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Job Opening: Executive Editor

YES! Magazine is looking for an experienced professional for the full-time position of Executive Editor. We are seeking a person with a passion for the distinctive YES! message, ready to lead our online and print editorial teams to the next level of national influence.

YES! Magazine is an award-winning, ad-free, nonprofit publication that supports people’s active engagement in transformational change. For more than 17 years YES! Magazine and YES! Online ( have been spotlighting powerful ideas and practical actions that lead to a just and sustainable world. YES! Magazine has a circulation of 60,000 copies each quarter and YES! Online draws some 220,000 visits to our website each month.  

We have a distinguished board, a dedicated staff of 19, plus six interns and many volunteers. We work in an atmosphere that emphasizes collaboration, professionalism, and excellence. Our office culture combines hard work with lots of laughter and fun. Our annual budget of $1.7 million is derived from sales, foundation grants, and individual donors.

We are now in an exciting period of expansion. One innovation is that our current Executive Editor is about to become our Editor-in-Chief with a strong public role in writing, blogging, radio production, and media interviews. That shift means we are now recruiting a new Executive Editor.

Job Description
The Executive Editor will lead YES! online and print editorial teams. This is a management position, reporting directly to the Executive Director and serving on our senior management team. The Executive Editor will also work closely with the Editor-in-Chief, especially on determining content that carries the distinctive YES! message.

Our ideal candidate is an experienced professional who enjoys leading creative professionals to produce excellent, inspiring journalism. This person should bring a deep appreciation of print and online publications and an understanding of the evolving media world.

Key Responsibilities
•    Guide editorial content to communicate the distinctive YES! message in collaboration with the Editor-in-Chief, Editors, and Creative Director, maximizing social change impact, timeliness, quality, and reach.
•    Lead the online and print editorial teams to: 1) meet high standards of journalistic excellence; 2) support each team member in developing his or her best contribution; and 3) enhance print and online teamwork to take advantage of synergies between the two.
•    Lead the continuing development of YES! print and digital media strategy to maximize reach, influence, and revenue, working closely with other editors and the Audience Development Team.
•    Develop systems for generating ongoing input and feedback from readers and an external Editorial Advisory Board.
•    Participate as a member of the senior management team of the Positive Futures Network (the organization that publishes YES!).

Core Competencies
•    Passion for the distinctive YES! message
•    Leadership/teamwork
•    Insight/judgment    
•    Communications skills

Skills and/or knowledge
Our ideal candidate will possess the following required skills and knowledge and many of the preferred skills & knowledge.

•    A passion for the distinctive YES! message—and the ability to make editorial judgment calls about what fits our take. Key areas we cover include political/economic/social/ecological dynamics of our times, the world of transformative change, and the role of individuals, communities, institutions, activism, and cultural shifts in social change.
•    Experience managing creative professionals in a collaborative environment, including the ability to cultivate staff leadership, delegate authority, give feedback, establish accountability, and build team spirit.
•    Embrace of key organizational values, such as environmental responsibility, civic participation, anti-oppression/anti-racism, and appreciative inquiry.
•    Significant work experience in print and online media, and knowledge of developing trends in the field.
•    B.A. degree or above in journalism, communications, the humanities, or other relevant field.
•    Strong communication skills, including excellent writing and editing.
•    Ability to lead website strategy to optimize content, grow reach, and earn revenue.
•    Ability to develop themed issues of the magazine as well as long and short-form content for a variety of print and digital platforms.
•    Ability to analyze various forms of feedback and data, and develop strategies to continuously improve form and content in order to maximize impact and revenue.
•    Ability to work within budgets and deadlines.

•    Technical skills including InDesign, Microsoft Word, experience with Content Management Systems, and various online communications environments; management tools including timelines and spreadsheets; photography; and audio and video production.
•    Strong social media skills, including fluency in multiple and emerging platforms.
•    Understanding of the current and potential audience for YES!; how to relate to and engage members of that audience.
•    Ability to cultivate partnerships with writers, activists, and other organizations.

YES! Magazine’s office is located on Bainbridge Island, Wash., a 35-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle.  The job requires a presence at the YES! Magazine offices.


Salary in the mid 40s, depending on experience. Benefits paid in full by employer include medical, dental, vision, life, disability, and retirement contributions.  Generous vacation policy plus 10 paid holidays.

Please send:
•    A cover letter
•    A résumé
•    A brief description (about 700 words) of a successful project or program that you directed, what challenges you faced, who you worked with, how you knew it was successful, and what led to its success. We are especially interested in a project that involved the strategic use of the Internet, if you have one to recount.
•    Each issue of YES! Magazine is built around a theme, with many articles touching on that theme. Describe in about 700 words how you would frame a possible YES! Magazine theme on one of the following topics: “Crossing Community Divides,” “Can We End Poverty?” or “The Living City.” Explain the key ideas and/or actions you would want to communicate, and specify two or three key articles, topics, or authors you would recommend including in the issue. Tell why you think your choices are particularly well-suited to YES!.

Send these documents via email to with “Executive Editor” in the subject line.

  • Our application deadline was October 29, 2013.  We are now reviewing all applications and interviewing candidates. We will continue to accept applications until the job is filled.

The Positive Futures Network is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. We welcome qualified applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations.

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