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New York Times Supervising Editor, Appliance in New York, New York

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Job Description

About the position

Wirecutter is searching for an analytical, collaborative, and experienced editor to manage our appliance coverage, which includes refrigerators, ranges, washers, dryers, dishwashers, microwaves, vacuums, and other household products. This supervising editor will also serve as the people manager for at least two staff writers.

Previous experience covering appliances is preferred, but you should above all have a passion for helping people choose the right thing to buy. You should be deeply curious about what matters most to people when purchasing a large appliance, including performance, budget, aesthetics, and environmental impact. You should be motivated to help our diverse readership–including people with disabilities, budget constraints, and who live in different geographic regions and household sizes– find the appliances that will serve them best. You should care about teaching people how to use, repair, and maintain their appliances so that they work better and last longer. In collaboration with staff writers, you should be able to devise and run accurate, actionable, and informative testing on both large and small appliances. As an editor, you should have the ability to assimilate technical information and break down complex topics for our readers, and to help your writers shine.

This position reports directly to the department’s senior editor, and is based in New York City in Wirecutter’s Long Island City office (with the flexibility to work from home).

Responsibilities

  • Work with senior editor to develop the strategy for the appliance beat and assign projects to staff writers and freelancers

  • Project manage multiple guides, blog posts, and other content with different writers; manage deadlines; plan and oversee product research and testing; review writers’ supporting documents and notes; edit and revise copy; and work closely with Wirecutter editors to ensure stories are up to the editorial standards we’ve established in our hundreds of guides

  • Serve as the people manager for at least two staff writers assigned to your sections, including assigning and tracking their workloads; giving feedback and assessing performance; and mentoring and assisting with career development.

  • Contribute original ideas to test planning, suggest creative reporting strategies, and challenge writers’ assumptions

  • Collaborate closely with our operations team to plan, organize, and participate in ambitious appliance testing in our offices

  • Use data to support potential story ideas and track performance; work with our SEO team and editorial managers to plan new and updated content around seasonal trends and reader interest

  • Write short form and occasional long-form content as necessary

  • Collaborate with and respond to queries from fact checkers, copy editors, and producers to prepare pieces for publication

  • Work with our community team to respond to reader feedback and questions; work with our affiliate team to resolve stock issues on recommendations; work with our photo editors to coordinate photography plans

  • May be required to attend trade shows and product news events as needed to build contacts and expertise in relevant topic areas

  • Perform related work as assigned

Qualifications

  • 5+ years of experience working at a media company with at least two years of experience managing and editing writers

  • Excellent editing and writing skills, with the ability to help writers translate complex topics and technical information into published work that is informative and engaging

  • Experience with SEO (from an editorial perspective, not the technical aspects of optimization) and a sense of how to use web analytics data to make editorial decisions

  • Strong knowledge of the appliance category, and/or experience writing or editing reviews of products or services, is preferred

  • Experience collaborating with an art director and/or photo editor to present content visually, and expressing complex ideas using visualizations such as charts, graphs, or infographics is advantageous as well

Please include your résumé/CV, a cover letter, and any writing samples you may want to submit with your application. You can only upload one file in the “Résumé/CV” box, so you should combine and upload your résumé, cover letter, and any other materials as one file.

Locations

Even with our office in New York City, Wirecutter remains a highly remote-friendly culture and is proud to employ incredible people across the country. Right now, we are eligible to hire in the following states: CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, ME, MA, MI, MN, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, TX, UT, VA, WA.

About Wirecutter

Wirecutter strives to be the most trusted product recommendation service on the internet. We obsessively test and report on thousands of items each year to recommend the best of everything. Our goal is to save you time and eliminate the stress of shopping, whether you’re looking for everyday gear or gifts for loved ones. We work with total editorial independence. That means nothing appears on the site as a recommendation unless our writers and editors have deemed it the best through our rigorous reporting and testing. Wirecutter was founded in September 2011 and acquired by The New York Times Company in October 2016. Wirecutter is mission-driven and reader-supported; learn more about us here.

Overview of Benefits at Wirecutter and The New York Times Company:

Though Wirecutter has a physical office in New York City, the company promotes and encourages a remote workforce, so that our employees can work in flexible and comfortable ways. We are committed to career development, supported by a formal mentoring program as well as tuition reimbursement. We believe diversity fuels innovation and creativity, and we have a variety of affinity and employee resource groups and task forces across The New York Times Company and Wirecutter dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.

The New York Times Company and Wirecutter provide employees and their families access to a comprehensive suite of benefits that includes not only medical, dental, and vision coverage, but also programs that help support their wellness goals. We offer a full suite of work/life assistance benefits including a generous parental leave policy, which was recently expanded in response to employee feedback. Employees giving birth now receive 20 weeks of paid leave. Non-birth, including adoptive parents, spouses, and parents also receive 20 weeks of paid leave. In addition, we also offer 401k matching.

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