Managing Editor

The Oxford American (OA) is a nonprofit literary organization with a national audience. We are devoted to exploring the complexity of the American South through our quarterly print magazine, digital media, and live events. We have an outstanding opportunity for an experienced editor to join our staff in our Little Rock office.

The managing editor will have a hand in all aspects of the publication of the Oxford American (including our print magazine and oxfordamerican.org), though primary duties will include managing the print magazine’s production (including communicating closely with various remote contributors and freelancers); acquiring and editing stories; and working with the editor-in-chief to lead the magazine’s annual music issue project. Successful candidates must demonstrate a passion for and proven experience in the South’s diverse music traditions. A strong familiarity with the OA’s aesthetic and mission is preferred.

The Oxford American is staffed by a small and collaborative team of people who are steeped in literature, storytelling, and Southern culture. A day at work might include brainstorming ideas with the editorial staff for our next themed issue, editing an 8,000-word nonfiction feature, or moderating a conversation from stage for our South Words author series. It is crucial that applicants work well with others in both our in-person workspace and across cloud-based project management systems.

At a time when the Oxford American is expanding and evolving our online presence, this position also provides an opportunity for someone with strong initiative to contribute to the strategy and growth of our digital platforms.

The managing 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.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Managing contributors’ and editorial contractors’ deadlines, contracts, and payments
  • Soliciting and evaluating submissions
  • Acquiring and editing stories
  • Proofing every issue of the Oxford American
  • Serving as lead editorial project manager for the Oxford American’s annual Southern Music issue (assigning stories, leading song research and licensing)
  • Conducting art research and licensing
  • Managing and training Oxford American interns
  • Supporting the OA’s assistant web editor with strategies to grow online readership of OA stories
  • Some administrative and fundraising duties (helping out at OA events, assisting with grant writing, etc.)

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 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
  • At least five years of experience editing fiction, essays, and/or long-form nonfiction features, some of that time with a print publication
  • Experience guiding the aesthetic direction of a publication, including liaising with artists and art directors
  • Excellent computer skills (preferably with experience using Adobe InDesign and working in a CMS)
  • Familiarity with using digital tools (primarily social media and e-mail marketing) to grow a publication’s audience
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently while handling multiple projects and deadlines
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The Oxford American is 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.

Application: This application requires a brief cover letter and a résumé. Finalists will be asked to interview and complete a brief editing test.

To apply, email a cover letter and résumé to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (subject line: Managing Editor). Review of applications will begin immediately with a goal of filling the position by December 2, 2019

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Development Director

The Oxford American (OA), a nonprofit literary arts organization, is seeking a Development Director (DD). This is a new role at the OA, and it is an exciting opportunity for a fundraising professional who is eager to help lead the organization to new heights and willing to create and own new development systems. The DD will play an essential role redefining and executing development strategies that enhance the organization’s fundraising practices. This is a full-time salaried position.

The successful candidate will be a self-starter committed to the OA’s mission to explore the complexity and vitality of the American South, empower writers and artists, and cultivate an inclusive community of readers and thinkers. We are seeking someone capable of balancing multiple deadlines simultaneously and who has exceptional written and verbal communication skills. The DD should be comfortable functioning in a fast-paced environment and working as part of a dynamic team toward common goals. For a highly qualified candidate, the OA will consider a remote employment arrangement. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Evaluate the OA’s current development practices and devise a refreshed strategy that leverages the organization’s strengths, including the following:
    • Consistent award-winning quality and integrity
    • Recognition as a national leader in literary journalism and arbiter of Southern culture
    • Enhanced and stable financial position
    • Success of current senior executive team in donor stewardship and relationship-building
  • Major gift solicitation making use of OA’s current network of stakeholders but also developing new leads
  • Grant research, writing, and management with an emphasis on successful new multi-year funding opportunities
  • Management and expansion of OA’s annual giving program, the OA Society
  • Work with ED and Editor to conceive of and execute up to (3) fundraising events each year

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree and 5-7 years of experience in development, directly or indirectly
  • Arts, humanities, and/or literary development experience preferred
  • Demonstrated success in past development and fundraising roles
  • Proficient in donor database management applications, as well as MS Office suite of applications

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Travel will be required
  • Competitive salary and benefits package including healthcare, dental, vision, and 401(k) plan
  • Compensation will be commensurate with demonstrated experience and skills
  • The DD reports to the Executive Director and will work in partnership with both the ED and Editor

To apply, email a cover letter and résumé to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Podcast Internship

The Oxford American is seeking an intern for our new podcast, Points South, which will premiere in September!

No previous podcast experience is needed for this 10/hr per week unpaid internship. We are looking for someone with an interest in audio storytelling and a familiarity with the Oxford American. 

This person will conduct audio research, edit transcripts, factcheck scripts, help maintain the production calendar, and assist in distributing and marketing the podcast in both OA and third party channels.

We’re looking for someone with strong writing, editing, and research skills and a commitment to the Oxford American’s mission of exploring the complexity and vitality of the South. The internship will run from September 15–December 15, and we’d be delighted to coordinate academic credit for this position with the intern’s university, though that’s not a requirement. (This is a remote position; hours can be set to best fit the intern's schedule, though we prefer consistency throughout the internship period.)

Applicants should send an email with the subject line “Points South Intern” to podcast [@] oxfordamerican.org. In the body of the email, please include a letter detailing interest and specific qualifications for the role and attach a 1-2 pg résumé.

Open until filled. 


Editorial Internship

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.