West coast, deputy editor

Guardian News & Media (GNM) is the publisher of the US news website www.theguardian.com/us, the Guardian and Observer newspapers and www.theguardian.com 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.

Job title: Deputy editor, west coast

Department: Editorial (News)

Normal location: Los Angeles, California

Reports to: West coast editor

Terms: Permanent, full-time, News Media Guild position 

The role

The Guardian’s west coast bureau seeks a deputy editor to help lead the west coast editorial team. 

The bureau covers news from the US west coast for a global audience, focusing on the Guardian’s editorial priorities: power, equity and diversity. The team is small but driven, and aims to expertly cover urgent news while producing impactful features, enterprise coverage and investigate reporting. 

The deputy editor holds a key leadership role in the team, helping to oversee the west coast news desk; editing news stories, comment pieces and features; contributing to long term planning; helping to manage editors and reporters; and deputizing for the west coast editor.

We’re looking for an editor who’s passionate about delivering the news and producing distinctive journalism that moves the needle. You should be well-versed in all things west coast, including climate, politics, tech, culture, and racial and social justice. You should have significant experience in digital journalism and running a team. 

Main duties & responsibilities

  • Setting the daily news agenda

  • Brainstorming creative ways to cover west coast events and developments for a global audience

  • Generating fresh ideas for enterprise stories, investigations and features

  • Commissioning reporters and comment writers, and supporting our work to ensure contributors are diverse and representative of the regions we cover

  • Leading news coverage during major news events, in collaboration with the West Coast editor, the head of news, news editors in New York and the foreign news teams in London and Australia. 

  • Editing copy

  • Planning coverage of future events

  • Deputizing for west coast editor 

  • Helping to manage and develop the reporters and editing staff

  • Liaising with US and global editors to coordinate Guardian coverage. Working with audience, SEO, social, interactive and picture desk to amplify reach

Main contacts

West coast editor (Eline Gordts), west coast reporters, west coast news editor, Guardian US editor-in-chief, Head of news, Guardian US international editor, Guardian US assistant editors, production team, audience team

Knowledge & experience

  • Solid grasp of west coast and technology news

  • Solid grasp of US news and US news consumption habits

  • Significant digital journalism experience

  • Significant editing experience

  • Management experience

  • Understanding of the Guardian's wide range of stories and formats

Skills & aptitudes

  • Expert news judgement

  • Speed and accuracy

  • Attention to detail

  • Collaborative and calm under stress

  • Team player


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 Los Angeles 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.