Managing Editor

Ford Foundation
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Jun 27

Position description

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The Managing Editor is a key player in a busy in-house communications shop working across formats on a wide range of issues for a diverse global audience.  She/he/they is responsible for managing the editorial direction, production and delivery of all written print and digital products for one of the world’s foremost international social justice philanthropies.

He/she/they will be superbly organized and a skilled manager of people and projects – serving as a central coordinator for the development and delivery of products of all kinds.  He/she/they will have a proven ability to coordinate a diverse team of talented creatives and deliver successful outcomes in pressured environments. The Managing Editor will be responsible for developing and managing a stable of writers who understand Ford’s work and voice and can contribute at a high level to meet tight deadlines.

He/she/they must be a skilled editor and superior writer.  They must have a love of storytelling and an appreciation of how an organization like Ford can use story to advance their work across a range of platforms.  The Managing Editor will have an easy command of digital and printed content and serve as an editorial thought-partner for marketing, multimedia, art and design teams. Must be a proactive communicator and generator of ideas, who can build schedules for long-term projects as well as deliver efficiently on quick turnarounds.  



  • Setting the foundation’s editorial direction and tone  

  • Managing every detail of editorial projects and deliverables – creating production and editorial schedules and managing teams to ensure a steady and timely flow of high-level content

  • Managing the work and schedules of a stable of writers and consultants to meet foundation needs

  • Acting as the editorial thought partner for the art and design and web team as well as the Marketing Strategist to ensure that projects are aligned with the foundation brand and priority goals/target audiences 

  • Serving as a trusted partner and project manager for the leadership team

  • Managing the editorial content of, ensuring the site’s content is kept fresh and up-to-date and the homepage real estate is used to maximum advantage

  • Overseeing - and jumping in to execute as needed - day-to-day editorial tasks including drafting and editing copy, creating blog and website content, helping to craft institutional messages, contributing to design products and digital campaigns



  • Superb editing and superior writing skills, with the ability to shape clear and compelling content with acute attention to detail

  • Superior management skills and ability to control schedules and enforce deadlines. Tasks include: project definition, scoping, planning, team resource allocation and management, along with attention to delivery time, scope, quality and budget 

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects in a cross disciplinary environment with quick turnaround times

  • Strong knowledge of the latest technological advancements content management 

  • Well-honed interpersonal skills, including the confidence to interact with and influence personnel at all levels, responsiveness, flexibility, initiative, decision making, conflict resolution, and tact

  • Excellent content judgment coupled with knowledge of the risk, legal, and ethical issues associated with publishing thought leadership on behalf of an organization 

  • Ability to directly manage a team of writers, indirectly oversee other team members, and provide counsel and coaching as a leader within the team

  • Proven ability to build strategic working relationships with senior clients, peers and vendors  

  • Strong listening and analytical skills 

  • Master’s degree preferred (preferably in journalism/marketing/mass communication), or equivalent combination of education and experience in a related field.

  • At least 10 years of experience in a managerial capacity in a traditional or digital newsroom with a highly developed digital skill set

  • Technical skills: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Adobe Experience Manager (preferred)



  • This position is primarily a sedentary role. However, the person in this position may need to occasionally move about inside the office to liaise with internal staff, access files, office machinery and a copy machine/printer.


Alignment to Culture and Values

  • Commitment to the Foundation’s mission and core values of equity, openness, collaboration, trust, accountability and urgency
  • Personal qualities of humility, capacity for self-reflection, and a sense of humor
  • Discretion and ability to handle confidential issues
  • Action-orientated and entrepreneurial self-starter who can work well independently and in teams



  • Medical and dental benefits for employee and immediate family on first day of work
  • Retirement savings account with matching company contributions of up to 13%
  • Three weeks’ paid vacation in first year of work; four weeks in subsequent years 
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Office closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day
  • Professional development initiatives for growth
  • Generous parental leave (maternal and paternal) during new child’s first year (born into family or adopted)


Salary:  Salary is based on experience and on the Foundation’s commitment to internal equity.  A generous benefits package is provided. 

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