Managing Editor, Office of Public Affairs

Connecticut, United States
30 Jun 2020
End of advertisement period
30 Aug 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Focus:

Reporting to the editorial director in the Yale Office of Public Affairs & Communications (OPAC), the managing editor will work with writers at every stage of story development — finding illuminating angles on relevant and timely topics, structuring and organizing the narration and refining and polishing the prose. The editor will catalyze a steady flow of fresh copy for a daily digital newsletter called Yale Today and for Yale News, the university’s primary news website, and will on occasion report and write original stories. The editor also will guide development of new storytelling forms suitable for Yale’s full suite of publishing platforms.

The managing editor will work closely with teams of fellow editors, media relations officers, videographer-photographers and visual artists, plus production personnel, to ensure that all stories publish on time and with visual appeal.

Please provide a cover letter and 3 examples of published writing with application.

Essential Duties

  1. Manage/lead a team of writers based in the Yale Office of Public Affairs & Communications.
  2. Work closely with a team of fellow editors, media relations officers, videographer-photographers and visual artists, plus production personnel, to ensure that all stories publish on time and with visual appeal.
  3. Ensure all work follows editorial policies and meets the highest standards.
  4. Identify work produced by other writers and content generators within Yale that merits amplification through OPAC’s media channels.
  5. Keep careful track of the status, flow and availability of content, in coordination with other members of the editorial team.
  6. Write original stories for publication in Yale-owned media, sometimes on short notice.
  7. Manage and mentor writers, set individual goals and development plans.
  8. Perform related duties & responsibilities as assigned/requested.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree.  Seven years of professional editorial experience, including significant work in daily news or other fast-paced, deadline-rich editorial environments, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Demonstrated ability to write clear, compelling, accessible prose about complex subjects.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Demonstrated ability to help other writers deliver first-rate stories.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Demonstrated ability to thrive in a deadline-intense environment.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Demonstrated experience helping other writers deliver excellent work.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Demonstrated ability to identify the stories within information.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills:

Direct supervisory experience. Familiarity with digital content management and distribution systems. Professional experience at a college/university or other organization with a teaching and research mission.

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Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects people from sex discrimination in educational programs and activities at institutions that receive federal financial assistance. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the University’s Title IX Coordinator, at, or to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, 8th Floor, Five Post Office Square, Boston MA 02109-3921. Telephone: 617.289.0111, Fax: 617.289.0150, TDD: 800.877.8339, or Email:


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