Editor in Chief, New York

Please note that all YPFP New York staff positions are unpaid and on a volunteer basis. 

About YPFP

YPFP is committed to fostering the next generation of foreign policy leaders and increasing NextGen voices in debates about global issues by providing its members with the knowledge, skills, exposure, and relationships they will need to tackle critical international challenges now and over the course of their careers.

YPFP is a dynamic, global, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with 15,000+ 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 the Team

The Communications Team at Young Professionals in Foreign Policy New York (YPFP NY) is responsible for all matters related to the organization’s internal and external communications, including:

  • Event promotion, coverage and follow-up
  • Website management, content creation, and marketing
  • Advertisement and marketing to prospective new members
  • Internal communications and information sharing amongst teams and staff
  • Meeting documentation including creating and distributing agendas in advance of meetings, and recording, distributing, and filing minutes in a timely manner.

The Communications Team aims to ensure effective and efficient information-sharing with internal audiences, members, stakeholders and the general public so that YPFP NY is well represented in the foreign policy community, and so that the organization continues to thrive and grow over time. We have communications staff dedicated to editorial content development, social media, communications technology, and membership engagement and development. The Deputy Communications Director works with each of these team members and the Communications Director to ensure effective execution of communications strategy and planning.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Reporting to the Communications Director and working closely with the Social Media Specialist and Audiovisual Specialist, the Editor in Chief will be responsible for the inception, production management, and coordination of various categories of content including but not limited to:

  • Blog posts

  • Weekly newsletter

  • Analysis and commentary

  • Reviews

  • Staff and member profiles

  • Travelogues

  • Op-eds and columns

  • Audiovisual productions

The Editor in Chief will procure, edit, and publish content from YPFP Staff, Members, Speakers, and Guest Writers and maintain a rolling 30-, 60-, and 90-day editorial calendar. They will be responsible for developing new editorial products, verticals, formats and directions while maintaining YPFP’s voice and style. The Editor in Chief will develop periodic trainings for all staff, particularly the Communications Team, to increase their skills related to writing and editing.

In addition, the Editor in Chief will take on his/her share of the overall team responsibilities including staffing and attending events and staff meetings.

Skills and Qualifications

Candidates for Editor in Chief should have the following profile:

  • Proven experience as editor at online or offline publications, ideally in a Managing Editor or Editor in Chief role, or if not, including experience communicating and coordinating with internal and external content producers

  • Proven technical experience with most of the production-related roles on the Communications Team - notably some knowledge of production for social media, photography, and audiovisual

  • Minimum bachelor’s or equivalent experience in the fields of communications, marketing, journalism, or similar fields

How to Apply

Please e-mail your up-to-date resumé and a cover letter detailing your qualifications for the positions and your intentions and ideas should you be selected, to katherine.kokkinos@ypfp.org under the subject “Editor in Chief Application.”