Now hiring:
Creative Director
Editor-in-Chief

Submissions for both positions will be accepted on a rolling basis until February 3, 2023.


Position: Creative Director

Compensation: $93,600 annually plus a competitive benefits package
Start Date: March 2023
Location: Remote within the U.S. South (preference given to Atlanta, New Orleans, and Durham)
Reports to: Editor-in-Chief

Scalawag's Mission: Scalawag is a Southern, Black-led and -centering, digital-first journalism and storytelling organization that works in solidarity with oppressed communities in the South to disrupt and shift the narratives that keep power and wealth in the hands of the few. Collectively, we pursue a more liberated South. Online, in person, and through meaningful engagement with our readers and supporters, Scalawag reimagines the roots and futures of the place we call home.

About this role: Scalawag's first-ever Creative Director will work in tandem with the Editor-in-Chief to direct and build a consistent and dynamic visual brand that complements and supports Scalawag's editorial and content vision. Day-to-day, the Creative Director will develop and manage visual storytelling processes; manage visual editors and freelancers as they take assets from ideation to execution to publish-ready; provide final approval on all things visual; and work with audience and product team leaders to turn stellar stories into irresistible multimedia content. 

Responsibilities include:

Vision & Strategy

  • Use keen aesthetic judgment to develop and communicate a bold and consistent, visually-distinct brand with aesthetic appeal to Black and other audiences of color; that connects with and reflects Southern communities and Black-led movements; engages our existing audiences; and dramatically grows our reach by capturing the attention of new audiences.  
  • Execute and develop a plan to direct the production of stellar, differentiated, brand and story assets that clearly communicate Scalawag's point of view.
  • Ensure all visual content is on-brand, consistent in terms of style, quality and tone, and optimized for user experience for all channels of content including online, social media, email, video, print and in-person.
  • Collaborate with and serve as a leader on our content production team as you formulate content strategy and programming, determining which methods work with the brand and why onsite, in newsletters, at events, and on social and other media platforms.

Creative Production

  • Manage and edit original visual content for all online platforms (Twitter, Facebook, & Instagram) and Scalawag products (podcast, newsletters) including takeovers and collaborations.
  • Develop standards, systems and best practices for asset creation, distribution, maintenance, content retrieval and repurposing, including the real-time implementation of visual and multimedia content strategies.
  • Work with the Digital Editor to ensure all assets are cleared for social media and promotional as well as on-site use prior to production. 

Content Marketing & Engagement 

  • Provide support and direction on visual aspects of virtual and in-person events, including but not limited to: videos, presentations/slide decks, printed materials, and commissioning photography.

Leadership & Management 

  • Cultivate a high performing team of visual editors and creatives by leading, developing, training and providing effective coaching and feedback; work with our Chief Strategy Officer and senior leadership team to cultivate an inclusive and collaborative organizational and cross-functional culture.
  • Build and manage a list of reliable photographers, photojournalists, videographers, and illustrators located across the South.
  • Serve as a member of Scalawag's executive and senior leadership teams. 
  • Pursue creative opportunities with staff and other colleagues to further Scalawag's mission and in alignment with the priorities of Southern organizers and movements.

Organizational 

  • Attend organizational team meetings and meaningfully contribute to discussions where it intersects with their work or is otherwise required or appropriate
  • Attend annual in-person and quarterly virtual team retreats and meaningfully contribute to discussions where it intersects with your work or is otherwise required or appropriate
  • Recognize yourself as a team member in a growth organization and be willing to take an iterative, solutions-oriented approach to the work
  • Commit to taking 100% responsibility for the practice of Scalawag's values, guiding principles, and norms

Must-have skills: 

  • Story-telling background: experience with conceptualizing and rendering visual elements for longer narrative assignments such as articles, books, films, or immersive installations that are directed towards specific audiences 
  • Illustration, comics, or other forms of draftsmanship 
  • Strong design background
  • Commitment to racial justice and dismantling white supremacy
  • An ever-present awareness of the "big picture" and how all the parts are working together to drive us toward our goals
  • A keen and curious listener and asker of great questions
  • A belief in the power of storytelling and journalism
  • Impeccable editorial judgment 
  • An excellent self-starter and manager with a collaborative approach to creation and an independent work ethic
  • Kindness, curiosity, and a direct but thoughtful approach to giving feedback
  • Currently lives in or is from the South and can articulate an understanding of our region's politics and political struggle 

Familiarity with the following tools

  • Adobe Creative Suite with specific emphasis on InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premiere Pro
  • Canva or other quick-turn template creation tools 
  • Standards of video production and photography
  • WordPress workflows
  • Google Suite (dek creation, file management, and file sharing)

Preferred skills

  • Video creation: mood boarding, videography, editing and production
  • General familiarity in the fields of film, photography, and UX/UI experience directing digital external comms that matches brand identity and organizational vision.

