The Oxford American is a nonprofit quarterly literary magazine with a national following. We are devoted to exploring the cultural complexity of the American South through our print magazine, website, and live events. We have an outstanding entry-level opportunity for an assistant editor to join our staff.
The assistant editor will have a hand in all aspects of the publication of the Oxford American, though primary duties will include managing OxfordAmerican.org and overseeing our social media accounts (in coordination with OA interns). At a time when the Oxford American is rethinking our online presence and projects, this position provides an opportunity for someone with strong initiative to contribute to the ongoing evolution of the magazine’s brand and identity. Thus, a thorough knowledge of the Oxford American’s aesthetic and mission is a prerequisite.
Successful candidates will also demonstrate a passion for the South’s diverse music traditions. The assistant editor will work closely with the senior editorial team on the Oxford American’s annual Southern Music issue.
The Oxford American has a small editorial staff, including several remote employees. It is crucial that applicants work well with others in both a collaborative in-person workspace and across cloud-based project management systems. The assistant editor will be based at the magazine’s main office in Little Rock, Arkansas. Telecommuting is not an option. Some after-hours work will be required during magazine deadlines and at OA events.
This position offers opportunities for mentorship and growth.
- Uploading content to OxfordAmerican.org
- Managing web contributors’ deadlines, contracts, and payments
- Editing web content for publication
- Maintaining and expanding the OA’s social media presence
- Formatting, testing, and scheduling the OA’s weekly e-newsletter
- Assisting with song research and licensing for the Oxford American’s annual Southern Music compilation
- Soliciting and evaluating submissions
- Proofing every issue of the Oxford American
- Conducting art research and licensing for OxfordAmerican.org
- Managing and training Oxford American interns
- Supporting the OA’s online fundraising efforts
- Proofing grants and annual appeal letters
- Some administrative duties (sorting mail, helping out at OA events, assisting senior editors as needed)
- Passion for the Oxford American magazine
- A personal commitment to diversity and a desire to celebrate and publish a variety of storytelling styles and viewpoints
- Some publishing experience preferred, either through prior editorial positions or internships
- Experience working with a variety of digital tools and a desire to expand the Oxford American’s online reach
- Excellent computer skills (preferably with experience in e-mail marketing, working in a CMS, managing social media)
- Excellent time management and organizational skills
- Ability to work independently while handling multiple projects and deadlines
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
The Oxford American is published by the Oxford American Literary Project, Inc., an equal opportunity nonprofit organization. We are committed to empowering voices underserved by the publishing arena. Persons of diverse race, ability, religion, and sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation) are encouraged to apply.
Salary: Competitive salary, with benefits.
Deadline: Review of applications will begin immediately with a goal of filling the position by May 2017.
The Oxford American offers a comprehensive year-round editorial internship program.
Internships are unpaid, and we have full-time and part-time positions available. Internship terms begin in January, June, and September, though the program provides some flexibility for starting dates. Six-month internships are also available. The Oxford American's office is located in the South Main neighborhood of Little Rock, Arkansas, and we have a satellite office on the campus of the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.
We accept applications for all terms year-round but please note the following deadlines:
- March 15 for internships starting in June
- June 15 for internships starting in September
- October 15 for internships starting in January
The duties of an intern include editing, fact-checking and research, proofreading, answering phones, generating article ideas, and monitoring the progress of special projects. Interns participate in the planning of issues, evaluate manuscript submissions, and are encouraged to write for oxfordamerican.org.
Applications should include a résumé and writing samples. Please specify the term for which you are applying.
Submit your application using this form. Simply create a Submittable account and follow the instructions to attach your materials.
Thank you for your interest.