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POSITION: managing 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 a Managing Editor to oversee & work in collaboration with other members of the editorial team to cultivate, manage, edit and guide pieces to publication.

Essential Functions:

As a Managing Editor you will:

  • Work collaboratively with the editorial and operations team to realize Inquest’s objectives including: supervising the editorial process from beginning to end, including establishing effective workflow and collaboration processes, overseeing the editorial work of the team, integrating operations and editorial work, and also engaging in direct edits, incorporating feedback and edits, and liaising with contributors.
  • Oversee features and special projects of Inquest, including the weekly newsletter, the website’s bookshelf, events, and essay clusters or series.
  • Protect the integrity of Inquest’s mission and content, ensuring that all content meets the highest standards.
  • Organize, conduct and manage training as needed for Inquest staff, including oversight of performance and professional development.
  • Contribute content ideas, and engage in outreach to potential contributors as appropriate. May occasionally contribute original work to Inquest.
  • Serve as a member of the Inquest editorial board and chair weekly editorial board meetings.
  • Stay informed and current on issues relating to criminal legal system change, including issues of political, socioeconomic and racial injustice and contribute content ideas, and engage in outreach to potential contributors as appropriate. Offer ideas for special features and events.
  • May be asked to engage in public speaking or events related to the work of Inquest and/or the Institute.
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.
basic qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree and five years of editing experience.

Additional qualifications:

We are looking for people who have:

  • Commitment to the mission, goals and values of Inquest and the Institute to End Mass Incarceration and to nurturing and developing the staff and team members of Inquest while fostering an inclusive, supportive workplace.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills. Ability to work creatively and independently as well as part of a team including taking creative direction/feedback other members of the editorial team.
  • Ability to handle multiple and complex projects simultaneously under stringent timeframes and changing priorities/conditions. Ability to work quickly and efficiently under deadline pressure.
  • 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
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 Executive Director of the Institute to End Mass Incarceration.

Salary for this position will be commensurate with experience, with a salary range of $69,100 to $116,100 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.