Executive Editor (full-time)
The Executive Editor directs the publishing of Canadian Mennonite magazine, website and social media. The position reports to the Publisher and works in collaboration with the Managing Editor and Online Media Manager. The successful candidate wil have a strong vision for what the publication can contribute to the church as a source of information, inspiration and interconnectedness. This position is full-time and available from October 1, 2022.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Direct the overall process of assignment, selection, editing and design of editorial content, together with the Managing Editor and Online Media Manager, to further the editorial goals of the magazine, website and related social media products, to create compelling material that appeals to readers of all generations.
- Lead the editorial team in developing new ways of telling stories via digital media, and arrange training as needed for staff and correspondents.
- Set and monitor: main features, perspectives, story sources, represented regions and types of stories to offer a healthy balance that serves the best interests of the church and readers, in line with editorial goals.
- Ensure editorial content cares for the health of the church and demonstrates editorial integrity and journalistic ethics.
- Together with the editorial team, exercise good judgment in and make decisions on controversial editorial issues by working with affected parties and the Board (and other groups as needed, such as editorial advisory groups or church leaders) to resolve these in line with Board policies and editorial agreements, editorial goals and journalistic best practices.
- Select columnists and overall column and series themes.
- Set or negotiate payment rates and ensure appropriate rights are secured for all material before publication.
- Write, or invite other editors to write, the Editorial in each issue. Write, as time permits, news, feature articles and digital content.
- Together with the editorial team, respond to requests, complaints, questions or comments by readers as appropriate.
- Maintain contact with other peer publications and press associations, such as the Canadian Christian Communicators Association and Meetinghouse.
2. Production and Distribution
- Together with the Managing Editor and Online Media Manager, ensure smooth, on-time production and distribution of content in print and digital formats.
- Select and develop the various physical and digital distribution methods used by the magazine.
- In consultation with the Publisher, hire and set the terms and conditions of employment of staff.
- Assign duties to, oversee, and review the performance of staff.
- Ensure that author copies, payment and thank-you letters are sent to content contributors as needed.
- Ensure the database of articles published and archives of filed material, website and social media content are accurate and continue to meet editorial needs.
4. Constituency relations
- In consultation with the Publisher, attend regional church meetings and other gatherings as appropriate, solicit feedback and ideas, make connections with potential content contributors. Take opportunities for speaking engagements and raise the public profile of the magazine.
- Maintain and promote good relationships with the representatives of the regional and nationwide church.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate holds a degree in communications or other related field, in combination with experience working in journalism, and will be member of a Mennonite church.
Location: Previous editors worked at the head office in Waterloo, but remote work arrangements are possible.
Application deadline: August 5, 2022
To apply: Send letter of interest and resume to Tobi Thiessen, Publisher.
CMPS is an independent, non-profit corporation, established in 1971 in Waterloo, Ontario. Our mission is to educate, inspire, inform and foster dialogue on issues facing Mennonites in Canada.