Editor, Charged Affairs

About YPFP:

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) is committed to fostering the next generation of foreign policy leaders by providing its members with the knowledge, skills, exposure, and relationships they will need to tackle critical global challenges over the course of their careers. YPFP is a dynamic, global, nonpartisan, non-profit organization with 10,000+ selected members around the world who work in all fields of international affairs. It was established in 2004, and is headquartered in Washington, DC, with branches in Brussels, London, and New York. YPFP is supported by around 150 volunteer staff members worldwide, for whom the leadership and management of a global NGO supplements their daytime career or graduate studies. 

About Charged Affairs:

Charged Affairs is YPFP’s foreign policy magazine. Launched as a blog in 2014, it has since transitioned into a proper online journal with its own website and an ambitious publishing agenda. Charged Affairs brings together an editorial and writing team that publishes on a wide range of foreign and international policy subjects, 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 US and abroad, showcasing the work of our research fellows, and publishing guest op-eds by senior practitioners and thought leaders. Our articles range from op-eds to interviews and book reviews, and we pride ourselves on being a place for original analysis and perspectives.

Position Description:

Charged Affairs editors are members of the editorial board, and are primarily responsible for guiding an assigned group of writers through the editorial and publishing process. Editors give writers feedback on their topics, work with them to meet deadlines, offer substantive and structural feedback and perform final copy edits. Editors will receive on average two new articles each week, and work with their writers on improving their submissions and ensuring a high quality final copy. Roughly once every 1.5 months, an editor is responsible for posting new articles to the website. Editors also participate in the promotion of Charged Affairs articles on social media, and as members of the editorial board, participate in the discussions about the strategic growth and innovation of the magazine.

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. Editors work on about 8 articles per month.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Develop good working relationships with your assigned 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 writers on schedule and be accountable for the quality of the articles you approve for publishing.
  • Participate in Charged Affairs programming, like skills workshops and socials.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Prior editorial experience required.
  • Prior writing experience a plus.
  • Prior experience with WordPress a plus.
  • Perfect grasp of the craft of writing, grammar, syntax, flow and style.
  • 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 it utilizes social media to grow its audience and how to optimize content for impact.
  • Ability to monitor multiple articles at different stages of completion, upcoming deadlines, writer extensions and final publishing deadlines.

Eligibility and Selection:

Please note that candidates must be dues paying members of YPFP. You are not required to be a YPFP member to apply, but must confirm membership to be accepted to the position. Candidates don’t need to be based in Washington, D.C.

Application Process:

To begin the application process please send a cover letter, your resume and a writing sample to recruiting@ypfp.org, with the heading Editor CA Application.