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Senior Editor, Talent Development

As The Atlantic grows, we are seeking an experienced senior editor to lead our recruitment and professional development efforts.

If you apply for this job: You will play a critical role in launching our newly created Talent Lab. You should come equipped with a robust network of journalists, having hired and managed many. You will be working with many editors across the organization, listening to their needs and helping match them with strong candidates, so you must be an excellent collaborator and communicator. You and your team will likely have to recruit for multiple positions at once, so you must be diligent, organized, and fast-moving, working with editors and colleagues in human resources to set up a thorough and efficient hiring process for every position. You should not be willing to accept a finalist pool that is not both diverse and difficult to choose among. You should enjoy networking, and understand where you and your colleagues should be traveling to identify new potential journalists.

In addition to hiring, you and your team will play a key role in shaping how our organization develops all its journalists. You must know journalism well, and have an acute, well-developed sense of the skills that reporting and storytelling require. To thrive in this position, you will have to know The Atlantic, and what distinguishes our work. And you should be able to translate that understanding to every position and platform we encompass—from editors to writers to producers, from journalists who work primarily with printed text to journalists who produce and appear at live events.

If you possess all these gifts, you will be a senior leader making an immense impact in a thriving and historic media organization, with resources at your disposal, and a wealth of generous, creative, ambitious, collaborative, and brilliant colleagues who will treasure your work. You will play a pivotal role in cultivating the very best of the Atlantic. We cannot wait to work with you.


Across Atlantic Media, generally, the firm looks for two “pillar gifts” in its candidates.  In all of us, these are more aspirational than actual, but they are central in our intentions.

  • 1. Force of Intellect - Atlantic Media seeks a discipline and rigor of thought as manifested, often, in exceptional academic performance and, later, success in a professional environment.
  • 2. Spirit of Generosity - Equally, Atlantic Media seeks what we term a spirit of generosity – a natural disposition towards service and selfless conduct.


Atlantic Media is an EOE of Minorities/Women/Vets/Disability.

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