Associate Editorial Director

Employer
Skyword
Location
Boston, Massachusetts (US)
Salary
Salary, benefits, and equity
Posted
Oct 17, 2019
Metro Area
Boston
Duration
Full Time

Founded in 2010, Skyword empowers today’s top brands to create unique content experiences that deliver customer value and drive business success. With its SaaS+ model, Skyword offers: a SaaS-based enterprise-level content marketing platform, industry-leading services, and a global community of storytellers. Today’s leading brands have created and published more than one million original stories as articles, videos, images, infographics, podcasts, and animations on Skyword360. These stories have earned Skyword customers more than two billion visits organically, and Skyword has paid its freelance creatives more than $30 million on behalf of its customers. 

The Associate Director, Editorial leads a team of 4–6 Editorial Managers and oversees the creation, quality assurance, and delivery of content to a portfolio of Skyword’s diverse clients. Additionally, the Associate Director, Editorial implements Skyword's editorial best practices consistently across the team, provides logistical support to the broader department, and serves as a coach and mentor to their team to promote ongoing professional development.

 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage a team of Editorial Managers to support the timely delivery of high-quality content to clients
  • Contribute to a nurturing and empowering work environment by providing ongoing leadership and support
  • Ensure the team meets daily, weekly, and monthly content delivery goals
  • Provide team and client status updates to senior management
  • Support the professional growth and development of team members
  • Lead regular one-on-one and team meetings
  • Work with editorial leadership to monitor and manage the workload of each team member
  • Act as advisor to Editorial Managers and provide coaching on editorial best practices, writer recruitment, time management, and communication as needed
  • Occasional domestic travel to our DC and Pittsburg office or specific event as needed.

Editorial Strategy and Digital Publishing

  • Act as an expert editorial consultant in client strategy discussions
  • Implement, maintain, and evaluate editorial strategies for assigned accounts
  • Advise the team on editorial planning, contributor selection, topic development, and brand guidelines
  • Educate the team on strong storytelling techniques and how to approach brand stories 
  • Review and edit content as necessary, especially content for new accounts

Operations and Execution

  • Provide oversight to Editorial Managers to ensure timely tracking and delivery of quality edited content to clients
  • Coach team and provide regular performance evaluations to all direct reports
  • Identify employee growth areas and work with L&D to recommend and implement appropriate training opportunities
  • Support Human Resources in the hiring process through candidate identification and interviewing
  • Contribute to management roundtable discussions and editorial leadership check-ins

 

Leadership and Collaboration

  • Build and maintain positive relationships with internal leadership
  • Resolve high-level editorial issues and develop relevant and actionable plans and recommendations
  • Provide feedback on account health and editorial effort to senior leadership as needed
  • Work with editorial managers to efficiently manage their pool of freelance contributors and provide guidance on writer vetting and recruitment
  • Help their team facilitate and maintain positive feedback loops between internal content creation partners

     

Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's degree in English, journalism, communications, or a related field
  • 8+ years of professional editing and editorial management experience
  • Expert level proficiency in Chicago Manual of Style and The AP Stylebook
  • Experience managing, developing, nurturing, and inspiring staff 
  • Excellent communication and editing skills and an exceptional eye for detail
  • Experience creating and assessing strong digital content
  • Expertise in digital publishing best practices (including writing for SEO, basics of HTML, and familiarity with various CMS platforms)
  • Ability to analyze, evaluate, and maintain a brand’s voice
  • Experience offering editorial advice and feedback to clients and creatives
  • Ability to keep yourself and others on task and organized
  • Desire to be a team player and work with all departments of Skyword
  • Skills as a natural and powerful storyteller
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to juggle multiple tasks on a deadline
  • A history of developing strong professional relationships with freelance contributors, clients, and partners
  • Experience acclimating quickly to new tools and software

Tools Used 

  1. Skyword Platform
  2. Google Suite
  3. Microsoft Suite
  4. Google Analytics
  5. Atlassian - JIRA and Confluence
  6. The AP Stylebook and Chicago Manual of Style
  7. Jazz Hiring Software
  8. Mavenlink

     

Compensation and Benefits

Competitive market-based salary. Medical, dental, life, progressive parental leave, and disability insurance plans; equity; 401(k) plans with employer matching contribution; three weeks paid vacation; 11 paid holidays; 10 sick days; 2 half day volunteer days; and an open, friendly work environment.

Skyword is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, veteran status, or any other protected factor.