One-year Community Engagement Editor

  • 1120 John Street, Seattle, WA
  • Contract

Company Description

The Seattle Times is a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, recognized as one of the best in the country. At The Seattle Times, your work matters. We are a family-owned-and-operated company, dedicated to the community we serve. The Times is a drug-free workplace and equal opportunity employer. Learn more about our company at seattletimescompany.com.

Job Description

The community engagement editor for the Seattle Times-Solutions Journalism Project will bring a startup mentality and passion and tenacity for seeking solutions to the big questions facing education. In this one-year position, the editor will develop and manage a blog for the project that will become the region’s destination for education conversations. This editor will edit and curate staff and community contributions and conversations, making the blog a destination for the latest news and most innovative thinking on education advances and policies.

The hallmark of this editor's efforts will be developing and executing on a successful in-person and digital engagement strategy that connects with all facets of the community, reaching beyond the education experts and journalists to include parents, teachers and community members – particularly from underserved neighborhoods throughout the Puget Sound region.

 

Duties will vary depending on our needs and your strengths but may include:

 

  • Start up, edit and curate a blog 
  • Engage community members in person, on social media and via online interaction 
  • Recruit community members to contribute to the blog
  • Identify and cultivate partnerships with community organizations and media partners
  • Drive readership and community engagement
  • Conduct outreach for and participate in community forums

Qualifications

  • Copy editing skills
  • Understanding of how people use digital tools to produce and consume information and share ideas
  • Knowledge of AP style, understanding of SEO principles
  • Strong social media skills
  • Familiarity with content management tools, including blogging platforms such as WordPress

Additional Information

This job is for you if you have:

 

  • A passion for education issues
  • Big ideas about digital journalism tempered with practical know-how and the ability to get things done
  • A desire to inform and engage with community members online and in person in innovative ways

 

Preferred candidates will have a bachelor’s degree and five years of experience in journalism or a related field, with extensive digital experience.

 

To apply, please submit a resume, a cover letter, no more than five samples of your work and a list of references. Application deadline is Friday, August 16.

 

The Seattle Times Company is an equal opportunity employer.