Editor in Chief

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

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 the Team

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

  • Event promotion, coverage and follow-up

  • Website management

  • Advertisement and marketing to prospective new members

  • Content creation and marketing

  • Internal communications and knowledge management

The Team aims to use the latest tools, platforms and best practices to foster the vision and mission of YPFP, by ensuring effective and efficient sharing of information with, and provoking and fostering thought leadership and debate among internal audiences, members, stakeholders and the general public.

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

This position requires a time commitment of approximately 10 hours per week, and successful candidates will be able to make at least a one-year commitment to the role. Please note that you are not required to be a YPFP member to apply, but you will be required to confirm membership to be accepted.

How to Apply

Please e-mail your up-to-date resumé and a cover letter (1000 words maximum), detailing your qualifications for the positions and your intentions and ideas should you be selected, to simon.vanwoerden@ypfp.org under the subject “Application - Editor in Chief” no later than October 26, 5:00PM EST.