Location: London, New York, NY or Washington, D.C.
Status: Parental leave cover from January 24, 2022–August 19, 2022
Reports to: Chief Communications and Creative Officer
Malala Fund is seeking an experienced editor to oversee the editorial direction and production of all of our external-facing content and shape the organisation’s public voice and tone. This position will work with departments across the organisation to create cohesive messaging across Malala Fund, while also tailoring the writing for each project to its target audience. The consultant will maintain the organisation's high editorial standards, a central component of our brand.
This position will also lead on all aspects of Assembly, Malala Fund’s Webby Award-winning digital publication and newsletter. The consultant will direct all aspects of content and strategy, engaging girls around the world in Malala Fund’s work and helping them tell their stories.
Leading editorial strategy
- Edits and writes copy for external-facing documents (e.g., advocacy letters, research reports, website copy, donor outreach, newsroom posts and other written materials).
- Shapes Malala Fund’s public voice and tone to create a cohesive message across our work.
- Develops Malala Fund’s editorial style guide, revising as needed to ensure we are up to date on inclusive language and practices.
- Trains and coaches staff on best practices for writing and communications, including one-on-one sessions, all-staff trainings and answering staff editorial questions on Slack style guide hotline.
- Manages editorial support staff (e.g., Editorial Associate, Editorial Coordinator, Editorial Interns and contractors), including conducting recruitment process, assigning daily tasks, editing work and holding reviews.
- Helps develop Malala Fund communications campaigns, providing guidance on storytelling and editorial strategy.
- Develops and executes the strategy on all aspects of Assembly, including content, voice, editorial calendar, newsletter and website production, reader engagement, design and promotion.
- Writes or edits everything that Assembly publishes and holds final approval on all content.
- Creates Assembly campaigns to align with Malala Fund’s wider objectives, including themed-issues or content series.
- Works with Malala Fund staff to publish Assembly articles that align with their department’s work.
- Manages Assembly budget.
- Produces annual print edition and manages distribution to readers and Malala Fund grantees around the world.
- Promotes Assembly to relevant audiences, reaching hundreds of thousands of readers through our website and newsletter and millions through our social channels.
- Builds and maintains relationships with external partners interested in Assembly.
Teaching girls to tell their stories
- Leads the strategic development of Malala Fund’s editorial girl-focused editorial products.
- Works directly with girls around the world to teach them writing and storytelling techniques, which they can apply to their Assembly contributions and wider work.
- Oversees all aspects of the Assembly girl contributor process, including managing submission form, reviewing pitches and helping girls refine their pitches and write their contributions.
- Researches girls’ experiences that aren’t amplified and issues that matter to young people and finds ways to feature them on Assembly, ensuring our content resonates with and is representative of our readers.
- Develops new ways to reach girls and amplify their voices in ways that are authentic to them.
- Upholds highest standards for safeguarding.
Requirements skills, knowledge and experience
- Excellent writer and editor with a strong attention to detail.
- Editorial experience working on advocacy and development products.
- Experience leading an editorial team and developing an editorial calendar.
- Experience storytelling for global audiences.
- Ability to tailor writing to different contexts and audiences.
- Experience working with students in a writing or storytelling capacity.
- Ability to collaborate with staff, partners and students and provide feedback in a sensitive and constructive manner.
- Expertise in AP style.
- Knowledge of inclusive editorial practices with a pulse on language changes.
- Knowledge of safeguarding best practices.
- Detail-oriented, organised, creative, hard-working, collaborative and sensitive.
- Ability to juggle competing demands and multiple requests.
- Proven capacity to maintain a high degree of confidentiality of sensitive organisational matters.
- A demonstrated commitment to gender and racial equality.
- Legally authorised to work in the U.K. or U.S.
- Strong commitment to Malala Fund’s mission, purpose and values.
- Strong commitment to gender equality, anti-racism, anti-discrimination, decolonisation and social justice.
- Strong commitment to professional development and continued learning.
- Strong research skills.
- Experience leading a digital publication or newsletter.
- Expertise in newsletter best practices.
- Knowledge of Squarespace.
- Written fluency in any language(s) relevant to Malala Fund’s work (Arabic, Bangla, Dari, French, Hausa, Hindi, Igbo, Pashto, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish, Yoruba and Urdu).
Malala Fund is committed to racial equity and social justice. We actively seek applicants from diverse backgrounds, experiences and identities, to provide a wide range of perspectives, ideas, views and insights into the strategy, policies, culture and ambitions of Malala Fund. We would particularly welcome applications from candidates who have lived in countries in which Malala Fund is operating.
About Malala Fund:
Registered as a public charity in the U.K. and U.S., Malala Fund champions 12 years of safe, free, quality education for every girl. We advocate for resources and policy changes needed to give all girls a secondary education. The girls we serve have high goals for themselves — and we have high expectations for leaders who can help them. Through our Education Champion Network, we invest in local educators and activists — the people who best understand girls in their communities — in regions where the most girls are missing out on secondary school. We leverage their collective power to create broader change and make it easier for all girls to learn. Our Girl Activist Programme gives girls the tools they need to advocate for education and equality in their communities and a platform for the world to hear their voices. We believe girls should speak for themselves and tell leaders what they need to learn and achieve their potential.
How to apply
Before January 16, 2022, please send your resume, cover letter, one editing sample (two to six pages total) and one to two writing samples or press clips (two to eight pages total) to firstname.lastname@example.org, stating Editor (temporary) in the subject line of your email. The editing sample should feature your markups in track changes or include the original draft and your edited version.