What makes Scalawag a unique place to work:

  • We center oppressed people, not just in our work but also in our organizational culture and structure, particularly Black and queer folks. We are not here for homophobia, white supremacy, classism, racial-capitalism, or misogyny. 
  • We resist the toxic hallmarks of the non-profit industrial complex; we respect boundaries, hours, and priorities outside of Scalawag. 
  • We like to work with folks who have their hands in several pots. We want you to bring all the things you do outside of Scalawag to bear on our mission to help us create radical, reciprocal Southern communities around solidarity and storytelling.
  • Black, Latinx, and Indigenous candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.   

Compensation & benefits: The salary for this position is $93,600, annually. All Scalawag employees are eligible to receive 100% employer-provided health benefits package that includes health coverage, vision, dental, and life & disability insurance. We also provide paid sick leave, vacation and holidays, an annual technology stipend, professional development support, and more. 

To Apply: Please send your resume and cover letter explaining your background and technical/nontechnical skill sets (including but not limited to software, medium special skills and interests or anything that you think would benefit Scalawag's media presence); relevant experiences in which you have led teams of artists and creative people for mission-driven projects; and why you believe visual aesthetics matter for a justice-oriented publication and media outlet. 

Please also submit a portfolio of two to three work samples (website, film, pdfs or image, branding packages) or projects that you have led from ideation to execution. 

Submit all materials by emailing team@scalawagmagazine.org, with the subject line "Creative Director." Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis until February 3, 2023.

Scalawag is committed to workplace equity. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.


Position: Editor-in-Chief

Compensation: $99,840 annually plus a competitive benefits package 
Start Date: March 2023
Location: Remote within the U.S. South 
Reports to: Executive Director-Publisher

Scalawag's Mission: Scalawag is a Southern, Black-led and centering, digital-first journalism and storytelling organization that works in solidarity with oppressed communities in the South to disrupt and shift the narratives that keep power and wealth in the hands of the few. Collectively, we pursue a more liberated South. Online, in person, and through meaningful engagement with our readers and supporters, Scalawag reimagines the roots and futures of the place we call home.

About this role: Scalawag is looking for an Editor-in-Chief to guide its team of dedicated editors and content producers to produce irresistible, community-rooted reporting and content on the intersections of culture, race, and systems of power and privilege. We're looking for a confident and empathetic people manager, a visionary leader, and a journalist with a deep passion for storytelling and connecting with Southern communities, movements, and our loyal audiences.

Responsibilities include:

Vision 

  • Set a values-rooted editorial vision that makes clear how Scalawag's storytelling furthers our vision for a more just South
  • Hone in Scalawag's point of view, ensuring audiences understand what we cover and why
  • Define a clear and compelling vision for the look, feel, and voice of our news products including stellar digital storytelling; a suite of topical newsletters; engaging email content; impactful multimedia content packages, and in many cases the events that link to them

Strategy 

  • Lead the editorial team in the strategic planning and development of coverage plans and areas of focus and ensure those plans are being followed
  • Direct the editorial calendar, working with Managing Editor on editorial quality and standards across platforms
  • Develop systems and best practices for content creation, distribution, maintenance, content retrieval and content repurposing, including the real-time implementation of content strategies
  • Write and edit content as necessary
  • Lead the content production team in a collaborative effort to formulate content strategy and programming that turns stellar stories into irresistible content onsite, in newsletters, at events, and on social and other media platforms
  • Collaborate closely with the audience team to track audience KPIs, and work with editors to ensure those targets are being met and opportunities for growth are being identified and optimized
  • Work with the Creative Director and audience team to ensure that strong, engaging vision-aligned visual elements are well incorporated into storytelling platforms
  •  Develop a scalable community listening strategy and cross-functional team processes, with the Director of Movement Partnerships, that facilitate the creation of storytelling that is responsive to the needs and priorities of Southern communities and movements
  • Identify capability and capacity gaps in our editorial and content production processes, and work with the executive team to fill those gaps through prioritization or hiring

