Title: Associate Editor, Christianity Today
FLSA Status: Full-time, exempt
Department:Christianity Today (Pastors vertical)
Supervisor: CT Pastors Editor
Christianity Today is hiring a full-time associate editor to generate thoughtful, captivating, and edifying articles and training resources for pastors and church leaders. This position requires a passion for serving those in formal church leadership and an appreciation for the unique challenges and pain points of pastors. This editor will be expected to conceptualize original article ideas and assign them to appropriate writers, as well as to evaluate incoming article pitches and acquire those that best fit our audience of senior and solo pastors, providing them with fresh, engrossing insight into the daily tasks of ministry and the pastoral calling.
We’re looking for someone with outstanding storytelling skills who believes the gospel of Jesus Christ is a transforming and vital force and that God’s primary way of working in the world is through his church. We want someone who reads widely and has experience working in and with various ministries in a local church. If you spend time thinking about topics like the emotional health of pastors, the importance of Bible engagement in the church, and the challenges of recruiting and keeping volunteers, this job may be for you.
This position will involve working on both articles and training curriculum, and while it includes some writing, it is not a staff writer position. The ideal candidate will thrive on helping others communicate well and sharing exciting and unintuitive ideas that directly benefit church leaders in their day-to-day work.
Assisting in editorial efforts for CT Pastors (60%)
- File multiple publication-ready articles a week for CT’s online vertical for pastors and twice-annual print special issues.
- Collaborate with editorial team for strategic planning of content.
- Help plan the editorial content strategy for CT Pastors, working closely with other team members to create and maintain digital publishing best practices for the website.
- Build and maintain a broad team of contacts and freelance writers.
Assisting in editorial and product development efforts for BuildingChurchLeaders.com (40%)
- Assist in development of new products, from conception to production.
- Occasionally update existing content for greater ministry impact and discoverability, using analytics and user feedback to track effectiveness.
- Plan and write weekly email newsletters.
Job Qualifications and Requirements:
Education: Undergraduate degree required (M.Div. or M.A. in theology preferred).
Knowledge/Skills: Strong written and oral communication skills; Able to manage multiple tasks and meet recurring deadlines in a fast-paced environment; Aptitude for creative problem solving and strong analytics skills; Knowledge of church history and evangelical Protestant theology, culture, and leadership.
Experience: 1–3 years in online editorial role preferred.
Success Factors/Job Competencies: Meeting output goals, filing articles that are formative, informative, and free from errors.
Performance Standards: Annual performance evaluation; Attainment of annual goals established by CT Pastors editor.
Physical Requirements: Sitting, reaching, handling, typing, talking, hearing, visual acuity (near), visual accommodation, color vision. Work is performed in a typical office environment.
Location: This job is based at the Christianity Today offices in the west suburbs of Chicago.