Managing 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:

The Managing Editor of Charged Affairs works closely with the Editor-in-Chief to oversee the editorial and writing staff, the website, the publishing schedule and strategic initiatives. The Managing Editor participates fully in the work of the editorial board, and has additional oversight and coordination responsibilities. The Managing Editor also participates in all staffing decisions, alongside the Editor-in-Chief. In the absence of the Editor-in-Chief, the Managing Editor represents the publication, leads meetings and makes executive decisions. The Managing Editor helps the Editor-in-Chief craft and implement a strategic vision for growth, innovation and process improvement of Charged Affairs.

This position requires approximately 5-10 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 help to supervise a team of between 20-30 staff.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Participate in the hiring, management and evaluation of all editors and writers.
  • Play a leading role in coordinating and monitoring the publishing and editorial system.
  • Assist the Editor-in-Chief in leading 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 in the absence of the Editor-in-Chief.
  • Closely monitor and be aware of production deadlines, extensions, and actively work to promote good relations between writers and editors
  • Play a leading role in the planning and execution of staff development activities and socials.

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

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 Managing Editor CA Application.