Web Editor

Mar 27, 2008
Apr 26, 2008
Mr. Terry Monmaney
Full Time

Smithsonian Publications, a division of the Smithsonian Institution, is currently seeking an experienced Web Editor to manage the overall editing and direction of the Smithsonian Website. The successful candidate will have experience both as an innovative manager of dynamic high-quality educational or news website as well as an editor with excellent skills and a commitment to the highest journalist standards.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
•Develop the editorial vision, strategic plans and editorial calendars for the site.
•Work with marketing/advertising sales team to communicate editorial plans.
•Oversee online editorial budget.
•Develop, manage and edit Web-only stories, multimedia packages and Web departments by freelancers and editorial staff.
•Work with production staff to create multimedia packages.
•Develop and maintain web features promoting quality user-generated content, such as videos, text messages, photos, comments, graphics, and other ideas.
•Conceptualize and direct the technical development of other new web features, podcasts, distributable information widgets and community tools.
•Manage community feedback process, track site performance and usage.
•Develop and implement strategy to stimulate action in the site’s social network (groups, comments, user-generated content, emails, etc.).
•Direct site design and information architecture initiatives in collaboration with the Editor and design partners.
•Together with Director, Online Publishing Group:
*Oversee and direct site upgrades and search engine optimization improvements with the goal of increasing audience size and engagement.
*Forge editorial partnerships; oversee day-to-day partner management and execution.
*Manage strategic relationships with content and syndication partners from within the Smithsonian Institution and outside.
*Collaborate on digital content distribution strategies, including RSS, blogger outreach, mobile, etc.

Knowledge and Experience:
•Minimum of five years full-time work experience developing online tools, features and community elements for high-profile online news or feature sites required.
•Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent required; journalism and management experience required
•Must have strong news judgment and a commitment to journalistic ethics and standards, as well as superior writing and editing skills.
•Must have experience developing, assigning and editing stories, and producing multimedia packages
•Demonstrated technical proficiency with Web design and development, including working knowledge of content management systems, HTML, XML, RSS, Flash, editing software for audio and video, site taxonomy and content distribution techniques required.

Salary commensurate with experience.

To apply, please forward a resume and cover letter including salary requirements to: sbvcareers@si.edu. Application materials forwarded without salary information will not be considered.

Final candidate selection will be contingent on the applicant’s successful completion of a pre-appointment background screen and subsequent background investigation.


Applicants are asked to complete and forward an optional applicant survey form found at http://www.sihr.si.edu/forms/Applicant_Survey_Form.PDF

No phone calls, please.