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Managing Editor

San Francisco, CA
Department:  Communications



Earthjustice’s Communications Department is seeking a full-time Managing Editor to elevate organizational storytelling and message alignment, oversee editorial and content production channels, and manage editorial staff. The position is available immediately and will be based in our San Francisco headquarters. It will report to the Creative Director.

The Communications Department at Earthjustice has grown exponentially over the years and made tremendous strides on multiple dimensions of communications. Creating engaging messages and stories on various platforms for advocacy, online fundraising, and new audience engagement lies at the core of the department’s work.  We have communications strategists working in partnership with litigators on campaigns; we are active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; we have an active blog and a quarterly magazine, and we are approaching two million supporters through our online advocacy and fundraising program.

Our tremendous volume of content—from magazine stories and digital features to social media posts and press releases—demands a managing editor who can oversee some of our most important content streams and ensure that our voice and vision stay true to the Earthjustice brand. We also require a managing editor with exceptional management skills and editorial judgment to stay on top of the 24-7 digital communication world, so we can engage with multiple audiences and still respond to breaking news or unexpected events.


The Managing Editor sets the overall editorial voice and vision for major Earthjustice communication channels and plays a critical role in message development and alignment. Major responsibilities include:

  • Develop an overarching editorial strategy for major communication channels, including Earthjustice Quarterly Magazine and the Earthjustice blog; oversee the production line-up, story assignments, budgeting and deadlines for the magazine and blog.
  • Partner with Advocacy Communications and Creative teams on high level message development for advocacy and brand campaigns; participate in rapid-response, cross-team meetings on message alignment.
  • Provide editorial overview of high value content to ensure tone consistency, message clarity, and content prioritization; set and oversee editorial standards and style within Communications; elevate storytelling and editorial best practices in other teams and departments through trainings, guides, and workshops.
  • Spearhead ideation of editorial content; lead editorial partnership with Online, Press and Social Media teams in producing online features and crafting content promotion strategies.
  • Supervise Senior Staff Writer, Associate Editor, Editorial Intern; recruit and manage editorial contractors, including freelance writers, editors, and designers.
  • Write and edit high-level institutional content, including content from identified organizational thought leaders and major campaigns.
  • Partner with Development team to identify and create stories that raise organizational profile and assist with fundraising efforts.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Journalism, English or related field, or equivalent years' experience; Master’s degree in such fields preferred.
  • 7+ years with professional communications media, including but not restricted to newspapers, magazines, television, radio, and online platforms; 2+ years of managing editor experience preferred.
  • 3+ years of experience in directly managing staff and budgets; a positive attitude and strong interpersonal skills; exceptional organizational and time management skills; an ability to work collaboratively across teams and departments; a desire to mentor junior team members.
  • Experience with investigatory and/or explanatory journalism and issues advocacy, especially in the legal, environmental, or public health fields.
  • Proven track record in achieving measurable goals (i.e. increases in funding, readership/circulation of publications, quality/quantity of press hits, awards & recognition etc.).
  • Quick, adaptive writing style (long-form features, campaign briefs, messaging points, blogs, op-eds, etc.); thorough knowledge of professional editorial practices and AP Stylebook.
  • Strong grasp of storytelling on multimedia, social media, and other emerging platforms.
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds, and orientations; contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.
  • Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
  • Contributes to recruiting, hiring, developing and retaining a diverse and inclusive workforce.

We offer a mission- and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package, including excellent benefits.  Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a:

  • Resume.
  • One or two page cover letter.
  • Three writing or other digital storytelling samples.

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About Earthjustice

Founded in 1971, Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change. We partner with thousands of groups, supporters, individuals and communities to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.