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Come Work for Lawfare—as Our Deputy Managing Editor!

By David Priess
Monday, February 3, 2020, 4:37 PM

The Lawfare Institute—publisher of information and insight at the intersection of national security, law, and policy—seeks highly organized, motivated, and experienced candidates for a full-time deputy managing editor, with work located in Washington, D.C. near Dupont Circle.

The deputy managing editor will work in tandem with the managing editor to perform or direct significant aspects of Lawfare's work, including:

  • Reviewing submissions for possible publication on the Lawfare website;
  • Assigning submissions to senior editors and associate editors, as needed, for advice on acceptance;
  • Soliciting submissions from contributors based on current developments and perceived gaps in Lawfare's coverage;
  • Processing accepted submissions to prepare them for publication;
  • Assigning submissions to associate editors for processing;
  • Managing final copyediting and posting of publications to the website;
  • Maintaining the Lawfare publication schedule;
  • Contributing as needed to Lawfare podcasts on topics of particular expertise or need;
  • Managing the website, including rotating highlighted pieces, posting relevant documents and livestreams, and controlling quality, in coordination with web hosting team;
  • Coordinating with book review editors and Lawfare staff to manage the workflow of book reviews;
  • Assisting with fundraising and donor-required documentation, as needed;
  • Other duties as assigned by Lawfare management.

At the direction of the Lawfare management team, the deputy managing editor may take primary responsibility for some of the duties above, such as website management and managing book reviews, while the managing editor retains the lead role on others.

Candidates will have a bachelor's or higher degree, preferably in a field related to English, journalism, national security, or law; combined 2+ years of relevant training and experience; excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to effectively interact with academic and non-academic contributors; and demonstrated decision-making skills. The strongest candidates will have experience editing national security and/or legal topics; familiarity with AP style; direct experience working with PACER and other sources of legal content; a healthy understanding of the US foreign policy process; and connections with experts operating within or at the margins of the nexus of national security, law, and policy.

Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include health and dental care (with premiums fully paid by Lawfare), flexible hours, and 401(k) with Lawfare matching contribution.

Lawfare is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

HOW TO APPLY: Please submit a note to with the subject line [EDITOR APPLICATION: your name] that contains these two items (and only these two items) attached in a single document: (1) a resume that shows the experience and education requested above; and (2) a cover letter of no more than two pages that explains how you plan to apply your skills and experiences to Lawfare and includes at least two references, with email addresses, of people directly familiar with your editing work. We anticipate many applications; not following the instructions here will result in your application not being considered.