Climate change is the most important story in the world. It’s no longer a looming consequence in the far-off future, but rather a present challenge that’s forcing all of us to adapt. Wildlife and natural habitats are disappearing, driving a biodiversity crisis. Extreme weather events are changing how we live and reshaping cities and communities around the world. Global governments are finally agreeing to work together to reduce their carbon footprints, and many are allocating billions of their budgets to fund a green revolution. And a new generation that’s grown up confronting the visible consequences of climate change is more aware of the crisis and more personally invested in taking action than any other generation.
Vox Climate’s value proposition is to offer clarity and understanding about this crisis, and to empower our audience as we learn to live with, adapt to, and fight against climate change and its often devastating impacts. That’s why Vox is looking for a dynamic leader to oversee its climate coverage. This editor will manage the reporters covering climate change and its real-world impacts, climate policy, biodiversity, the green revolution and other efforts to adapt to climate change, and more.
The ideal candidate will be able to help elevate and amplify key ideas circulating in scientific circles; unpack dense, confusing debates; and ensure that some stories spark delight and awe. The climate editor will ensure Vox pieces meet a high standard, offering clarity and context or challenging preconceived notions. They must be comfortable assigning and helping execute everything from ambitious enterprise projects to spot news explainers that help readers understand chaotic news moments. They will work with a dedicated team, and also provide guidance for climate coverage across the newsroom.
This person should understand Vox’s explanatory mission, and be enthusiastic about defining the organization’s unique role in the climate space.
WHO WE ARE
Vox candidly shepherds audiences through politics and policy, business and pop culture, food, science, and everything else that matters.
Vox is part of Vox Media, the leading modern media company. We guide our audience from discovery to obsession. We inspire essential conversations about what’s now, what’s next, and what’s possible.
As a community of journalists and storytellers, business professionals, creators and technologists, we believe it is a moral and business imperative to amplify voices: to cultivate diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout our organization and media. This applies to our candidates, our teams, our storytelling, our creative work, and our platforms, products, and partnerships.
WHAT YOU’LL DO
- Lead and guide an ambitious team of reporters and editors
- Work with leadership to refine and implement a vision for Vox’s coverage, and be ultimately responsible for making sure the coverage meets a high threshold of excellence
- Ensure that the team is offering clarity on the most important policies, controversies, or news moments
- Help identify how to bring discipline and deliberation to story assignments
- Work with the audience team, audio, video, and other editors across the Vox newsroom to elevate the work across mediums
- Support the work of the writers and editors on the team
WHO YOU ARE
- A deep understanding of and interest in climate issues, biodiversity, and science
- A passion for helping a general audience understand the climate crisis and its impact on people’s lives
- An ambitious appetite for strong, distinctive work
- A knack for managing writers
- High editorial standards
- Strong time management skills and the ability to effectively balance priorities
- A desire to grow your skills as a leader
If you think you have what it takes, but don't meet every single point in our job posting, please apply with a cover letter to let us know how you believe you can bring your unique skills to the Vox Media team or get in touch! We’ve hired chefs who became editors, DJs who became UX designers, and sommeliers who became writers.
WHERE YOU’LL WORK
This job is remote. We’re dedicated to the health and wellbeing of all of our employees, and when we reopen, will require everyone who works from one of our offices to be fully-vaccinated against COVID-19. Employees with approved religious or medical exemptions may be subject to additional safety requirements, such as submitting to regular COVID-19 testing and/or wearing a face covering in our offices.
WHY VOX MEDIA?
WHAT WE OFFER
This is a permanent, full-time position. This job is benefits-eligible. We pride ourselves in providing comprehensive benefits to support all of our employees wherever they are in life. You can find more information about our benefits here.
OUR DEI+ COMMITMENT
Vox Media is committed to building an inclusive environment where everyone can show up as their authentic selves and create their best work. We recognize that great stories, platforms, products and services come from people with all manner of backgrounds and experiences. We recognize that our commitments require ongoing work and sustained attention, as well as adaptation to new insights and best practices. We keep our diversity data public for the sake of accountability, transparency and communication. Learn more about our values here, and our approach to corporate citizenship here.
Vox Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer and qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, national origin, protected veteran status, age, or any other status protected by applicable national, federal, state, or local law. Vox Media will also consider all qualified applicants with criminal histories in accordance with applicable Fair Chance laws. We are also committed to providing reasonable accommodations as part of the application process to candidates with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation as part of the application process, please contact our People & Culture team (firstname.lastname@example.org).
WHAT COMES NEXT
Our recruiting team will go through applications in a timely manner. Please note that our recruiting team will only contact you from @voxmedia.com email addresses, never via text message. Read more about how our recruiting team operates, and how to protect yourself from recruitment fraud, here.