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Membership Editor

at The Guardian

Posted: 8/13/2019
Job Reference #: NEW00006S
Categories: Media/Publishing

Job Description

Guardian News & Media (GNM) is the publisher of the US news website, the Guardian and Observer newspapers and website in the UK. We're a highly regarded global news brand, owned by the Scott Trust — an arrangement that guarantees its independent voice in perpetuity.

Headquartered in New York City, Guardian US, is an entirely digital operation that seeks to engage US readers by combining the Guardian's internationalist, online journalism with US voices and expertise.

The Guardian seeks an experienced, innovative journalist with an interest in newsroom strategy and the future of journalism to help build our fast-growing membership program in the US. Readers play an increasingly important role in funding the Guardian through voluntary contributions, and their support has enabled the Guardian to build a strong, sustainable, business in the US and around the world. Since the Guardian began asking readers to support our journalism financially three years ago, more than one million readers from 180 countries have made contributions. The Guardian has emerged as a publishing industry leader in reader-supported journalism models.

This editor is responsible for deepening our relationship with paying supporters in the US and being the voice connecting them to the newsroom. The Membership Editor will identify new opportunities to connect with our supporters around the stories we cover, from reproductive rights to the climate crisis; from the unchecked power of Big Tech to the 2020 election.

While editorial instincts and experience are essential, the successful candidate will also be a strategic thinker with a strong interest in data and metrics, user testing, audience engagement, and innovative models for funding journalism. They should be able to blend editorial insight with metrics to make data-driven decisions. The ability to hit deadlines and manage multiple projects at once is essential.

Responsibilities include communicating with paying US supporters about our journalism through email newsletters and social media, developing editorial projects to build community and loyalty, and writing compelling, effective fundraising messages that connect to the news cycle. This editor will oversee major US editorial initiatives throughout the year, such as our year-end fundraiser and other special projects, working in close partnership the global membership team in the UK.

Collaborators include the US editorial team and consumer marketing colleagues day-to-day, but this editor will also work closely with the UK-based global reader revenue team to execute a US strategy that's aligned with the Guardian's global plan. The job requires a highly collaborative editor with exceptional project management and communication skills, and the ability to hit deadlines and work across geographies, disciplines and departments.

This is a job at the heart of our newsroom for a creative journalist who can build a supporter strategy that's deeply rooted in the strength of our journalism and the issues our readers care about most.

Department: Editorial, Guardian US
Reports to: Deputy Editor [Strategy]
Normal location: New York, NY
Terms and conditions:  Full time, permanent, News Media Guild position
Key skills and experience
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills; ability to communicate in The Guardian's voice
  • Strong background in reporting and editing
  • Min 5 years experience working in an editorial capacity in a newsroom.
  • Highly organized project manager with the ability to hit deadlines
  • Exceptional communicator; ability to build and manage relationships across teams and time zones
  • Highly collaborative working style
  • Creative thinker; ability to generate innovative ideas to connect with readers and grow our US supporter base
  • Familiarity with social media, email strategy, audience development
  • Data driven, familiar with user testing frameworks
  • Strong interest in newsroom innovation, journalism business models, growth strategy, reader revenue and audience engagement
  • Familiarity with The Guardian brand and mission
  • Strong understanding of newsroom revenue opportunities

All candidates interested in applying should upload a resume and cover letter as one document. All candidates must have the right to work and live in the United States and be located, or prepared to relocate to the Greater New York City Area.

Guardian News & Media is an equal employment opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, national origin or citizenship.

We value and respect all differences in all people (seen and unseen) at the Guardian. We aspire to inclusive working experiences and an environment that reflects the audience we serve, where our people have equal access to? ?career develop?ment opportunities, their voices are heard and can contribute t??o our future.

This job description is a guide to the work you will initially be required to undertake. It summarizes the main aspects of the job but does not cover all the duties that the job holder may have to perform. It may be changed from time to time to meet changing circumstances. It does not form part of your contract of employment and as your experience grows, you will be expected to broaden your tasks, suggest improvements, solve problems and enhance the effectiveness of the role.