Editor-in-Chief, 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:

The Editor-in-Chief (EiC) of Charged Affairs leads YPFP’s magazine, overseeing and being ultimately responsible for its content, staff and strategic direction. The EiC also represents the magazine within the Communications and Thought Leadership department of YPFP, and manages its relationships with other YPFP divisions and programs. The EiC leads the Editorial Board of the magazine and is responsible for the hiring and management of both editors and writers. At their discretion, the EiC delegates tasks and powers to the Managing Editor and other members of the Editorial Board.

The essence of this position requires an ambitious vision for growth, ever-improving quality, a growing audience and the search for new partnerships and resources. It is not a position for merely keeping things running, but rather a position for a seasoned editorial leader looking to take the publication to the next level. The EiC must be able to lead editorial and writing teams in the rigorous and timely production of content, and acts as the last check on quality control. The EiC must effectively delegate and keep an eye on the bigger picture – monthly metrics, new opportunities and strategic growth.

This position requires approximately 10-15 hours per week, and successful candidates will be able to make at least a one-year commitment to the role. In 2016, it is envisioned that this person will supervise a team of between 20-30 staff.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the hiring, management and evaluation of all editors and writers
  • Oversee the Charged Affairs website
  • Lead the Editorial Board in the timely editing and uploading of all content
  • Maintain, enforce and facilitate a production calendar and editorial guidelines
  • Represent the interests of Charged Affairs to third parties inside of YPFP, and occasionally outside of YPFP
  • Set the strategic vision and direction for the publication and hold your team and yourself accountable for progress
  • Be the final guarantor of quality content, formatting and maintenance of the website

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Prior editorial experience required, preferably in a leadership role
  • Prior writing experience a plus
  • Prior experience with WordPress a plus
  • Prior experience with leading teams and overseeing deadlines is highly desirable, as is a demonstrated record of setting ambitious goals and leading teams to achieve them
  • 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
  • Be ambitious. Have a vision of where you want the magazine to be in 6 months, or in a year, and lead a large team of editors and writers to accomplish those goals

Eligibility and Selection:

Please note that candidates must be dues paying members of YPFP and located in the greater Washington D.C. region. You are not required to be a YPFP member to apply, but must confirm membership to be accepted to the position.

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-in-Chief Application.