Next City is Hiring a Senior Editor

Next City seeks a dynamic Senior Editor to lead the day-to-day execution of Next City’s journalism strategy, to assign and edit reported stories for publication on a daily basis, and to support staff on events and other opportunities to inspire change in cities. The Senior Editor is also a key voice representing the organization in various ways to outside parties, in support of the overall organizational strategy.

Next City is an independent nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire social, economic and environmental change in cities through journalism and events around the world. We publish award-winning long-form features and daily online coverage of the leaders, policies and innovations driving progress and change in metropolitan regions across the world. Next City adheres to the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics; we commit to producing journalism that is accurate, transparent, fair and impactful. 

This position reports to Next City’s Editorial Director. The Senior Editor must know what makes a great story, how to build a narrative and argument through short news pieces and longer-form journalism, and how to work with writers to bring out their best skills. The Senior Editor helps Next City’s columnists and contributors shape their stories, taking responsibility for the quality and character of much of the website’s daily content.

Our ideal candidate has:

  • Editing experience required (at least 4 years preferred)

  • An advanced degree in English, journalism, urban planning or a related field, plus direct experience as an editor for print and/or digital outlets.

  • Strong communication skills and a keen interest in the English language and grammar;

  • Experience recruiting freelance writers and managing a pool of contributors;

  • An understanding of current media and publishing trends, including what drives readers to share and how to create headlines that will maximize content sharing;

  • Familiarity with CMS.

Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge of subject areas relevant to coverage of cities, including but not limited to affordable and fair housing, transportation equity, equitable economic development, smart cities, renewable energy and sustainability, and more.

We are a small staff and everyone wears many hats. You must be a team player, detail-oriented, adept at prioritizing and multi-tasking, and willing to pitch in where needed. Some travel will be required. This is a full-time position based in our Philadelphia office.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume with two references, and two story ideas you think are a fit for Next City (based on our pitch guidelines) to Please put “Senior Editor Job Opening” in the subject line. This position will remain open until filled.

Next City is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age or veteran status.

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