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Opportunity: Assistant Editor

We are hiring 4 - 6 assistant editors to help manage our editorial workflow and to assist with editing and publishing specific pieces.

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Inquest is a forum for advancing bold ideas to end mass incarceration in the United States. It is a source for original, insightful work by thinkers and doers across a broad range of experience and expertise, united in the belief that mass incarceration is an epic injustice that can and must urgently end. Our mission is to create a space where the voices of those doing the thinking and the work—the people closest to the problem, including those directly impacted by mass incarceration—can come together to share ideas and be heard as they pursue bold solutions.

  • Help to manage the editorial and publication process for specifically assigned pieces as they progress through the editorial cycle (for an estimated 2-7 hours per week);
  • Perform weekly tasks to support and maintain the overarching editorial workflow, including managing and updating the team’s workflow software;
  • Communicate with authors and contributors as needed;
  • Monitor incoming and expected submissions;
  • Fact-check essays and other content for publication;
  • Transcribe interviews;
  • Build the homepage and enter various posts in WordPress;
  • Draft Inquest announcements and the weekly newsletter;
  • Support the editorial and publication process as needed with additional tasks.
  • Currently enrolled student (JD, LLM, SJD) at any U.S. based law school.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc); Google Drive and Docs; Teams and OneDrive, and a willingness to learn and adapt to other software and platforms, such as but not limited to: ClickUp, WordPress, and Slack.
  • Proven ability to handle information with discretion, sound judgment, professionalism and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work with a variety of people both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to manage multiple complex tasks in a fast-paced and demanding environment.
  • A strong interest in (based on direct experience or otherwise) social justice, racial justice, and the crisis of our criminal legal system and mass incarceration preferred, including familiarity with aspects of the system including policing, prisons, prosecution and the judicial process.
  • Strong writing and research skills preferred.

Candidates will ideally have a commitment to challenging racial, economic and carceral injustice, and be skilled at working creatively and independently. 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.

reports to: Editorial board of inquest
additional information:
  • Flexwork requests should be discussed with the Executive Director of the Institute to End Mass Incarceration and must align with Harvard’s flexwork policies, payroll guidelines, and HLS’s flexwork guiding principles
  • Harvard will require COVID vaccination for all Harvard community members who will have any on-campus presence. Individuals may claim exemption from the vaccine requirement for medical or religious reasons. More information regarding the University’s COVID vaccination requirement and exceptions may be found at the University’s “COVID-19 Vaccine Information” webpage. 
  • Pay for this position is $17/hour.

Please email cover letter, resume and list of three references to [email protected] by 5pm EST on September 20, 2021. Cover letters should speak to interest in the publication and ability to take ownership of responsibilities described above.