Assistant Editor at Aperture

December 17, 2021
New York, NY


Aperture is seeking an Assistant Editor to work on Aperture magazine, the foundation’s flagship publication. Reporting to the magazine’s editors, the Assistant Editor will assist with research and commissioning of magazine stories, coordinate with galleries and artists to request artwork, perform picture research, negotiate rights and permissions, assist with writing captions, proofreading, and fact-checking, and manage payments to authors and vendors. In addition to working on the quarterly print magazine and organizing long-term project research, the Assistant Editor will also assist with books that originate from the magazine department, as well as with commissioning and producing timely articles and features on


  • Assisting in the management of four issues of Aperture magazine per year and selected books originating from the magazine department
  • Coordinating research, editing, and publishing of articles for
  • Managing art logs, trafficking artwork, and performing related editorial and administrative tasks for the development and completion of magazine and book projects
  • Managing invoicing for all department expenses and tracking quarterly and project-based financial reports
  • Overseeing photo permissions and acquisitions; tracking payments; preparing captions; and maintaining files and records
  • Preparing visuals for public and internal presentations about the magazine and photobooks
  • Assisting in maintaining correspondence and communication with photographers, designers, and authors
  • Working in collaboration with the Manager of Education and Senior Managing Editor to interview and train an editorial intern every intern session (July-December; January-June)


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Ideally three years of editorial experience in illustrated books, an arts organization or publisher, and/or magazine, newspaper, or media outlet
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Knowledge of photography and arts media landscape
  • Detail-oriented, with an ability to multitask and remain well-organized under deadline pressure
  • Ability to work in a team environment, with all levels of staff
  • Basic Photoshop, InDesign, and WordPress


Please send a resume and thoughtful cover letter in one PDF attachment, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and how you heard about this opportunity, to [email protected], using the following conventions:

Subject line: Assistant Editor, Aperture magazine
One PDF attachment: yourfirstname_yourlastname_coverletter and resume.pdf

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. NO CALLS, PLEASE. Only applicants who meet our requirements for this position will be contacted.

Aperture offers a competitive salary and excellent medical, dental, life, disability, and retirement plan coverage. Our staff also has generous vacation, sick leave, and personal days, access to a variety of cultural institutions, and a stimulating and collegial work environment.

Aperture, a not-for-profit organization, connects the photo community and its audiences with the most inspiring work, the sharpest ideas, and with each other—in print, in person, and online. Created in 1952 by photographers and writers as “common ground for the advancement of photography,” Aperture today is a multiplatform publisher and community, engaged with photography as a language of ideas and committed to the medium’s contributions to the urgent issues in society and contemporary culture.

Aperture seeks to build a diverse and inclusive workforce and welcomes all applications, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, cultural background, disability, age, or religion. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the heart of our strategic thinking, and reflected in the selection of artists and writers that we publish, the engagement programs we present, and our ongoing work to diversify our staff and board.