In this new role, we’re looking for a dynamic, inspiring leader who can bring a fresh, future-oriented perspective to AFAR and travel journalism. The Editorial Director plays a key leadership role in creating, directing, holding, and executing the editorial vision of AFAR magazine.
The Editorial Director edits the print magazine to high standards of quality and excellence and contributes to brand growth by shaping editorial strategies to ensure relevance to the advertising marketplace, and to attract next-generation readers.The Editorial Director brings new writers to the pages of AFAR, develops and generates distinctive story ideas, and manages a team that assigns and edits ambitious, thought-provoking travel stories.
Additionally, the Editorial Director works with stakeholders to develop emerging content platforms outside of print, including but not limited to video, audio, live events, depending on experience.
- With the Editor in Chief, sets the editorial and strategic vision for the magazine
- Plans issues, editorial calendars, and yearly production schedule
- Manages issue planning and story development meetings
- Collaborates with the Editor in Chief and Creative Director on the overall design of each issue, including the cover
- Manages and motivates editorial staff
- Cultivates relationships with a diverse and global array of freelance writers and other contributors to the magazine
- Directs and manages writers in the development of story ideas for both features and departments
- Develops concepts for, assigns, edits, and works with the creative team on features and departments
- Top-edits longform stories for print and web
- Contributes ideas and expertise to other AFAR brand platforms, including AFAR.com and social channels
- Represents the AFAR brand through public appearances and speaking engagements
- Collaborates with audience development, digital, and sales and marketing teams to ideate on incoming RFPs
- Attends selected press events, openings, and trade shows on AFAR’s behalf
- Represents the editorial vision of the brand to internal and external contacts including advertisers, public relations and media contacts
- Ensures brand cohesiveness and collaboration across platforms—in collaboration with digital leadership
- The Editorial Director should be a highly productive editorial manager with experience in print publishing. Live events and audio/podcast experience a bonus.
- A strong writing voice and POV
- A growth mindset oriented towards experimentation and testing, measuring, and improving
- An excellent editor capable of bringing out the best in both writers and editors
- Excellent presentation skills and the ability to be an effective and persuasive spokesperson
- An orientation towards high-value professional journalism
- Strong managerial and leadership skills and work ethic are required. The Editorial Director must be a hands-on coach and manager to the editorial staff, willing and able to push the team to be more aggressive in story development, reporting, packaging, and editing
- Excellent organizational and time management skills. Must be detail-oriented
- Excellent interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills, including aptitude for broadcast appearances
- Excellent editorial, visual, and creative skills, with deep knowledge of the magazine process
- Strong ability to find and cultivate creative talent; to delegate effectively; to create a supportive, inclusive environment; and to effect change
- Must be passionate about travel
- Must be highly passionate, accountable, collaborative, and entrepreneurial
- Minimum eight years of experience in print publishing, including at least three years of experience as a senior editorial leader and manager