Executive Editor

Title: Executive Editor
Department: Editorial
Reports to: Editorial Director
Status: Full-time employee, salaried, exempt
Location: Remote, U.S. (Pacific Time hours)
Compensation: $90,000-110,000 DOE

YES! Media is looking for a dynamic and visionary journalist to lead our flagship quarterly publication, YES! Magazine, and support the expansion of YES! through strategic editorial initiatives. The Executive Editor will be responsible for setting the vision and developing each issue of YES! Magazine, ensuring a cohesive, compelling and transformational experience for our readers. This is a rare chance to step into an editorial leadership position with the longest-running solutions journalism publisher in the country, with opportunities to grow and shape the position depending on your interests and unique skills. 

As an early adopter of solutions journalism publishing for more than 25 years, YES! is unique in its approach to covering the most pressing issues of our time. Independent and nonpartisan, our journalism goes beyond the traditional questions of “who, what, when, where, why, and how,” to educate (and re-educate) our readers about the root causes of systemic injustice, helping them grasp the intersectional nature of our connected struggles. We understand that the most promising solutions to these challenges emerge in the communities most directly impacted by these injustices—which are frequently Black, Brown, Indigenous, Asian, and immigrant communities. We eschew parachute journalism, and instead work directly with freelancers around the globe who have deep knowledge of the topics and communities on which they are reporting. Our explanatory journalism provides critical and historical context, to not only enable our readers’ understanding, but also to inform, inspire, and encourage their own efforts in building a better world. We hold fast to our journalistic integrity, but YES! is unafraid to plainly state the truth and call out inequity, to complicate mainstream narratives, and to recognize emerging community and grassroots solutions as newsworthy. We regularly engage with thought leaders and changemakers, and strive to elevate new voices that help advance YES!’s bold vision to build a more sustainable, equitable, and compassionate world.

If you are an experienced media-maker who is compelled by the power and promise of solutions, who is ready to help shape the next era of YES! Magazine and step into a leading role in solutions journalism and movement journalism more broadly, then this is the position for you. 

Reporting to and working closely with the Editorial Director, the Executive Editor will lead a collaborative and diverse team of self-motivated, professional editors and creatives through a well-established print production process, from issue conception and theme research to proofing and shipping to press. The Executive Editor will also be the public face of the magazine, and should be excited to engage with thought leaders, readers, media partners, and others to promote and grow the magazine’s audience and impact. 

The Executive Editor should be someone who is committed to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion at YES! and in our external work and communications. YES! is actively working to build a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive culture that is safe, supportive, and affirming for all staff members regardless of race, class, culture, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and other aspects of individual and social identity. We expect that all staff engage in this process with us. 

This role is ideal for someone who finds joy and satisfaction in deep thought and research into emerging trends and solutions, a systems-thinker with a knack for identifying through-lines and root causes. The position requires strong organizational skills and precise attention to detail, as well as the ability to synthesize complex information and competing ideas into a cohesive, singular product. The Executive Editor will solicit feedback and suggestions from our audience and team members, and will be responsible for making decisions and issuing directives as necessary. The Executive Editor is expected to assign and edit stories for the magazine, and may be asked to write content periodically. 

Experience in magazine production, solutions journalism, and editorial management are preferred, but not required. Strong candidates will have experience at all levels of production, including assigning and editing content, writing cover lines and captions, and managing editorial, creative, and freelance contributors and budgets. Top candidates will be able to highlight how their strategic vision has shaped the editorial voice of a publication or outlet. 

This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position, and is fully remote. YES! is currently operating on a four-day work week, and considers full-time to be 32 hours per week. Candidates must be authorized to work in the U.S., and willing to work during regular business hours on Pacific Time. Black, Brown, Indigenous, Asian, LGBTQ, and other people from historically excluded communities are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Guide the development of the quarterly print magazine, including strategic planning, theme development, assignment, and production schedule.
  • Supervise the Art Director and collaborate on print budget, allocation, advertising, and print production to ensure a beautiful and visually engaging, informative, and inspiring experience for readers, across individual and successive issues of the magazine.
  • Research, engage, and cultivate relationships with social movements, emerging solutions, thought leaders, activists, organizers, and others on the leading edge of social and cultural change, in the U.S. and abroad. 
  • Serve as the public face of the magazine, and represent the organization in public engagements, interviews, and fundraising events, to help solidify YES! Media’s position in the independent journalism and social change spaces.
  • Coordinate programming for YES! Presents magazine launch events.
  • Develop and manage the annual magazine editorial budget.
  • Collaborate across departments to implement a post-production schedule to optimize engagement, outreach, and impact of the magazine and other high-investment editorial products.
  • Work with the Editorial Director to craft a comprehensive editorial vision and strategy to implement across platforms.
  • Serve as a member of the Editorial hiring committee and support hiring-related tasks as necessary. 
  • Support outreach initiatives and events that expand readership, loyalty, and donor support.
  • Help guide the organization’s strategic direction through participation on program management teams. 
  • Help protect the legal position of the organization in regard to employment law and media law. 
  • Support our core operating values of courage, integrity, equity, and excellence. 

Additional Responsibilities May Include (dependent on experience and interest):

  • Identify, develop, and support effective external partnerships for editorial content generation, production, distribution and events, in support of the YES! Impact Strategy.
  • Identify and consult on strategic initiatives relating to editorial content and programming, including potential expansion into new media formats, and other methods to expand YES!’s reach and audience.
  • Serve as the editorial liaison for in-person or virtual editorial engagement efforts.

In addition to excitement for the YES! mission and this role, qualified applicants should have:

  • At least 10 years working in journalism or media.
  • At least 5 years in senior roles in journalism, media, or communications.
  • Ability to juggle competing deadlines, delegate, and prioritize as needed.
  • Demonstrated commitment to high standards of journalistic ethics.
  • Connections to movements for social justice, local economies, grassroots solutions, Indigenous leadership, racial justice, and climate justice.
  • Experience developing strategic plans, particularly in editorial contexts.
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite, especially InDesign.
  • Familiarity with online co-working and production tools, such as Slack, Dropbox, Google Suite, Trello, WordPress, and Office 365.
  • Excellent written, oral, and verbal communication skills, both with staff members and external partners, donors, and other stakeholders.
  • Personal and professional commitment to equity and inclusion, and willingness to participate in challenging conversations in pursuit of repair or harm reduction.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Experience directing remote teams, including managing direct reports remotely.
  • Familiarity with or experience producing solutions journalism or movement journalism.
  • Experience in progressive or social justice-oriented media, organizations, or nonprofits.
  • Experience in or familiarity with nonprofit and/or independent media.
  • Experience leading or managing print production cycles, especially magazines.
  • Experience developing media partnerships.
  • Experience in marketing, promotion, or nonprofit fundraising.

Ready to apply?

Please complete this short application form, including your cover letter, resume, and three clips of stories you wrote or edited that examine systemic injustice and/or emerging solutions. No paper applications or phone calls, please. Applications will be accepted until May 13, 2022. 

Positive Futures Network/YES! Media is a proud equal opportunity employer committed to creating an equitable and inclusive workplace and encouraging people from underrepresented communities to apply. We encourage the following applicants: Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Asian people, people with disabilities, people of diverse sexual orientations and gender expressions, and other marginalized identities that are underrepresented in nonprofits and media organizations.