Deputy Editor at Texas Monthly

June 23, 2022
Austin, TX

Texas Monthly is looking for a deputy editor, reporting to the editor in chief and serving as his second in command. The deputy’s principal responsibility will be to supervise our nationally renowned print magazine. This important opening comes at an especially exciting time as TM heads into its fiftieth anniversary year. We’re looking to refresh the print publication and ensure that it continues to provide the world’s best storytelling about Texas and Texans: its politicians and entrepreneurs, pitmasters and chefs, fishing guides and hoteliers, musicians and novelists, educators and scientists.

The deputy editor will:

  • Set and execute the direction of the magazine in collaboration with the editor-in-chief, the creative director, and the assigning editors
  • Work with those same senior colleagues to include a variety of timely and engaging stories within each issue, and feature a variety of such stories on the cover over the course of each year
  • Coach and supervise, directly or indirectly, more than a dozen editors and writers, and work to advance their career goals
  • Help assign and edit the longform stories for which the magazine is highly regarded, and provide editing and assigning feedback to editors across all sections of the magazine
  • Coordinate with the director of editorial operations to set and enforce print deadlines
  • Collaborate with the deputy editor, digital, to balance the demands of our website and print magazine for assigning editors and writers
  • Edit approximately six longform feature stories a year
  • Help guide conversations across the editorial staff about the types of stories Texas Monthly wants to tell, and how it wants to tell them

This is a full-time position based in Austin, Texas, with generous benefits, including a comprehensive health-insurance plan, generous 401(k) matching, profit sharing, and the opportunity for annual bonuses. Compensation is competitive and negotiable.

Successful candidates will possess the following: 

  • Experience in, and enthusiasm for, coaching other editors on how to effectively supervise and edit writers
  • Exceptional story-editing abilities, from the structural level to the line level
  • A talent for writing clear and compelling display type, including cover lines
  • A strong sense of which stories will work in a monthly print magazine, and how various pieces come together to give readers a varied and a cohesive product
  • A friendly, collaborative, and communicative work style
  • Deep knowledge of Texas is strongly preferred

Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism or similar field
  • At least five years of editing experience at a magazine or other publication that publishes longform journalism
  • At least five years of experience leading and supervising teams of journalists

If you are a qualified candidate, please email a cover letter and résumé to [email protected] with the job title in the subject line. Applications for this position should be submitted by July 22 and may be reviewed on a rolling basis until that date. Promising applicants will be selected for an initial screening interview. Candidates who move forward in the hiring process will be asked to complete an editing test and memo. Finalists will then interview with the editor-in-chief and other major stakeholders. Potential candidates who are interested in learning more about the position before applying can book an informational phone call with the director of editorial operations at this link.

Texas Monthly is committed to diversity and cultivating an inclusive environment. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.

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