Managing Editor

The Washington Post Co.

Washington, DC


Application Instructions

Please list all professional experience and explain any gaps in employment history. All of your application materials, which may include PDF files of work samples and/or links to audio, video, photography or graphics, must be uploaded to the field labeled Resume/Cover Letter/Work Samples to be considered for the position.

Job Description

The Washington Post has an opening for a managing editor who will oversee the National/Politics, Metro and Sports departments in our newsroom – departments and areas of coverage that are key to The Post’s continued evolution as the essential daily news report to understand America.

The successful candidate will work closely with Executive Editor Sally Buzbee and other members of our senior leadership team to chart goals for the newsroom and propel it to even greater success. This managing editor will be instrumental in defining and executing the journalistic strategy for these critical and large reporting departments, as well as shaping how we structure and expand our teams to further fulfill our ambitions and mission.

We seek a leader who has extensive experience running coverage and managing journalists who break news and pursue ambitious projects. Candidates’ backgrounds should include most, if not all, of the following elements: overseeing large, complex staffs who work in a variety of formats; collaborating across departments to bring together robust and accessible storytelling on multiple platforms; and leading colleagues to adapt and prosper as newsroom needs change.

Candidates should be able to draw from a record of conceiving and guiding high-impact accountability and investigative journalism on a range of topics. They also will have successfully led or helped lead significant organizational growth and change.

The qualities needed for success in this role include superb news judgment, experience in motivating journalists, experience in structuring teams for maximum success and a deep dedication to The Post’s mission to scrutinize power in its varied manifestations.

As with all our leadership positions, we seek individuals with highly developed communication skills, competitive zeal, a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, and an empathetic approach to management.

This position is based in our Washington newsroom.

Candidates should upload a résumé and cover letter to our jobs portal. All materials can be uploaded to the same field. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled, but those received by 3/31/2023 will be prioritized. The cover letter should be addressed to Executive Editor Sally Buzbee, to whom this position will report, and to Senior Managing Editor Cameron Barr.

Wherever you are in your life or career, The Washington Post offers comprehensive and inclusive benefits for every step of your journey:

  • Competitive medical, dental and vision coverage

  • Company-paid pension and 401(k) match

  • Three weeks of vacation and up to three weeks of paid sick leave

  • Nine paid holidays and two personal days

  • 20 weeks paid parental leave for any new parent

  • Robust mental health resources

  • Backup care and caregiver concierge services

  • Gender affirming services

  • Pet insurance

  • Free Post digital subscription

  • Leadership and career development programs

Benefits may vary based on the job, full-time or part-time schedule, location, and collectively bargained status.

The Post strives to provide its readers with high-quality, trustworthy news and information while constantly innovating. That mission is best served by a diverse, multi-generational workforce with varied life experiences and perspectives. All cultures and backgrounds are welcomed.

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