Deputy Editor, Digital, Stanford Social Innovation Review
Company: Stanford University
Posted on: June 13, 2021
Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) produces a wide range
of editorial content for leaders of nonprofits, businesses, and
governments around the world engaged in social innovation. Its goal
is to provide a media platform for these leaders to share ideas,
research, and experiences to advance the field of social
innovation. SSIR operates like a small media company within
Stanford University, producing a quarterly paid-subscription
magazine; a website that publishes new articles, podcasts, and
videos daily; webinars; conferences; foreign-language editions
(Chinese, Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, and Korean); and other
content. Every year millions of people around the world read SSIR
articles, listen to SSIR podcasts and webinars, and attend SSIR
conferences. There are nine full-time employees at SSIR, five in
editorial and four in publishing, as well as a number of part-time
contract employees. SSIR is a part of the Center on Philanthropy
and Civil Society, an academic center within the School of
Humanities and Sciences, that brings together faculty, students,
and practitioners to develop and share knowledge about
philanthropy, civil society, and social change.
SSIR is seeking a Deputy Editor, Digital who is responsible for
leading and managing the editorial portion of SSIR's website, one
of the primary ways that the organization disseminates content and
interacts with its audience. The Deputy Editor, Digital, and the
digital editorial team (one full-time and one half-time editor, and
one half-time web producer) are responsible for obtaining, editing,
and publishing online approximately one original article each day
of the work week. These articles are written by people who are
experts in the field (such as academics, foundation CEOs, and
nonprofit leaders), but are not professional writers and so usually
need assistance with their writing. SSIR's website reaches about
250,000 unique visitors each month, or about 3 million people a
year, about 45 percent of whom come from outside the United
Over the 18 years that SSIR has been publishing, the way that
editorial content is delivered on the web has changed dramatically,
and that is certain to continue in the future. It is the
responsibility of the Deputy Editor, Digital to stay abreast of the
latest digital publishing trends and (in consultation with the
Editor in Chief) to make sure that SSIR's digital strategy and its
website, social media activities, articles, podcasts, and other
content adapts to these changes in order that SSIR delivers its
content and reaches its target audience most effectively. In
addition, the Deputy Editor, Digital is responsible for staying
informed about the field of social innovation and representing SSIR
at seminars, conferences, and meetings in the field of social
innovation, and for other shared responsibilities with members of
the SSIR team. The Deputy Editor, Digital works under the
supervision of the Editor in Chief.
This position is full-time, continuing, and exempt. Ideally the
position is based at Stanford, Calif., but it could be based
elsewhere in the United States.
- Research, plan, write, and edit original/complex publications
for style and substance.
- Develop and publish sensitive policy statements and
publications for internal and/or external audiences.
- Ensure adherence of editorial content to guidelines and oversee
the work of other editorial staff or freelancers.
- Recommend changes and amendments to communications or
- Work within deadlines and cost constraints.
- Advise and collaborate with clients on editorial and
- Communicate with writers, editors, photographers, vendors, and
contractors, and review publication process.
- Serve as resource in developing strategies that promote
effective delivery of publications/editorials to target
- Assist with performance evaluation, hiring, and staff
- Supervise professional or support personnel.
- Other duties may also be assigned
Minimum Requirements Education and Experience Required:
Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant work experience is
Minimum Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required:
- Demonstrated understanding of the principles, terminology,
procedures, and best practices of digital communications and
- Extensive experience in planning and implementing complex
- Demonstrated ability to synthesize and coordinate materials
from multiple resources.
- Demonstrated ability to edit complex stories for both style and
- Exceptional attention to detail and thorough command of
editorial and proofreading skills.
- Experience producing highly effective work within deadline and
- Extensive experience and understanding of job-required software
- Demonstrated ability to apply ingenuity and creativity in
solving complex problems.
- Demonstrated ability to apply discretion and judgment in
evaluating implications of information release to internal and
Preferred Education and Experience:
An advanced degree and additional work experience is highly
Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Editing experience at a magazine or content website is highly
- Demonstrated experience editing a range of articles (e.g.
op-eds, long features, profiles of organizations) written by a
variety of non-professional authors (e.g. academics, consultants,
foundation CEOs, and nonprofit leaders). Must be able to take
articles that are written by people who are not professional
writers, and by working closely with the author, turn them into
informative and compelling articles for an intelligent yet
non-academic audience. Must be able to meet all deadlines. Must
also be able to work well with faculty, researchers, executives,
and consultants who may have very specific points of view on their
writing and may not be used to being heavily edited.
- Demonstrated experience leading and managing an editorial
website or significant portion of an editorial website. This
includes developing and implementing an editorial strategy, and
managing the obtaining, editing, publishing, and promoting of
articles, podcasts, and other content. It also includes leading and
managing social media efforts and e-newsletter products, ensuring
site content is optimized for search, overseeing the look and feel
of the website, evaluating and analyzing the effectiveness of
digital efforts, making sure the website is optimized for all
platforms, managing third-party contractors, and other related
digital and management tasks.
- Demonstrated experience using a variety of software,
applications, websites, and other tools to create, manage, and
promote digital content, including: social media platforms (in
particular LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter); social media tools
(e.g. TweetDeck and HootSuite); e-newsletter platforms
(specifically Mail Chimp); content management systems (specifically
Expression Engine); video tools and websites (e.g. YouTube,);
publishing software (specifically InDesign); photo and illustration
software (e.g. Illustrator and Photoshop); and website analytics
tools (specifically Google Analytics, but also others, e.g.
- Demonstrated experience managing a team of internal editors and
web producers, and external contractors (editors, writers, podcast
producers, web developers, illustrators, etc.).
- A strong work ethic, the ability to work independently, a
willingness to express one's ideas and opinions, an ability to work
well as part of a team, and a devotion to getting the details
- Demonstrated ability to perform detailed work with high level
of accuracy and attention to detail, while meeting all
- An interest in the field of social innovation. Being widely
read and knowledgeable about the field social innovation, and an
interest in and knowledge of related subjects-such as politics,
economics, sociology, business, and psychology-is highly
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duties, tasks and responsibilities. Specific duties and
responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs
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- Schedule: Full-time
- Job Code: 4252
- Employee Status: Regular
- Grade: I
- Requisition ID: 89845
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