Associate Web Editor

New York
Mar 26, 2014
Apr 25, 2014
Ms. Kevin Larimer
Full Time
The associate web editor is an integral part of the team responsible for developing and maintaining Poets & Writers’ website (, which attracts over a million unique visitors per year and is the creative writer’s primary online source for information and advice.

Responsibilities include maintaining a variety of databases that creative writers rely upon for information. The associate web editor is also responsible for producing content that is updated on a regular basis. New content must be engaging and accurate, and must adhere to editorial and journalistic standards. In addition, the associate web editor is often the first point of contact with writers and others seeking assistance, and as such is key to maintaining the high level of service and integrity for which Poets & Writers is known.

The position offers a fastidious, knowledgeable, and web-savvy person an opportunity to contribute to the ongoing development of Poets & Writers’ fast-growing online service to creative writers.

The associate web editor reports to the editor in chief and supervises online editorial staff (currently one full-time employee plus a part-time fellow). This is a full-time position in our New York City office; it includes excellent benefits and potential for growth.

Responsibilities include:

• Working closely with the editor in chief to implement an online strategy that supports the organization’s mission and goals; contributing to the evolution of that strategy over time.
• Maintaining, enhancing, developing, and producing select online content, including Writers Recommend, City Guides, Top Topics for Writers, The Time Is Now, and Clips; and promoting that content via social media.
• Administering the Directory of Poets and Writers, and maintaining the integrity of its 9,000+ listings of contemporary authors; screening publishers for the Directory’s list of approved publishing credits.
• Overseeing the maintenance of other online resources and directories, including P&W’s databases of small presses, literary magazines, literary agents, literary places, review outlets, and MFA programs, plus the Literary Events Calendar.
• Working collaboratively with other departments in the execution of their online presence.
• Editing weekly posts to the Readings & Workshops blog.
• Contributing to planning and development of new databases, digital tools, and services.
• Collaborating with marketing staff to execute strategies to build engagement on and social media platforms.
• Maintaining the organization’s presence on Pinterest and Tumblr.
• Engaging the community of writers in the Speakeasy Message Forum.
• Answering written, phone, and e-mail queries from writers, providing accurate information, technical support, and outstanding, courteous service.
• Ensuring that assigned content areas are current and accurate and adhere to house style.
• Supervising online editorial assistant, online fellow, and interns.

Qualifications and Experience:

• Excellent writing, editing, research, and communication skills.
• At least three years of experience creating and/or editing content online.
• Web savvy; strong experience with online tools such as databases.
• Highly organized and excellent attention to detail.
• Familiarity with the literary community and publishing industry.
• Cooperative, enthusiastic attitude, with proven leadership skills.
• Passion for contemporary poetry and fiction.
• Experience as a proofreader or fact-checker, a plus.
• Experience with CMS, Drupal, a plus.

Please send résumé and cover letter to Kevin Larimer, editor in chief, at Attachments must be .doc, .rtf, or .pdf; other file types will not be opened. No calls, please.