Deputy Editor, Digital, Stanford Social Innovation Review

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Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) produces a wide range of editorial content for leaders of nonprofits, businesses, and governments around the world engaged in social innovation. Its goal is to provide a media platform for these leaders to share ideas, research, and experiences to advance the field of social innovation. SSIR operates like a small media company within Stanford University, producing a quarterly paid-subscription magazine; a website that publishes new articles, podcasts, and videos daily; webinars; conferences; foreign-language editions (Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, and Korean); and other content. Every year millions of people around the world read SSIR articles, listen to SSIR podcasts and webinars, and attend SSIR conferences. There are nine full-time employees at SSIR, five in editorial and four in publishing, as well as a number of part-time contract employees.  SSIR is a part of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, an academic center within the School of Humanities and Sciences, that brings together faculty, students, and practitioners to develop and share knowledge about philanthropy, civil society, and social change.


SSIR is seeking a Deputy Editor, Digital who is responsible for leading and managing the editorial portion of SSIR’s website, one of the primary ways that the organization disseminates content and interacts with its audience. The Deputy Editor, Digital, and the digital editorial team (one full-time and one half-time editor, and one half-time web producer) are responsible for obtaining, editing, and publishing online approximately one original article each day of the work week.  These articles are written by people who are experts in the field (such as academics, foundation CEOs, and nonprofit leaders), but are not professional writers and so usually need assistance with their writing. SSIR’s website reaches about 250,000 unique visitors each month, or about 3 million people a year, about 45 percent of whom come from outside the United States.


Over the 18 years that SSIR has been publishing, the way that editorial content is delivered on the web has changed dramatically, and that is certain to continue in the future. It is the responsibility of the Deputy Editor, Digital to stay abreast of the latest digital publishing trends and (in consultation with the Editor in Chief) to make sure that SSIR’s digital strategy and its website, social media activities, articles, podcasts, and other content adapts to these changes in order that SSIR delivers its content and reaches its target audience most effectively. In addition, the Deputy Editor, Digital is responsible for staying informed about the field of social innovation and representing SSIR at seminars, conferences, and meetings in the field of social innovation, and for other shared responsibilities with members of the SSIR team. The Deputy Editor, Digital works under the supervision of the Editor in Chief.


This position is full-time, continuing, and exempt. Ideally the position is based at Stanford, Calif., but it could be based elsewhere in the United States.



Core Duties:*

  • Research, plan, write, and edit original/complex publications for style and substance.
  • Develop and publish sensitive policy statements and publications for internal and/or external audiences.
  • Ensure adherence of editorial content to guidelines and oversee the work of other editorial staff or freelancers.
  • Recommend changes and amendments to communications or publications.
  • Work within deadlines and cost constraints.
  • Advise and collaborate with clients on editorial and publication methods.
  • Communicate with writers, editors, photographers, vendors, and contractors, and review publication process.
  • Serve as resource in developing strategies that promote effective delivery of publications/editorials to target audiences.
  • Assist with performance evaluation, hiring, and staff management.
  • Supervise professional or support personnel.


* Other duties may also be assigned


Minimum Requirements Education and Experience Required:


Bachelor’s degree and five years of relevant work experience is required.


Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:

  • Demonstrated understanding of the principles, terminology, procedures, and best practices of digital communications and editorial content.
  • Extensive experience in planning and implementing complex publications/editorial projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize and coordinate materials from multiple resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to edit complex stories for both style and substance.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and thorough command of editorial and proofreading skills.
  • Experience producing highly effective work within deadline and cost constraints.
  • Extensive experience and understanding of job-required software applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply ingenuity and creativity in solving complex problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply discretion and judgment in evaluating implications of information release to internal and external audiences.


Preferred Education and Experience:

An advanced degree and additional work experience is highly desired.


Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Editing experience at a magazine or content website is highly desired.
  • Demonstrated experience editing a range of articles (e.g. op-eds, long features, profiles of organizations) written by a variety of non-professional authors (e.g. academics, consultants, foundation CEOs, and nonprofit leaders). Must be able to take articles that are written by people who are not professional writers, and by working closely with the author, turn them into informative and compelling articles for an intelligent yet non-academic audience. Must be able to meet all deadlines. Must also be able to work well with faculty, researchers, executives, and consultants who may have very specific points of view on their writing and may not be used to being heavily edited.
  • Demonstrated experience leading and managing an editorial website or significant portion of an editorial website. This includes developing and implementing an editorial strategy, and managing the obtaining, editing, publishing, and promoting of articles, podcasts, and other content. It also includes leading and managing social media efforts and e-newsletter products, ensuring site content is optimized for search, overseeing the look and feel of the website, evaluating and analyzing the effectiveness of digital efforts, making sure the website is optimized for all platforms, managing third-party contractors, and other related digital and management tasks.
  • Demonstrated experience using a variety of software, applications, websites, and other tools to create, manage, and promote digital content, including: social media platforms (in particular LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter); social media tools (e.g. TweetDeck and HootSuite); e-newsletter platforms (specifically Mail Chimp); content management systems (specifically Expression Engine); video tools and websites (e.g. YouTube,); publishing software (specifically InDesign); photo and illustration software (e.g. Illustrator and Photoshop); and website analytics tools (specifically Google Analytics, but also others, e.g.
  • Demonstrated experience managing a team of internal editors and web producers, and external contractors (editors, writers, podcast producers, web developers, illustrators, etc.).
  • A strong work ethic, the ability to work independently, a willingness to express one’s ideas and opinions, an ability to work well as part of a team, and a devotion to getting the details right.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform detailed work with high level of accuracy and attention to detail, while meeting all deadlines.
  • An interest in the field of social innovation. Being widely read and knowledgeable about the field social innovation, and an interest in and knowledge of related subjects—such as politics, economics, sociology, business, and psychology—is highly desired. 


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