Managing Editor, The Forge

United States
Full Time
Mid Level

Position Title: Managing Editor, The Forge

Position Location: Remote in the U.S. 

The Center for Popular Democracy/CPD Action is seeking a Managing Editor of The Forge

About CPD + CPDA

The Center for Popular Democracy and CPD Action (together, CPD/A) work to promote equity, opportunity, and a dynamic democracy in partnership with innovative base-building organizations, organizing networks and alliances, and progressive unions across the country. We work with nearly 50 affiliates in over 30 states and Puerto Rico to build the strength and capacity of democratic organizations that envision and advance a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial and economic justice agenda. We are a rapidly-expanding, changing organization that partners with organizations across the country to build political power and win tangible victories that improve the lives of low-wage workers, immigrants, and communities of color.

About the Position:

We are seeking a full-time Managing Editor to oversee the day-to-day operations of The Forge: Organizing Strategy and Practice — an online journal and learning community by and for progressive organizers. The Managing Editor will have a hand in every aspect of The Forge, including content development, developing and engaging our community of organizers, digital list-building, communications, and grassroots fundraising. The Managing Editor will work with a team of core volunteers as well as contributing editors and writers. This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious organizer and editor to play a key role in developing a growing publication and learning community — which sits at the intersection of organizing and publishing — at a critical moment for our movement. 

We estimate that candidates will have about 10 years of relevant experience for this position, but our review of candidates for this role will focus on whether they can fill the needs of the position, not years of experience.

The Managing Editor will report to the Editor.

Primary Responsibilities

The Managing Editor will:

  • Solicit and oversee the development and publication of new content, including editing, proofreading, selecting art, and uploading to the website, with the goal of increasing content production to four pieces per week over time;
  • Plan and execute social media, communications, and grassroots fundraising strategies, including but not limited to promoting new content, developing paid ads, engaging movement leaders and contributors, planning and executing grassroots fundraising campaigns, and building digital lists;
  • Plan and execute community events, including discussion groups, panels, and webinars;
  • Oversee and grow a team of volunteers and develop a robust infrastructure for volunteers to meaningfully contribute to the publication;
  • Manage the website, including working with the Editor to plan and oversee a website redesign;
  • Conduct administrative work, including developing effective organizational systems, executing contracts, and submitting finance reports;
  • Work with the Editor to develop and produce 3-4 issues per year as well as partner with movement organizations to host closed-door convenings and working groups leading to new issues.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:

  • At least 5 years of paid or unpaid work experience in grassroots organizing for social justice;
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills and an ability to clearly communicate ideas  to different audiences; professional writing and editing experience and/or experience developing new writers strongly preferred;
  • Experience designing and running communications and social media campaigns strongly preferred; 
  • Experience designing and running grassroots fundraising campaigns to generate meaningful, sustainable revenue strongly preferred;
  • Experience developing and growing volunteer teams strongly preferred;
  • Experience building and maintaining positive relationships across lines of difference; 
  • Experience overseeing multiple projects and deadlines;
  • Creativity to innovate and experiment as we build The Forge;
  • A strong analysis of the key debates and questions facing the progressive movement as a whole and a vision for how we can win;
  • A commitment to social, racial, and economic justice and a deep understanding of the challenges facing low-wage workers, immigrant communities, communities of color, disabled people, LGBTQ+ folks, and people at the intersections of the above communities.

Salary and Benefits:

This position is included in a collective bargaining unit represented by the Washington-Baltimore News Guild. Specific employment terms are subject to a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Salary under the CBA will be determined according to a salary scale that takes into account years’ experience, location, job category, and other factors, but is expected to be $75,000-$85,000 and category 3. The CBA is available here.

We have a generous benefits package, including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, 15 vacation days your first year, 10 sick days per year, 13 paid holidays per year, and contributions to individuals’ 401K plans.

CPD/A is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, womxn, individuals with disabilities, and members of the LGBTIQAA+ community.


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