Job TitleExecutive Editor - Meredith Travel Marketing
I. Job Summary | Major goals and objectives.
Lead day-to-day management of custom client projects under the Meredith Travel Marketing umbrella. The Executive Editor will be responsible for ensuring that custom projects are executed on-time and on-budget, fulfill the client's content expectations and exhibit industry-leading quality. The Executive Editor will serve as manager for the edit staff within the division. The brand's custom projects are primarily in the Travel category.
This position will work with the editorial team on overall issue and story plans, helping the editors create innovative lineups that cover all of the clients' necessary inclusions while creating innovative content packages. Once content is created, the Executive Editor will read and review each piece at multiple stages during routing to ensure the copy is clear, concise and visually inspiring to readers.
The Executive Editor will help manage the customs' workload throughout the year by evenly distributing assignments among the available editors and monitoring each issue's schedule to help offset the seasonal nature of publishing travel guides. This includes developing best practices and maintaining master schedules and planning documents to optimize workflow.
While project editors will be the primary liaisons with each client, the Executive Editor will help editors respond to client feedback in a positive, timely manner and will have some client-facing responsibilities in settings such as issue kickoff meetings, issue makeup meetings and possibly industry conferences.
The Executive Editor will be expected to research and write original pieces for some of the publications as their skillset and work schedule allow.
In addition to overseeing printed custom pieces, the Executive Editor will advise on digital strategies for our custom clients by suggesting product extensions for web, social media, video and more.
This position is considered a key player in identifying new business and creative content opportunities for the MTM team to pursue. This position also takes a lead role in creating custom proposals for RFP responses and solicited business. An understanding of budgets and projections is necessary for this role.
II. Essential Job Functions
Accountabilities, Actions and Expected Measurable Results
Consult with project editors on issue lineups and overall story planning.
Edit articles in conjunction with project editors.
Contribute to expansion of digital platforms for various custom projects.
Provide input on bids for new custom projects by advising on content approaches, digital opportunities, cost considerations, etc.
Represent the brand at travel-industry trade shows, conferences and media appearances.
III. Minimum Qualifications and Job Requirements | All must be met to be considered.
Bachelor's Degree in Journalism or other communications area.
Minimum 15 years managing multiplatform publications for consumer audiences. Experience working with freelance writers and editors. Experience deploying content across digital platforms including web, digital editions and social media.
Specific Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Strong interpersonal/speaking skills for presenting concepts to clients and networking with clients at conferences, etc. Strong copy editor who can improve stories from freelancers and coach project editors in this area. Strong ability to plan issues to make best use of available pages and to make a pleasing pace in terms of front-of-book stories, well stories, use of sidebars, etc.
Understanding of content research, fact-checking, tailoring stories for specific audiences, and working with freelancers. Must be an excellent written communicator and able to effectively communicate story vision in meetings with co-workers. Must be able to work with a variety of people and communicate clearly with staff, readers, freelance writers, clients and other Meredith departments. Must be able to thoroughly understand a client's goals and plan content accordingly. Able to handle and coordinate heavy workload. Able to adjust to shifting client expectations throughout production cycle. Must be dedicated to accuracy and meet deadlines. Must be highly organized and self-motivated. Position requires daily independent management of various assignments in order to meet deadlines with minimal day-to-day supervision from manager. Must be able to travel regularly by car and air to destinations.
% Travel Required (Approximate): 20%
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