Assistant Managing Editor, Syndicate

Job Description

The New York Times Licensing Group, the division that handles the distribution of New York Times journalism to publishers and content providers around the world, seeks an assistant managing editor to oversee its syndication editorial team.

The editorial team is responsible for the global distribution of content from The New York Times and other publications (such as The Economist, Der Spiegel, Harvard Business Review and others). Syndicate team editors curate selections of articles that make up various products and services. They edit, repackage or abridge a wide range of columns, news stories and in-depth features to meet the needs of international clients. In addition, the team contributes to the creation, editing and distribution of bespoke publications and special series featuring essays by international contributors.

The assistant managing editor's main responsibility will be to supervise a team of editors and ensure that deadlines are met and that New York Times standards are always adhered to. The assistant managing editor will also be responsible for hiring, training and mentoring the syndicate team's editorial assistants and associate editors. In addition, the assistant managing editor will be responsible for a variety of tasks, both managerial and editorial (details below), and reports to the Deputy Editorial Director of The New York Times Licensing Group. The assistant managing editor will also assist with tracking and evaluating costs of translation services for the Licensing Group.

Candidates must have 3-5 years of experience in an editing capacity; supervisory or managerial experience is a plus. Because the Licensing Group oversees the translation of New York Times content into other languages, foreign-language skills are also a plus.

This is a full-time paid position. The New York Times also offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision plans for employees and their families, health and wellness programs, a 401(k) plan, tuition reimbursement, paid vacation and paid parental leave.

Managerial responsibilities:
  • Maintain quality and integrity of syndicate news services
  • Manage staff and freelancers who curate, edit, copyedit and fact check services for global syndication clients; prepare work and vacation schedules for this staff
  • Establish goals and priorities for a team of editors
  • Manage relationships with content providers and publishers
  • Ensure that all content delivery deadlines are met
  • Operationalize the launches of new services
  • Maintain expenses and margin analysis for products and services and work with finance team on status of margin analysis
  • Train and mentor new syndicate editors and evaluate their performance
  • Assist with overseeing translation agencies for The New York Times Licensing Group, establishing budgets, approving invoices and monitoring quality
  • Work with other areas of The New York Times Licensing Group, such as legal and accounting, as needed, to monitor expenses and generate contracts
  • Work with sales and marketing teams to develop and produce new products, and be comfortable with collaborating with various business teams in the division
  • Showcase syndicate content on nytlicensing.com
  • Monitor influx of articles into automatic delivery systems
  • Interact with NYT newsroom to acquire and manage licensing and distribution rights
  • Alert information systems team to software problems, provide feedback regarding solutions, and meet regularly to discuss proposed updates and CMS tests
  • Manage rights clearance for syndicate articles and maintain archive of all rights clearance decisions
  • Inform sales and marketing about content to showcase to clients
  • Represent the syndicate editorial group at internal sales meetings, and attend these meetings twice a month to discuss services and any updates to services
  • Provide and maintain information about syndicate services via Salesforce.com
  • Assist the director and the deputy director of Editorial Development in designing strategy for the syndicate and with other tasks, as needed


Editorial responsibilities:
  • Be comfortable with both AP Style and New York Times style; be resourceful and meticulous as an editor
  • Create and modify editorial guidelines and styles, as needed, including updates to an editorial manual
  • Conduct precise second reads (slotting) to editorial services and columns, as needed, and supervise other editors; proofread when necessary
  • Curate and edit articles for various projects or clients' needs and consult with clients as needed on editorial performance and feedback
  • Pitch ideas to editorial development team, and provide feedback to the team about new syndicate services
  • Pitch ideas for articles to appear in occasional special series overseen by the Editorial Development team
  • Commission freelance writers, propose story ideas and negotiate payments and deadlines for special series
  • Edit contributors' articles for special series
  • Write or edit content for special series features
  • Supervise fact-checking and copyediting on all content for special series
  • Manage agencies translating special series articles, establishing budgets, approving invoices and monitoring quality, for special series
  • Manage delivery of special series content to licensees


Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree
  • 3-5 years experience as an editor, preferably in news or other mainstream media
  • Managerial/supervisory experience, preferably in news or publishing
  • Fluency in a foreign language is highly recommended; speaking and editing abilities in Spanish, Mandarin or Portuguese preferred
  • Must pass an editing test
  • Professional judgment with respect to detail and confidentiality
  • Impeccable organizational and decision-making skills, and time management; ability to multitask and prioritize, and work under deadline pressure in a dynamic working environment
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, and the ability to take initiative and lead efforts, as needed
  • Ability to research resources, troubleshoot and solve problems creatively
  • Ability to embrace change and shift priorities quickly, with the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Tireless commitment to excellence and sweating the details, graciously accepting accountability for the full range of work, including mistakes and missteps

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