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About The Dispatch: At a time of growing industry uncertainty and an alarming erosion of civic ...

About The Dispatch: At a time of growing industry uncertainty and an alarming erosion of civic discourse, The Dispatch stands out as a platform for thoughtful coverage, respectful dialogue and a wildly engaged community of paying members. We bring a perspective – we’re conservatives, classical liberals, libertarians – but we’re fiercely independent, standing apart from media outlets increasingly engaged in partisan boosterism. Started by Steve Hayes, the Editor-in-Chief of The Weekly Standard, and Jonah Goldberg, editor at The National Review in 2019, The Dispatch has filled a valuable gap on the center-right in the media ecosystem as captured in recent articles in TechcrunchThe Atlantic and other publications.

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Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer and the Editor-in-Chief of the company, the Executive Editor is a full-time role based in Washington, DC. This role will be responsible for furthering the editorial and business objectives of an emerging media company. A successful candidate will desire a collaborative work environment, have excellent organizational and leadership skills, and strong problem-solving ability. If you have an editorial mind and possess the practical focus of an operations manager, this position is for you.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate all editorial for growing website, suite of newsletters and multiple podcasts. 

  • Manage contributor network editorial and payment schedule, in coordination with Director of Talent and Operations. 

  • Commission thoughtful and engaging stand-alone articles on politics, policy and culture that align with The Dispatch brand and mission. 

  • Evaluate over-the-transom submissions for tone and substance. 

  • Assist staff writers and contributors with all aspects of conception, execution and completion of stories. 

  • Scout new contributors and potential new hires. 

  • Supervise internal and external fact-checking operations. 

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Background in editing, content management.

  • Creative thinking on story ideas, and execution.

  • Experience commissioning and editing pieces for publication.

  • Exceptional copyediting skills, and attention to detail.

  • Experience managing writers and editors.  

  • Background in reporting is a plus. 

  • Familiarity with American politics, media, conservatism/classical liberalism.

  • Basic knowledge of podcasting/audio journalism is a plus.

  • Understanding of the rapidly-changing digital media landscape, and various revenue strategies.

To apply please submit your resume.

We’re committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. We’re proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.

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Valerie Smith

Director of Talent and Operations for The Dispatch. Previously, she served as chief of staff for an education non-profit in Chicago.