Major League Soccer

  • Managing Editor

    Job Locations US-NY-New York
    ID
    2019-1432
    # of Openings
    1
    Category
    Media
  • Overview

    The Managing Editor oversees the day-to-day content production, workflow and operations of the league’s official website, mobile web and mobile app, guiding daily content and site production in collaboration with the Editor-in-Chief.  Among the chief responsibilities of the Managing Editor: (1) content ideation, planning, programming and production for site and app; (2) managing, scheduling, assigning, on-boarding and coaching a team of staffers and freelancers; (3) overseeing site/app-specific budget; (4) creating content; (5) assessing content and platform performance metrics.

    Responsibilities

    • Direct and guide site/app editors and producers to create and publish content, including overseeing all production features like headlines, teaser titles, photo/thumb selections and other content elements to maximize content performance on site and app
    • Leverage all available CMS and web production tools to create the optimal user experience on each and every post
    • Exercise strong editorial judgement across all aspects of the site/app content creation process to guide framing, language and general positioning of stories and sensitive topics
    • Establish strategies and regularly make decisions regarding site and app programming to maximize content and channel performance with the assistance of performance monitoring tools
    • Create and oversee the creation of real-time content around live matches, often held on weekday evenings and weekends
    • Brainstorm, assign and oversee execution of compelling national stories, including breaking stories, related to MLS, its teams, players and matches
    • Create content plans around special events, packages or content series as necessary
    • Monitor local, national and international outlets as well as the soccer social media community, and oversee creation of timely and relevant responsive content
    • Work closely with Social, Video and Graphics staffers to coordinate content creation and distribution, including responsive content, taking every MLS digital platform into account
    • Oversee performance management of senior editor and new media editor staff members
    • Develop and manage a freelance contributor network to provide on-site/match coverage in each MLS market
    • Develop, train, manage and strategically deploy a freelance editor network to provide site/app desk coverage and support
    • Develop, manage and strategically deploy a columnist network to provide timely, engaging and compelling reactions, observations and perspectives on the most relevant topics in the league
    • Cover matches, report and write breaking news stories, commentaries and long-form features, and provide on-site coverage from special events or other access opportunities
    • Create community-focused content, such as polls and photo galleries, triggering deeper engagement from users
    • Work with editors and content producers at MLS clubs and MLS Digital partners to coordinate coverage and share content and best practices
    • Ensure that digital products (app, Fantasy Manager, brackets, etc.) and league initiatives (MLS Works, eMLS, etc.) are seamlessly integrated in content production as appropriate
    • Monitor, identify and integrate innovative trends from the digital and sports content landscape
    • Manage hiring and onboarding process by interviewing, selecting, orienting, and training employees
    • Accomplish team results by communicating job expectations and managing the Performance Management process:
      • Plan, monitor, and review performance;
      • Coach and counsel employees;
      • Develop and implement department procedures and productivity standards and reinforce Company policies
    • Develop personal growth opportunities for employees
    • Additional responsibilities as assigned

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s Degree
    • 5+ years of experience editing, writing and producing digital content
    • A high degree of familiarity with the digital media and social media ecosystem, including how content engages audiences on different platforms
    • A proven ability to edit, write and post content within a content management system and across multiple digital platforms
    • Possession of basic HTML and programming skills and the ability to edit images and leverage video and social media content elements to help tell a story
    • Strong, dynamic writer who is a specialist at writing headlines, subheads and captions, while also wearing many editorial hats: copy editor, producer, writer and blogger
    • Capability of working under tight deadlines and prioritizing assignments
    • Exceptional facility for creativity, ideation and a familiarity with the process of proposing and revising ideas to incorporate group feedback and priorities
    • A passion for storytelling: Strong instincts for recognizing a compelling story and identifying the elements that constitute compelling storytelling
    • Demonstrated editorial judgement and general decision-making and problem-solving skills
    • Deep knowledge and appreciation of soccer, specifically MLS
    • Superior organization, project management skills and attention to detail
    • High level of commitment to quality work product and organizational ethics, integrity and compliance
    • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, team environment
    • Efficient time management skills and the ability to work under short- and long-lead timelines
    • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate, both written and verbally
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite
    • Independent thinking and the ability to multi-task and meet deadlines with minimal supervision
    • Demonstrated decision making and problem-solving skills
    • Detail-oriented with the ability to multi-task and meet deadlines with minimal supervision
    • Non-traditional work schedule with the ability to work weekends and evenings
    • Knowledge of the Spanish language (business proficiency)
    • Knowledge of the sport of soccer

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