Job Description

Title: Executive Editor

Location: United States – Remote

Full Time

The Opportunity: Executive Editor, Popular Science

Popular Science is hiring an Executive Editor to lead our Science, Technology, and DIY teams and help run our expanding features program. We’re looking for a seasoned science and/or technology journalist with experience managing editorial teams, who can guide and challenge our editors and writers on a day-to-day basis. The Executive Editor will work side-by-side with the Editor-in-Chief on developing, refining, and leading editorial content strategy for the 150-year-old brand. They’ll also spearhead special editorial projects and work with the EIC on long-lead story planning, including themed packages, quarterly digital editions, and our expanding PopSci+ storytelling.

We’re looking for a sharp editorial leader with a passion for exploring the intersection of science and technology with everyday life. We want someone who sees the big picture, with a track record of developing compelling stories and strategies across various editorial platforms and formatsfrom simple blog posts and long-form narrative features to podcast segments and newsletters. The Executive Editor also has to be comfortable getting into the weeds, making dozens of quick, authoritative decisions a day, directing content in a way that balances the news of the day with Popular Science‘s mission to delight and inform.

The Executive Editor will report to the Editor-in-Chief. Popular Science is a part of Recurrent Ventures, a virtual-first workplace with offices in New York, San Francisco, Austin, and Miami

Join the team that was voted a Great Place to Work!

The Responsibilities:

  • Oversee Science, Tech, and DIY department leads
  • Help shape content strategy, and guide day-to-day story assignments to expand PopSci’s audience and overall reach
  • Ensure all content aligns with PopSci‘s editorial voice and mission
  • Monitor daily, weekly, and monthly content performance
  • Assign, edit, and top edit features and feature packages
  • Top edit sensitive, high-impact, or high-value stories, as needed
  • Work with the EIC to manage and prioritize the contributor budget

The Qualifications:

  • 8+ years of journalism experience, including some background in science or technologyor both
  • Experience managing editors and writers in a digital newsroom, including mentoring new managers and early-career writers
  • A solid rolodex of freelance science and tech writers
  • A portfolio of work that includes editorial packages, and short- and long-form journalism
  • Familiarity with SEO best practices, or an eagerness to learn and implement them
  • A track record of spearheading the type of high-quality editorial initiatives and special projects that get noticed
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced, and evolving, startup-like environment

The Person:

  • A nimble strategist, who’s comfortable shaping and refining strategies in order to reach KPIs
  • An editorial Swiss Army Knife, who’s as at home writing a pithy newsletter blurb as they are structuring a 2,500-word feature
  • A skilled storyteller, who’s able to spot the headlines PopSci should cover and also generate a fountain of ideas for creative angles that set our stories apart
  • A good listener, who checks the pulse of the newsroom and helps keep the editorial team energized
  • A human BS detector, able to dig into the details that separate a good story from a great one

The Benefits & Perks:

  • Medical, dental, vision & life insurance
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Remote – work from anywhere
  • Parental leave up to 16 weeks
  • Fitness reimbursement
  • Monthly electronics stipend
  • Matching 401k
  • Equity package