openSecurity Lead Editor (fixed term contract)

Full-time role as openSecurity Lead Editor. Application deadline: 12 noon, September 20th.  

openDemocracy Opendemocracy
6 September 2013

Full time, £29,990 pa

October 2013 to October 2014, with scope for extension.

Role profile

We are looking for a committed and creative individual to lead the openSecurity editorial team. As a core member of the wider openDemocracy team, you will work with the Editor-in-Chief and other section editors to build the digital commons, and encourage debate in your specified area: sustainable security, conflict and peacebuilding.

As editor of openSecurity you will:

  • Ensure the smooth running of the section day to day;
  • pioneer agenda setting editorial projects;
  • expand our funding base to achieve this in the long term.
  • About us

    openSecurity provides a point of interaction between the relatively closed group of people who can be said to have influence on the course of security policy, and the people in whose name they act. A platform for multi-perspective expert analysis, we look past the shock value of ‘breaking’ news to understand these events as flash points in the longer histories and trends of human politics. Our focuses examine not only live, visible conflict, but the slow processes of exclusion and escalation and – conversely – of conflict resolution and peacebuilding.

    Job description

    • Support the editorial team to develop and deliver current editorial projects, setting deadlines to achieve this to an agreed publishing schedule.

    • Manage relationships with advisors, regular contributors and partners.

    • Attend and convene relevant meetings/conferences on issues relating to the fields of sustainable security, conflict analysis and peacebuilding.

    • Manage existing funding relationships and build a broad base through diversification.

    • Plan openSecurity's strategic direction to fulfil the section's aims, working with the co-editor and associate editors.

    Person Specification


    Excellent written and oral skills in English.

    MA or equivalent training/professional experience in conflict analysis/ peacebuilding/ critical security studies.

    Confident and supportive leading a team.

    Track record of successful fundraising and project evaluation, individually or as part of a team.

    Experience of proofing and editing texts written in a plurality of styles.


    Strong commitment to education and information sharing around reconciliation, peace building, and violence reduction.

    Knowledge of layout and design principles.

    Fluency in a language other than English.

    How to apply

    Send a CV and a note of interest of no more than one side of A4 to [email protected], with the subject line openSecurity editor.

    Deadline: 12 noon on Friday 20th of September.

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