Managing Editor

Washington D.C.
Negotiable, commensurate with experience
Nov 12, 2021
Dec 12, 2021
Managing Editor
Job Type
Full Time

About You

Are you an ambitious news leader with a growth mindset and excellent management skills? Do you have at least 15 years years of journalism and editing experience? Are you an energetic, digital-first editor who works well across time zones on a variety of topics? Are you excited to be a part of a global, mission-driven news organization that has an open, teamwork-focused culture? Then read on.

You’re ambitious, detail-oriented, and have an open and collaborative attitude. You thrive in an environment where you’re responsible for your work and accountable for results. You are a reliable multi-tasker who can juggle working with reporters and editors covering diverse topics in different timezones, while also offering critical and strategic views on how we should shape future coverage. You are able to step in to make key editorial decisions on deadline and offer advice to other editors or reporters on how to create the most compelling content. You like planning ahead, and envisioning how we can tell stories in creative ways to keep our readers engaged, are digitally savvy and always looking for new ways to reach your audience.

Does this sound like you? If you just said “yes,” keep reading…

Job Description

What you’ll do here

If you’ve read this far, we know that you want to know more. As Devex’s Managing Editor, you’ll directly manage a half dozen editors across time zones, who in turn manage a dozen full-time reporters and many more freelancers. You’ll own the newsroom culture, leading it to continue high-quality coverage across a variety of topics and increasing the energy and ambition behind our journalism. You’ll coordinate with other teams to further our multiplatform coverage, and be a key player in developing our news strategy.

Your first year will look a little bit like this…

In your first 90 days, you’ll get to know our news team and our broader news division (which includes special coverage, partnerships, and audience teams), learning how all the pieces fit together and work. You’ll edit stories and newsletters to support the team, learn how they work, and share your approach. You’ll spend time with our Senior Managing Editor and President & Editor-in-Chief to better understand the challenges and opportunities for the entire team and for individual team members.

After your first year, you’ll have helped to develop coverage plans for major events and issues, worked with editors to determine coverage priorities, edited major stories, developed series and reporting initiatives, and mentored and inspired your editors to raise the level of our journalism.


Here are the indicators that this could be a good role for you:

  • Significant experience as a digital-first, multiplatform editor

  • Significant management experience

  • At least 15 years of work experience as a journalist/editor

  • Strong editing skills and experience

  • The ability to write (and inspire others to write) engaging, compelling, conversational copy

  • Confident leading a newsroom and making decisions under time pressure

  • An undergraduate degree


Besides the basics, here’s what we’d love to see:

  • You’ve worked at one or more high-quality media organizations

  • You’ve been involved in news, features, newsletters, events, and social media

  • You haven’t just heard of the World Bank and Gates Foundation; you know what they do and how they work

Additional Information

About Us

Devex is the world’s leading news organization covering global development, global health, humanitarian action, and sustainability. We’re known for hard-hitting journalism, big scoops and exclusives, and deep coverage for our influential community of one million aid workers and development professionals. We have an enormous opportunity ahead as the issues we cover grow in prominence and the audience for them expands. As our current Managing Editor moves into a half-time Senior Managing Editor role, we’re now announcing a Managing Editor position ideal for a digital-first editor with strong editing chops, management skills, and a global perspective. This role, reporting to both the Senior Managing Editor and our President & Editor-in-Chief,  is the lead management role in our newsroom. 

What We Offer You

Being part of the Devex team is a partnership. We strive to make Devex a place where you can thrive and do your most inspirational work. The compensation range for this role is competitive for small independent news organizations. Here are a few benefits we offer:

  • 2, week-long Devex-wide breaks on top of standard holiday days

  • 15 days annual leave

  • 2 YAY days

  • 2 Learning days

  • Monthly professional and wellness activities

  • Other benefits might apply

We encourage applications from all backgrounds! We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at Devex. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

Ready to get started? Apply now