Associate Editor

Los Angeles, California
Depends on experience
Dec 05, 2017
Editor / Editorial
Metro Area
Los Angeles
Full Time

Associate Editor 

Arizona State University

Zocalo CSC

Off-Campus: Other US Locations 

Requisition Id# 37617BR 

Salary Range: 

Depends on experience 

Close Date: 


Job Description: 

Zócalo Public Square, the ASU-affiliated magazine of ideas, seeks a creative, experienced, ambitious, and dynamic Associate Editor to join a thriving organization with outsize reach and reputation.


Our ideal candidate values big ideas over hot takes, has a wide-ranging curiosity, a philosophical bent, and is an original thinker. We are looking for someone who has a knack for distilling complex ideas into their essence and who possesses the editing and organizational skills to frame and translate these ideas into essays for a broad audience.

The Associate Editor will be responsible for shepherding essays through our editorial process—from conceptualizing and assigning pieces to editing and copyediting to writing headlines. The Associate Editor will pitch story ideas at our twice-weekly editorial meetings and then find the best people to write those essays. Our magazine draws from a wide range of contributors—academics, journalists, and non-professional writers.

The Associate Editor will also be a part of our events team—helping to conceptualize events, as well as writing and editing event descriptions, event rundowns, interviews, and other related content. This job requires a flexible person who thrives on paying attention to details and working collaboratively.

Experience editing books, magazines, book reviews, or Sunday opinion style articles is highly desirable. An advanced degree and/or familiarity with the academy is a definite plus, as would be knowledge of a university’s public research mission and an understanding of how nonprofits work. We’re really looking for excellence and energy: if you have a strong background outside of journalism, please do not hesitate to apply.  

This is a great opportunity for a creative and entrepreneurial editor to become part of a thriving nonprofit organization and a close-knit team. There is room to grow, innovate, and take on new responsibilities here.

The Associate Editor must be able to work out of Zócalo’s offices in downtown Los Angeles, and commit to long hours, weekend and evening work, and occasional travel. Pay and benefits are competitive. 


Essential Duties: 

•Plans, manages and coordinates daily with editorial staff to maintain production schedules.

•Maintains communication with editorial staff on style, quality and direction of publication.

•Sets deadlines consistent with production schedule.

•Develops high-quality editorial content for the publication.

•Conceives and pitches ideas for approval by editorial staff.

•Participates in editorial meetings.

•Identifies, recruits, and assigns stories to freelance writers based on subject and talent.

•Provides writers with editorial feedback before and after submitting copy.

•Edits, fact-checks, and copyedits essays, and writes headlines and sub-headlines.

•Secures and prepares artwork to accompany editorial content.

•Copyedits newsletters and other promotional materials.

•Conceptualizes events and writes and edits event descriptions.

•Research potential event speakers and panelists

•Produces event-related editorial content, including writing and editing event rundowns; panelist interviews; video highlight clip descriptions; and podcast descriptions.

•Provides assistance in multimedia projects including production, scripting and advising on video, podcasts and other audio/visual projects.

•May draft copy for a variety of communication vehicles and media releases in support of the organization.

•May support planning for new editorial and event features.


Minimum Qualifications: 

Bachelor's degree in Journalism, English or related field AND five years' experience; OR, eight years of progressively responsible experience in editing, journalism or editorial research; OR, any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


Desired Qualifications: 

•Demonstrated knowledge of the educational, research, and public service mission of a major public research university.

•Demonstrated knowledge of news writing, editing and distribution of news and feature releases.

•Demonstrated knowledge of supervisory principles and practices.

•Demonstrated knowledge of the principles, practices, methods and techniques of copy editing and publication planning.

•Experience in problem solving and decision making.

•Experience in writing, editing, and other aspects of publication work.

•Experience in developing intellectual and cultural resources and to remain well read.

•Experience in exercising a high degree of judgment and diplomacy.

•Experience in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with professional organizations, media, university administrators, faculty and staff.

•Evidence of effective verbal and written communication.

•Experience in public relations.

•Experience in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.

•Experience in working effectively in an environment subject to tight deadlines which often includes conflicting priorities.

•Experience in working from concept/idea to develop tangible product with an understanding of the subject and targeted audience.

•Experience in developing and managing contractor deliverables to ensure adherence to established deadlines and quality standards.


Working Environment: 

Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse; required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work; regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities, which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts; ability to clearly communicate verbally, read, write, see and hear to perform essential functions.


Department Statement: 

Zócalo connects people to ideas and to each other by examining essential questions in an accessible, broad-minded, and generous spirit. We pursue publish ideas journalism and present free live events from Los Angeles to Honolulu and Washington, D.C. to Berlin. With the Smithsonian Institution, we co-publish an ongoing series of articles on American history. Our journalism is syndicated to more than 280 media outlets globally, from USA Today to the Singapore Straits Times. Visit to learn more. 

ASU Statement: 

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 90,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

ASU is a tobacco-free university. For details visit

AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.


ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. 

Background Check Statement: 

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check. 

Instructions to Apply: 

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.

Interested applicants should submit cover letter, resume, and writing and/or editing samples. The interview process includes an editing and headline test.

Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.

Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.

ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.

Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.

To apply please go to click "External Applicant" under Staff job opportunities, see Req Id# 37617BR