We are seeking a dynamic, self-starting Chicago-based editor with an insider's knowledge of the city to serve as associate editor for Where Chicago publications, including the city's monthly Where magazine.
From helping plan out the year's editorial calendars to writing and editing content, managing freelance writers and interns, managing editorial budgets, working with the publisher to balance the needs of editorial and sales, and representing Where at media and public events, you will work closely with the editor to carry out Where's editorial vision of providing the market's best information on what to do and where to go for Chicago visitors. This is an incredible opportunity for a motivated, highly organized and detail-oriented editor and writer with a passion for Chicago and a serious ability to multitask and hit deadlines under pressure.
3+ years editing/writing experience.
1-2 years managing editorial production processes/staff.
Highly detail oriented and organized.
Superior writing/copyediting skills.
Insider's knowledge of Chicago, from new restaurants and shops to major visitor attractions and hidden neighborhoods. Knowledge of Milwaukee is a plus.
Ability to multi-task and manage several assignments simultaneously.
Dynamic, can-do personality with ability to confidently execute the company's editorial vision.
Ability to consistently meet deadlines on multiple projects.
Knowledge of budgeting and cost containment.
Strongly self-motivated and needing minimal supervision.
Highly computer literate, including knowledge of InDesign/InCopy, Adobe and other design software products.
Print products and production cycles from sales opening to on press.
Familiarity with magazine production process from sales opening to print date.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to lead and manage freelancers/interns and work closely with publisher/sales team.
Strong contacts in the Chicago community and eagerness to represent Where.
Knowledge of print advertising sales competencies and how editorial can drive sales revenue.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Collaborate with editor to develop content for monthly magazine and annual publications.
Manage all editorial processes for quarterly magazines and select annual publications.
Write and edit sparkling copy aimed at getting our readers out and about in Chicago.
Develop strong relationships with freelance writers/photographers, making assignments, obtaining photography and providing feedback.
Ensure accuracy of all editorial listings and magazine content.
Work with offsite art directors to finalize layouts and execute production process.
Collaborate with national editorial team to execute national editorial goals and projects.
Develop annual Editorial Calendar for monthly and quarterly magazines.
Control Editorial expense budgets.
Represent Editorial division of Where publications in the community.
Develop creative new feature and story ideas.
Work with ad sales department in fulfillment of position requests.
Work with ad sales department on selling around preplanned features.
Support business objectives of organization.