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Job vacancy - OurKingdom, Deputy Editor

OurKingdom is looking for a new Deputy Editor, with a view to becoming a full Co-Editor. Details and how to apply below.

OurKingdom Ourkingdom
29 April 2013

OurKingdom, the British section of openDemocracy, is looking for a Deputy-Editor to help develop its editorial strategy, coverage and influence and fundraise for 2013-15.

It is a full-time paid position of 18-22k per annum depending upon experience - for which, at present, we have the funding for six months already in place and are continuing to raise additional funds long term. We would hope to raise the salary long term as fundraising permits, as well as promote from Deputy to Co-Editor. It will be based primarily in our offices in Dalston, London.

It is not so much a job as a creative, entrepreneurial role demanding commitment, experience, courage, modesty, a lot of learning and a passion for democracy. It will include editorial work (commissioning, editing, publishing) alongside strategic thinking on how best to explore the cultural, economic, political and constitutional roots of the democratic crisis in Britain, from the media to corporate power, expose its day-to-day realities, and shape its future.

Past experience of fundraising would be useful but is not a requirement. Experience of starting a project is helpful, while familiarity with openDemocracy is essential. A good eye for detail and strong organisational skills are vital. Equally, an open mind, a willingness to engage seriously with thought from across the political spectrum, is a foundation of openDemocracy’s approach. We are neither sectarian nor party affiliated. Building and developing relationships with other individuals, organisations and movements is a key part of the role.

You would be working alongside Oliver Huitson, our other full-timer, and would help build the OK team of editors, contributors and supporters – our network. The position demands someone who will work in a spirit of collegiality with editors across the federal structure of openDemocracy.

The position is an opportunity to engage with the nature of the UK and British democracy untrammeled by sectarianism or party loyalties. We want editors to write, to be clear and honest about their views, develop their own voice on the site as well as encouraging those who disagree. (See our About Section for more on our work, team and aims.)

How to apply:

Interviews are first come, first served, and will finish end of May. Apply to Oliver Huitson, at [email protected], with the subject title DEPUTY-ED APPLICATION, with:

1. CV

2. Three commissioning ideas for articles, including authors to be commissioned

3. A one-page strategy on how you would drive OurKingdom forward alongside the team during the coming year, including your editorial, project and funding ideas - what are the big questions Britain is facing, how should they be explored, what would make for interesting debate series, are there different formats and mediums OK should be experimenting with, and how do we raise funds: which organisations, groups, funding models, individuals, research grants, etc (we appreciate candidates may have little or no experience of fundraising - send us what you can). 

- The OurKingdom team, April 29th, 2013

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