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IRE hiring Editorial Director; apply by Dec. 4

IRE is seeking a journalist to work full time as Editorial Director at its headquarters at the University of Missouri.

IRE’s current Editorial Director, Sarah Hutchins, is being promoted to be a full-time trainer.

The Editorial Director oversees all IRE content and serves as its voice on social media. This is a great opportunity for a journalist who wants to help bolster investigative journalism around the world. The content produced by IRE is used by thousands of professionals and students. You’ll also have the opportunity to support the next generation of journalists by working with students at the Missouri School of Journalism.

The position, which reports to the Executive Director, is responsible for the following areas:

Publications: The quarterly IRE Journal magazine, the IRE Radio Podcast, and e-newsletters including Quick Hits and I-Team Toolkit. The Director plans content, writes and edits copy, oversees publication budgets, works with contractors and manages distribution platforms.

Social media and marketing: The Editorial Director manages IRE’s social media accounts, writes posts, designs social graphics and manages social media marketing campaigns.

Website: Writes blog posts; builds and updates webpages; manages collection of resources including stories, tipsheets, books and audio; and ensures IRE’s brand and identity remain consistent across all digital channels.

Management: The Editorial Director hires and manages 3-5 part-time journalism students from the Missouri School of Journalism, a part-time communications assistant and contractors.

Desired Skills and Abilities:

  • Communication: Must be able to clearly and thoughtfully communicate about IRE’s mission with a variety of stakeholders across many platforms. Strong writing, editing and social media skills are required.
  • WordPress: Familiarity with WordPress is desired. Experience working on a WordPress site is preferred. 
  • Time management: Demonstrated ability to juggle multiple projects independently, meeting deadline and budget.
  • Collaboration: Demonstrated ability to work with people inside and outside the organization on a variety of projects. If you don’t enjoy teamwork and collaboration, this isn’t the job for you.
  • Organization: Excellent organizational skills, including the ability to document workflow and work in a transparent environment.
  • Responsibility and leadership: Must be able to demonstrate editorial leadership, navigate legal and ethical dilemmas, and lead by example.
  • Creativity: Ability to develop and execute innovative ideas.

Location: Columbia, Missouri.

Hours: Full time, with the ability to travel to IRE’s two annual national conferences.

Pay & benefits: $45,000-$55,000, depending on experience. IRE staff members are employees of the University of Missouri, with attractive health insurance, tuition assistance, retirement and other benefits.

How to apply: All candidates must apply through the University of Missouri job site. Click here for the job description and a link to apply. If you have not applied for a job with the University of Missouri, you will be prompted to create a profile in order to submit your application. Please have your resume and cover letter prepared as PDF files to upload. The university application process is time-consuming, so please give yourself enough time to meet the deadline. 

The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

If you have questions, please contact IRE Executive Director Doug Haddix: or 573-882-1984.

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