The Texas Observer Seeks a Managing Editor

The Texas Observer seeks a managing editor to oversee our arts and culture coverage and collaborate with the editor-in chief-and digital editor on a wide variety of stories for web and print. The managing editor is in charge of the “Back of the Book” section of our six-times-a-year print edition and is also a co-conspirator in the Observer’s muckraking, investigative and news-breaking functions. You should have an affinity for arts and culture but also a proven knack for storytelling that speaks truth to power.

Additional duties include supervising the copy-editing and proofreading processes, managing the freelance payroll, and strategizing and coordinating story art and illustration with the art director.

The ideal candidate is:

  • Familiar with, and passionate about, Texas arts, literature and politics;
  • Adept at working with writers to craft compelling and provocative narrative stories, deeply reported longform pieces and must-read opinion and criticism;
  • Experienced at recruiting and developing freelance writers;
  • A superb line editor with meticulous attention to detail;
  • An independent self-starter with a head full of ideas;
  • Excited about doing some of the best journalism in Texas (and beyond!);
  • Fully committed to the organization’s ideals.

The candidate should be: comfortable writing anything from headlines to cutlines to 3,000-word features; fluent in WordPress, BaseCamp and Adobe InDesign; able to pitch in as needed editing long-form investigative features and short news items; excited about occasionally contributing short pieces for a staff blog.

About us: We are a 61-year-old storied publication with a proud tradition of independent ass-kicking reporting and commentary. In the last few years, our reporters have won an Emmy, a National Magazine Award, a first-place Society of Professional Journalists award, and a Hillman Prize. We’re a nonprofit with a strong public service mission; we seek to expose injustice and to produce the kind of impact journalism that makes a difference.

Salary upper 40s, low 50s. Close date: September 6. Send resume and links to your three best clips to: Forrest Wilder at wilder AT