Senior Editor at Texas Highways

March 8, 2022
Austin, TX

Texas Highways is seeking a senior editor to lead reader-service packages and food and dining coverage at our award-winning travel magazine. Ideal candidates are passionate about magazine journalism and all things Texas—the state’s culture, food, history, and, of course, travel destinations. Bilingual Spanish-speaking candidates are preferred.

See below for more information, and when you’re ready to apply, click here.

Location

Austin

Duties

The essential duties for this job include:

  • Conceptualize, assign, and edit reader-service feature packages, including annual Travel Bucket List, Small Towns to Visit Now, and food features
  • Edit and oversee award-winning Plates section and digital food coverage, developing quality story ideas and shepherding them from assignment to production
  • Work closely with digital team on compelling and innovative presentation of print reader-service packages on texashighways.com
  • Oversee freelance web producer and edit 2-3 short web stories per week
  • Work with art team and photo editor to help conceptualize and assign photo essays
  • Craft heds, deks, social copy, and newsletter copy
  • Edit and proofread content in the magazine while maintaining a commitment to appropriate style, deadlines, and overall accuracy
  • Actively participate in planning meetings to help set the direction for editorial content including features, departments, and special issues
  • Assist editorial team in producing and editing the Official Texas State Travel Guide
  • Assign stories to freelance contributors and guide them through the story development process
  • Foster existing writer relationships and assist in recruiting a new pool of contributors
  • Thorough knowledge of Tejano culture is a plus
  • Expertise in Texas dining and foodways is a plus
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Skillset

  • Extensive knowledge of print publication processes and schedules
  • Thorough knowledge of Texas geography, history, and cultures
  • Thorough knowledge of Texas attractions, travel, and tourism
  • Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and WordPress
  • Shows initiative and action beyond what is required to improve products or services
  • Self-starting and completes assignments independently without constant supervision
  • Delegates both routine and important tasks and decisions; shares authority but has ultimate accountability
  • Editing for content, clarity, AP style, and grammar
  • Writing, reporting, interviewing, and journalistic fundamentals
  • Managing multiple projects while simultaneously meeting tight deadlines
  • Mentoring and developing writers

Experience

  • 5 years in Writing, Editing, Journalism, or Communications related activities (Experience can be satisfied by full-time or prorated part-time equivalent)
  • No supervisory experience required
  • Related graduate-level education may be substituted for experience on a year per year basis

Education Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, Communications, English, or related disciplines

Compensation

$70,000-$74,000 starting salary, depending on experience.

Benefits

  • Retirement benefits (monthly employee and state contributions)
  • Insurance benefits (medical, dental, vision, FSA, short- and long-term disability, optional life insurance, dependent term life insurance, prescription drug program, employee assistance program)
  • Paid leave (vacation, sick, state holidays, voting, wellness)
  • Tuition assistance program
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Work-life balance
  • Wellness program
  • Longevity pay

About Texas Highways:

Designated the “Official Travel Magazine of Texas” by the Legislature in 1975, Texas Highways has evolved into an award-winning, multimedia brand, reaching over 2 million readers monthly. Top writers and photographers showcase the best of Texas’ people, places, and wide-open spaces. The mission of Texas Highways is to inspire travel to and within the state of Texas.Texas Highways provides readers with a curated guide to the state’s small towns, hidden gems, and natural wonders. Stories focus on Texas’ diverse cultural, historical, scenic, and recreational treasures accompanied by strong photography highlighting the state’s natural beauty.

The team also produces a suite of free informational materials that are used by the traveling public, including the Texas State Travel Guide, the Texas Official Travel Map, the Texas Highways Events Guide, and the Texas Highways Wildflower special interest publication.