Deputy Managing Editor

  • Remote, REMOTE, OTHER
  • Employees can work remotely
  • Full-time

Job Description

The Deputy Managing Editor job in brief…

Devex is the world’s leading news organization covering global development, global health, humanitarian action, and sustainability. We’re known for hard-hitting journalism, big scoops and exclusives, and deep coverage for our influential community of one million aid workers and development professionals. Now we’re announcing a Deputy Managing Editor position ideal for a digital-first editor with strong editing chops, management skills, and a global perspective. 


About You

Do you have at least 7 years years of journalism and editing experience? Are you able to work in the GMT time zone? Are you an energetic editor who works well across time zones on a variety of topics? Are you excited to be a part of a global, mission-driven company that has an open, teamwork-focused culture? Read on.

You’re ambitious, detail-oriented, and have an open and collaborative attitude. You thrive in an environment where you’re responsible for your work (but you get the support you need). You are a reliable multi-tasker who can juggle working with reporters and editors covering diverse topics in different timezones, while also offering critical and strategic views on how we should shape future coverage. You are able to step in to make key editorial decisions on deadline and offer advice to other editors or reporters on how to create the most compelling content. You like planning ahead, and envisioning how we can tell stories in creative ways to keep our readers engaged, are digitally savvy and always looking for new ways to reach your audience.

Does this sound like you? If you just said “yes,” keep reading…

What you’ll do here

If you’ve read this far, we know that you want to know more. As the deputy managing editor, you’ll be responsible for daily interactions with reporters in Europe, helping them to develop story ideas and prioritize coverage. You’ll also deputize for the managing editor, and be the main decision maker on news stories and newsletters in the morning hours. You’ll coordinate with other teams, help develop news strategy and ensure that associate editors are getting the support they need.
Your first year will look a little bit like this…

In your first 90 days, you’ll get to know our network of staff reporters and associate editors, supporting them to produce timely, ground-breaking content. You will help shape delivery of our free and paywalled content across platforms..

After your first year, you’ll have helped to develop coverage plans for select major events and issues, worked with Devex staff around the world to determine coverage priorities, edited everything from breaking news to in-depth series, mentored your reporters and freelancers to make the best of their work, and helped determine news team priorities.


Required Qualifications

Here are the indicators that this could be a good role for you:

  • At least 7 years of work experience as a journalist/editor

  • Strong editing skills and experience

  • Excellent English writing skills, with the ability to write engaging, compelling, conversational copy

  • Digital media comes naturally to you from your experience

  • Confident leading a newsroom and making decisions under time pressure

  • Good knowledge of media law

  • Experience mentoring new reporters

  • An undergraduate degree

  • You can work GMT hours 


Besides the basics, here’s what we’d love to see:

  • You haven’t just heard of the World Bank and Gates Foundation; you know what they do and how they work

  • Understanding and interest in development and/or humanitarian issues

  • Experience working with a high-quality media brand

  • Experience working across both news and features

  • Management experience

Additional Information

What We Offer You

Being part of the Devex team is a partnership. We strive to make Devex a place where you can thrive and do your most inspirational work. Here are a few benefits we offer:

Remote contractor position 

  • 2, week-long Devex-wide breaks

  • 15 days of holiday

  • 2 YAY days

  • Monthly professional and wellness activities

We encourage applications from all backgrounds! We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at Devex. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

Ready to get started? Apply now!