Assistant Editor at Oxford American

March 8, 2022
Conway, AR

The Oxford American seeks a full-time assistant editor.

The Oxford American is a nonprofit quarterly literary magazine with a national following. We are devoted to exploring the cultural complexity of the American South through our print magazine, website, podcast, and live events. We have an outstanding entry-level opportunity for an assistant editor to join our staff.

The assistant editor will have a hand in all aspects of the publication of the Oxford American, though primary duties will include editing pieces for the print publication and OxfordAmerican.org. At a time when the Oxford American is growing our online presence and projects, this position provides an opportunity for someone with strong initiative to contribute to the ongoing evolution of the magazine’s brand and identity. Thus, a thorough knowledge of the Oxford American’s aesthetic and mission is a prerequisite.

Successful candidates will also demonstrate a passion for the South’s diverse music traditions. The assistant editor will work closely with the senior editorial team on the Oxford American’s annual Southern Music issue.

The Oxford American has a small staff, made up of employees working from our offices and remotely. It is crucial that applicants work well with others in both a collaborative in-person workspace and across cloud-based project management systems. The assistant editor will be based at the magazine’s main offices in Conway, Arkansas (outside Little Rock). The OA is committed to employee safety and utilizes staggered three-day in-person work weeks to promote social distancing. Otherwise, telecommuting is not an option. Some after-hours work will be required during magazine deadlines and at OA events.

This position offers opportunities for mentorship and growth.

Responsibilities include:

• Editing print and web content for publication

• Soliciting and evaluating submissions

• Proofing every issue of the Oxford American

• Uploading content to OxfordAmerican.org

• Conducting art research and licensing for print and web

• Managing contributors’ deadlines, contracts, and payments

• Creating galleys of print pieces

• Co-production of Points South podcast segments

• Liaising with business staff to share editorial plans and vision

• Assisting with song research for the Oxford American’s annual Southern Music compilation

• Managing and training Oxford American interns

• Supporting the OA’s fundraising and marketing efforts

• Proofing grants and annual appeal letters

• Some administrative duties (sorting mail, helping out at OA events, assisting senior editors as needed)

Qualifications:

• Passion for the Oxford American magazine

• A personal commitment to diversity and a desire to celebrate and publish a variety of storytelling styles and viewpoints

• Some publishing experience, either through prior editorial positions or internships

• Experience working with a variety of digital tools and a desire to expand the Oxford American’s online reach

• Excellent computer skills (preferably with experience in Adobe Creative Cloud and working in a CMS)

• Excellent time management and organizational skills

• Ability to work independently while handling multiple projects and deadlines

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills

• Experience working in digital storytelling (film, podcast) preferred

The Oxford American is published by the Oxford American Literary Project, Inc., an equal opportunity nonprofit organization. We are committed to empowering voices underserved by the publishing arena. Persons of diverse race, ability, religion, and sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation) are encouraged to apply.

Salary:

Competitive salary, with benefits including health, vision, and dental; 401k; unlimited vacation.

Application:

This application requires a brief cover letter, a one-page résumé, and a one-page critique of the Oxford American. (What do you admire about the OA—online and/or in print? How can we improve?) Please email your application to Danielle A. Jackson at [email protected] (subject line: Assistant Editor Position).

Deadline:

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.