Job Opening at Tikkun: Managing Editor
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Please read this thoroughly to the end because if you are interested in this job, this note sets forth several steps in the application process.
Tikkun magazine is looking for a managing editor to produce its award-winning print magazine and manage its lively online content–someone who is aligned with our goals (described in the articles mentioned below) to heal and transform the world. Ideally, you have prior editorial experience, but we would be open to hiring someone who has the intellectual sophistication and editing skills without the journalistic training to fill this role.
Tikkun is a magazine of ideas seeking the kind of global transformation that would save the earth from environmental destruction and overcome the ethos of selfishness and materialism that have caused so much suffering on our planet. We approach politics with an unabashedly utopian perspective. We believe that the liberal and progressive world has been largely focused on what they are against, but rarely articulate what they are for–so we are a consciousness raising enterprise, helping liberals and progressives to move beyond the immediate crisis (and the Trump years seem to offer us many each day) to envision and articulate a different worldview and an expansive vision of the world we want. Not every article in Tikkun seeks to do this, but this is one part of our goal–to change and deepen the discourse in the liberal and progressive world in ways that will attract people who have not been attracted by the current level of discourse on the Left.
How to Apply:
A. Please read everything on this page before even thinking of applying.
B. If you are not a regular subscriber to Tikkun or member of our Network of Spiritual Progressives, please read carefully the following articles so that in your cover letter you demonstrate that you know our perspective on key issues and why you would feel comfortable representing these ideas in the world. Those articles should minimally include:
- Our Core Vision http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/tikkuns-core-vision
- Our position on Israel/Palestine http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/healing-israel-palestine
- Our vision of the world we seek to bring into existence www.tikkun.org/covenant
- Our strategy for how liberals and progressives can be most effective in the Trump years ahead http://www.tikkun.org/nextgen/overcoming-trump-ism-a-new-strategy-for-progressives
C. Please send your resume, cover letter, and two published writing samples as attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with your responses to the articles and points requested in point B above.
This is a full-time position in our Berkeley, California office with a starting salary of $47,000 to $52,000 in the first year, depending on experience. Staff at Tikkun receives excellent health and dental benefits and a generous number of paid vacation days and floating holidays.
You don’t have to be Jewish or religious to be considered seriously for this job – we encourage people of diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply.
- Experience as an editor in the publication or journalism industries or the skills to be an excellent editor even if never having been employed as one.
- A clear understanding of the progressive intellectual and spiritual journalism space that Tikkun inhabits.
- Excellent developmental editing, line editing, copy editing, proofing, research, fact-checking, and writing skills.
- A creative visual imagination and sensitivity to the implications of image choices.
- Ability to comprehend scholarly pieces of social theory and theology and to self-educate as necessary.
- Ability to recruit, train, and closely manage interns and volunteers.
- Ability to triage and prioritize efficiently without becoming overwhelmed.
- uperb organizational skills: without the savvy use of spreadsheets, timelines, calendar alerts, checklists, and file management systems, it is not possible to keep up with this job.
- Tact and non-reactivity in conflict situations
- An ability to nurture writers and recruit new writers for Tikkun.
- Facility with Word, Photoshop, WordPress, and Adobe Acrobat.
- Ability to face HTML without getting scared (no original coding required).
- Familiarity with InDesign and with email blast systems like Salsa or Mailchimp is a plus; willingness to learn these on the job a necessity.
- Another plus but not absolute requirement: A familiarity with Judaism and its issues in at least two of the following areas: Jewish religious practices, prayers and holidays, theology, debates about Israel and the tension between Jewish particularism and universalism, the psychodyanmics and politics of American Jewish life, Jewish history, the Bible, Jewish spirituality/mysticism, Jewish literature, Jewish renewal, Jewish feminism, and/or Jewish studies in the universities.
- Our managing editor must have a willingness to be associated with a magazine which is BOTH pro-Israel and pro-Palestine, and hence gets critiqued by both sides in that struggle.
Our office is in Berkeley, California, 3 blocks from the University of California campus, and half hour on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) from downtown San Francisco. The S.F. Bay Area is one of the most exciting cultural, political and intellectual centers of the U.S., a center of resistance to the hurtful and repressive policies coming from the centers of economic and political power in our country and to similar policies around the world, a physically beautiful place to live, and within a few hours drive of some of the most exquisite and awesomely beautiful parts of planet earth (Yosemite national park, Redwoods national park, Big Sur, and much more).
We are seeking someone who can move effortlessly from reshaping a news story on the struggle for a living wage to editing a scholarly essay on feminist theology or on the meaning of gender to an essay seeking to unpack what it was about the Obama years that have given rise to Republican dominance in more states around the U.S. than in any time in the past hundred years, to an essay on what kind of spiritually is both soul-nourishing and contributing to the healing of the world rather than only to the narcissistic self-indulgence of capitalist consumers with spirituality as their new object of consumption to an essay on understanding why people get attracted to right-wing politics to an essay on what American progressives can do to support the Israeli peace movement and those who seek to support struggles for the human rights of Palestinians without being tolerant of anti-Semitism that sometimes manifests in some variants of the pro-Palestinian rights struggles to essays on the most humane and progressive thinkers in Christianity, Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, etc. Tikkun also covers (not in a newsy way, but with deep analyses of the stratgies and theoretical foundations of) environmental issues, social theory, social movements, mass and elite culture, U.S. and global politics, Israel and Palestine, racism, sexism, the psychodynamics of class oppression, philosophy, psychology, and visioning an alternative future. And a good editor could figure out how to have made this whole statement just as impactful but with a lot less words!
To flourish here, you must be at once a big-picture person and a details person, a news maven and a media activist, a hard-nosed diplomat and an empathetic mentor. In this role you are responsible for producing all of Tikkun’s editorial content from start to finish, from the initial story idea brainstorm to the meticulous proofing of the final layout. You work under the supervision of Tikkun’s founder, Rabbi Michael Lerner and his defacto co-editor Cat Zavis (executive director of Tikkun’s Network of Spiritual Progressives), coordinate closely with Duke University Press (Tikkun’s publisher), and recruit and manage multiple volunteers, but most of your own work is self-directed. Our staff is tiny, so the managing editor also serves as commissioning editor, developmental editor, copy-editor, web editor, art director, volunteer coordinator, and social media director. You must have basic computer competency.
Does this sound exhilarating to you or do you know someone (a colleague, a former student, or a super-bright intellectual) who might love this job? That person should have the energy, high-level organizational skills, and stellar efficiency necessary to manage these many projects and timelines at once, without missing a deadline and a personality this is warm and open to non-defensively accept supervision while nevertheless being able to be a self-starter and someone who takes initiative and has no hesitation reaching out to get the best possible authors? A candidate for this job should be passionately interested in contemporary intellectual debates and debates in the liberal and progressive world, and ideally have some ideas about who should be writing for Tikkun and on what topics.