Now Hiring: Senior Editor

In These Times magazine is hiring a Senior Editor to join the management team team at our Chicago office.

April 9, 2017

In These Times, a fast-growing, independent, nonprofit magazine, is looking for an experienced editor to expand our senior editorial team. We can adapt the role to the candidate, but it will involve editing ambitious stories that fulfill In These Times’ mandate of advancing social, environmental, economic and racial justice.

Author and historian James Weinstein founded In These Times in 1976 with the mission “to identify and clarify the struggles against corporate power now multiplying in American society.” Today, In These Times magazine reaches a record 50,000 subscribers every month, and that mission is more important than ever.

As an In These Times senior editor you'll be provided with a unique opportunity to amplify and inform progressive movements at a moment when they are resurgent, and to help expose and clap back against the oligarchs in power. We especially pride ourselves in our reporting on vibrant activism in places the coastal media overlooks, from the Fannie Lou Hamer-inspired black cooperative movement in Jackson, Miss., to the ongoing fight for voting rights in the Navajo Nation. 

We’re looking to tailor this position based the candidate’s skills and interests.

The November 2017 issue of the In These Times.

The first issue of In These Times, released November 15th, 1976

About In These Times

In These Times is an independent, nonprofit monthly magazine that has covered politics and culture from the left since 1976. The monthly print magazine now reaches a record 50,000 subscribers, and is visited by half a million readers a month. We're a small but dedicated staff that is deeply committed to our mission. We're also a proud union workplace with an internal culture that strives to live up to the ideals we advocate every day through our journalism. We're looking for co-workers who are comfortable working independently when needed, but excited to be part of a close-knit team that cares passionately about politics and social movements.

The first issue of In These Times, released November 15th, 1976


Here are the duties of our senior editorial team. We expect the new hire to take on some—but not all—of these:

  • Editing print stories, including features, culture, dispatches (short narrative pieces), and opinion
  • Supervising and editing ambitious investigative projects, from conception to publication to impact
  • Managing the monthly print production cycle: coordinating art and editorial departments; keeping a team of four staffers on schedule
  • Recruiting and managing freelance writers
  • Mentoring junior editorial staff
  • Building relationships and partnerships with other outlets and institutes
  • Serving as a public voice of In These Times through writing and appearances

The senior editor will be joining a four-person management team. They will have a lot of clout in setting journalistic priorities, steering the institution and shaping our workplace culture.


Base requirements:

  • Three years experience as a full-time editor
  • Passion for social justice
  • Excellent editing skills
  • Ability to manage others: vision, organization, tact, directness, commitment to ensuring a fair workplace

Additional / optional experience:

  • Management experience
  • Investigating reporting or editing background
  • Eight+ years experience as a full-time editor

How to apply

Email with the subject “Senior editor.” No phone calls please.

Send a cover letter that explains why you want this job and describes your ideal version of a senior editorial role. Make clear which of the above duties you are most excited and qualified to take on.

Include a resume, 1 writing sample and 3 samples of stories you have edited.

Editing samples should include (a) the first draft (b) your mark-ups and comments to the writer (c) any subsequent drafts/comments (d) the published story.

People of color and members of other groups underrepresented in media are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job details

This is a full-time, Chicago-based position.

Salary commensurate with experience and role. Salary range is $45,000-$60,000.  

In These Times offers top-notch benefits: paid medical and dental (including for employee’s partner and/or family), employer-matched 403B, three months paid parental leave, 16 holidays per year, and 4 weeks paid vacation.

Start date is negotiable. The position will remain open until filled.