Job Opportunities

Full time permanent
$40,000-$44,000 salary DOE and comes with full benefits including health insurance, employer sponsored retirement plan, and a generous PTO policy.

*While our operations remain remote for the foreseeable future, this individual will need to relocate to Atlanta by June 2021.*

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Managing Editor will implement all of Burnaway’s editorial programs, oversee a diverse roster of contributors and editors-at-large, and be a key part of the organization’s artistic leadership. The Managing Editor will be the administrative lead for an editorial team that includes one full time Editor, three regional editors-at-large and at least one editorial intern each semester. Given Burnaway’s small size, the Managing Editor will be expected to jump in and support other ad hoc tasks as needed. As part of a fast-growing organization, the Managing Editor should be a dynamic thinker and enthusiastic to continue this momentum.


Editorial Management & Implementation (70%)
Manage both the day-to-day and long-term operations of the publication and coordinate incoming stories from the extended editorial team.
-Along with the ED and Editor, cultivate partnerships with artists, curators, and other organizations with the goal of increasing Burnaway’s reach and impact.
-Provide feedback and copy editing on most stories with support from the Editor and maintain the magazine’s style guide.
-Manage editorial budget, allocating funds accordingly for each story and reporting the payments to the Director and Bookkeeper.
-Manage the development, design, printing, and distribution of one print publication a year with support from the ED and Editor.
-Write short reviews, interviews, or features for the publication in the Managing Editor’s own voice.
-Work closely with external graphic designers, copy editors, and web developers, bringing in new vendors as necessary.
-Participate in the art community in Atlanta, the region, and nationally as a representative of Burnaway’s leadership.
-Recruit and retain a diverse pool of contributors and editors-at-large and provide mentorship for junior staff and editorial interns.

Social Media and Marketing (10%)
-Monitor and craft social media posts on Instagram and Facebook, providing feedback and oversight on posts when relying on an intern for this work.
-Assist Editor’s work on the weekly newsletter and regularly assess its performance and pace.
-Review community feedback, audience data, and other performance indicators to understand the impact, diversity, and reach of all editorial work.

Strategic Planning/Administrative (10%)
-Draft artistic plans and a program calendar annually with the ED, tracking progress and regularly reporting on programs to the Board of Directors and staff.
-Support Development Manager in editorial-specific grant prospects and assist in maintaining and cultivating these funder relationships.
-Work with the ED on long term organizational plans

Programs (10%)
-Work with the Editor to support and promote the Art Writing Incubator (and other public programs, when necessary).
-Attend convenings, symposia, art fairs, openings or other events on Burnaway’s behalf.

A successful Managing Editor should possess a strong, confident perspective on contemporary art, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and experience leading collaborative and equitable creative teams. This individual must be able to work simultaneously on short- and long-term projects and should be able to maintain a wide and expanding circle of professional and personal contacts in the South and the field at large.

Required qualifications include:
-Bachelor of Arts or comparable undergraduate degree, preferably in art history, literature, journalism, or fine art. While an advanced degree is not required, a depth of art historical, curatorial, or arts administration training is a plus.
-Experience managing both people and projects.
-At least five years’ experience working in the field of contemporary art with increasing responsibility and at least three of those years in a creative/editorial role (not including internships).
-Comfort and experience with digital publishing and technologies including WordPress, Microsoft Office, Google Apps, and Adobe Creative Suite.
-Collaborative sensibility: must be able to maintain healthy, sustainable, respectful professional relationships, especially with contributors, staff, institutional partners, and members of the Board of Directors.

Ideal additional qualifications:
-A demonstrated interest in the cultural landscape South along with a clear understanding of the nuances of the art world nationally and beyond.
-Experience with non-profit, mission-driven arts organizations.
-Familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style and publishing best-practices.
-A strong eye for design and detail, or experience in producing visual content.

Send a cover letter, resume/CV, and two writing samples to [email protected] by Monday, March 8th.

Burnaway is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at Burnaway are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, gender identity, religion, age, ability, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the United States.

Candidates from groups historically underrepresented in the arts are especially encouraged to apply.