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POSITION: editor



Inquest, a publication of the Institute to End Mass Incarceration, is an online journal of analysis and opinion that explores the causes and consequences of mass incarceration. Drawing from the best traditions of explanatory writing and in-depth analysis, Inquest illuminates the system of racial and social injustice that is mass incarceration — and provokes rigorous discussion aimed at identifying and exploring new paths toward dismantling it. It is a platform where the voices of those doing the hard thinking and the hard work — the people closest to the problem, including those directly impacted by mass incarceration — come together to engage with each other in a generative exchange aimed at eradicating mass incarceration, root and branch.    

Inquest seeks to hire an Editor to work in collaboration with other members of the editorial team to cultivate, manage, edit and guide pieces to publication.

Essential Functions:

As an Editor you will:

  • Work closely with the managing editor to realize Inquest’s objectives.
  • See the editorial process through from beginning to end on assigned pieces, including engaging in direct edits, incorporating other feedback and edits, liaising with the contributor, and creating schedules for the editorial process with regard to assigned pieces. 
  • Fact-check or oversee fact-checking of contributions.
  • Periodic drafting of and updating of different components of the Inquest website, including the Bookshelf.
  • Periodic creation and dissemination of Inquest’s newsletter.
  • Protect the integrity of Inquest’s mission and content, ensuring that all content meets the highest standards.  
  • Organize, conduct and assist with training as needed for Inquest staff. 
  • Contribute content ideas, and engage in outreach to potential contributors as appropriate.  
Additional Responsibilities:
  • Engage in team meetings and collaborative work with other Inquest staff.
  • May be asked to engage in public speaking or events related to the work of Inquest and/or the Institute.  
  • Stay informed and current on issues relating to criminal legal system change, including issues of political, socioeconomic and racial injustice.  
  • Offer ideas for special features and events.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned. 
basic qualifications:
  • At least 5 years of editorial experience.
  • Commitment to the mission, goals and values of Inquest and the Institute to End mass Incarceration.
  • Commitment to nurturing and developing the staff and team members of Inquest and to fostering an inclusive, supportive workplace.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills. 
  • Ability to handle multiple and complex projects simultaneously under stringent timeframes and changing priorities/conditions.
  • Ability to work quickly and efficiently under deadline pressure.
  • Ability and willingness to work varied shifts. 
  • Proficiency with WordPress, cloud storage software, MailChimp, Google Drive and Docs, Excel, workflow management software and apps such as ClickUp, content management software, and team collaboration apps such as SLACK.
  • Preference for an understanding of the landscape of current efforts to address the crisis of mass incarceration, including reform efforts, the movement for abolition, various organizing, advocacy and litigation efforts, and socio-cultural efforts.
  • Candidates should be skilled at working creatively and independently.
  • Candidates should be comfortable taking creative direction/feedback from the Executive Editors, Managing Editor and other members of the editorial team.
additional information:

May be required to work occasional evenings and weekends.

Individuals who are members of or identify with underrepresented and/or marginalized populations, including women, people of color, LGBTQ+, ability/disability and non-binary gender identities, among others, are encouraged to apply, as are people who have been directly impacted by the criminal legal system.

This is a one-year term appointment with potential for renewal, subject to departmental funding and need.

This position reports to the Managing Editor of the Institute to End Mass Incarceration.

Salary for this position will be commensurate with experience, with a salary range of $62,700 – $102,500 based on a 35-hour work-week plus generous benefits, including eligibility for medical insurance, retirement savings account, paid holidays, and time off.


Interested candidates should apply through Harvard Law School Careers . Cover letters should speak to interest in the publication and ability to take ownership of responsibilities described above.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.