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Editor and social media/audience development role: Latin America

DemocraciaAbierta – the ‘Latin’ section of the global website openDemocracy, is seeking to hire a part-time editor with a media / audience development focus to be located in Latin America.

To see this opening in Spanish, please click here.

DemocraciaAbierta (DA) is a global platform for Latin American voices, debating democracy, mobilisation, participation,  human and civil rights across the continent, and beyond. Its core audiences are mainly built around activists, campaigners and policy-makers, working specifically on issues like violence, human rights, indigenous peoples and environmentalists. DA also focuses on political experimentation, innovation and participation initiatives across the region.

DA is currently focusing on growing its audience, networks and impact on four priority countries: Mexico, Colombia, Brazil and Argentina.

Working with a small core team you will be responsible for:

  • Writing, commission and editing eye-catching content for DA which speaks to audiences across multiple platforms

  • Working with the Lead Editor develop DA's digital strategy – including content, email and social media

  • Working with the DA network of editorial partners in the region

  • Sourcing content and building editorial networks

  • Increasing engagement on DA social media channels (FB and Twitter) beyond just promoting DA content – developing DA’s voice in the region

  • Exploring opportunities for DA on other social media channels/platforms and making recommendations for audience growth

  • Raising the profile of the DA brand and content in Latin America

  • Researching and building lists of relevant contacts and influencers

  • Recommending and implementing a strategy to grow an engaged newsletter list

  • Using analytics plus awareness of industry trends to plan and implement strategies to increase engagement with DA’s audience and reach new audiences across Latin America

  • Reporting on audience growth and recommending responses

Experience required:

  • Experience of building audiences through social media, blogging, commissioning and creating eye-catching and engaging content

  • Passion and deep understanding of social technology and knowledge of key digital best practices

  • Proven track record in developing meaningful engagement through online channels

  • Track record of establishing metrics, developing insights and reporting on outcomes, using Google Analytics and social media analytics

  • Demonstrable understanding of measuring and reporting impact

  • Experience of creating engaging e-newsletters and analysing effectiveness

  • Experience writing for social media, developing a social media strategy and building an online community

  • Experience managing multiple, competing priorities, duties and/or project


We are looking for someone who is:

Both an excellent writer and imaginative and detail-focused editor, able to work across multiple platforms

Fluent in Spanish and English 

  • Confident in working autonomously and remotely

  • Able to accommodate evolving responsibilities and last minute changes

  • Has strong communication skills, both verbal and written, and a collaborative approach to working, with the ability to liaise with internal and external stakeholders at all levels

    • Excellent planning and organisational skills, and the ability to work to tight deadlines


  • Experience and credibility as an activist in areas related to DA's editorial focus

  • Knowledge of Portuguese

  • Experience of using Content Management Systems, Mailchimp and HTML/CSS

If you are interested in this role please submit a covering letter, detailing how you meet the criteria above, plus your CV by clicking here.

Interviews of selected candidates will take place from August 7.

Job to start on September 4.

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