Position Title: Editor, Part-Time
Position Type: Independent Contractor
Reports to: Chief Editor
Hours per month (average): 15-20
Organization and Position Summary
The Arrow Journal explores the relationship among contemplative practice, politics, and activism. Inspired in its founding by the teaching and social vision of meditation master Chögyam Trungpa, The Arrow welcomes the insights of multiple contemplative lineages for achieving a kinder, healthier, and more compassionate world. We encourage dialogue on wisdom and knowledge arising from methods of contemplative inquiry, ways of embodied knowing, and intellectual disciplines. In doing so, The Arrow provides a critical and much needed space for investigating the meeting point of contemplative wisdom and pressing social, political, and environmental challenges.
The Editor will support The Arrow’s growth in quantity and regularity of publishing high-quality, thoughtful writing by engaging in author outreach, implementing a more efficient editorial process, and providing insightful editorial feedback on submissions. The Editor role will therefore combine tasks that support the journal’s current operations with projects that advance the journal’s capacity over the next 1-3 years. It is an exciting opportunity for a professional passionate about social transformation to contribute to The Arrow’s robust and growing discourse on the applications of contemplative wisdom to address pressing global challenges.
Author Outreach (40%)
- In collaboration with the Chief Editor, engage in outreach to new authors, providing information about the journal and making invitations to submit work.
- Research potential authors whose work resonates with The Arrow Journal’s scope.
- Research academic, professional, institutional, and activist networks where journal content and calls for papers can be publicized. Distribute content to these venues.
Editorial Process Development (30%)
- In collaboration with the Chief Editor, implement a more efficient editorial process that will limit the editorial workload of staff and contribute to reduced bias in feedback.
- In collaboration with the Chief Editor, support the process of building a community of peer reviewers committed to providing periodic reviews for journal submissions.
Managing Editorial Process (30%)
- Distribute all submissions that pass desk review to peer reviewers, communicating the type of feedback requested and any specific questions or concerns of editorial staff.
- Provide reviews and editorial staff feedback to the author, with clear evaluation of the submission’s standing and deadline for revision (if applicable).
- If necessary, distribute revised submissions to reviewers for additional feedback.
- Once substantive edits are complete, send submission to copy editors for improvements to language, grammar, and clarity. Share copyedited draft with author for approval.
- Evidence of critical analysis and attention to written language, including but not limited to Bachelor’s degree, past employment, previously published work, etc.
- Skilled at offering feedback on written work, with attention to detail in substance (i.e. quality of argument, clarity of subject matter presentation) and style (i.e. grammar, use of language); ability to provide editorial feedback that supports making field-specific content accessible to a broad audience
- Skilled at interpersonal communication, especially with regards to author outreach and communicating editorial feedback to authors in a kind, clear, and respectful manner
- Proficiency with Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and other Google apps
- Experience with academic peer review process
- Experience editing for a scholarly journal or intellectual magazine
- Connected to academic, professional, institutional, or activist networks related to the journal’s area of publishing
- Familiarity with public and/or scholarly discourse on the intersection of contemplative practice with social, political, and ecological issues
$25/hour. (This position is ideal for a freelance writer/editor, university faculty member, or graduate student for whom the required hours would contribute to the candidate’s overall income but not be a primary income source.)
How to Apply
The Arrow Journal is committed to cultivating an organizational culture that reflects our values of equity, inclusion, and promoting the insight of wisdom traditions that are often marginalized in today’s world. We welcome applications from people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences, and we encourage people of color, gender non-conforming individuals, and others from historically marginalized communities to apply.
To be considered, please submit your resume and 1-2 page cover letter expressing your interest and fit for the role to Gabe Dayley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Arrow Journal is a 501(c)(3) public charity that publishes articles exploring applications of contemplative wisdom to pressing social, political, and environmental challenges. The Arrow Journal’s work environment is open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.