Managing Editor, The A.V. Club

Chicago, Illinois

The Managing Editor is the organizational backbone of The A.V. Club, overseeing the site’s day-to-day editorial operations. They are responsible for creating and maintaining editorial workflows so that all content flows smoothly from pitch to publish, identifying issues and solving them before they turn into problems, and overseeing a complex freelance payroll system and making sure it is always error-free. They have outstanding copy editing and developmental editing skills, including the ability to provide constructive criticism to writers, and actively pitch ideas and write stories that push forward the conversation on pop culture. The Managing Editor can solve complex problems under a microscope or from 30,000 feet, and knows when to deploy those skills. They have expertise in multiple pop culture areas and an innate sense of what appeals to A.V. Club readership, and as such, help develop and execute the site’s strategic editorial vision. The Managing Editor is committed to diversity, has a clear understanding of journalistic ethics as they relate to cultural criticism and The A.V. Club, and enforces that as necessary across all sections. 

Core Responsibilities:

  • Overseeing the site’s day-to-day editorial operations, including: strategic management of the editorial calendar, keeping writers motivated and on deadline, ensuring that freelancers are onboarded quickly and appropriately, following content from pitch to publish
  • Outstanding and proven leadership abilities, diplomacy, and strong communication and relationship-building skills with people who work in the office or remotely
  • Proactively contributes to editorial strategies that develop The A.V. Club’s existing audience and increases engagement and reach across all platforms
  • Primary liaison with in-house graphics department, working with A.V. Club staff and graphics to develop and maintain and strong visual identity, and a knack for identifying stories that will perform better with custom graphics
  • Mentor and manage direct reports
  • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned



G/O Media is deeply committed to fostering a transparently inclusive workplace environment and people of color, women, people with disabilities, veterans and LGBTQ candidates are very strongly encouraged to apply. Our company-wide mission is to reach very diverse audiences and so, we are deeply committed to having teams and leaders that reflect this mission.

This is a position covered under the collective bargaining agreement with the WGA-E.

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