Deputy Director, Somos

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Job Description
About Refinery29
Refinery29 is a leading digital newsroom serving young people: The reporting, op-eds, and service journalism we produce interrogates norms, solves real-world problems, champions creativity, and demystifies the forces that disempower us. Our staff produces empathetic, rigorous, and necessary journalism that informs, clarifies, entertains, and educates across all platforms.
We are a fast-paced digital brand. As such, our diverse staff has strong news instincts and solid reporting skills, and abide by the principles of integrity, innovation, and inclusivity.

What you’ll do: 
Oversee the execution of editorial strategy and drive the day-to-day content operations of on-site and off-platform articles for Somos. This includes commissioning, assigning, editing, and fact-checking all published stories that support the team’s mission and fulfills established audience goals

Develop and oversee the vertical’s editorial calendar which may include off-platform articles and create new ways to connect with the Somos audience especially during cultural moments, developing conversation-driving content relevant to Somos’s diverse community 

Collaborate with R29 and VMG leadership to develop and execute editorial initiatives that specifically speak to business goals. These include features, special packages,recurring series and franchises, editorial-driven partnerships and events

Operate as key visionary and driver of scaling the Somos brand 

Occasionally write and report high-level enterprise stories

Serve as the formal manager for Somos staff and the informal project manager between members of external departments who contribute to Somos 

Maintain and grow a list of valuable freelancers and sources

Collaborate with external and internal teams including but not limited to photo and design, content strategy, social referral, newsletter, multimedia, video and off-platform social teams to ensure published content reach and serve their intended audience. This involves working within and content planning for next-gen storytelling platforms like Google Web Stories and TikTok to execute digital journalism.

Serve as an external spokesperson for Refinery29 at industry events, functions, and panels to increase public awareness around your team’s work and the newsroom’s mission and  projects

Establish editorial norms, provide resources and support, and serve as a mentor and guide for both the editorial team and the company at large

Serve as on-camera talent for Somos brand as needed

What you have:
5+ years of experience developing editorial strategy and managing digital operations

Deeply in tune with the intersectionality that exists across the diverse US population who identify as Latinx.

Sound news judgment, excellent editing skills, a fluency in digital publishing tools

Willingness and ability to use data to inform decisions

Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Formal or informal experience with managing

To be successful here you are:
Energized by working in a fast-paced, fast-evolving creative newsroom

Collaborative, a team-player, and comfortable giving and receiving feedback

Ready to adapt to an ever-changing environment and industry

Curious, courageous, and careful about your work

In agreement with journalistic principles and ethics to maintain your personal editorial independence