Deputy Editor in Chief, Guardian US

Guardian News & Media (GNM) is the publisher of the US news website, the Guardian and Observer newspapers and website in the UK. We're a highly regarded global news brand, owned by the Scott Trust — an arrangement that guarantees its independent voice in perpetuity.

Headquartered in New York City, Guardian US, is an entirely digital operation that seeks to engage US readers by combining the Guardian's internationalist, online journalism with US voices and expertise.

Department: Editorial, Guardian US

Reports to: Editor, Guardian US

Normal location: New York, NY

Terms and conditions:  Full time, permanent

Purpose of role

Guardian US is seeking a deputy editor to work with the Editor In Chief to lead a process already underway to diversify our journalism at all levels. This is a senior leadership position and will involve overseeing and supporting the editorial team's diversity and inclusion goals at this historic moment and beyond. The deputy editor will help develop Guardian US's coverage on race, identity and inequality across our journalism - from sourcing and framing to commissioning and editing. This is a critical role on our senior leadership team and will involve managing staff and helping create career pathways and guidance.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

  • Assisting and supporting the Guardian US editor in chief to deliver Guardian journalism to a global readership

  • Joining Guardian US's senior leadership team in developing and supporting coverage of the national discourse on race and inequality at this historic moment

  • Working with the managing editor and senior leadership to diversify the Guardian US's journalism at all levels - including topics, sourcing, audience, and staff - and to implement systems for accountability toward those goals.

  • Establishing partnerships with other news organizations for key initiatives

  • Helping build and expand our freelance networks of journalists of color across Guardian US starting with news but assisting editors in all arenas from sport to culture

  • Helping to devise and oversee philanthropic projects that are geared towards racial justice and inequality

  • Building global relationships with senior Guardian editors across all editions

  • To think digitally and visually about the shape of our news

  • Collaborate with the audience team to develop underserved audiences

  • Provide support and guidance to the editorial team of Guardian US and identify opportunities for professional growth

Key contacts and relationships (internal and external)

  • Main contacts: Editor, Guardian US, Deputy Editor [Strategy], Managing editor, Guardian US, Newsdesk Guardian US, west coast editor and team, UK senior Editorial team, Guardian US section editors

Knowledge and experience

  • Strong interest in racial justice

  • Strong track record of effective people and departmental management

  • Substantial previous experience in a senior editorial role

  • Authoritative voice in digital news

Skills and behaviors

  • Leadership skills

  • Delegation

  • Ability to collaborate

  • Ability to influence

  • Decisive

  • Empathetic

  • Team builder and player

  • Flair for news and passion for digital media

All candidates interested in applying should upload a resume and cover letter as one document. All candidates must have the right to work and live in the United States and be located, or prepared to relocate, to the Greater New York City Area.

Guardian News & Media is an equal employment opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, national origin or citizenship.

We value and respect all differences in all people (seen and unseen) at the Guardian. We aspire to inclusive working experiences and an environment that reflects the audience we serve, where our people have equal access to career development opportunities, their voices are heard and can contribute to our future.

This job description is a guide to the work you will initially be required to undertake. It summarizes the main aspects of the job but does not cover all the duties that the job holder may have to perform. It may be changed from time to time to meet changing circumstances. It does not form part of your contract of employment and as your experience grows, you will be expected to broaden your tasks, suggest improvements, solve problems and enhance the effectiveness of the role.