Editorial Director, The Pool Group

Los Angeles
May 07, 2013
Jun 06, 2013
Lena Ragusa
Full Time
Hanley Wood Business Media seeks an editorial leader who is capable of formulating strategy at 30,000 feet while overseeing day-to-day operations at ground level for its Pool Group, which includes two best-of-breed B2B publications based in Los Angeles.

The ideal candidate will be a digitally savvy leader who also excels at producing print products. Other critical traits include superb writing, editing and communication skills, ability to meet deadlines, experience managing budgets and a sense of humor. Knowledge of the pool and spa industry is highly desired.

The editorial director will manage a team of six journalists to produce the interactive and print products associated with two key brands: Pool & Spa News and Aquatics International.

Major Responsibilities


-Work with Hanley Wood’s president/content to leverage corporate resources and ensure the Pool Group in in sync with the company’s digital first initiatives.
-Mentor staff
-Assess competition and ensure Pool Group products are positioned to retain and extend their leadership position in the industries they serve
-Grow digital audience and increase engagement
-Develop annual editorial calendar


-Meet deadlines and produce compelling news and information for Pool Group audiences.
-Edit copy, manage free-lancers, engage in social media and participate in industry events.
-Produce highly engaging email newsletters that continue the Pool Group’s tradition of leading Hanley Wood Business Media in open and click-through rates.
-Keep operating expenses within budget.
-Direct the flow of content across all brand platforms as the magazines move from a print-centric model to digital-first.
-Work with the design team to ensure photos and illustrations are aligned with editorial content.


-Travel several times per year to attend industry events and build relationships with key contacts
-Become known in the industry as an authority on the top-of-mind issues facing business owners in the pool and spa market

Preferred qualifications

Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Journalism, English or Communications
Minimum of 5 years of journalism experience
Minimum of 3 years of editorial management experience

Please - no phone calls

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