Executive Editor, Retirement
Summit Business Media - New York, NY

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Position Summary and Purpose:

The Executive Editor of Retirement is responsible for overseeing the editorial product build out of the Plan Advisor and Plan Sponsor channels on BenefitsPro.com. In addition to elevating the quality of the site’s traditional editorial coverage — including news, blogs, and features — the position will be responsible for engendering a participatory community model on the site. The position will also spearhead the development of interactive features that drive deeper community engagement.

The Executive Editor of Retirement will become a thought leader in the defined contribution plan space and work closely with the publisher and sales team to identify and capitalize on the needs of the marketplace.

The position will require a high-level understanding of digital media, editorial management, content generation, and audience engagement in order to:
  • Enhance BenefitsPro’s editorial and institutional thought leadership
  • Increase of online readership metrics via the daily news coverage and ongoing online feature development
  • Lead new product development efforts
  • Develop editorially driven revenue opportunities in conjunction with Strategic Content and special projects
Major Responsibilities/Accountabilities:
  • Take the lead role in content planning meetings, developing feature stories and special editorial projects on an ongoing basis, as well as entertaining story pitches from the editorial staff
  • Develop and editorial calendar for the year, as well as monthly content cycles throughout the year
  • Work with art directors to ensure that editorial content has a visually compelling presentation, as well as to develop other visual content, such as infographics
  • Work in conjunction with other lead editors on sister publications to develop content that crosses brand lines
  • Contribute personally to each monthly content cycle with an Editorial column and a mix of daily news items, additional column writing and feature writing
  • Partake in opportunities that increase his or her own personal brand visibility and subject matter expertise. This includes, but is not limited to, participating in webinars, speaking at industry events, providing quotes to mainstream media, and working in strategic partnership with external media sources
  • Manage editorial budget for retirement channel
  • Manage internal staff editors dedicated to the BenefitsPro retirement channel, as well as external contributors, freelancers and stringer reporters
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Have an entrepreneurial outlook to draw upon in order to grow the BenefitsPro retirement channel to support Summit’s strategic objectives
  • Have strong writing, researching, interviewing and editing skills capable of creating deeply compelling and informational content
  • Have the ability and willingness to speak publicly
  • Understand the nature and value of social media, and have a willingness to engage audiences through it
  • Have excellent project management and organizational skills and be able to work collaboratively in cross-functional teams as well as independently
  • Demonstrate the proven ability to be a contributing member of a cross-functional team
  • Have strong communication, critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills
  • Exhibit excellent negotiation, organizational and multi-tasking skills
  • Proven leadership ability to influence, develop, and mentor employees in an environment that fosters a team-building approach
  • Ability to thrive in a fast- paced environment while managing multiple projects on tight deadlines
Required Minimum Qualifications:
  • Four-year college degree or higher; degree in journalism a plus
  • Seven-10 years business journalism experience
  • Deep experience with the retirement plan field or one that is very closely aligned. Previous experience managing editorial staff
  • Have proficiency with Microsoft Office, and ability to learn new software
  • Budget experience
  • Must be willing travel 3-4 times a year to attend industry events

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