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Editor in Chief of New Mexico Magazine

New Mexico Magazine is seeking an Editor in Chief to help lead it into the evolving world of print and digital publishing while maintaining the publication’s traditions of strong storytelling. We’re looking for a leader who has a strategic vision for managing the magazine’s content in print and in digital products.  In this role, it’s imperative to know the intended audience of the publication and make content-related decisions as such. You serve as the face of the publication and must confidently represent the publication at meetings and events. A successful editor in chief has a combination of creative, technical, and interpersonal skills as well as high standards for quality.  The Editor in Chief should possess equal parts passion and prudence and be able to work with a team of creative, dedicated editors and art directors, and foster collaborative relations with publication managers and directors, editors, content marketers, writers, and sponsors.  The position provides a unique opportunity to guide good storytelling, impactful journalism, and a literary tableau that speaks to the state’s diverse fans and grows the audience.  The Editor in Chief reports to the CEO and works closely with the Art Director and Circulation Director, to elevate New Mexico Magazine’s reputation, as the source of information for all lovers of New Mexico. In the fast-paced world of the news, an Editor in Chief demonstrates grace under pressure to create a remarkable issue all the time.  

Duties:

  1. Through strong, effective and empowering management skills, lead editorial staff members.  Implement the strategic plan for the editorial unit, and provide guidance and assistance to the managing editor and senior editor;
  2. Organize, supervise, and participate in the management and development of all copy submitted for publication;
  3. Manage contractors, vetting and hiring process of external writers and contributors to New Mexico Magazine, and the associated paperwork and process;
  4. Establish the editorial calendar for print and digital, set and enforce deadlines for copy by consulting with editors, designers, and publishing managers on content for each issue; provide evaluations of manuscripts to editors and issues; supervise the submission and tracking system for freelance and editorial needs; prepare operational reports and analyses setting forth progress and adverse trends, and provide appropriate recommendations or conclusions;   
  5. Report directly to the CEO/Publisher for guidance on personnel actions, performance appraisals, and budget or financial decisions.  
  6. Represent and promote the publication at various events and gatherings;  
  7. Be adept in the language of the publication to adapt to its voice and tone; practice transparency in the publication material, and maintain objectivity, of which all are important;   
  8. Possess a proven record in developing a digital presence that will benefit New Mexico Magazine’s website and social-media outlets to leverage revenue-enhancing products.

Qualifications:  

  1. An advanced university degree in journalism, communication, media communication, or English or a minimum of 15 years of experience in the named fields/curriculums. 
  2. An Edit Test and Portfolio

How to Apply: Send cover letter, resume and any supplemental information to Antoinette Vigil, Deputy Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Tourism Department at antoinette.vigil@state.nm.us.  Open until filled.  For further information, contact Jessica Chavez, Executive Admin Assistant for Deputy Cabinet Secretary, Antoinette Vigil at jessica.chavez2@state.nm.us or call 505-469-6676.