Editorial Director (Remote)
Civic Signals is seeking an Editorial Director to launch a new kind of tech editorial product — a home for the people who are building and dreaming up the diverse, community-serving, anti-oppressive public-spirited tech future. New_Public is meant to be half-magazine, half community conversation — a place to shed light on the great work, voices, and thoughts already under way, and for newcomers to rapidly get up to speed on this cutting edge conversation.
We’re hoping to bring someone who can help us further develop strategy and production as we prepare to launch in the next few months.
About Civic Signals
Civic Signals is a community of designers, builders, and thinkers. We share research, inspiration, and visions of public-friendly physical and online spaces to help create a better digital environment for everyone.
Right now, we are a small team of two full-time staff: Eli Pariser (project co-director, formerly Upworthy CEO and author of The Filter Bubble) and Neelam Sakaria (Chief of Staff, previously at Echoing Green). We work with a great group of supporting creative collaborators and contractors, and we are philanthropically funded by the Omidyar Network, the Knight Foundation, the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, and others.
- Lead the development of the form and editorial perspective of New_Public in advance of launch;
- Help recruit collaborators with important ideas for commission; edit key pieces;
- Curate editorial with fresh, relevant and informative stories, voices, and ideas;
- And work with our team to grow readership and engage a community in the critical tech conversation
We do not expect every candidate to meet all of these qualifications. If you see yourself reflected in two or more of these areas, we want to hear from you.
- Strong editorial skills, with an ability to connect with audiences on big ideas and identify important emerging voices in the conversation. You may be developing your presence and we’d love to consider anyone who would like to use this platform to grow.
- A strong point of view on how tech shapes society and vice versa. You express your opinions in a clear and compelling way, and you have a bunch of them.
- Some experience using innovative and successful methods to grow audiences, expand across diverse readerships, and build engaged online communities. You may have done curation work in the tech space; you may have overseen social media for a brand or an individual; maybe you’ve worked with existing writers and creators to elevate their voices.
- An ability to think creatively about form when it comes to communications -- how to build features and items that are engaging and delightful;
- Some familiarity with the tech world, both inside the big companies and on the more critical edges. Maybe you’ve studied the Internet critically or you’ve written about technology in a publication like Wired or have opinions around advertising and new media.
- An interest in justice and ethics within the tech space. Maybe you’ve read about algorithmic bias or you’re following the antitrust conversations or maybe you have experience from another perspective that seems relevant.
- Speed, flexibility, and an inclination to experiment in a startup environment.
- Strong writing and editing skills.
$65-90K annual salary depending on experience.
Civic Signals is a project of the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC). NCoC provides a nurturing work environment and generous benefits for our employees, including but not limited to, health, dental, and vision insurance, tuition assistance, retirement account, and paid time off.
This role was previously shared as the Editor in Chief, but re-written to expand our pool of candidates. If you are interested in applying for either role, please select the job description you most closely identify with and indicate it in the subject line of your email. If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a note introducing yourself as well as your resume to Civic Signals’ Chief of Staff, Neelam Sakaria neelam [at] ncoc [dot] orgShow moreShow less