Employment at INDY Week

We are currently hiring an editor in chief. This position reports directly to the publisher.

Please send cover letter, resume, and clips to Susan Harper, Publisher, sharper@indyweek.com.


Title: Editor In Chief

Reports to: Publisher

General Summary of Position: The Editor will provide the editorial vision for INDY Week’s print and digital publications, and will work with staff and freelance contributors to ensure the accuracy, quality, and timeliness of all editorial copy. In addition, the Editor is responsible for the effective supervision and development of editorial department staff members.


Primary Responsibilities and Essential Duties:

  1. Provide final decision for all issues pertaining to print and digital editorial content, in consultation with Publisher.
  2. Plan, edit, contribute to and coordinate news section (including but not limited to, weekly commentary, news section, and cover stories.)
  3. Plan, edit, contribute to, and coordinate other Editorial projects and special issues
  4. Supervise all copy flow of INDY Week content. Maintain check-off list and collect all written copy, screen for completeness and style, and process to the Production department.
  5. Ensure the accuracy, proofing, quality, and timeliness of editorial content.
  6. Lead weekly Editorial meetings.
  7. Meet weekly with Art Director in regard to cover concepts.
  8. Supervise editorial department staff members. Effectively address all employee performance concerns in a timely manner.
  9. Network, recruit, maintain, and oversee an effective stable of freelance talent.
  10. Schedule and lead six-week interdepartmental planning meetings.
  11. Assign stories or approve assignments. Apportion department tasks fairly and effectively.
  12. Oversee final designed pages to certify that they meet Editorial specs.
  13. Consult and work with other department heads and oversee departmental interactions.
  14. Plan and submit department budget annually and communicate numbers to appropriate editors and keep department on budget throughout the year.
  15. Review and sign-off on freelance payroll monthly.
  16. Field benefit time requests from editorial staff members and keep master calendar.
  17. Screen resumes, interview, and make hiring decisions on new editorial employees, in collaboration with the Publisher.
  18. React to change productively and handle other essential tasks as assigned.


Education, Experience, and Knowledge Requirements:

Preferred: Bachelor's Degree in Journalism or a relevant Liberal Arts degree.

A minimum of five to seven years' experience in journalism, with relevant published work of quality.

Previous editing and supervisor experience required.

Relevant experience in project management.


Skill Requirements:

Excellent writing, reporting, interviewing, editing, and proofing skills.

Time Management - Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

Excellent interpersonal skills, including communication and listening skills, articulation, and grammar.

Professionalism, including diplomacy, discretion, a positive attitude, and calm, even temperament.

Proficiency with Macintosh operating systems and relevant software.

Excellent writing skills and knowledge of the basics of journalism and familiarity with AP style.


Ability Requirements:

The ability to work productively and independently on deadline.

The ability to communicate information and ideas so others will understand.

The ability to navigate the internet, research legal and government documents, and file FOIA requests.

The ability to develop a network of sources and freelance talent.


Supervision Requirements (total number of people supervised may vary):

Supervise Culture Editor and Staff Writers


Physical Requirements:

Ability to view data on a computer screen for long periods of time

Ability to type on a keyboard for long periods of time

Ability to sit or stand for extended periods


Work Environment:

Moderate noises (business office with computer and printers, light traffic)

Interacts with others

Sometimes requires traveling to meetings in vehicle and exposure to outdoor weather conditions