Associate Editor

Stanford Social Innovation Review
Stanford, California (US)
Highly competitive with excellent benefits
Feb 22, 2018
Editor / Editorial
Metro Area
San Francisco
Full Time

Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) produces a wide-range of editorial content for leaders of nonprofits, businesses, and governments around the world engaged in social innovation. SSIR operates like a small media company within Stanford University, producing a quarterly paid-subscription magazine; a website that publishes new articles and podcasts daily; webinars; and conferences. Every year more than 2 million people around the world read SSIR articles, listen to SSIR podcasts and webinars, and attend SSIR conferences. SSIR is a part of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, an academic center within the School of Humanities and Sciences that brings together faculty, students, and practitioners to develop and share knowledge about philanthropy, civil society, and social change.


There are seven full-time employees at SSIR, four on the editorial side and three on the business side. The Editor 2 (Associate Editor) works with SSIR’s Senior Editor to create and produce content for SSIR’s quarterly print magazine and sponsored print supplements, one of the primary ways that the SSIR disseminates content and interacts with its audience. Some of the important roles that the Associate Editor plays is that they are solely responsible for several sections of the quarterly print magazine. They are also responsible for editing one of the four feature articles that appear in each issue of the magazine, for editing and producing some of the sponsored supplements, and for managing the uploading of the magazine and supplements to the website. In addition, they will be called upon to help edit other online articles that will appear on the website. This job requires someone who can manage multiple tasks simultaneously while working under tight deadlines.



CORE DUTIES*: Research, plan, and edit original/complex publications for style and substance Ensure adherence of editorial content to guidelines and oversee the work of other editorial staff or freelancers. Recommend changes and amendments to communications or publications. Advise and collaborate with clients on editorial and publication methods. Communicate with writers, editors, photographers, vendors, and contractors, and review publication process. Serve as a resource in developing strategies that promote effective delivery of publications/editorials to target audiences. May assist with performance evaluation, hiring, and staff management. May supervise professional or support personnel.

* - Other duties may also be assigned









Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant work experience or combination of education and relevant experience.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Demonstrated ability to edit complex stories for both style and substance. Exceptional attention to detail and thorough command of editorial and proofreading skills. Experience meeting tight deadlines in the production of editorial content. Demonstrated understanding of the principles, terminology, procedures, and best practices of editorial content. Extensive experience in planning and implementing complex publications/editorial projects. Demonstrated ability to synthesize and coordinate materials from multiple resources. Extensive experience and understanding of job-required software applications. Demonstrated ability to apply ingenuity and creativity in solving complex problems. Demonstrated ability to apply discretion and judgment in evaluating implications of information release to internal and external audiences.


Certifications and Licenses:




  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, and grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally grasp forcefully, writing by hand.
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork; lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.



  • Occasional work on evenings and weekends.
  • Occassional travel to conferences.



  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide.



Final offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of national criminal background check, national sex offender registry search and, where applicable, driving record.


Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.