Managing Editor, Chicago

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About Us The Athletic is a subscription-based media publisher of smarter sports coverage for die-hard fans. Founded in 2016, The Athletic's full-time writers, alongside talented contributors and freelancers, have produced thousands of in-depth articles for subscribers free of ads, pop-ups and auto-play videos. With coverage in 45 markets and counting across North America, readers can count on in-depth, authentic storytelling written by talented local and national sports journalists like Ken Rosenthal, Pierre LeBrun, Seth Davis, Stewart Mandel, and many more. Our employees are talented reporters, writers, editors, engineers, designers, marketers, brand strategists and more, who are committed to helping sports fans fall in love with the sports page again. About the Role The Athletic is seeking a Managing Editor for The Athletic Chicago. This is a senior role leading a growing staff of ambitious and talented writers and editors. The ideal candidate will have managed an editorial team, overseen creative and cutting-edge content, run financial budgets and have boundless energy for telling great stories. This position reports to the Group Managing Editor. Responsibilities Editorial oversight of coverage of Chicago sports and management of dedicated full-time staff Big-picture, conceptual vision for the vertical, including long-term direction; generating and planning story ideas; editorial platforms; expansion opportunities Day-to-day management of the short-, mid-, and long-term edit calendar and assignments, including: Daily maintenance of the city and writer budgets within Smartsheets Editing, producing and publishing stories via WordPress Promotion and curation of stories Collaboration with staff on story ideas Provide feedback to reporters to help improve their work Set goals for staff Understanding SEO and best practices Use real-time metrics to assess performance and adjust appropriately Coordinating credential requests for staff, as needed Oversight and administration of the vertical's social media accounts Overseeing the vertical's financial budget, including projecting month-to-month expenditures and managing travel Identifying and onboarding freelance writers, as needed Collaboration with national sport verticals and other local markets Collaboration with HQ on business/marketing initiatives Requirements 5-10 years of experience in digital sports journalism, including at least three years of direct editorial management Significant copy-editing background Must be comfortable both with line-editing and overall story construction and development High-end knowledge of major professional and collegiate sports Role will be based in Chicago