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Senior Editor

Next City, In Philadelphia office, or Remote

Work at Next City

Salary: Salary Range: $60K-$67K depending on experience Benefits: Rich benefits package includes ample PTO and sick time; full health, dental and vision coverage; Flexible Savings Account; 401K with matching.

Level: Experienced (Non-Manager)

Duration: Full-Time


Next City, a news organization with a nonprofit model, is unleashing the transformative power of solutions-based journalism. Our mission is to equip communities and their leaders with the knowledge and connections to reimagine cities as liberated places of economic, environmental and racial justice. Our journalism accomplishes this by uplifting diverse perspectives and marginalized voices while amplifying solutions to the problems that oppress people in cities.

Next City seeks a dynamic Senior Editor to lead the day-to-day execution of Next City’s journalism strategy. The person in this position assigns and edits reported stories for publication on a daily basis —approximately 12 stories per week, of between 700 and 1,200 words. The Senior Editor also prepares this content for the roster of daily, weekly and monthly newsletters that Next City publishes, recruits new contributors with a focus on increasing diversity in our freelance pool, and collaborates with other team members on ways to boost page views and audience engagement on social media. The Senior Editor is also a key voice representing the organization in various ways to outside parties, whether moderating webinars, serving as a representative at publishing partner meetings, or supporting staff at events and through other opportunities that support Next City’s overall organizational strategy.

This position reports to Next City’s Editorial Director. The Senior Editor must know what makes a great story, how to build a narrative that is solutions-based and informative, and how to work with writers to bring out their best skills. The Senior Editor helps Next City’s columnists and contributors shape their stories, taking responsibility for the quality and character of much of the website’s daily content.

Our ideal candidate has:

  • Editing experience required (at least 4 years preferred);
  • A degree or equivalent work experience in English, journalism, urban planning or a related field, plus direct experience as an editor for print and/or digital outlets;
  • Strong communication skills, a keen interest in and meticulous attention to language and grammar;
  • Experience recruiting freelance writers and managing a pool of contributors;
  • An understanding of current media and publishing trends, including what drives readers to share and how to create SEO-friendly headlines;
  • Familiar with creating content within a CMS.

Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge of subject areas relevant to coverage of cities, including but not limited to racial justice, affordable and fair housing, transportation equity, equitable economic development, smart cities, environmental justice and sustainability, and more.

Our employees do rewarding work while being part of a team that is committed to making cities more just and equitable. Our diverse staff and board are in service to an engaged reader base, including 40,000 who subscribe to Next City’s emails, 2 million that visit nextcity.org each year, and over 170,000 who follow us across social media.

Next City recently completed a strategic plan that will develop our resources while continuing to center racial equity and opportunity for all.

We are a small staff and everyone wears many hats. You must be a team player, detail-oriented, adept at prioritizing and multi-tasking, and willing to pitch in where needed. Some travel will be required. This is a full-time position operating remotely, or based in our Philadelphia office.

To apply, please a resume to info@nextcity.org along with a cover letter that addresses why you want to support our mission. We may contact you to provide two references, and two story ideas you think are a fit for Next City (based on our pitch guidelines). Please put “Senior Editor Job Opening” in the subject line. This position will remain open until filled.

About Next City

About Next City

Founded in 2003, Next City’s journalism centers marginalized voices while amplifying solutions to the problems that oppress people in cities. At a time when cities face rampant inequality and urgent challenges, Next City’s work is critical: by spreading real stories and workable ideas from one city to the next, we connect people, places and solutions that move our society toward justice and equity.

Next City’s readers are the city-builders who share our vision for the transformation of cities. Our core audience consists of individuals working in city planning, finance, architecture, media, academia, transportation, the arts — or within any sector that must collaborate to make cities run more equitably. This dynamic group uses Next City as a trusted resource for professional education and exploration. The extended audience consists of the people who are part of the change process in cities: grassroots organizers, activists, advocates, elected officials, local business and nonprofit leaders, and voters.

Next City publishes hundreds of stories on solutions to urban issues each year. We also compile our best reporting into ebooks, host webinars with practitioners who share lessons from their work, and convene live events such as our annual Vanguard Conference for rising urban leaders. Learn more at nextcity.org/about.

We are dedicated to improving our organization, in part by better reflecting the people we cover. We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities. And we are taking steps to meet that commitment. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities.

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