Features Editor

Job Number: R10009567
Brand: National Geographic
Job Type: Editorial
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America
Job Posting Date: October 3, 2019
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National Geographic

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between Disney and the National Geographic Society, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 131 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education.


The Features Editor is a member of the executive editorial team, overseeing National Geographic’s content desks across all areas: Science & Environment, Animals, History & Culture, and Travel. The person in this job is responsible for determining — in conjunction with the editor in chief and other members of the executive team — stories for National Geographic magazine and its digital extensions that will position the brand at the forefront of global thought leader-level journalism around these core topics. We are looking for stories that are groundbreaking, surprising, smart. The person in this job must demonstrate broad knowledge of journalism ethics and excellence, as well as conversant knowledge of science, culture,  places and history; be expert at overseeing, with sub-editors, the execution and packaging of articles from conception to publication; understand how to find and nurture outside writing talent; and have comfort in outreach with the public as well as collaboration with internal partners and others such as the National Geographic Society.


* As part of the executive team, the Features Editor helps establish and implement the editorial vision and contributes to strategic planning and decision-making at the highest level, fulfilling the mission of the magazine and the organization to inform the public about the world; helps direct the magazine and develop editorial content that positions National Geographic at the forefront of print and digital publications across our core topic areas.

* Oversees and helps to direct all of the magazine's coverage --both in regular issues, special newsstand issues, and online--by working with and mentoring editors in finding, developing, and promoting articles; by reading submissions for stories and reviewing proposals from writers, photographers, scientists, and project leaders; by working with colleagues across the executive team to produce top-tier results; by advising on all aspects of the coverage; by collaborating with other arms of National Geographic Partners, such as Television, Books and with the National Geographic Society.

* Works with editors of all kinds, and sometimes directly with writers, to evaluate and improve stories for interest, logic, style, readability. Is able to inspire colleagues through multiple revisions, and is able to work with photo, design, graphic and illustrations editors to achieve the most compelling cross-platform results.

* Stays abreast of current trends in across our core topic areas. Represents National Geographic at industry conferences, on panels and in the media. Considered a leader in journalism and is able to fill-in for the Editor in Chief with credibility and authority.


* An undergraduate degree is required.

* The ideal candidate will have 10 years of magazine editorial experience, including several years of senior-level responsibility. Strong background in writing, editing, and story development.

* Specifically, the individual should possess most of the following qualifications and characteristics:

  • Ability to supervise and inspire editors and writers;
  • Superior line editing and conceptual editing skills;
  • Big-picture editorial skills and strategic thinking;
  • Ability with headlines, desk, call-outs, coverlines, sidebars;
  • Highly developed ability to recognize and create story ideas, including ideas with major visual component;
  • Experience working with documentary-style photography;
  • Cheerful unflappability under pressure;
  • Ability to work cooperatively with multi-personality story teams;
  • Ability to help with recruiting and retaining a talented staff and attract the best freelance writers and photographers;
  • Must work well with many different magazine divisions as well as those outside the magazine;
  • Some travel (conference and field work);
  • Some public speaking.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable law.

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