Editorial Director

Injustice Watch is seeking an innovative and collaborative editorial director to lead our nonprofit newsroom. The ideal candidate is an experienced manager with a passion for investigative reporting and a strong commitment to audience-driven journalism. The editorial director will set the strategy and vision for our newsroom and work across departments to ensure our editorial projects have a wide-ranging impact. This is an opportunity to test new ideas and help shape organizational strategy for a growing, mission-driven media outlet.

Apply using the form below. Applications are due Oct. 17.

Our Editorial Director will: 

  • Develop and execute a strong editorial vision and strategy for public-service and investigative projects on issues of equity and justice with a focus on the court system.
  • Build and maintain collaborative and strategic partnerships with other newsrooms and community organizations.
  • Lead and help grow our editorial team, ensuring that our newsroom staff reflects the diversity of Chicago and the communities we cover.
  • Maintain an equitable, collaborative, and inclusive newsroom culture.
  • Review stories before they are published and provide high-level editorial support.
  • Ensure that our projects, reporting, and commentaries center the voices and lived experiences of people most affected by the court system.
  • Collaborate across the organization and work closely with our development, engagement, and operations teams to ensure alignment.
  • Administer the newsroom budget.
  • Represent Injustice Watch by appearing at public forums, conferences, and other events and communicating with stakeholders, as needed.

We’re looking for someone who: 

  • Has at least five years of newsroom management experience and a track record of producing and editing impactful, human-centered journalism.
  • Has experience producing, editing, or overseeing large-scale journalism projects.
  • Is a collaborative editor, manager, and mentor who loves to champion and support the work of a team and has experience developing the skills of younger journalists.
  • Has documented success building relationships across departments and with other newsrooms and community organizations.
  • Has a strong vision for journalism that is responsive to the people and communities most affected by the issues we cover.
  • Is an ambitious, creative, and organized leader who can articulate and execute a vision.
  • Is committed to building a caring work environment and culture by respectfully providing and accepting feedback, encouraging and modeling work-life balance, and embodying a growth mindset.

While nothing below is a requirement, it’s a plus if you:

  • Have experience reporting or editing stories related to the courts and/or issues that intersect with the court system, such as policing, housing, immigration, domestic violence, and debt.
  • Are knowledgeable about Chicagoland history, politics, institutions, and communities.
  • Have experience working on stories involving large datasets and distilling complex data analysis into simple and straightforward language.

We know there are skills and experiences we haven’t thought of and strong candidates who don’t have this exact set of qualifications. If that’s you, we strongly encourage you to apply and tell us what you could bring to this role.

Reports to: Executive Director

Directly supervises: Managing Editor, Investigations Editor

Also works closely with: Audience Director, Development and Operations Director


Time Commitment

This is a full-time position based in Chicago. Our regular working hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Injustice Watch offers flex-time and flexible schedule accommodations with prior approval. Our team is currently working remotely, with the option to utilize our downtown Chicago office, as needed.

Compensation

Salary: $100,000-$115,000, commensurate with experience

Benefits of Working at Injustice Watch 

  • Vacation time (12 days in the first year of employment)
  • Sick leave (12 days per year)
  • Holidays (13 days per year, plus a paid winter break)
  • Family leave (6 months, including 3 months fully paid and 3 months of flexible leave)
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance, with a $400/month employer contribution
  • Annual professional development and workspace stipend ($1,500)
  • Phone and internet stipend ($50/month)
  • Flexible work schedule
  • 401K plan

How to Apply

Please apply using this application form by 11:59 pm CT on Monday, October 17. Email [email protected] with “Editorial Director” in the subject line if you have any questions or to request a 15 minute informational conversation with executive director Juliet Sorensen. Note: We are also hiring an investigations editor. Click here for more information about that opportunity.

About Injustice Watch 

Injustice Watch is a Chicago-based nonprofit, nonpartisan journalism organization that focuses on issues of equity and justice in the court system. Our goal is to listen to and center people impacted by institutional injustices and provide them with the perspectives, information, and resources needed to hold power to account. We do this through our public-service journalism (such as our Cook County judicial election guides); innovative investigative reporting (such as The Circuit, our ongoing collaborative investigation examining decades of Cook County court data); and intentional audience engagement and community-building. Learn more about our work at www.injusticewatch.org.