We’re Hiring a Senior Editor for Interactives

FiveThirtyEight is looking for a thoughtful, energetic and ambitious Senior editor at Interactives to help drive our interactive and visual journalism. Under the direction of the Associate Editor, who leads the Interactions and Graphics Group, the Senior Interactions Editor will manage part of the Interactions Group and its projects. This is a highly effective interdisciplinary role that can combine elements of HR, project management, and editorial leadership. Given the vast nature of this position, we expect this job to be tailored to the skills and interests of everyone we hire. The ideal candidate will be someone who derives deep satisfaction from encouraging others to do their best work.

The Senior Editor at Interactives will report to the Associate Editor and will work closely with other Senior Editors to manage our work. This permanent position with benefits is located in the United States. Our offices are located in New York, but full-time remote work is possible. If you have questions, please write to the Deputy Editor-in-Chief Chris Groskopf. To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to Disney Career Portal.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage 2-4 members of the Interactives team by providing regular feedback and mentoring, and creating structured opportunities for growth.
  • Manage 1-3 simultaneous projects, including coordinating launches, reviews and retrospectives; task tracking; and communication with other editors and the copy department.
  • Maintaining a “no surprises” standard for managing both people and projects, ensuring that all stakeholders, including the Associate Editor, always know what’s going on.
  • Managing an agile design and development process that adapts to changing circumstances, especially with regard to timelines.
  • Partner with the Associate Editor on all aspects of managing the Interactives team, including developing team policy, setting goals, and defining strategy.
  • Representing the Interactives team in key conversations such as stakeholders at ABC News and Disney.

Main qualifications:

  • Experience in at least two from the following areas:
    • People management
    • Software project management
    • Editing for interactive and visual journalism
  • Functional understanding of web development technologies including HTML, CSS and JavaScript.
  • The ability to prioritize many kinds of tasks and the self-awareness to know when it’s better to say no than to take on too much.
  • The ability to negotiate diplomatically and reach compromises between many stakeholders who may sometimes have conflicting interests.
  • Kindness.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Solid understanding of US politics, especially electoral politics and/or major US sports.
  • Fluency in basic stats.
  • Fluency in at least one programming language, ideally JavaScript.
  • Previous experience with product design techniques related to large journalistic projects such as user research, rapid prototyping, or user testing.
  • Experience as a technical project manager or product manager.

ABC News and FiveThirtyEight are equal opportunity employers. Applicants will be considered for employment regardless of race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or protected veteran status.