Managing Editor, Fellowship Program

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. 

Fellowship Program Description:

The YPFP Research Fellowship is designed to give rising leaders in foreign policy the opportunity to accelerate their careers. Over a one-year period, fellows are given diverse opportunities to improve their writing and subject matter expertise. Some fellows design a curriculum for a six-week YPFP course corresponding to their area of expertise, and all fellows benefit from exclusive workshops and socials, as well as mentorship opportunities. Fellows publish monthly op-eds, book reviews or interviews, and their work has recently been featured in U.S. News and World Report, Business Insider, Foreign Policy, Al-Jazeera, the Foreign Policy Association and our very own Huffington Post blog and Charged Affairs.

For more details on the fellowship, please visit the Fellowship page.

To see our current fellows, please visit the Fellows page.

Position Description:

The Fellowship’s Managing Editor works with our editors and fellows to help them produce top-quality content for publication in national media platforms. Editors generally work on 3-4 articles per month, giving the fellow feedback on structure, content and style, and eventually preparing the manuscript for publication with a thorough copy edit. Editors also work with our external outreach operation to help place our content in top publications. The Managing Editor oversees this process and fully participates in it.

The Managing Editor leads a small editorial team and is part of the overall fellowship staff with access to fellowship programs, social events and the wider YPFP member and staff community. They get to participate in improving our editorial process and the quality of our output.

This position requires approximately 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 supervise a team of around 5-10 editors and about 20 fellows.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Manage the fellowship’s editorial team and editorial process
  • Manage external relationships with national and foreign policy media
  • Represent the editorial and publishing interests of the fellowship program in the program’s leadership team
  • Edit 3-4 articles per month, going from structural and content feedback rounds to copy and final edit rounds
  • Help fellows and editors pitch articles to magazines and newspapers
  • Participate in the improvement of our editorial policies and procedures
  • Be an active and initiative-oriented member of an elite editorial team

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Prior editorial experience needed
  • Ability to lead an editorial team and manage an editorial process
  • Strong interest in international affairs
  • Experience or interest in working with international affairs practitioners and scholars
  • Impeccable grasp of grammar, syntax, structure, flow and style
  • Ability to constructively, diplomatically and rigorously critique and improve the work of others
  • Interest in communicating with national publications on behalf of YPFP

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 (Fellowship) Application.