Managing Editor

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW) seeks a Managing Editor, an editorial leader who will manage the day-to-day production and operations of the Workshop’s award-winning digital literary magazine The Margins.

The Managing Editor will report to and work closely with the Editor in Chief and will supervise two part-time staff editors, working to implement the editorial vision of The Margins, which publishes work on average 3-5 times weekly. The Managing Editor works in close collaboration with our Digital Communications Manager in the production of pieces published in the magazine. Overall, this person will be responsible for ensuring the consistent publication of excellent writing in the magazine, managing a team of editors, and working closely with the EIC on evaluating submissions. 

This is a great opportunity for an enthusiastic and detail-oriented editor with a love for Asian diasporic literature to help shape the future of a growing literary magazine. The ideal candidate is highly collaborative and an exceptional communicator; can multi-task and manage competing priorities with a variety of deadlines; has a nose for smart, nuanced storytelling; knows how to find a meaningful equilibrium between speed and quality; loves working with other editors, learning and growing from one another.

The editorial arm of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, The Margins is our digital magazine of arts and ideas. We regularly publish a mix of essays, reported features, fiction, poetry, interviews, and creative nonfiction, The Margins is visited by an average of 5,000 people weekly, and has received well over a million views since its launch in 2012.

Responsibilities of this role include but are not limited to:

  • Managing the day-to-day editorial workflow and production calendar for The Margins in concert with all editors on the team, ensuring that writers/editors meet deadlines, follow appropriate editorial style guidelines, and maintain proper best practices for production;
  • Supervising two part-time staff editors, guiding and supporting their work;
  • Managing the work of all contributing editors, including two poetry editors and one flash fiction editor, ensuring smooth workflow and offering support and guidance. With EIC, coordinating with guest editors;
  • With EIC, setting copy standards for the magazine; maintaining those standards in copy editing pieces for publication;
  • Working in close collaboration with Digital Communications Manager, ensuring that final files are delivered for timely production and social media distribution of all pieces in the digital magazine;
  • Producing stories on The Margins CMS as needed;
  • With the EIC, reviewing at-large submissions, assigning to appropriate editor(s). Evaluating and responding to pitches and submissions primarily related to books coverage, as well as for special initiatives and folios as needed; 
  • Conducting developmental and line edits on some combination of essays, interviews, fiction, and other selected pieces of interest. Communicating with writers through edits;
  • Manage cross-departmental projects, such as editing work produced by AAWW Fellows, podcasts, events, and campaigns as needed;
  • Managing workflow and proofing for annual “Best of The Margins” print collection;
  • Overseeing contracts for contributors;
  • Processing payments to contributors, gathering paperwork as needed;
  • With EIC, coordinating awards submissions.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Passion and deep interest in Asian, Asian American, Asian diasporic literatures
  • 4-6 years of professional editing experience, preferably in magazine or literary publishing
  • Proven track record in leading and guiding writers to deliver excellent, polished finished pieces
  • Demonstrated project management, multi-tasking, and communication skills, and excellent writing, editing, and presentation skills
  • Strong copy editing skills, knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style, and ability manage house style
  • Experience with developmental editing; experience editing fiction is a plus
  • Extensive experience with word processing
  • Some experience with HTML and working with WordPress or other CMS
  • Experience using social media platforms
  • Familiarity with current SEO principles and experience applying them to stories
  • Familiarity with Adobe Suite and other design software is a plus
  • Experience working across multiple time zones and with colleagues of different cultural backgrounds

Salary is commensurate with experience. The AAWW offers a strong benefits package including a generous vacation policy and fully-covered health insurance.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this position will temporarily be a remote position as the AAWW staff continues to telecommute. Candidates not currently based in New York City will be expected to relocate once AAWW staff return to in-person work.

Application Instructions

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume, one writing sample, and two pieces of writing that they have edited (links to work published online, or as attachments) to jobs@aaww.org. Please include the following subject line: FULL NAME – Managing Editor

AAWW is affiliated with the Technical, Office and Professional (TOP) Union, Local 2110 UAW, AFL-CIO