Race Forward
  • Oakland, CA, USA
  • Full Time

Title: Editorial Director, Colorlines

Reports to: President

FLSA Status: Exempt

Salary Range: $96,900-105,060

Location: Remote

Tentative Start Date: TBD

*Please note that this position will be open for applications until Friday, July 2nd or once we reach 100 applicants; whichever comes first.

About Race Forward

Race Forward's mission is to catalyze movement building for racial justice. In partnership with communities, organizations, and sectors, we build strategies to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Race Forward imagines a just, multiracial democratic society free from oppression and exploitation, in which people of color thrive with power and purpose.

Since 1981, Race Forward has brought a systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity. In 2017 Race Forward united with the Center for Social Inclusion to become the new Race Forward.

Position Summary

The Editorial Director (comparable to an Editor-in-Chief in other newsrooms) oversees all editorial operations at Colorlines. They lead and oversee the Colorlines team, including editors, writers, freelancers and the audience engagement manager. Additionally, the Editorial Director (ED) maintains a consistent editorial voice and determines Colorlines' strategic direction. The ED is responsible for managing the Colorlines budget, making publishing decisions, and supporting the creation of Colorlines policies. The ED serves as a liaison between Colorlines and all relevant teams at Race Forward, in particular, HR, Operations, Accounts Payable, Development, Technology, and Communications (which includes art and video). They also partner with the Publisher to cultivate and manage external relationships including publicists, partnering organizations, and others. The ED may represent CL in media and on panels as needed.

The five target areas that the ED oversees include:

  • Editorial
  • Audience
  • Tech
  • Development
  • Video

The Editorial Director will play a key role in the in-progress Colorlines strategic planning process intended to re-imagine the role of Colorlines in the landscape and set a cohesive organizational strategy; and launch a new editorial structure and revenue framework that supports the new editorial strategy and enables long-term sustainability. Since this is an ongoing process, aspects of this position may shift in accordance to how the team decides to shift.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The Editorial Director works closely with the publisher and others to establish a strategy to meet specified metrics (audience growth, KPIs, donation amount, editorial board) and support the team in executing that vision.
  • Engineers and oversees editorial direction, traffic growth, monetization, and site operations, including developing and establishing new writers, columns, video series, etc. at a nonprofit news site where race matters
  • Oversees all aspects of Colorlines editorial work and partners with the Deputy Editorial Director, to manage content, investigative work, and home page placement
  • Administers and tracks $2 million budget, including management of tracking expenses such as freelancers and consultants as needed to support Colorlines strategic direction
  • Partners with the DED to establish relationships with writers and partner organizations, and works to establish robust op-ed content by working with activists and grassroots leaders to ensure that their voices are amplified
  • Works collaboratively with other Race Forward teams, including IT (ensuring optimal user experience on the site), development (grant writing and reporting, corporate sponsorship, and individual giving), and communications (video).
  • Works closely with Audience Development to ensure that audience and editorial are working in tandem

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

To perform successfully in this role, incumbent should possess skills identified below:

  • Effective editorial management experience
  • Excellent editing skills (Top Editing, Line Editing, Copyediting, etc.)
  • Excellent writing and reporting skills
  • Strong news judgement, especially as it relates to racial justice and race
  • Cross-functional leadership
  • Process improvement and optimization
  • Mentoring/development of team
  • Editorial strategic planning
  • HTML/CMS competency
  • SEO Best Practices
  • Strong project management and multi-tasking abilities

Qualifications and Experience

  • A bachelor's degree from a four-year journalism or related program and/or a minimum 10-15 years editorial management experience; MA in journalism a plus.
  • Leverages years of industry experience and relationships to secure writers, subjects, and editorial
  • Proven leader with the ability to offer vision, strategy and editorial direction in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience supervising a team

Additional Information

This position requires long periods of time at a desk on a computer and may require time outside of normal business hours. Travel will be required when safe to do so. 10% travel for fundraising and 5% travel for team and organizational retreats, Facing Race, biannual conference.

How to Apply

External Applicants: To apply for this position, please click the link below. To ensure full consideration, please be sure to include both a cover letter and resume with your application.


EEO Statement

Race Forward provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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