Managing Editor,

  • Institute for Policy Studies
  • Aug 06, 2020
Full time Communications

Job Description

Managing Editor of

Managing Editor of

Reports To: Global Economy Project Director

Salary: $50,000 – $54,000 depending on experience, with excellent benefits (see below)

FTE: Full-Time position, located in Washington, DC once the office re-opens

Position Overview: The Inequality team at the Institute for Policy Studies works with partners to reverse the maldistribution of income and wealth that is undermining our democracy, fraying our social fabric, and destroying our planet. What we do:

  • Partner with grassroots and policy organizations to develop and advocate for policy changes that reduce inequality.
  • Publicize timely and compelling statistics, research, and analysis through our website and accompanying weekly newsletter.
  • Elevate the profiles of diverse champions in the battle against extreme inequality by disseminating their stories, strategies, and lessons through the media.
  • Conduct in-depth original research, with particular expertise on drivers of economic inequality, including tax policy, labor exploitation, executive pay, Wall Street speculation, and the racial wealth divide.
  • Disrupt the narratives that legitimate our current levels of extreme inequality by unpacking common myths and building powerful counter-narratives.


  • Operate as the managing editor of the website and weekly newsletter, ensuring that the content stays fresh and meets high-quality standards for a broad, general audience
  • Work with other IPS staff to promote content on social media
  • Solicit and edit submissions from activists and scholars to expand the corps of contributors to
  • Coordinate a team including the IPS website manager, digital communications strategist, and other staff to monitor the website and newsletter analytics and develop strategies for expanding our reach
  • Help develop and maintain an style guide and technical guide
  • Work with an IPS team to produce reports, articles, interactive graphics, and other materials that are useful for the key campaigns of low-wage and immigrant worker organizations and other social movement groups working to reverse extreme inequality


  • At least three years of experience, with a strong track record of high-quality writing, editing, and proofreading on deadline for a mass audience
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, communications, or a related field
  • Familiarity with the key drivers of inequality in the United States and globally
  • Ability to develop strong working relationships with people of diverse backgrounds and writing abilities
  • Experience working with a WordPress online content management system, Adobe Creative Suite software products (especially Photoshop), and newsletter databases like EveryAction, as well as a basic knowledge of HTML
  • Demonstrated success with expanding an organization’s Twitter reach and reach of other social media outlets
  • Experience with Google Analytics and other analytical tools for the online environment

Excellent benefits including generous vacation, 403(b) plan upon hire, fully paid dependent health insurance, fully paid life insurance, fully paid long-term disability, optional short-term disability, direct deposit, and flex time. While we are presently each working remotely, we are excited to return to our newly renovated office in the future. The IPS DC office is centrally located in Dupont Circle with sunny windows and a gym on the ground floor.


Please send a cover letter, resume, three references, and a brief writing sample to with “Managing Editor of” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and we are hoping to hire as soon as possible. Qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. No phone calls, please.

IPS is strengthened by the diversity of our staff and board, and we actively welcome applications from people of color, women, LGBTQ candidates, and candidates who hold other historically marginalized identities. To help us ensure our candidate pool reflects the broader world, we ask that you complete a voluntary demographic survey.

Thank you very much for your interest in working with us.


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