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Associate Editor

We’re a fast-growing, independent, nonprofit magazine committed to covering movements for social change and expanding the boundaries of the politically possible, and we are looking to hire an experienced editor to join our team at our Chicago offices.

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.

Since January 20, mobilized communities have helped put progressives in office, sheltered immigrant neighbors from ICE and launched legal challenges against the worst of the Trump agenda. As an In These Times associate editor you'll be provided with a unique opportunity to amplify, inform and engage with these surging left movements, and to help expose and clap back against the oligarchs in power. We especially pride ourselves in our reporting on vibrant grassroots work for economic, racial and environmental justice occurring 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. 

Editors stay stimulated working in a variety of genres—think pieces and reporting, op-eds and investigations—and subject matter, with writers ranging from up-and-comers to grizzled veterans.

And if the weight of politics gets too much, you’ll be joining a tight-knit staff in our roomy, plant-filled office where we keep each other grounded through lunchtime burrito runs, afterhours conversation on the rooftop “lounge,” headline-related wordplay, and lively editorial discussion on everything from big-picture strategy to the nitty-gritty of diction.

The associate editor will be responsible for shaping and implementing the magazine's big-picture editorial strategy, in collaboration with the rest of In These Times’ print team. Candidates should be passionate about progressive politics and savvy at translating this into compelling coverage that drives social change. The position involves shepherding news and feature stories through all phases of the editorial process; thus, candidates should also have a proven ability to manage writers and deliver clean copy in a deadline-driven environment. We are looking for editors with a vision for achieving social impact through our key areas of coverage, such as (but not limited to): labor, climate change, racial justice, migrant rights, police accountability, Native rights, corporate capture of government, alternatives to capitalism and moving the Democratic Party left.

The ideal candidate will be comfortable editing a variety of stories, including hard news, long-form features, opinion and cultural commentary. However, editors who have a strong interest in one particular type of coverage shouldn't hesitate to apply. In These Times is home to the Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting, and there is also an opportunity to lead our investigative work.

This is a full-time, Chicago-based union position (News Guild) with a salary range of $42,000 to $48,000 based on experience and ability to manage investigative projects. The benefits are generous: paid medical and dental (including for employee’s partner and/or family), employer-matched 403B, three months paid parental leave, lots of holidays (15 days per year), and 4 weeks paid vacation.

Send cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the subject “In These Times Associate Editor.” This position will remain open until it is filled. No phone calls.

In These Times is an equal opportunity employer. People of all ethnicities and genders are encouraged to apply.