Editor, Threads

Jul 12, 2013
Aug 11, 2013
Full Time

THREADS magazine, the premier publication for garment sewing enthusiasts, seeks a chief editor to develop and execute the editorial mission of the magazine.  This individual will be responsible for managing the magazine editorial and art staff and creating and producing the regular issues of Threads magazine, SIPs, branded videos, and other ancillary products.  Successful candidate will work closely with colleagues in the digital and book divisions to develop a strong and innovative editorial program and will work with the Publisher to ensure a successful franchise publishing program. 

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

Editorial Vision:

  • Through the guidance of issue plans and story development, the Editor sets and maintains the editorial vision of the Threads franchise, making sure that every issue is fresh, informative and useful. In addition, by working closely with the Art Director, the Editor assures that the design and photography are inspiring and user-friendly
  • The Editor works closely with the Art Director and Publisher on cover execution, and assures, when creating issue plans, that good cover story concepts are in the plan
  • The Editor provides timely editorial information to Threads advertising and marketing depts. and is available to answer questions or to meet with advertisers when necessary
  • The Editor provides editorial vision to and collaborates with the digital team on web, video, and other Threads-branded initiatives.

Issue Production:

  • Generates issue menus by planning idea meetings with editorial staff, finalizing lineups for staff and updating lineups as necessary. Collaborate with web producers on the creation of digital content. Assures that issue plans are done in a timely manner to allow for testing and shooting and to allow for appropriate deadline windows for design and copyediting
  • Guides editorial staff through article development, including:
  • Solidifying article concepts and appropriate authors in meetings and discussions with each individual editor
  • Reviewing ideas for each article with editors
  • Planning the look and feel of articles with the art director and editors. Reviewing preliminary layouts with the art director, sponsoring editors
  • Being available at all times for direction
  • Reading and editing all loop packages for all articles and departments for regular Threads issues; reviewing with individual editors, assuring that they understand reason for changes and empowering them to learn for the next time
  • Reading and editing all comps and liaising with copy editor and art director on final changes
  • Develops and manages product development and editorial department budgets for the regular issues of Threads (and special issues) and keeps costs within prescribed boundaries. Signs off on author/freelance expenses

Staff Development:

  • In addition to working closely with editors on story development, the Editor does the following:
  • Recruits and hires talented staff, creating appropriate tests to make sure hires are capable of work; careful interviewingGives editors the proper tools and training to meet with success
  • Provides opportunities for staff to grow and gain market experience
  • Leads a weekly staff meeting where goals and priorities are clearly communicated
  • Provides honest and timely performance appraisals of staff members
  • Hires and manages freelance personnel as necessary during short term leaves and other staff shortages

Market Knowledge:

  • Has a competitive mindset and closely monitors the sewing and fiber arts market and media industry (trends, competition,talent)   in order to take advantage of new opportunities or effectively react to changes to keep the business healthy
  • Is the Threads spokesperson and brand ambassador to internal stakeholders and external media, advertisers, and industry organizations and partners. Attends trade shows, press events, and award functions as necessary to represent Threads and Taunton. 

Position Qualifications:

  • At least 10 years journalism experience, with at least 5 years in magazines.
  • At least two to three years management experience (i.e., magazine managing editor).
  • Professional sewing experience or proven working knowledge
  • Excellent people management and communication skills
  • Proven ability to innovate, be risk-tolerant, make quick decisions, collaborate, and be flexible and comfortable in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a high level of organization and prioritization.
  • A solid knowledge of the fiber arts and competitive media landscape  
  • Ability to think about the magazine and the company in a “big picture” kind of way



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