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Editorial Director

Amherst College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Dec 7, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Media Studies
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Editorial Director

Amherst Campus
Full Time

Amherst has taken a leadership role among highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities in successfully diversifying the racial, socio-economic, and geographic profile of its student body. The College is similarly committed to enriching its educational experience and its culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration and staff.

Job Description:

Amherst College invites applications for the Editorial Director position. The Editorial Director is a full-time, year-round position, starting at $115,000 per year - commensurate with experience. Given Amherst's distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

The Editorial Director manages the editorial operation of Amherst College's Communications division and is directly responsible for the production of Amherst's signature and most widely read publication, Amherst magazine, as well as the editorial content of the College's website. The Editorial Director also serves as a member of the division's senior leadership team.

The Editorial Director plays an instrumental role in developing effective communications consistent with the College's strategic communications plan that serve the mission of the institution. Reporting to the Chief Communications Officer and working with highly motivated and highly collaborative colleagues, the Editorial Director supervises a senior editor and associate editor and other freelance individuals, as necessary, connected to these and other projects.

Summary of Responsibilities:

Amherst Magazine
  • Manage the production of Amherst magazine, a quarterly periodical with a circulation of 25,000, from conception through mailing. This includes conceiving, assigning, writing, editing and otherwise managing 96-112 pages per quarter.
  • Manage the magazine's budget.
  • Identify and develop relationships with freelance writers.

Editorial Operations
  • Manage the process of producing the editorial content of the Communications division, including developing the editorial strategy and guidelines for that content and making final editorial decisions.
  • Ensure the College's comprehensive communications strategy is effectively deployed through digital and print formats and capitalizes on effective writing, design and contemporary media to engage and inspire College audiences.
  • Consistently promote and reinforce the importance of working creatively, strategically and efficiently to the editorial team.
  • Run weekly editorial meeting (attended by staff from all key communications functions, as well as communications colleagues from Advancement and Admission).
  • Ensure that print and digital communications are of the highest professional quality: well-organized, compelling, cohesive and lively, with elegant writing consistent with the mission of Amherst College and its communications strategy.
  • Apply an interest in the latest developments in communications strategies and tools, especially those related to periodical publishing and online content, to ensure that related investments provide the most significant return to Amherst's communications goals.
  • Working with the Director of Digital Communications, develop, manage and implement a strategy for the creation, revision, editing and maintenance of the content of all pages on the College's website.
  • Manage, with Advancement colleagues, the content of eNews, the bi-weekly e-newsletter distributed to 25,000 students, faculty, staff, families and alumni.
  • Help inform and shape the creation of and regular updates to the College communications strategy.
  • Partner with the Associate Chief Communications Officer and others to develop a regular data analysis report for the division.

  • Supervise a senior editor and associate editor in the Communications division.
  • Manage the work of external vendors, including the magazine's design director, as well as freelancers.
  • Actively participate in weekly meetings with Communications' senior leadership team as a member of that team.


  • Bachelor's Degree.
  • 15 years of experience managing, editing and writing for print or online magazines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. including speaking and writing clearly and persuasively, proven ability to communicate effectively with knowledgeable staff, and demonstrated experience in writing and editing online and printed content.
  • Demonstrated creative abilities.
  • Demonstrated collaborative abilities.
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills, including demonstrated ability to set, meet and enforce deadlines and proven ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Proven exceptional attention to detail.
  • Interest in emerging web and related technologies, including relevant analytic tools.
  • Proven budget-management skills.
  • Proven problem-solving skills.
  • Proficiency with Adobe InCopy, Google Suite and Microsoft Office, and comfortable with Adobe InDesign.
  • Work outside normal business hours, including evenings and weekends, as required.
  • Commitment to working with a diverse and inclusive community.

  • Experience editing and writing for college or university print and online publications.
  • Experience managing digital and print designers and related freelancers and vendors.
  • Experience working closely with videographers and photographers and related freelancers and vendors.

Amherst College offers many opportunities for professional growth and development, continued learning, and career advancement.

Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure it meets your total compensation requirements. Click here for Benefits Information.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at Please be sure to upload all requested documents prior to clicking Submit. Applications cannot be revised once submitted. (Current employees and students should apply by clicking on the Career icon from their Workday home screen) Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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