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Editorial Director, Print

The editorial director of print will oversee all aspects of editorial production of MIT Technology Review magazine. The director will be responsible for assigning and editing stories, overseeing art, and directing the team’s efforts to ensure a potent, reader-friendly mix of stories that inform and captivate audiences. The director will lead the effort to re-imagine and redesign the magazine, and build a stable of contributing editors. This will include close work with the director of digital, director of special projects and operations, and director of audio and live.

We’ve been making concerted efforts to make our newsroom more diverse and inclusive (ask us about them!) and we’re always trying to do better. We think technology coverage benefits from a critical outsider’s perspective, and so we especially welcome applications from women, people of color, and other groups underrepresented in the world of tech.If this sounds exciting but you’re not sure you fit the bill, reach out anyway: email editorialjobs@technologyreview.com with “editorial director, print” in the subject line, a few words about yourself (what skills would you bring that we just haven’t thought of?) and a couple of questions to get a sense of whether this might be for you. At worst we’ll say no, and we promise to say it with kindness.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions**):

Oversee all print aspects of Technology Review’s journalism

The director will be responsible for assigning, editing, and publishing six issues of the magazine per year. They will be responsible for establishing and running regular pitch meetings with the digital team, coordinating with the creative director on all art, and communicating internally with events, marketing and advertising teams about upcoming issues.

Re-imagine the magazine to appeal to a wider audience

The editorial director will work with Technology Review’s creative director to redesign the magazine, with the goal of building on the existing brand to reach a larger, and more loyal audience. Technology Review should appeal broadly to anyone interested in the ways science and technology are changing our lives. It should speak not only to people who are part of the MIT community, but also a wide, diverse, and global audience.

As a part of this redesign, the print director will create regular sections and “furniture” for the front and back of the magazine, establish themes for the feature well of each issue, and work closely with other teams to make the most of our existing franchises like the 10 breakthrough technologies and 35 innovators under 35.

Expand Technology Review’s network of freelance writers

The director will work to expand Technology Review’s network of freelancers to build a wide-ranging and international talent pool of writers. They will also work to build a stable bank of contrinuting editors or other on-contract writers who will produce a yearly quota of stories. The director will work closely with the director of special projects to ensure that these writers come from diverse backgrounds and represent a wide range of lived experiences.

Create unique subscriber-only experiences

The director should have strong ideas for creating opportunities for MIT Technology Review’s magazine to engage more directly with its readers. These could be interactive or live experiences; puzzles, games, or other features in the magazine; audio or in-person discussions with writers and editors or other novel ideas.

Other duties as needed or required.

Supervision Received: 

The director will report to the executive editor and editor in chief. The director will be given a large degree of autonomy to execute the editor in chief’s strategy and vision.

The director will have responsibility for hiring, training, and evaluating staff performance.

Supervision Exercised: 

In their initial role, the director will manage the commissioning editor, MIT News editor, and all contributing editors brought on long-term contract. 

Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s in a related field required for this role
  • The role will require at least 5 years of experience.
  • The director should have prior magazine experience.
  • The director should be proficient in all aspects of news gathering, editing, and fact checking.
  • The director should have demonstrated a strong capacity for running teams.
  • The director does not need to be based in Cambridge and can work remotely but occasional travel to Cambridge will be required.
  • The director will occasionally be expected to work on nights, weekends and holidays in addition to normal working hours.
  • Deals with confidential information and/or issues using discretion and judgment.

** To comply with regulations by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the principal duties in job descriptions must be essential to the job. To identify essential functions, focus on the purpose and the result of the duties rather than the manner in which they are performed. The following definition applies: a job function is essential if removal of that function would fundamentally change the job.