Assistant Managing Editor, Policy and Politics

Bethesda, MD
Full Time
Manager/Supervisor

Education Week is seeking an Assistant Managing Editor, Policy and Politics to join its newsroom.

 

Position Summary

The Assistant Managing Editor, Policy and Politics role for Education Week is a vital position in our news operation as these editors are most directly responsible for planning coverage and guiding our reporting efforts. At the same time, these editors sit at the forefront of our strategic imperative to develop deep expertise in the audience communities we serve. In our newsroom, each Assistant Managing Editor is responsible for supervising 2-4 reporters while also acting as our resident expert on one of the five main audience groups we serve (school district leaders, principals, teachers, policy and industry leaders, and higher education professionals).

We are looking for an editor who understands K-12 education and can articulate a vision for coverage on topics that are fresh, insightful, and highly relevant and geared to the K-12 professional audience. Specifically, this Assistant Managing Editor will oversee, among other topics, our coverage of school leadership, school finance, and how government policies and politics at all levels impact and influence K-12 education.

The Assistant Managing Editor will join a seasoned and energetic editing team dedicated to helping reporters be highly productive while building deep subject matter expertise and strong connections with our audiences. We are looking for an editor equally capable of driving daily stories off education-related news, studies and trends while working to produce deep-dive enterprise projects, series, and special reports. This editor will also collaborate closely with reporters and our business-side colleagues to help shape live and virtual events.

At Education Week, we believe all children—regardless of their race, gender, income, ZIP code, or other factors—have the right to a highly effective and high-quality education. We also believe that our nation’s historic racism against people who are Black, Latino, Asian, and Indigenous has deeply influenced public education in a range of ways, from a patchwork funding system that sustains inequity of resources to echoing and perpetuating cultural biases in classrooms and curricula. We have long highlighted these impacts as a core tenet of our mission and recognize that our organization – and audiences -- must understand these
influences more deeply.

In addition, our editors have often served as conduits for future EdWeek employees, and we are eager to expand our in-house networks to a wider, more diverse sphere of journalism. With those things in mind, we strongly encourage applications from journalists who are members of long-marginalized communities.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead and manage a group of 2-4 reporters, working with them to develop and execute coverage plans on their respective beats
  • Work one-on-one with individual reporters on their stories, providing guidance before and during the story development, and diligent editing of copy when the story is filed
  • Assure overall quality of all content produced by reporter group
  • Coordinate closely with the Visual and Immersive Experience (VEX) team to assure that the visual expression of our journalism is carefully considered and executed
  • Develop and maintain a high level of understanding of one of our main audience groups – to be assigned by Editor-in-Chief or Managing Editor – including attending professional conferences of that group, using EdWeek’s audience analytics, and other activities as necessary
  • Serve as the voice of that audience group in daily news meetings and other newsroom activities, assuring that the news and information needs of the assigned audience group are always given consideration
  • Committed to exploring issues of equity, inclusion, racial, gender and social justice in K-12 education
  • Develop and produce Special Reports as assigned
  • Help coordinate efforts with EdWeek’s Development office on coverage supported through grants, including helping to develop grant proposals for new funding and providing reports for existing funding
  • Provide ‘second read’ editing on stories from other editors, as available
  • Work with social media and audience engagement teams on launch plans for stories and packages of stories to assure maximum exposure to the right audience

 

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree, with at least 5-7 years’ related experience in a news, media, information, or education organization, preferably with at least two years of editing experience
  • Knowledge of the field of K-12 education
  • Ability to recognize news and trends in education, and conceptualize appropriate coverage and content for Education Week and its multiple platforms
  • Excellent hands-on editing skills
  • Strong orientation toward delivering results, able to set priorities and manage individuals to achieve them
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to communicate professionally with various levels of management and audience
  • Excellent time management, organizational, and prioritization skills
  • Detail-oriented, deadline-focused, and able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Proficient in editorial software programs and comfortable adapting to changing technologies in those programs

 

The Company

At Education Week, we believe that an equitable—and excellent—education for all students is possible, and we empower the field to make it a reality. As a leading authority in pre-K-12 education, Education Week is the comprehensive cornerstone for educators, policymakers, and business leaders, providing trusted and non-partisan journalism and research insights that inspire critical conversations and meaningful action.

Edweek.org and Education Week, in print, engage readers with indispensable news, actionable analysis, outside opinion and commentary, and distinctive explanatory and investigative journalism. EdWeek Market Brief our digital intelligence report for education business leaders, provides original reporting, deep analysis and proprietary, data-driven research focused on school district purchasing and priorities. And EdWeek TopSchoolJobs connects the nation’s leading educators and business leaders with career insights and high-profile and in-demand professional opportunities. We serve the field and connect all voices in the education community with our projects across digital, print, and video platforms and through live and virtual events.

Education Week is an entrepreneurial non-profit media organization with a double bottom-line focus. We combine a mission orientation with a strong desire to evolve our projects to serve our audience and to ensure our growth and sustainability.

 

Benefits and Perks

Education Week is a vibrant workplace that is conveniently located in the heart of downtown
Bethesda, MD. We are within short walking distance of numerous restaurants and shops, the
Metro, and are adjacent to The Capital Crescent Trail. During the post-pandemic era, our staff has continued to work in a remote posture pending working requirements. We are in the process of developing a Future of Work policy that anticipates greater in-office engagement. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package including health and dental insurance, a 401(k), PTO, and tuition assistance. We value innovation, leadership, and forward-thinking, and provide a friendly, intellectual, challenging work environment where employees can thrive and grow professionally.

Education Week strongly values equity and believes in a society where all children have access
to high quality K-12 education. As such, Education Week is an equal opportunity employer and
does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, skin
color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, pregnancy, or parenthood. EdWeek is committed to maintaining a diverse and multicultural working environment.

If you feel comfortable doing so, please feel free to note which pronouns you use in your
application.

 

Education Week will not be able to sponsor applicants for work visas.

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