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Editor in Chief, Pitt Magazine

University of Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh, PA - Posted 1 month ago

The Editor in Chief is responsible for the University of Pittsburgh’s flagship magazine, Pitt Magazine. While traditionally serving a target audience of alumni, the magazine also serves as an important communications vehicle for faculty, staff and key stakeholders. This experienced editor will oversee the magazine’s editorial process from conception to publication with the highest standards of accuracy and quality, be a collaborative leader of the magazine’s staff, and build strong relationships within University Communications and Marketing (UCM) as well as University partners and external vendors.

Job Responsibilities

The editor in chief will:

  • Provide a timely and strategic vision for each issue’s content, writing and design while maintaining the highest standards of production and quality control.
  • Produce stories that reflect and advance the University of Pittsburgh’s reputation as one of the top public universities in the nation and that cover content areas and stories aligned to institutional priorities.
  • Provide meaningful and productive edits to staff and freelancers, whether in a 2,500-word cover feature or a 100-word brief.
  • Maintain and build relationships with University community partners and other stakeholders to expand the magazine’s reach and prestige.
  • Establish realistic production schedules, ensure deadlines are met and oversee publication in print and online.
  • Supervise the magazine’s review and production process, including text reviews, proofreading, fact-checking, layout reviews, administrative approvals, prepress, printing, posting, distribution and billing of each issue.
  • Establish goals and KPIs for the magazine and measure its success.
  • Work closely with the Creative Director to continue refining the magazine’s recent print redesign and collaborate with UCM’s web team to continue updating Pitt Magazine’s website.
  • Serve as an ambassador to key constituent communities, including alumni, through innovative outreach efforts.
  • Supervise and mentor staff through hiring, assigning and editing work; conduct performance reviews, manage work schedules and approve timecards; provide professional development opportunities and create an inclusive, welcoming environment.
  • Report to the Senior Director, Content Strategy; work together to refine and update editorial processes to follow industry best practices and address the evolving needs of the office and team.
  • Occasionally edit other high-priority projects across the office.

The editor in chief leads a team that:

  • Pitches, writes and edits compelling stories about the University of Pittsburgh and its people in a narrative nonfiction style that continues the magazine’s award-winning tradition.
  • Plans and manages the creation and publication of each issue of Pitt Magazine, both in print and online.
  • Balances storytelling, structure, voice and brand values with accuracy and style.
  • Identifies and manages freelancers capable of producing seasoned work (writing, photography or other content) that requires minimal editing.

The Office of University Communications and Marketing (UCM) builds on the University’s mission of creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment.

UCM is committed to hiring and retaining individuals of all identities and is a place where everyone is heard and appreciated. Addressing inequalities in our practice and in our workspace is a key focus.

We are open to ideas, storytelling and design that feature people of all backgrounds, as well as sharing experiences and perspectives from all of our staff. We seek to create a welcoming and expansive environment where we are learning how to strengthen representation through professional development and inclusive thought leadership.

All are welcome at the Office of University Communications and Marketing.

Job Summary

Directs and manages a print magazine, online e-magazine, social media presence, and podcasts providing targeted and varied content about the University and its people. Facilitates and oversees the creation of each magazine issue from vision to delivery; assigns relevant stories and supervises staff. Supervises and approves the magazine’s review and production process and prepares pre-press through billing of each issue. Advances the magazine’s award-winning style by writing thoughtful and engaging narrative nonfiction pieces.

Requirements

Graves, Ellie

9:24 AM (4 hours ago)

Hi Amanda! I hope you’re doing well! I have a really good job that our office is recruiting and I’m hoping it might be of interest to some of our members. Could you please post it?  University of PittsburghEditor in Chief, Pitt MagazineThe Editor in Chief is responsible for the University of Pittsburgh’s flagship magazine, Pitt Magazine. While traditionally serving a target audience of alumni, the magazine also serves as an important communications vehicle for faculty, staff and key stakeholders. This experienced editor will oversee the magazine’s editorial process from conception to publication with the highest standards of accuracy and quality, be a collaborative leader of the magazine’s staff, and build strong relationships within University Communications and Marketing (UCM) as well as University partners and external vendors.The editor in chief will:

  • Provide a timely and strategic vision for each issue’s content, writing and design while maintaining the highest standards of production and quality control.
  • Produce stories that reflect and advance the University of Pittsburgh’s reputation as one of the top public universities in the nation and that cover content areas and stories aligned to institutional priorities.
  • Provide meaningful and productive edits to staff and freelancers, whether in a 2,500-word cover feature or a 100-word brief.
  • Maintain and build relationships with University community partners and other stakeholders to expand the magazine’s reach and prestige.
  • Establish realistic production schedules, ensure deadlines are met and oversee publication in print and online.
  • Supervise the magazine’s review and production process, including text reviews, proofreading, fact-checking, layout reviews, administrative approvals, prepress, printing, posting, distribution and billing of each issue.
  • Establish goals and KPIs for the magazine and measure its success.
  • Work closely with the Creative Director to continue refining the magazine’s recent print redesign and collaborate with UCM’s web team to continue updating Pitt Magazine’s website.
  • Serve as an ambassador to key constituent communities, including alumni, through innovative outreach efforts.
  • Supervise and mentor staff through hiring, assigning and editing work; conduct performance reviews, manage work schedules and approve timecards; provide professional development opportunities and create an inclusive, welcoming environment.
  • Report to the Senior Director, Content Strategy; work together to refine and update editorial processes to follow industry best practices and address the evolving needs of the office and team.
  • Occasionally edit other high-priority projects across the office.

The editor in chief leads a team that:

  • Pitches, writes and edits compelling stories about the University of Pittsburgh and its people in a narrative nonfiction style that continues the magazine’s award-winning tradition.
  • Plans and manages the creation and publication of each issue of Pitt Magazine, both in print and online.
  • Balances storytelling, structure, voice and brand values with accuracy and style.
  • Identifies and manages freelancers capable of producing seasoned work (writing, photography or other content) that requires minimal editing.

The Office of University Communications and Marketing (UCM) builds on the University’s mission of creating a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment.UCM is committed to hiring and retaining individuals of all identities and is a place where everyone is heard and appreciated. Addressing inequalities in our practice and in our workspace is a key focus.We are open to ideas, storytelling and design that feature people of all backgrounds, as well as sharing experiences and perspectives from all of our staff. We seek to create a welcoming and expansive environment where we are learning how to strengthen representation through professional development and inclusive thought leadership.All are welcome at the Office of University Communications and Marketing.Job SummaryDirects and manages a print magazine, online e-magazine, social media presence, and podcasts providing targeted and varied content about the University and its people. Facilitates and oversees the creation of each magazine issue from vision to delivery; assigns relevant stories and supervises staff. Supervises and approves the magazine’s review and production process and prepares pre-press through billing of each issue. Advances the magazine’s award-winning style by writing thoughtful and engaging narrative nonfiction pieces.Essential Functions The ideal candidate has:

  • At least 5 years of advanced editorial experience and skills, preferably at an academic, corporate, regional or commercial magazine.
  • Extensive editing experience for print and digital products, preferably in AP Style.
  • Successfully managed a collaborative team and helped employees grow as professionals.
  • A can-do, positive attitude with the ability to inspire and lead teams.
  • Excellent project management skills, including collaborative communication and adherence to deadline and budget. Experience with Monday.com is a plus.
  • Strong judgement and ability to thrive in ambiguity .
  • Ability to manage multiple, competing priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • A working knowledge of InDesign and Drupal.

Physical Effort Duties are primarily sedentary. Must be able to use a computer at a desk or similar workstation, and travel to on-campus meeting as needed.