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The School of Humanities and Sciences (H&S) is the foundation of a liberal arts education at Stanford. The school encompasses 23 departments and 25 interdisciplinary programs. H&S is home to fundamental and applied research, where free, open, and critical inquiry is pursued across disciplines.
Department/Program Description:Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) produces a wide range of editorial content for leaders of nonprofits, businesses, and governments around the world engaged in social innovation. Its goal is to provide a media platform for these leaders to share ideas, research, and experiences to advance the field of social innovation. SSIR operates like a small media company within Stanford University, producing a quarterly paid-subscription magazine; a website that publishes new articles, podcasts, and videos daily; webinars; conferences; foreign-language editions (Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, and Korean); and other content. Every year millions of people around the world read SSIR articles, listen to SSIR podcasts and webinars, and attend SSIR conferences. There are nine full-time employees at SSIR, five in editorial and four in publishing, as well as a number of part-time contract employees. SSIR is a part of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, an academic center within the School of Humanities and Sciences, that brings together faculty, students, and practitioners to develop and share knowledge about philanthropy, civil society, and social change.
Position Summary: SSIR is seeking an Editor, Digital who will be responsible for managing several important parts of SSIR's online editorial content. These duties will require the Editor to research, plan, write, and edit content for external audiences while ensuring all products meet SSIR's editorial guidelines, and will often require working with freelance writers, editors, illustrators, and other vendors, as well as sponsors and editorial partners.
SSIR publishes several online series each year that are sponsored by foundations and other organizations. The Editor will work with senior SSIR staff to design and secure agreements for these series, and then solely and independently manage the implementation of the series in consultation with the sponsors. This may include advising and collaborating with the sponsor on editorial direction, selecting topics and authors of articles to include in the series, hiring and managing a contract editor and illustrators, editing the articles, and tracking all deadlines and expenses. The Editor will also be responsible for managing the podcast channel on SSIR's website, including development of the overall podcast strategy, managing relationships with external producers and vendors, recording and producing, and publishing and promoting the episodes on the website.
Additionally, the Editor will be independently responsible for publishing all of the articles that SSIR produces, both online and in print, on the website. They will work with the Deputy Editor, Digital to help manage the relationship with the contractor who develops, maintains, and hosts SSIR's website. The Editor will also be responsible for developing and implementing strategies for promoting SSIR's published content on social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) as well as SSIR's weekly email newsletter, and they will assist with social media and other digital promotion in support of SSIR's live conferences and webinar events. The Editor works under the supervision of the Deputy Editor, Digital.
This position is full-time, continuing, and exempt. This position is eligible for remote work for employees based in the United States. Employees will be required to travel to campus for required meetings 1-2 times per year, and additional travel may be required on as needed basis.
If you believe that this opportunity is a match for your knowledge, skills and abilities, we encourage you to apply. Thank you for considering employment opportunities with the School of Humanities and Sciences.
In this role, you will:
Research, plan, write, and edit original/complex publications for style and substance.
Develop and publish sensitive policy statements and publications for internal and/or external audiences.
Ensure adherence of editorial content to guidelines and oversee the work of independent contractors or free-lancers.
Work within deadlines and cost constraints.
Recommend changes and amendments to communications or publications.
Communicate with writers, editors, photographers, vendors, and contractors, and review publication process.
Serve as a resource in developing strategies that promote effective delivery of publications/editorials to target audiences.
To be successful in this role, you will bring:
Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant work experience or combination of education and relevant experience
Demonstrated understanding of the principles, terminology, procedures, and best practices of digital publishing and audience development.
Extensive experience in planning and implementing complex publications/editorial projects.
Demonstrated ability to synthesize and coordinate materials from multiple resources.
Demonstrated ability to edit complex stories for both style and substance.
Exceptional attention to detail and thorough command of editorial and proofreading skills.
Experience using a variety of software, applications, websites, and other tools to create, manage, and promote digital content, including: social media platforms; social media tools (e.g. TweetDeck and HootSuite); e-newsletter platforms; content management systems; video tools and platforms; publishing software (InDesign); photo and illustration software (e.g. Illustrator and Photoshop); and website analytics tools.
Must be able to meet all deadlines and nimbly multi-task across several projects at different stages of development.
Demonstrated ability to apply ingenuity and creativity in solving complex problems.
Demonstrated ability to apply discretion and judgment in evaluating implications of information release to internal and external audiences.
In addition, preferred requirements include:
Editing experience at a magazine or content website highly desired.
Experience editing a range of articles (e.g. op-eds, long features, profiles of organizations) written by a variety of non-professional authors (e.g. academics, consultants, foundation CEOs, and nonprofit leaders). Must be able to take articles that are written by people who are not professional writers, and by working closely with the author, turn them into informative and compelling articles for an intelligent yet non-academic audience.
Experience communicating and collaborating with developers, designers, product managers, and other technical support staff on website functionality, product design, and troubleshooting.
A strong work ethic, the ability to work independently, a willingness to express one's ideas and opinions, an ability to work well as part of a team, and a devotion to getting the details right.
An interest in the field of social innovation. Being widely read and knowledgeable about the field social innovation, and an interest in and knowledge of related subjectssuch as politics, economics, sociology, business, and psychologyis highly desired.
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Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:
Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
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The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classifications and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.
Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of their job.
Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is recognized as one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions. Leland and Jane Stanford founded the University to "promote the public welfare by exercising an influence on behalf of humanity and civilization." Stanford opened its doors in 1891, and more than a century later, it remains dedicated to finding solutions to the great challenges of the day and to preparing students for leadership in a complex world. The University's thriving diverse community is comprised of nearly 7000 undergraduate students, 12000 graduate students, 2000 faculty members, 1900 postdoctoral scholars, and over 11,000 academic and administrative staff in seven schools including several interdisciplinary research centers and institutes. The campus spreads over 8000 contiguous acres and nearly all undergraduates live on campus. Stanford offers bachelor's and master's degrees in addition to doctoral degrees (PhD, MD, DMA and JD) plus a number of professional and continuing education programs and certifications. More at http://facts.stanford.edu and http://www.stanford.edu. Stanford is an equal empl...oyment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Stanford also welcomes applications from others who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.