The Fuller Project
Editor in Chief
Washington, DC or New York, NY preferred
The Fuller Project is a leading global nonprofit newsroom dedicated to groundbreaking reporting on women. We partner with national and international news outlets to publish journalism that elevates women’s contributions, confronts injustice, and spurs citizens to hold governments, corporations and other institutions accountable.
Since 2015, our award-winning team has published hundreds of articles — from our TIME Magazine
cover story on waitresses in American cities earning $2.13 an hour, to our four-part feature in Marie Claire
on forced virginity testing in the U.S., to our devastating investigation into child sexual exploitation in the Philippines in The Washington Post
. In 2019, our reporting won the Military Reporters & Editors, One World Media and Amnesty International UK Media Awards.
The Fuller Project seeks an experienced and ambitious senior newsroom leader to serve as Editor in Chief. The Editor in Chief will oversee and implement our editorial agenda, bring vision and inspiration to our newsroom, and lead partnerships with a variety of U.S.-based and international outlets. The Editor in Chief will nurture a strong sense of belonging and a collaborative spirit among our committed and talented editors and reporters.
The Editor in Chief will be an editor and journalist who upholds the highest standards of unbiased, non-partisan, rigorous journalism. Reporting to the CEO and with a close working relationship with a Board-level Editorial Committee, the Editor in Chief will uphold and advance our core values of editorial independence, integrity, diversity and civility; will be a creative and collaborative leader and team player; and will be able to quickly build expertise about issues that impact women.
The ideal candidate will have significant experience leading complex projects and collaborations and will be able to lead community-based, local, national and international reporting and partnerships. They will have demonstrated rigorous journalistic standards; strong writing, editing, and organizational skills; and excellent management and leadership experience.
The Editor in Chief will also:
- Develop, articulate and implement the strategic vision for the newsroom. Bring an entrepreneurial approach to expanding our team and our reporting impact. Lead on all our editorial efforts, taking into account shifting media trends and ways to maximize our contribution to global, national, and local press.
- Supervise our newsroom. Oversee our team of editors, ensuring ethical and journalistic standards, as well as safety and other protocols that protect our team and the people we report on. Attract, retain, train and motivate the talented reporters who join our team, as we grow from eight to 16 reporters over the next two years. Encourage inclusion, dialogue and transparency.
- Oversee bold, ambitious reporting projects. Harness our team and partners to bring important multi-media investigative, feature, and solutions-focused stories to diverse audiences through engaging reporting.
- Lead a global conversation. Involve the broader journalism community in a dialogue about the importance of journalism rooted in an understanding of issues that impact women. Convene editors in small and large settings, building a brain trust among newsroom leaders who are committed to doing more in-depth reporting on women.
- Pioneer innovative and high-impact partnerships. Support partner newsrooms while driving deeper reporting on the issues that most impact women. This includes an existing partnership in East Africa with the largest media company in the region, where we support the organization’s first-ever female editor in standing up a Gender Desk.
- Engage effectively with our audiences. Develop the potential for our reporting to have broad reach, drawing on the best thinking and practices about engagement for nonprofit newsrooms. Develop a strong voice, communicating authentically with the public in traditional forums and on social media.
The ideal candidate will have a keen interest in journalism that addresses the gender gap in news, and that has the potential to spur impact. This person will have a successful record of recruiting and retaining diverse talent in the newsroom, managing, mentoring, and providing professional growth opportunities.
The ideal candidate brings significant experience reporting on issues critical to The Fuller Project, a record of team or newsroom leadership, and a demonstrated record of high-quality journalism.
In addition, we are seeking the following qualifications:
- Minimum 10 years of experience editing and managing reporters
- Record of inclusive management with a focus on culture and diversity
- A persuasive and passionate communicator with outstanding interpersonal skills and an authentic ability to connect with the team as well as with a highly diverse group of external stakeholders
- Ability to establish a collaborative culture and inspire others
- A high level of professionalism, maturity and accountability
- Passionate for and committed to the mission and core values of The Fuller Project
We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity of all forms in our newsroom. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply. U.S. work authorization required.
This position can be based in Washington, DC or New York City (Washington, DC preferred). This position includes competitive benefits as well as vacation and flex-time benefits.