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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, Emancipator, Center for Antiracist Research

Boston University
BOSTON, Massachusetts, United States

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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, Emancipator, Center for Antiracist Research

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Editor in Chief, The Emancipator

The Emancipator seeks a visionary editorial leader to shape and drive the publication forward.

About The Emancipator.

The Emancipator is a multimedia digital publication that reimagines the first abolitionist newspapers in the United States for a new day, with a focus on exploring and explaining solutions to racial inequality. Just as 19th-century anti-slavery publications reframed and amplified the quest for abolition, the new Emancipator centers critical voices, debates, and evidence-based opinion to reframe the national conversation on racial equity and hasten racially just outcomes. We are driven by a commitment to understanding how systems work to allow everyone to live and thrive. Joy and possibility underline our ethos.

About You.

The ideal candidate has experience with setting a bold editorial strategy and knows how to lead and inspire a team.

You have management experience and a knack for inspiring and nurturing your team. Collaboration is your love language, but you're also assertive in setting the tone and tenor as a confident, strong leader. You know how to manage a budget and have the ability to think creatively when it comes to making strategic financial decisions.

You're creative, period. You are skilled at working with scholars to translate research findings, complex data and jargon into compelling, accessible prose. When you get a pitch, your brain scans it and outputs the best editorial format for the topic, be it commentary, analysis, solutions story, comic strip, photo essay, social-first explainer, tweet thread or something else entirely.

You're a veteran of this industry, ready to do something new and take your skills to the next level. You've got ideas you've been sitting on for years, and have been waiting for the freedom and license to build an editorial experience and platform unlike any other. You are prepared to cover breaking news with a different lens, one that brings context and solutions to the fore. You have ideas on how to enhance our reach and impact.

You're comfortable with speaking for the brand, whether that be in public appearances, media interviews, on a podcast or sharing your vision with potential partners and funders.

You have the rolodex to build collaborative partnerships with newsrooms and community leaders.

The executive editor reports to the publisher.


  • Develop and expand our editorial vision
  • Run daily editorial meetings, setting the priorities for onsite and social content
  • Meet regularly with the publisher to discuss issues, plans, and other business relating to The Emancipator and its strategic priorities
  • Lead edit on all editorial content and enforce deadlines
  • Calibrate the editorial workflow process as needed to optimize efficiencies
  • Plan and execute on an editorial calendar
  • Develop and identify new talent
  • Manage a freelance editorial budget
  • Supervise and meet regularly with the digital producer and social media producer, providing constructive feedback and making recommendations for improving the quality of content across all platforms
  • Develop and produce national events that level-up our content and build our brand, in collaboration with the publisher and events lead
  • Manage interns or fellows
  • Provide art direction on visuals, including commissioning original photography and illustration
  • Identify new content, platforms, distribution channels and technologies to maximize impact and increase readership Collaborate with (incoming) audience development director to drive editorial performance, growth and engagement across all Emancipator platforms
Required Skills
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required and 10-15+ years of relevant experience.
  • Must be able to demonstrate strong past experience in editorial management and leadership; the ability to respond to shifting audience needs; and an ability to work to tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • A willingness to adapt and be audience focused, with a curious mindset and a commitment to creating an inclusive work environment.
  • Serious candidates may be asked to submit a memo outlining their vision.

Please include a cover letter when applying to this position.

We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Job LocationBOSTON, Massachusetts, United StatesPosition TypeFull-Time/Regular


The Difference Is Our DNA

What compelled the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to award Boston University a grant to fight newborn mortality in Zambia? Why did Martin Luther King, Jr. adopt BU as a place where he could hone his message of justice and equality? And what is the catalyst that prompts 32,557 students from 135 countries to call BU their home every semester? It’s in our DNA: an inherent desire in each of our students, faculty, and staff to vigorously and dauntlessly pursue knowledge—and embrace the unlimited possibilities that come with it.

A Community Unlike Any Other

As you can see below, it takes people, ideas, and a little luck (Boston, you’re our town) to make BU what it is today: one of the most dynamic universities in the world.

Celebrated thinkers: On any given day, students will find themselves mesmerized by Nobel Prize winners, a poet laureate, and the first biomedical engineer ever to receive a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Award,” among others.

Extraordinary teaching: When a classroom starts to percolate with new ideas, it’s because our faculty of scholars and accomplished practitioners know how to ignite students’ imaginations. That’s why we reward our best teachers with BU’s most prestigious honor: The Metcalf Cup and Prize.

Groundbreaking research: With faculty dedicated to a creative, interdisciplinary approach to problem solving, BU has become a leading global research institution—propelled forward by over $350 million a year in sponsored program revenue.

World-class students: Elite students from all 50 states and 135 countries pursue higher education on BU campuses in Boston and at programs in L.A., D.C., and more than 30 other cities on six continents.

A city within a city: Today, 80% of our undergrads live on campus, which could explain the 525 student activity groups alone.

The greatest college town in the world: Boston. ’Nuff said.

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