Stanford University Editor 2 in Stanford, California


Communication Department Editor 2/ Peninsula Press Managing Editor

The Department of Communication is seeking an Editor for the Graduate Journalism Program. Primarily, the person in this position will serve as managing editor of The Peninsula Press, the program’s multimedia local news website. He or she will perform content development and editorial review under minimal supervision and report to the Director of the Journalism Program. This is an 80% time position.

Job Purpose

  • The Peninsula Press Managing Editor will oversee the publication of all student work for the website, which covers news in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties and partners with professional media in the Bay Area.
  • This person will manage publishing partnerships with and story pitches to local news organizations.
  • Will work with student reporters and journalism faculty to finalize and publish text articles and multimedia produced in Stanford classes.
  • Maintain the technical elements of the website (such as troubleshooting and monitoring traffic and analytics).
  • He or she will work with the campus radio station, KZSU, to produce a weekly radio show, “The Peninsula Report,” based on Peninsula Pressarticles.
  • In the past the Editor has worked with faculty on assignments, students with content (including editing their work), composition of the website, and worked with outsiders such as SF Gate and KQED for placement of materials. Also created content and ran our social media, including Twitter and Facebook.
  • This position will be responsible for handling some administrative support duties for the Graduate Journalism Program, including planning and executing special events, supporting alumni relationships, managing the prospective student database, responding to inquiries and coordinating campus visits for prospective students, and participating in grant writing and management.
  • Successful candidate will be a self-starter who is creative and pragmatic with the ability to juggle multiple projects and to take a project from conceptualization to execution.
  • Candidate should be extremely detail oriented while being able to see the big picture. Must have superb written and verbal communication skills and active listening skills.

Job Description

  • Serve as a resource in developing strategies that promote effective delivery of publications/editorials to target audiences.
  • Research, plan, write, and edit original/complex publications for style and substance as the managing editor of the Peninsula Press.
  • Develop and publish sensitive policy statements and publications for internal and/or external audiences.
  • Ensure adherence of editorial content to guidelines and oversee the work of other editorial staff or free-lancers.
  • Recommend changes and amendments to communications or publications.
  • Work within deadlines and cost constraints of partners.
  • Advise and collaborate with partners on editorial and publication methods.
  • Communicate with writers, editors, photographers, vendors, and contractors, and review publication process.

Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree and five years of relevant work experience or combination of education and relevant experience. Higher degree preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated understanding of the principles, terminology, procedures, and best practices of communications, public relations, and editorial content.
  • Extensive experience in planning and implementing complex publications/editorial projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize and coordinate materials from multiple resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to edit complex stories for both style and substance.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and thorough command of editorial and proofreading skills.
  • Experience producing highly effective work within the deadline and cost constraints.
  • Extensive experience and understanding of job-required software applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply ingenuity and creativity in solving complex problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply discretion and judgment in evaluating implications of information release to internal and external audiences.


  • Superior knowledge of building and maintaining WordPress websites.
  • A background in web development and proficiency in Excel.
  • Ability to copy edit to the standards of a professional news publication.
  • Video and audio editing experience, specifically with Final Cut Pro X and Audacity.
  • Strong command of the most-used social media tools and "best social practices" for journalists.
  • Technical knowledge and temperament to assist in graduate-level journalism courses and lead training sessions as needed.
  • Willingness to learn Virtual Reality techniques in order to support courses on VR of public affairs journalism.
  • Willingness to work nights and weekends on rare occasions, if breaking news requires. Strong attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Candidate should be a team player with a willingness and ability to reach out to many constituencies, including students, faculty and staff. Physically located in a shared office.


  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, and grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally grasp forcefully, writing by hand.
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork; lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.

* - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


  • Occasional work on evenings and weekends.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,

Final offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of national criminal background check, national sex offender registry search and, where applicable, driving record.

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job: Communications

Location: School of Humanities and Sciences

Schedule: Part-time

Req ID: 75599

Job Grade: 4252