Summary of Role

Are you an experienced assigning editor who has built a high-performing freelance writing team? Do you enjoy coaching people and helping them do their best work? The senior assigning editor of freelance will grow, coach and edit our team of freelance writers at The Penny Hoarder. This content is essential to supplement the beat coverage of our in-house editorial team, as it brings in additional expertise, experience and ideas. This editor will plan and guide content to publication, ensuring standards and deadlines are met. In addition, this editor is an important part of our editorial staff that will help guide and execute our overall content strategy. This position is based in St. Petersburg, FL.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Finds and manages new talent, including accomplished writers and practicing industry experts with personal followings 
  • Cultivates and coaches new and existing freelance writers
  • Develops and maintains an editorial calendar, ensuring good promotion of the content
  • Assists with in-house team editing needs
  • Uses analytics to track content performance and make adjustments based on the data
  • Works closely with SEO, social and email colleagues to ensure good organic promotion
  • Maintains the freelance spending budget
  • Goes deep into developmental editing, asking challenging questions about content and structure, resulting in more complete, focused stories that paint a full picture
  • Thinks critically about story ideas and execution; offers ideas and suggests approaches for fresh, original angles not already covered by other outlets
  • Coaches writers toward fresh, less derivative content, including strategies for original reporting and identifying unique angles
  • Writes multiple clicky headlines of different types and styles
  • Proactively identifies and addresses the team’s needs, such as keeping copy flowing and removing obstacles
  • Balances working on quick-hit stories and more deliberately on more longer-term content
  • Helps lead the team to think critically about work and how to handle difficult content situations
  • Converts projects into specific tasks and schedules
  • Helps individual employees set goals that help the department and company move forward
  • Gets the best out of people through leadership skills, such as motivation, facilitation, coaching, leading by example and directing
  • Stays on top of industry trends and innovations, and integrates them into creative work
  • Understands best practices for platforms and coaches writers on them
  • Meets or exceeds individual and team goals for audience development and productivity
  • Consistently meets deadlines and takes ownership for their work
  • Consistently outperforms expectations on tasks; pushes entire team to perform at a higher level
  • Provides effective coaching, direction, feedback, delegation and motivation
  • Is sought out for their editing prowess; writers want to work with them to improve their stories
  • May also write posts

Technical Skills / Qualifications

  • At least five years of full-time professional editing experience in media
  • Experience managing freelance writers and building a freelance team
  • Experience in personal finance media is a plus
  • Working knowledge of Google Analytics and/or other analytics platforms
  • Working knowledge of SEO and social media
  • Working knowledge of AP style

Essential Team/Communication Skills

  • Plays a key role in developing and maintaining company culture
  • Leads by example by using The Penny Hoarder values in everyday decision-making: courageous, innovative, respectful, selfless, accountable
  • Serves as a coach and mentor
  • Keeps the team motivated, focused and efficient, maintaining effective time management for projects, while meeting needs and requests across the company
  • Encourages others to have a positive attitude and helps create a positive working environment; acts as a role model
  • Brings a calm demeanor and positive attitude that inspires trust and confidence, even when stressful events occur, causing people around the company to naturally flock to them as a leader
  • Develops trainings for others on the team; eager to share knowledge, skills and lessons learned
  •  organization
  • Demonstrates advanced resourcefulness and initiative, can work with limited guidance
  • Has a high level of self-awareness and treats feedback as an opportunity for growth; proactively applies it beyond the instance where it’s given.
  • Able to provide feedback to others effectively and with positive intent
  • Swiftly and smoothly changes tasks and priorities to fit the needs of the company. Knows when to abandon projects that are no longer priorities, even if some of the work was already completed

Although our team is currently working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are excited to be recruiting and hiring new team members. All interviews will be conducted remotely, and remote-working accommodations will be made for hired employees until we are safely able to return to the office.

About The Penny Hoarder

The Penny Hoarder is one of the nation’s largest personal finance websites. We envision a world with less money stress. Our mission is simple: to empower people to make smart choices with their money. We do this by sharing actionable and inspirational advice, and resources about how to make, save and manage money. The Penny Hoarder’s team is headquartered in the beautiful and walkable downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. For more information, visit: http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/

Benefits and Perks: 

  • Health Insurance with 100% of premiums covered (health, dental and vision) 
  • Generous vacation program
  • 7 paid holidays
  • Unlimited sick days
  • 401(k) with generous employer match 
  • Parking/communications allowance
  • Free beverages and snacks
  • Work from Home days
  • Guest speakers and talks by industry and community leaders 

If you found this job on Indeed or another website, please navigate to our website to apply, so you can answer our application questions. You can read more about what it’s like to work with us at http://thepennyhoarder.com/careers.

The Penny Hoarder is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Prohibits Discrimination and Harassment of Any Kind: We are committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at The Penny Hoarder are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. The Penny Hoarder will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. We encourage all qualified people to apply.

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