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The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a congressionally funded, private, nonprofit grant-making organization that works to support freedom around the world and is seeking a Managing Editor for the Center for International Media Assistance with the NED. The position is based in Washington, D.C.
The Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) is dedicated to improving U.S. efforts to promote independent media in developing countries around the world. CIMA strives to build a foundation of knowledge for media development donors, implementers, and civil society actors on best practices and solutions for improving media systems. We do this because we believe media plays an indispensable role in the creation and development of sustainable democracies.
The Managing Editor of CIMA will join a collaborative five-member team and reports to CIMA’s Senior Director. The position is responsible for all aspects of CIMA’s publications program, from conception of report ideas to managing writers, editing publications, and overseeing the publications process.
The Managing Editor will also be encouraged to develop areas of personal interest and scholarship within the media development field and produce reports, blogposts and other publications that help advance our understanding of global media systems and how media development practitioners can more effectively support high quality independent journalism. The job involves regular engagement with the National Endowment for Democracy on its efforts to support democratic transitions around the world, acting as an expert on panels and committees in Washington and other world capitals, and deepening CIMA’s institutional partnerships for impact and effectiveness.
This is a job with enormous potential for personal and professional growth and influence over a critical set of important publications that have helped to define the media development field. The candidate will play a central role in helping to define CIMA’s strategy, events, and substantive output.
The ideal candidate will be a visionary and strategic thinker, with a demonstrated ability to lead intellectually and to engage creatively with other research-oriented organizations, including universities, think tanks, policy institutes, government, and media. The candidate will lead CIMA’s efforts to rethink its publications program in light of the constantly shifting world of media and technology, helping to develop a strategy for higher levels of impact, and expanding CIMA’s reach beyond traditional publication platforms to digital media and video.
The editing responsibilities require the finely honed skills of an accomplished editor who is able to synthesize complex issues, help improve the quality of texts, and write clearly and cogently about a wide array of topics within the realm of media, technology, development and democratic transitions. The work often requires substantial re-conceptualizing or reorganization of draft texts, working on details with writers, and rewriting of manuscripts for clarity, focus, and impact. While a seasoned editor with eight or more years of experience would be ideal, we will also consider candidates with less experience but who show unusual ability, promise, and interest in professional growth as an editor and analyst.
Knowledge/Experience (formal degree requirements and years of relevant job experience required):
Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history and requirements, contact information for three professional references, and a completed NED Employment Application. Please send an email to email@example.com, with your name and CIMA Managing Editor – Job #1638 in the subject line. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit our NED Careers page at: http://www.ned.org/about/jobs. Please, no phone calls.