging debriefing after completion of significant stages of projects.
  • Ensure that any direct reports who have supervisory responsibility are properly executing those functions.
  • Create a respectful and inclusive work environment for team and models respectful and inclusive behavior.
  • Promptly address micro-aggressions and other concerns brought to their attention.
  • Resolve interpersonal conflict among team members and brings in outside facilitators as needed.
  • Communicate regularly with existing employees and encourages staff to raise concerns and to provide ongoing feedback.
  • Create or identify strategic opportunities for team building and individual and overall staff engagement with one another in order to strengthen teamwork, interaction and collaboration.
  • Value and use individual differences and talents to improve employee satisfaction and the quality of collective work.
  • Celebrate successes and helps team members to understand and manage setbacks.

Learning and Professional Development (10 percent)

  • Take part in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion learning opportunities and initiatives to increase awareness and to contribute fully to the organization’s commitment to these values.
  • Learn deeply about the Earthjustice’s programmatic work – particularly emerging trends – by talking widely with program staff, clients, and partners; deep reading; and occasional travel.
  • Stay on top of editorial content trends by attending seminars, webinars, and trainings as professional development.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, English, Marketing, or related field required.
  • 10+ years with professional communications media, including but not restricted to newspapers, magazines, television, radio, and online platforms.
  • 5+ years of experience in directly managing staff and budgets; a positive attitude and strong interpersonal skills; exceptional organizational and time management skills; an ability to work collaboratively across teams and departments; a desire to mentor junior team members and open new opportunities for mid-career professional growth.
  • Experience with investigatory and/or explanatory journalism and issues advocacy, especially in the legal, environmental, or public health fields.
  • Proven track record in achieving measurable goals (i.e. increases in funding, readership/circulation of publications, quality/quantity of press hits, awards & recognition etc.)
  • Deep understanding of story structure and the components necessary for compelling storytelling;
  • Ability to tell stories in a variety of ways, on multiple platforms and for diverse audiences;
  • Experience drawing insights from data to more effectively reach and engage with target audiences;
  • Knowledge of AP Style and fundamentals of fact-checking;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence for managing a diverse team with various backgrounds different from one’s own, collaborating across the organization, and interacting with clients and partners;
  • Strong organization skills and the ability to manage multiple short- and long-term projects;
  • Ability to think and act strategically;
  • Interest in environmental issues and ability to keep track of a wide-ranging number of issues and cases;
  • Proven track record of successful storytelling, as measured by attainment of goals (e.g. increases in funding, readership/circulation of publications, quality/quantity of press hits, overall satisfaction from partners/clients.);
  • Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations;
  • Contributes to recruiting, hiring, developing and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce;
  • Familiarity with Google Analytics plus.

Management (Essential Skills)

  • Ability to effectively manage and lead a diverse team with emotional intelligence (self-awareness and understating of the impact of their behavior) and cultural humility (an understanding of the need for additional learning about different cultures, backgrounds and orientation and implementation of that learning daily management practices).
  • Ability to give and receive regular formal and informal feedback in a timely, constructive, respectful, and consistent manner and to incorporate debriefing into the team’s operations.
  • Strong team mentorship and communication skills
  • Understands the individual and team strengths and areas for development and develops plans accordingly.
  • Commitment to and experience in developing team skills and talents to meet the evolving needs of an organization.

We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits that are comprehensive and competitive. We also offer an extremely congenial work environment and a casual dress code.
Salary is dependent on experience and location.
Salary range in San Francisco, CA: $108,700 to $120,800
Salary range for Seattle, WA, Los Angeles, CA, and Washington, DC: $103,300 to $114,800

  • Salaries for other office locations will vary by location.

To Apply:
Applicants should apply via Jobvite and include the following:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Links to 2-3 pieces of published work that you edited or wrote.

Please reach out to if you are having technical difficulties submitting your application. No phone calls, drop-ins, or hard copies.
Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are given equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other factor that is not related to the position.
For positions located within the City and County of San Francisco: Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
For positions located within the City of Los Angeles: We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

Job Type: Full-time