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Managing Editor

ParentMap, a dynamic Seattle-area media company with a magazine readership of more than 200,000 and a monthly reach of more than 1.7 million, is looking for an experienced, full-time managing editor. 

The ideal candidate should have a strong background in print and online journalism (both editing and writing); experience managing an editorial team; and a talent for developing the spot-on mix of fun, useful and newsy content and related products that our audience of uber-busy parents wants and needs. 

In short, we want someone who is poised to build on ParentMap’s strengths to advance the magazine and website to a new level of excellence. 

The candidate should live in the Puget Sound region and be available for frequent in-person meetings around Seattle. This role will include, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:

  • Managing all editorial channels for ParentMap, including daily digital content and monthly print magazine
  • Lead editorial team in creating and maintaining the brand and voice of the magazine across all channels (print, eNewsletters, digital, social)
  • Lead editorial team in all aspects of creating and driving annual editorial calendar across all channels, with a balanced mix of high-performing content that includes groundbreaking feature stories, top parenting news, the most awesome local outings and travel, and sponsored content
  • Lead editorial team in vetting pitches and making assignments and building/nurturing an excellent team of freelance writers
  • Ensure the integrity and success of all ParentMap content
  • Lead content strategy and community engagement
  • Lead editorial team to develop new editorial products that map to ParentMap’s overarching business and editorial goals
  • Track and analyze success of content using metrics tools, and lead the team in making adjustments based on impact, goals and ROI
  • Establish and nurture relationships with community partners, leaders and organizations to further the brand and strengthen our relationships with readers and partners

Team management

  • Participate in ParentMap’s leadership team, including helping setting annual business and editorial goals and budgets
  • Manage a small team of full- and part-time editors and editorial staff in all facets of their work
  • Collaborate across multiple teams, including Sales and Marketing, to develop new products and partnerships
  • Lead efforts to recruit, nurture and maintain an excellent cohort of freelance writers (and other contractors, such as photographers) who contribute to ParentMap

Required skills and experience

A managing editor candidate needs to be talented, creative, enthusiastic, organized, innovative and bring new ideas in the parenting and family space. Specific skills required include:

  • B.A. in journalism or related field, or equivalent experience 
  • At least five years experience in news or magazine editing, as well as several years experience in news or magazine writing; as well as experience developing new editorial products
  • Demonstrated ability to manage an editorial department, including staff editors and freelancers
  • Familiarity with online metrics and tools (eg, Google Analytics) to analyze content performance
  • Demonstrated ability to dream up, develop and execute new editorial products that directly map to ParentMap’s overarching business and editorial goals
  • Demonstrated ability to succeed in a virtual office environment
  • Knowledge of best practices in SEO; social media marketing for news; writing for eNewsletters; as well as familiarity with content management systems, photo editing software and related programs

Note: ParentMap operates in a flexible, virtual office environment, meaning that the managing editor will be based at home, but responsible for participating in a number of weekly meetings, in person and by phone; and in managing a team virtually. This job is full-time and reports to the publisher. 

Salary and benefits: ParentMap offers a competitive salary package including paid vacation and sick leave.

How to apply: Email a cover letter, resume and recent writing and editing clips to jobs@parentmap.com. Include “Managing Editor” in the subject line. 

Freelance Writers

We welcome pitches from freelance writers for ParentMap.com or a future issue of ParentMap magazine. Please review the following guidelines below before writing your query letter or pitch.

1. Take a close look at ParentMap magazine, ParentMap.com and the type of pieces we publish before drafting your query. This will give you a good idea of the different kinds of stories we publish, our voice and our audience. As a Puget Sound-based monthly print publication and a national-audience website publishing daily, we're interested in both locally-anchored Puget Sound stories and broader parenting pieces.

2. We cover family life from pregnancy through college and beyond, and we aim for a diverse chorus of voices. We welcome guest bloggers who have a distinct voice and unique perspective on some aspect of parenting or family life, and we love writers who can swoop in and quickly riff on current affairs and parenting zeitgeists alike.

3. We generally work with writers who have some experience, so please list the publications in which your work has been published and, as available, links to your previous work.

4. Payment for stories depends on length and placement of the article. ParentMap purchases first American rights, print and electronic, for articles and pays within 45 days following publication.

ParentMap is also specifically looking for pitches from writers of color. Learn more.

Please email queries and pitches to editor@parentmap.com