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Managing Editor

Apply now Job no: 492841
Work type: Exempt Staff
Location: Gambier, OH

The Kenyon Review is conducting a search for a qualified candidate to serve as Managing Editor. The Managing Editor of the Kenyon Review is a full-time position responsible for overseeing the production schedule, assigning materials to the editorial team and Associates, and liaising with writers and agents. The Managing Editor is also responsible for grant applications and working as a part of a team to execute the organization’s strategic plan. The Managing Editor position often works in collaboration with the Editor, Deputy Editor and the Director of Operations, as well as with other staff members.

Essential Functions

  • Oversee the print and web production and scheduling of the Kenyon Review.
  • Oversee production of monthly KR Newsletters.
  • Assign content; establish deadlines; communicate with writers, editors, Associates.
  • Manage key relationships with vendors, supervising printing, fulfillment, digital delivery, and other strategic relationships. 
  • Draft foundation applications and reports; seek new potential funding sources where appropriate. 
  • Administer BoardEffect software platform, including compiling board kits ahead of Kenyon Review Board of Trustee meetings. Prepare all written report materials for meetings.
  • Manage Submittable system for assignment of pieces to readers and editors. Track author contracts, payments, and contact information. Provide training for the editorial team on Submittable best practices. 
  • Coordinate outreach including contests and special features, guest edited folios, events announcements, promotion at AWP, applications for fellowships, issue launch events, development of promotional materials.
  • Manage student intern tasked with assigning submissions to editors and Associates.
  • Assist the Editor in short-term and long-term strategic organizational planning.
  • Assist the Editor with oversight of the editorial process and staff.
  • Work with the Director of Operations and the Operations Assistant to implement, maintain and evaluate the information systems used by the organization for essential data warehousing, subscriptions tracking and fulfillment, and mailings.
  • Represent the organization at key conferences and events.
  • Manage timely special projects as mutually defined by the Editor and Deputy Editor. Projects may include special publications, website development, etc. 

Non-essential Functions

  • Assist the Programs Staff and Director of Operations as necessary with Summer Programs. 
  • Participate in the editorial process as a staff reader.
  • Assist the Programs Staff as necessary with the Student Associates Program.
  • Assist with the KR reading series, and help to host readers during their campus visits. 
  • Other duties as assigned by the Editor. 

Supervisory Responsibilities

Responsible for supervising the Director of Production, Copyeditors and one editorial intern. Supervision includes establishing schedules, performing quarterly performance reviews and ensuring a productive, enjoyable environment for reports.


The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in English, journalism, or a related field, or 2-4 years of related experience. The candidate will also have the ability to handle multiple deadlines simultaneously. Demonstrated experience in project management and working in teams is required. The candidate will also have excellent communication skills and proven attention to detail. Desired skills include prior supervision of a team as well as publishing and event planning experience.

Preference will be given to applications submitted before May 12th, but we will continue accepting applications until the position is filled.

Kenyon College is a nationally prominent, private liberal arts college where academic excellence goes hand in hand with a strong sense of community and close relationships among students and professors.

Compensation and Benefits

Salaries at Kenyon are competitive and commensurate with experience. In addition to an attractive salary, Kenyon offers benefits for employees and their family members. Children of employees are eligible for 100% tuition waivers at Kenyon, and through the Great Lakes Colleges Association, children of employees are eligible for 85% tuition waivers at fifteen other of the nation's finest liberal arts colleges.

We also offer health and dental insurance, TIAA retirement, and many other benefits, including provisions for a spouse, families, and domestic partners. Details about benefits as well as conditions of employment are described more fully in our Staff Handbook.

Kenyon is a unique place to live and work. To discover why it should be your next home, click here.

Kenyon College is an equal opportunity employer and applications from members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged. It is the College's policy to evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, physical and/or mental disability, age, religion, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by institutional policy or state, local, or federal law. Kenyon College has a strong commitment to supporting diversity, equity and inclusion. Please visit our Diversity at Kenyon website.

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