Managing Editor

Asian American Writers' Workshop

112 W 27th Street, Suite 600
New York, NY 10001




Jan 27, 2023

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop’s Managing Editor is an editorial leader who manages the day-to-day production and operations of the Workshop’s award-winning digital literary magazine, The Margins.

The Managing Editor reports to and works closely with the Editor in Chief and supervises two part-time staff editors, working to implement the editorial vision of The Margins, which publishes work on average two to four times weekly. The Managing Editor works closely with our Digital Communications team to produce pieces published in the magazine. This person is responsible for ensuring the consistent publication of excellent writing in the magazine, managing a team of editors, and working closely with the EIC on evaluating submissions.

The Managing Editor in this role is highly collaborative and an exceptional communicator; can multi-task and manage competing priorities with a variety of deadlines; has a nose for smart, nuanced storytelling; knows how to find a meaningful equilibrium between speed and quality; and loves working with other editors.

Responsibilities of this role include but are not limited to:

  • Managing the day-to-day editorial workflow and production calendar for The Margins in concert with all editors on the team, ensuring that writers/editors meet deadlines, follow appropriate editorial style guidelines, and maintain proper best practices for production
  • Supervising two part-time staff editors, guiding and supporting their work
  • Managing the work of all contributing editors, including two poetry editors and two flash fiction editors, ensuring smooth workflow and offering support and guidance.
  • With EIC, setting copy standards for the magazine; maintaining those standards in copyediting pieces for publication
  • Collaborating with the digital communications team to ensure that final files are delivered for timely production and published pieces are promoted on social media
  • Producing stories on The Margins CMS as needed
  • With the EIC, reviewing and evaluating submissions; assigning accepted pieces to appropriate editor(s)
  • Conducting developmental and line edits on some combination of essays, interviews, fiction, and other selected pieces of interest
  • Managing cross-departmental projects, such as editing work produced by AAWW Fellows, events, and campaigns as needed
  • Managing workflow and proofing for annual “Best of The Margins” print collection
  • Overseeing contracts for contributors
  • Processing payments to contributors, gathering paperwork as needed
  • With EIC, coordinating awards submissions

This position is full-time (40 hours/week). Salary range is $57,000-$62,000/year commensurate with experience. AAWW offers a strong benefits package including a generous vacation policy and fully-covered health, dental, and vision insurance. This role is a management position. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this position will temporarily be a remote position as the AAWW staff continues to telecommute. Candidates must be currently based in or willing to relocate to the greater New York City area upon the resuming of in-person operations.


Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Passion and deep interest in Asian, Asian American, Asian diasporic literatures
  • 4-6 years of professional editing experience, preferably in magazine or literary publishing
  • Proven track record in leading and guiding writers to deliver excellent, polished pieces
  • Demonstrated project management, multi-tasking, and communication skills, and excellent writing, editing, and presentation skills
  • Strong copyediting skills, knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style, and ability to manage house style
  • Experience with developmental editing; experience editing fiction is a plus
  • Extensive experience with word processing
  • Some experience with HTML and working with WordPress or other CMS
  • Experience using social media platforms
  • Familiarity with current SEO principles and experience applying them to stories
  • Familiarity with Adobe Suite and other design software is a plus
  • Experience working across multiple time zones and with colleagues of different cultural backgrounds

Application Instructions

Interested applicants should email a cover letter, résumé, and nonfiction writing sample of up to 2,000 words to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please include the
following subject line: FULL NAME – Managing Editor.