Leadership & Management 

  • Build and cultivate a high performing team of editors and creatives by leading, developing, training, and providing effective coaching and feedback; work with our Chief Strategy Officer and editorial leadership to cultivate an inclusive and collaborative functional team culture
  • Manage the editorial team with empathy and clarity; ensure they are set up for success by equipping them with the understanding, tools, skills, and resources they need  
  • Lead the editorial team's adaptation to new platforms, skill sets, story forms, and ways of working
  • Manage annual planning process for editorial team including setting editorial North Star; near-term strategies; priorities and outcome goals; budget; and setting expectations, goals, and conducting performance evaluations for direct reports
  • Hold the editorial team accountable to organizational expectations; manage disciplinary matters when necessary
  • Serve as a member of Scalawag's executive and senior leadership teams; advocate and hold the interests and needs of the editorial team, while keeping an eye toward the priorities of the organization 
  • Represent Scalawag and our brand in public and with our supporters

Organizational

  • Attend organizational team meetings and meaningfully contribute to discussions where it intersects with their work or is otherwise required or appropriate
  • Attend annual in-person and quarterly virtual team retreats and meaningfully contribute to discussions where it intersects with your work or is otherwise required or appropriate
  • Recognize yourself as a team member in a growth organization and be willing to take an iterative, solutions-oriented approach to the work
  • Commit to taking 100% responsibility for the practice of Scalawag's values, guiding principles, and norms

Must-have skills:

  • Extensive experience in journalism, particularly in the South telling stories with Black and other communities of color; queer folks; poor and working class people; folks who are currently incarcerated; and/or other people who find themselves pushed to the margins of society
  • Ability to set priorities and juggle competing demands; must be highly organized and detail oriented
  • In-depth experience copyediting and proofreading and up-to-date knowledge of equitable editing practices
  • An excellent self-starter with an independent work ethic and collaborative approaches to creation 
  • 3+ years of demonstrated experience managing an editorial team 
  • A vision for radical, imaginative storytelling and where Scalawag fits and how we stand out in the landscape of Southern media
  • Attention to detail, news judgment, a careful eye for accuracy, story packaging, and impeccable editorial judgment
  • A data and insights driven approach
  • An ever-present awareness of the "big picture" and how all the parts are working together to drive us toward our goals 
  • Strong interpersonal and collaborative problem-solving skills
  • Commitment to racial justice and dismantling white supremacy
  • A keen and curious listener and asker of great questions
  • A direct but kind and thoughtful approach to giving feedback
  • Currently lives or is from the South and can articulate an understanding of our region's politics and political struggle 

What makes Scalawag a unique place to work:

  • We center oppressed people, not just in our work but also in our organizational culture and structure, particularly Black and queer folks. We are not here for homophobia, white supremacy, classism, racial-capitalism or misogyny. 
  • We resist toxic hallmarks of the non-profit industrial complex; we respect boundaries, hours, and priorities outside of Scalawag.
  • We like to work with folks who have their hands in several pots. We want you to bring all the things you do outside of Scalawag to bear on our mission to help us create radical, reciprocal Southern communities around solidarity and storytelling.
  • Black, Latinx, and Indigenous candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Compensation & benefits: The salary for this position is $99,840, annually. All Scalawag employees are eligible to receive a 100% employer-provided health benefits package that includes health coverage, vision, dental, and life & disability insurance. We also provide paid sick leave, vacation and holidays, an annual technology stipend, professional development support, and more. 

To Apply: Please send your resume and cover letter telling us about your leadership skills, editorial approach, and experience with managing projects and teams. Explain how Scalawag's existing content and editorial approach would benefit from your vision and strategy. 

Please also submit a work sample in a single PDF document. For that work sample, please include an example of a piece that you edited, explaining your involvement, as well as at least one published writing sample. Please keep each sample to no more than two pages of text.

Submit all materials by emailing team@scalawagmagazine.org, with the subject line "Editor-in-Chief." Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis until February 3, 2023.

Scalawag is committed to workplace equity. We are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.


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