Dissent is seeking a Managing Editor to handle editorial and other responsibilities. The editor’s primary responsibility will be to oversee the production of the quarterly print magazine, coordinating with authors, other editors, freelancers, and Dissent’s publisher to make sure the magazine comes out on time. Applicants should be highly organized, with strong copyediting skills.
Founded in 1954, Dissent has long been a leading voice of the democratic left. In our pages and on our website, editors and contributors including Irving Howe, Hannah Arendt, Ellen Willis, Richard Wright, Michael Walzer, Barbara Ehrenreich, Nancy Fraser, Arlie Russell Hochschild, Tressie McMillan Cottom, Sarah Jaffe, and Jedediah Purdy have argued with insight and authority about almost every major issue in American and world politics. We are looking for a creative and politically committed editor, with a strong sense of Dissent’s mission, who can participate in editorial discussions (and arguments) and commission articles.
The role will also entail working with other editors to create and monitor Dissent’s budget and run the business side of the magazine, which is a 501(c)3. The role will favor someone with diverse skills, comfortable working with a small team, who has a desire to see the magazine grow and succeed. The ideal candidate will have some experience with fundraising and/or business management.
This is a full-time job based in New York City. Compensation for this position will be commensurate with experience, and includes benefits. Dissent is an equal-opportunity employer.
To apply, please email an application to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Managing editor” in the subject line. We will begin reviewing applications on Monday, September 10. The application should include:
- Cover letter describing your interest (editorial, political, cultural) in the position
- CV, including small portfolio of writing/editing with a list of links to clips
- Three ideas for writers to commission and articles for them to write. This can include people who have written for Dissent, as long as they haven’t done so frequently or recently.
- Two proposals for projects or initiatives that fall outside of regular editorial content. This could include lectures/public discussions, films, photo series, pamphlets, audio/video, social media, etc.
Dissent’s office in Manhattan has three internship terms each year: Spring, Summer, and Fall. Editorial interns at Dissent work closely with the staff and assist with the entire range of magazine work—fact checking, researching, formatting articles, fundraising, producing events, participating in editorial meetings, and so on.
Our interns have gone on to work everywhere from human rights organizations to literary agencies. If you have a particular interest, we encourage you to let us know.
If you would like to apply to intern with Dissent, please email email@example.com with a cover letter explaining why you would like to work at the magazine and why you would be a good fit, a résumé, and a one-page response to a Dissent article (online or in print) of your choice.
The schedule and application deadlines for 2019 will be posted soon. Please feel free to email us with any questions.