Sunday, March 01, 2015

Position Announcement: Managing Editor, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Denver, Colorado

The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, in collaboration with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS), is seeking a full­-time Managing Editor for an exciting new venture to create an online anthropological news portal, aiming to popularize and publicize anthropological research to an international audience. The Managing Editor will be part of an editorial team, headed by Dr. Chip Colwell (DMNS), with the responsibility to organize, direct, and edit the website’s content to reach the maximal target audience. This position will help lead the website’s development, launch, and growth.

This employment opportunity is based at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, in Denver, Colorado. The Managing Editor will be an annually-reviewed employee of the Museum funded by a five-year grant from Wenner-Gren.

The primary job duties are as follows:

1. Oversee the daily production of the online news portal.
This includes coordinating the editorial schedule and workflow with the editorial team; working with writers and editors; laying out the website; copyediting and proofreading; establishing best systems and other mechanisms to ensure steady streams of fresh, informative, creative content; developing systems for aggregating content from various media outlets and sharing content with other news sites; training new contributors in writing style and fundamentals; and identifying and recruiting freelance writers.
2. Lead the overall production of website content.
This includes assigning and editing pieces in different media; working with the website’s editorial team; responding to pitches and submissions; advancing publicity and social media tactics; tracking website impact and proposing appropriate strategies and editorial initiatives; creatively proposing and successfully implementing features, services, and products; and managing the website’s back-end in coordination with the Digital Editor.
3. Assist the team with the planning and execution of website events.
This includes writer trainings, panel discussions, and parties, and generally serving as an enthusiastic ambassador for the website.

The successful candidate should have the following qualifications:

A minimum of three-years of experience in popular science journalism or publishing, ideally in online platforms.
The ability to deliver timely and quality content.
Skill sets in science writing, copyediting, proofreading, and digital design.
Be team-oriented, capable of working quickly and efficiently, and passionate about bringing social science to the public.
Familiarity with writing for non-academic audience and ability to express concepts in engaging and approachable ways.
Experience with WordPress, Photoshop, and HTML is strongly preferred.
A background in anthropology or related fields is sought but not required.

Salary Range:
Salary is commensurate with experience, with full benefits.

How to apply

Applications must include a cover letter outlining your qualifications for the position, a sample of your work relevant to the position, a resume or CV, and the names of three references. Please submit via: For further information or any questions about this position, please contact Dr. Chip Colwell.

Application deadline: Friday, March 13, 2015.

Equal Opportunity Employer
The Denver Museum of Nature &Science and the Wenner-Gren Foundation are committed to a diverse workplace and is an equal-opportunity employer. We will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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