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Editor, Charged Affairs

About Charged Affairs:

Charged Affairs is YPFP’s in-house foreign policy publication. The magazine’s team of editors and staff writers publish on a wide range of foreign and international policy subjects on a weekly basis, bringing the perspectives of early and mid-career professionals and academics to the broader foreign policy community. Charged Affairs is also a forum for publishing guest pieces by YPFP members in the United States and abroad, highlighting original analysis and global perspectives. Articles range from op-eds to interviews and book reviews.

Please visit the Charged Affairs website here.

Position Description:

Charged Affairs Editors are members of the Editorial Board, and are primarily responsible for guiding an assigned group of Staff Writers through the editorial and publishing process. Editors give feedback on topics and arguments, and work with Staff Writers to meet deadlines. Editors also offer substantive and structural feedback and perform final copy edits. Editors will receive an average of two new articles each week, and will work to improve submissions and ensure a high quality final copy, prior to posting final articles. Editors also participate in the promotion of Charged Affairs articles on social media, and as members of the Editorial Board, participate in discussions on the strategic growth and innovation of the journal.

This position requires approximately 5 hours per week, and successful candidates will be able to make at least a one-year commitment to the role.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Develop good working relationships with assigned Staff Writers, keep them on schedule, and give them strong and constructive feedback to help them produce their best possible work.
  • Be prepared to give feedback on a wide range of foreign affairs topics (you don’t need to be an expert on the subject of an op-ed to give good feedback), and have an excellent grasp of how to structure writing effectively, how to improve flow and phrasing, and how to craft an impactful headline.
  • Keep yourself and your Staff Writers on schedule and be accountable for the quality of the articles you approve for publishing.
  • Participate in Charged Affairs programming, including skills workshops and socials.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Prior editorial experience required
  • Ability to strictly adhere to deadlines
  • Detail oriented and prompt response to emails
  • Strong communication skills and editorial instincts needed
  • Have an eye for quality and the ability to tactfully but directly push people to produce their best work
  • Understand how a magazine should function, how to utilize social media to grow an audience, and how to optimize content for impact
  • Prior experience with WordPress preferred
  • Ability to monitor multiple articles at different stages of completion, upcoming deadlines, and final publishing deadlines

Eligibility and Selection:

  • Ideally an early career foreign policy professional or current graduate student in a relevant field
  • Position is unpaid and part-time
  • If not already a dues-paying member, candidate must become a YPFP member upon acceptance of an offer
  • Candidates do not need to be residents of the Washington, DC area

Application Process:

To apply, send the following materials as attachments to recruiting@ypfp.org:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Writing sample of 2-3 pages (ideally op-ed and related to foreign policy)

Include “CA Editor Application” in the subject line.