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Senior Editor, Family & Education

The Atlantic is looking for a sharp, versatile editor to help run our education and family sections. Under the guidance of the section editor, you’ll be responsible for commissioning and editing both news-driven commentary and ambitious, longer-term projects. The ideal candidate will have smart, creative ideas about how to cover schools, teachers, families, parenting, children, and relationships, and experience editing both essays and reporting. 

You should be comfortable working with established writers as well as emerging voices from a broad range of perspectives. You should have impeccable news and editorial judgment, a knack for identifying the bigger pattern behind the day’s news, and an intellectual curiosity about the economic, political, and cultural forces shaping American education and family life. And you should be able to take a piece swiftly from an idea to a reality, handling every stage of the process, from big conceptual edits to sentence flow and word choice.


Atlantic Media Values:

Across Atlantic Media, generally, the firm looks for two “pillar gifts” in its candidates.  In all of us, these are more aspirational than actual, but they are central in our intentions.

  • Force of Ideas: At the center of Atlantic Media work are the ideas within our writing. We believe that ideas – to the good and not – have consequence. Our highest work is bringing rigor, insight, intellectual honesty, to that ultimate purpose of separating the bad from the good, giving voice, argument, and flight to the latter.
  • Spirit of Generosity: Atlantic Media seeks in its ranks a spirit of generosity – a natural disposition in each colleague toward service and selfless conduct. Atlantic Media writing should be cut from the same cloth – critical on the merits but informed by charity and forbearance in measuring motive and personal character.


Atlantic Media is an EOE of Minorities/Women/Vets/Disability.

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