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Senior Editor

Inside Higher Ed
Washington D.C.

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Inside Higher Ed, the leading national daily publication covering higher education, seeks an experienced, ambitious journalist to join its editorial management team as a senior editor overseeing several reporters.

Inside Higher Ed engages in authoritative journalism that mixes news, enterprise and analysis, and its editors work closely with a team of reporters (with various experience and skills levels ranging from early career to seasoned professionals) to conceive, craft and perfect their stories (or at least make them really damned good).

Our editors must become national experts on higher education, but we don’t expect them to walk in the door that way. They must, however, have insatiable curiosity, an ability to connect dots, and a deep interest in the important issues facing the landscape we cover, including access, affordability and equity; enrollment and financial pressures challenging the overwhelming majority of colleges and universities; intensifying politicization and battles over campus culture and free speech; efforts to maintain (and threaten) educational quality; and the changing nature and future of the faculty.

The job of the senior editor will include:

  • Working with fellow editors and reporters to set daily and long-term editorial agendas for Inside Higher Ed.
  • Supporting and, when needed, guiding a small group of reporters through the story development, reporting, writing and editing process.
  • Contributing as needed (or as desired by the successful candidate) with reporting and writing.
  • Representing Inside Higher Ed in speaking engagements and at other events.\
  • Working with colleagues to develop new ways to produce and deliver high-quality content.
  • Using and interpreting traffic and readership data to drive decisions about how best to serve our audience.

The successful candidates should have:

  • At least 5-7 years of professional journalism experience, including some time as an editor.
  • Excellent editing ability and demonstrated skill in working under deadline pressure.

Inside Higher Ed offers competitive pay, good benefits (including heavily subsidized health, dental and life insurance premiums), and 18 days’ paid time off (plus federal holidays). Centrally located in downtown D.C.; candidates will work be based in our office but work in a hybrid arrangement.

To help us evaluate your capabilities, please include a résumé, cover letter outlining your interest in this role and five pieces of content (representing reporting or editing) showing your range and ability to clarify the complicated. Centrally located in downtown D.C.; candidates will work based in our office with a hybrid work arrangement.

Inside Higher Ed is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an equal-opportunity employer. We are unable to sponsor visa holders for this position. No contract opportunities are available.

As an organization, Inside Higher Ed, is committed to providing a safe work environment for all employees and visitors. Therefore, this position will require proof of complete COVID vaccination (the definition of full vaccination includes having received the COVID booster) before employment.  

Inside Higher Ed is an equal opportunity employer.


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Inside Higher Ed is the leading source for the latest news, analysis, and services for the higher education community. Whether you're an administrator or a faculty member, a grad student or a vice president, we've got what you need to thrive professionally: breaking news and feature stories, provocative daily commentary, career advice, in-depth reports and practical tools to advance your career.

For those looking to advance their career by working at Inside Higher Ed, we provide a competitive salary commensurate with experience as well as a generous slate of benefits including low-cost (to employee) health care coverage, company-paid vision and dental coverage, 401(k) match, unlimited sick leave, 18 days’ paid vacation, and 11 paid holidays. Our office is conveniently located in the heart of downtown D.C.; we are currently remote due to the pandemic and once things return to “normal,” employees will enjoy a flexible hybrid schedule.

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Suite 400
District Of Columbia
United States

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