Developmental Editor

SAPIENS (Chicago, Illinois)

Posted 3 weeks ago

Job Summary

The Socio-cultural Anthropology/Linguistics Editor with the online magazine SAPIENS develops and successfully publishes articles that draw from anthropology’s diverse voices to translate the complexity of anthropological research field for a non-academic global audience. This position solicits and reviews pitches from anthropological researchers and practitioners through Submittable; collaborates with anthropologists to development articles in a clear, accurate, and compelling style; shepherds articles through the editorial process and tracks them through Google Docs, working with the editorial team on all aspects of the publication process through Slack and Chili, including titles, photo selection, and social media strategies; liaise with the author on editorial matters in a prompt and professional manner; reviews articles before publication in WordPress; and assists in any social media and other promotion of articles as requested. In addition, this role regularly meets with the editorial team through Zoom to build a cohesive editorial vision for the publication SAPIENS and to ensure the publication’s editorial systems are effective and efficient; conducts online or in person workshops for anthropologists on the craft of writing; represents the magazine at conferences and other venues; and collaboratively works with editing colleagues within the publication through Slack.

Unit-Specific Responsibilities

1) Hire diverse perspectives and experiences to the magazine and team.
2) Develop and edit articles on a tight production schedule.
3) Translate academic anthropological research for a broad public.
4) Guide articles through all production stages.
5) Identify and tactfully solve unique challenging editorial situations with authors, magazine office staff, and/or supervisors.
6) Review and approve final versions of articles for publication.
7) Communicate extensively and effectively with authors, editors, and colleagues.
8) This position will work 35 hours per week.

Unit-Preferred Competencies

1) Excellent written skills at trans-cultural communication and highlighting underrepresented voices.
2) Superior verbal and written communication skills.  
3) Knowledge of science writing and journalism and essay writing practices.
4) Familiarity with socio-cultural anthropology and linguistics.
5) Work independently and interact confidently but flexibly with authors.
6) Work cordially and collaboratively with colleagues at all levels.
7) Concentrate and attend to a highly detail-oriented task.
8) Work on multiple job tasks simultaneously, involving articles in various stages of the publication process.
9) Punctual and reliable.
10) Tact and diplomacy in dealing with authors, editors, and colleagues.
11) Willing to take direction.
12) Willing to take responsibility for meeting deadlines.
13) Background in a foreign language, particularly Spanish.
14) Sound editorial and ethical judgement and discretion.
15) Enthusiasm and passion for journalism and anthropology.

Education, Experience, and Certifications

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications


1) Prior experience in publishing, journalism, or related field.
2) Development editing experience.

Technical Knowledge/Skills

1) Familiarity with Associated Press style, Microsoft Office Suite, Submittable, WordPress, Zoom, Slack, and Google Docs.

Required Documents

1) Resume/CV
2) Cover letter

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