Daily Kos is the nation’s largest liberal online political community, news organization, and activism hub. We produce news you can do something about. Powered by millions of dedicated activists, we’re transforming media and organizing by empowering regular Americans to reshape politics.
The Managing Editor oversees the day-to-day operations of the Newsroom—assigning, editing, and scheduling stories; supervising staff writers; and coordinating the publication of content from other teams in the Content Division. The Managing Editor works closely with the head of the Content Division to make data-driven decisions and execute the editorial strategy, shaping narratives and guiding political analysis. The Managing Editor also oversees the editorial calendar and publishing schedule and ensures that we have sufficient coverage, including for special events.
This position reports to the head of the Content Division.
The position may require weekend work.
Manage Newsroom staff, contractors, and freelancers, including hiring, onboarding, goal-setting, regular 1:1s, performance management, assigning tasks, coordinating schedules, approving time-off requests, holding direct reports accountable for job performance, and issuing disciplinary action as needed
Implement and maintain Newsroom policies and procedures
Shape and oversee the goals and growth of the Newsroom team
Serve on committees as appropriate
Direct daily news coverage by assigning and approving stories that reflect Daily Kos’ editorial mission and comply with the Code of Ethics
Help writers to develop unique angles on major news of the day as well as longer originally reported and enterprise stories
Direct coverage of live events, such as election nights and presidential debates, as well as breaking news on nights and weekends as needed
Lead the Newsroom in tracking news developments in real time and alert the team to breaking news
Collaborate with leadership in the Content Division on content strategy
Oversee the front page publishing schedule
Oversee headline workshopping and testing and image selection
Contribute to ongoing improvement of editorial systems, processes, and best practices
Monitor analytics to continuously assess content performance to help inform editorial decision-making
Oversee the integration of AP wire stories and other third-party content into the publishing schedule
Work with the Director of Community to promote community, freelance, and partner content to the front page
Other responsibilities as assigned
10+ years in digital media, preferably in advocacy journalism
5+ years in an editorial management role
Strong leadership skills as demonstrated through previous management or mentorship experience
A successful track record of building and managing teams with varying levels of experience
Experience working in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
Demonstrated ability to supervise, motivate, and work effectively with writers and editors of varying skills and experience
Proven journalism skills, including reporting and editing
Deep knowledge of progressive and Democratic politics
An understanding of, and commitment to, advocacy journalism
Familiarity with SEO, content optimization, and social media distribution
Knowledge of AP style
Knowledge of analytics tools such as Chartbeat and Google Analytics
Excellent organizational and time-management skills
Commitment to diversity in sourcing topics and approaches
Comfortable with a virtual working environment
Be tech and internet savvy (we use Google Docs, Slack, Dropbox, Asana, and lots of other tools that make work life easier)
Salary Range: $125,000 - $145,000
Daily Kos is proud to deliver a strong total rewards program to our employees.
The position offers:
Remote-first work environment
Paid employee medical, dental and vision benefits
Access to a Health Advocate
401K with a 5% company match
9 Company-paid holidays
6 weeks vacation
Paid Sick Time
Traumatic Grief Leave
Paid parental/family/medical leave
Remote Worker Stipend
Professional Development Stipend
Employee Referral Bonus Program
Flex Spending Account
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Company paid short & long term disability
Voluntary Accident & Critical Illness benefit
This position is a 40 hour/week, full-time, exempt position. Candidates must be legally eligible to work in the United States.
At Daily Kos, we believe that diversity of ideas, experiences, and cultures helps us be more effective activists. We are proud to be an inclusive and equal opportunity workplace. We have a team of amazing people with backgrounds and talents energized by the news events and people united by a common cause. We love learning and support training for employees to continue career growth. In addition, our organizational commitment to personal growth and work-life balance reduces churn and encourages a very rewarding long-term position.
Women, people of color, and LGBTQIA individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.
Note: Principals Only. Daily Kos does not accept agency calls or resumes. Please do not forward resumes to any recruiting alias or employee.