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Editor in Chief, Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR)

Stanford University
School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford, California, United States

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Editor in Chief, Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR)ūüĒćSchool of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford, California, United StatesūüďĀCommunicationsūüďÖÓú§ÓúłÓúäJul 19, 2023 Post DateūüďÖÓú§ÓúłÓúä99972 Requisition #

If you’re an experienced Editor with an interest in social impact and looking for an innovative, entrepreneurial and collaborative environment that is backed by the integrity and credibility of one of the world’s foremost institutions, we invite you to apply to become the next Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) is an award-winning media property that covers cross-sector solutions to global problems. SSIR is written by and for social change leaders from around the world and from all sectors of society‚ÄĒnonprofits, foundations, business, academia, government, and engaged citizens. SSIR‚Äôs mission is to advance, educate, and inspire the field of social innovation by seeking out, cultivating, and disseminating the best in research- and practice-based knowledge. With print and online articles, webinars, conferences, podcasts, six foreign-language editions, and more, SSIR bridges research, theory, and practice on a wide range of topics.

SSIR is at a transitional time as we celebrate our 20th anniversary this year, and we are on a mission to grow! The world has changed in the 20 years since our founding, and we believe there are new audiences for our coverage that thirst for knowledge and dialogue about solutions to critical global issues. We also know that today’s media consumer has heightened expectations for content and presentation in a landscape with so many options. As our new Editor-in-Chief, you have the opportunity to shape an aspirational new vision and strategic direction for our efforts. The EIC leads a current team of 6 editors and a part-time designer, and will be responsible for determining the overall look and feel of the publication (print and web). In partnership with the Publisher, the EIC also has responsibility for the publication’s operations, budget, and policies.

We seek an individual with the creative vision, editorial experience, and the leadership and interpersonal skills to lead the publication into its third decade. You must have in depth editorial expertise, ideally in an environment of high intellectual standards. You are expert in both digital and print publishing, and have digital-forward skills and an understanding of how to grow a largely online audience. This role is a central player in the social innovation community, so a breadth of knowledge about social impact and how it intersects with the public, private and social sectors is highly desired. In collaboration with the Academic Editor and Publisher, the ideal candidate will propose and develop inspiring new ideas to build on SSIR’s current reputation and success while envisioning new strategies that will cement its reputation as the most sought out publication offering thought leadership on some of the most pressing social issues of our times.

This is a 100% FTE, continuing exempt position. This position will be based on the Stanford campus and will be considered for an option of telecommuting (hybrid of working on-site and off-site), subject to operational need.


‚óŹManage a unit of professional staff assigned to publish and/or disseminate information.

‚óŹMake recommendations regarding the look, feel and content of future publications, both print and digital.

‚óŹProvide guidance and leadership on the strategic direction of the website, social media strategy, and other marketing and communications for the publication.

‚óŹLead and oversee the process of editorial planning, story selection and publication.

‚óŹPartner with SSIR Publisher & Academic Editor to advance planning, innovations, and growth, and motivate the collective team.

‚óŹParticipate in meetings with academic faculty and make recommendations regarding project requirements.

‚óŹConsult and collaborate with other internal and external organizations to exchange information on projects (e.g., articles, reports, and publications).

‚óŹNegotiate with content providers/ authors and ensure adherence to editorial guidelines.

‚óŹImplement and manage a budget for unit's programs and publications.

‚óŹImplement programs for updating technological resources.


Education & Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in English, communications, or journalism, and eight years of relevant work experience, or a combination of education and relevant experience. Advanced degree highly desired.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

‚óŹExtensive knowledge and skill in all editorial processes including story development, quality control, design, and collaboration.

‚óŹAbility to provide recommendations for long-range strategies.

‚óŹAbility to synthesize complex material from multiple sources to identify and resolve key editorial and publication issues.

‚óŹAbility to work effectively and provide leadership to a team under stringent deadline requirements.

‚óŹAbility to work effectively with senior organizational leaders and faculty.

‚óŹDemonstrated project management skills and ability to plan, budget, and track resources.

‚óŹDemonstrated ability to apply discretion and judgment in evaluating implications of publication and information release to internal and external audiences.

Additional Desired Skills:

‚óŹStrong professional experience, with excellent social skills and leadership abilities.

‚óŹKeen sense of content strategy and presentation formats.


‚óŹOccasional work on evenings and weekends.

About SSIR

The Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (Stanford PACS) is a research center within the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University. Stanford PACS develops and shares knowledge to improve philanthropy, strengthen civil society, and effect social change. It supports eight major research initiatives and publishes the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR).

The School of Humanities and Sciences (H&S) is the foundation of a liberal arts education at Stanford. The school encompasses 23 departments and 25 interdisciplinary programs. H&S is home to fundamental and applied research, where free, open, and critical inquiry is pursued across disciplines. As the university’s largest school, H&S serves as the foundation of a Stanford undergraduate education no matter which discipline students pursue as a major. Graduate students work alongside world-renowned faculty to pursue and shape foundational research that leads to breakthroughs and discoveries that shed new light on the past, influence the present, and shape the future. Together, faculty and students in H&S engage in inspirational teaching, learning, and research every day.

The expected pay range for this position is $130,000 to $165,000 per annum.

Stanford University provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the university reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location and external market pay for comparable jobs.

At Stanford University, base pay represents only one aspect of the comprehensive rewards package. The Cardinal at Work website ( provides detailed information on Stanford’s extensive range of benefits and rewards offered to employees. Specifics about the rewards package for this position may be discussed during the hiring process.

Why Stanford is for You

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

‚óŹFreedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.

‚óŹA caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.

‚óŹA healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.

‚óŹDiscovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.

‚óŹEnviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classifications and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of their job.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Additional Information
  • Schedule: Full-time
  • Job Code: 4256
  • Employee Status: Regular
  • Grade: K
  • Requisition ID: 99972
  • Work Arrangement : Hybrid Eligible


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We are one of Silicon Valley's largest employers - and also one of the most unique. Our mission is to educate future leaders and promote interdisciplinary, world-class research and teaching. This passion makes Stanford an intensely creative, rewarding, and challenging place to work. At the same time, our traditions of respect and collaboration sustain a humane, supportive environment in which to pursue your life and your career. 

At Stanford you'll work with bright, diverse, dedicated people. You'll find encouragement to learn and grow. You'll enjoy excellent benefits and an outstanding environment.

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Stanford University is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to recruiting and hiring qualified women, minorities, protected veterans and persons with disabilities.

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