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Managing Editor, Fix

Seattle WA

Grist is a nonprofit environmental media organization whose mission is to make the story of a better future so irresistible you want it right now. While other media outlets focus on doom and gloom, Grist’s award-winning reporting and innovative storytelling focuses on charting a path toward a just, sustainable future.

In 2019, Grist launched a new program, Fix, to change the arc of storytelling about climate change. As Grist’s solutions lab, Fix tells imaginative stories that envision promising ways forward. Half network-building and half storytelling, the program identifies, celebrates, and connects solutions-oriented climate and justice leaders who are at the center of the story of progress — and in doing so, it introduces a whole new narrative of what’s possible to address climate change and build a better world.



Grist seeks a Managing Editor to join the Fix team, who will coordinate the day-to-day operations and output of the Fix content team, as well as special editorial projects, including the annual Grist 50 list and emerging projects. The Managing Editor will help the Fix content team develop new ideas, strategies, and approaches to telling stories of what a better, more equitable future could be — through a Fix website, live storytelling events, social media platforms, multimedia projects, and partnerships with culture-shaping organizations. As a member of the Fix team, this role will report to the Fix program director, and work closely with the editor of creative storytelling, director of leadership programming, and the full Fix content team. The Managing Editor will also partner with the Executive Editor of our Editorial team to ensure coordination and collaboration across both teams.



Daily content operations

Project-manage all aspects of the Fix content schedule and output, ensuring content goals are met or exceeded

Create and maintain a publishing schedule, setting deadlines & deliverables for both the internal team and external stakeholders

Organize and arrange key collaboration documents

Set and run production meetings

Top-edit and proofread posts before publishing

Work with the art department to request images, illustrations, and other graphic needs

Check in regularly with team members on progress, surface challenges, and coordinate needed troubleshooting

Coordinate product and audience efforts with the innovation and growth team

Coordinate updates and content management for a new Grist 50 Fixer database

Occasionally collaborate with fundraising staff to support outreach and development opportunities; draft reports and other materials related to Fix content

Coordinate content plans with Grist’s editorial leaders

Generally coordinate the efforts of a growing Fix content team, including a senior-level editor, junior writers and editors; manage a range of contractors — including writers, visual and multimedia journalists, video producers, animators, and illustrators


Special projects

Create and/or maintain project roadmaps and timelines for Grist 50 and future special projects, such as Grist 50 franchise expansions, deep-dive and interactive features, monthly themed content, live events, Instagram posts, and climate-fiction contests

Lead or coordinate all internal communication around special projects; set and run regular cross-department meetings as needed

Lead communication and schedule meetings (as needed) with key external partners, including but not limited to marketing, PR, product, and video

Create and coordinate email outreach plans around the launch of Grist 50

Work with Fix program director, editor of creative storytelling, and director of leadership programming to keep Grist 50 and other projects within budget and ensure contracts with external partners are executed

Manage and track all Grist 50 assets over the years, including Trello boards, communication spreadsheets, timelines, photographs, and copy

Lead a debrief process for Grist 50 and other key projects, as needed

Other duties may be assigned from time to time.



Bachelor’s degree (preferably in Journalism) or equivalent professional experience

8+ years of relevant journalism and/or editorial experience, including project management related to media

Proven ability to organize and schedule work effectively and efficiently in a fast-paced environment, managing multiple projects at the same time

Superb attention to detail and fact-checking

Fluency with technology, including experience with Slack, Gmail and other G Suite tools, WordPress, Zoom, Trello, and other project-management tools

Prior experience managing or coordinating a distributed team

Demonstrated proficiency in writing and editing correspondence

Passion for our organization’s mission and work



Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience

Grist offers a dynamic and engaging editorial environment and the opportunity to be part of a unique online publication with a mission that matters.


To apply, please click on this link: https://smrtr.io/4BQsP


No phone calls, please. Candidates who make it through to the final phases may be requested to complete an additional written assignment.

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Posted December 28, 2020

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