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Digital Content Editor, Oceana - Washington, DC

Industries Magazines / Publishing, Digital Media, Nonprofit
Job Status Full-time
Salary Not Specified
Website http://www.oceana.org


Editor/Staff Writer

General Summary

The primary responsibility of the editor is to grow and manage Oceana’s digital editorial content related to Oceana’s efforts to save the oceans and feed with the world. This includes stories about marine animals, fisheries, protected areas, Oceana’s campaigns, Oceana personnel, fishers and seafood (and how it relates to global diets and food security). The editor — and his or her staff — will focus on creating editorial content that is widely shared by ocean thought leaders (e.g., leading reporters, editors, policy analyst, funders and others). The editor will use Google Analytics and other tools to drive and improve traffic. The editor will also edit and write three 26-page magazines annually and lead the creation of two related book projects (on topics related to Oceana’s work to save the oceans and feed the world). The editor will manage and motivate a web editor, a graphic designer and a multimedia producer and freelancers to produce thoughtful and superior written, graphic and video content across web and print platforms that is editorially excellent, objective, science-based, highly readable and shareable and provides support to Oceana’s goals.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

Create editorial (with a focus on digital) that allows Oceana to become a primary channel and a thought leader for content about related topics and its direct efforts to save the oceans and feed the world. Goal is to have Oceana’s content (and ultimately campaigns) shared by leading reporters, policy-makers and other thought leaders in the ocean conservation realm (and ultimately to increase Oceana’s presence, and its campaigns’ presence, with these important audiences). Editorial should bring ocean issues and Oceana issues to life and create steady editorial channel and content for ocean issues, Oceana and its campaigns. Content areas of focus include:

Ocean animals
Fishing communities
Fishing and food
Oceana’s campaigns

Write, edit and produce three Oceana magazines annually, working with the Development department and designer to ensure attractive issues and prompt printing and delivery, as well as working with Oceana’s policy campaigns to ensure scientific accuracy and relevancy. This includes magazine planning, writing and production oversight.
Conceptualize, manage, write and edit book and editorial projects for Oceana that highlight — editorially — Oceana’s efforts to save the oceans and feed the world.
Create and lead editorial processes, including weekly and daily editorial meetings.
Manage web editor, graphic designer, multimedia producer and freelancers.
Be a leader and innovate in different ways — with a focus on digital — to create compelling editorial content.
Use Google Analytics and other tools in order to create weekly reports and to refine editorial and to maximize sharing and attention for Oceana’s content.
Work closely with Oceana’s senior vice president for marketing and communications on executing and evolving Oceana’s editorial strategy


Supervision Exercised

Online Editor

Graphic Designer

Multimedia Producer


Job Requirements

Education and work experience:

Bachelor’s degree in journalism or equivalent with three to five years’ experience in a dynamic editorial setting. Experience with science writing and/or environmental journalism a plus.
 Strong background, experience and interest in editing, writing and successfully promoting digital editorial content.
 Demonstrated ability to write quickly and effectively in a fast-paced working environment.


Skills and knowledge:

Superb reporting, writing, editing and verbal communication skills.
Ability to synthesize complicated scientific jargon quickly and accurately for a lay audience.
Ability to meet strict deadlines and work under pressure while maintaining humor and high energy.
Ability to conceptualize, write and edit multiple types of digital content including long form stories, infographics, references to other contents, etc.
Ability to adapt to a fast-changing environment, manage multiple assignments and coordinate with all levels within the organization.
Interest in digital journalism trends and tools.
Basic understanding of CSS, SEO, Drupal and WordPress systems.
Interest and ability in Google Analytics and other tracking systems; capacity to take analytics information to fine-tune content to increase traffic and sharing.
Understanding of social media.
Experience or interest in video and infographics.
Ability to approach problems with a sense of ownership, enthusiasm and innovation.
Must be a proactive team player and have a positive, customer service attitude.
Original thinking, the ability to think independently and problem-solve both within the team environment and independently.
Interest or experience in leading and motivating an editorial team and in developing processes and approaches that result in compelling content
Interest and curiosity about ocean conservation and Oceana’s campaigns.
Experience and/or interest in international reporting and news.

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