Director, e21 Posted Mar 14
Manhattan Institute , Washington, DC
Director, e21
The Manhattan Institute
Washington, DC

The Manhattan Institute seeks a Director for e21, an online publication applying a journalistic lens to economic policy. The successful applicant will have the exciting opportunity to lead a relaunch of the site intended to establish it as the go-to source for economic commentary on the center-right.

The Director will be responsible for soliciting and editing op-ed or short essay length pieces on economic policy, with an emphasis on digestible content similar to that found in publications like Vox or the New York Times’ Upshot. In addition to authoring their own content, the Director will work with Manhattan Institute scholars as well as a roster of outside contributors to produce timely content that illuminates the policy issues of the day in a fashion accessible to an educated layman. They will also oversee a small staff that is responsible for technical responsibilities such as getting content online and producing a daily email digest of e21 material.

The position will be based in the Manhattan Institute’s Washington D.C. office and the Director will be expected to liaison with the DC policy community through meetings and events. It will also require occasional travel to the Institute’s headquarters in New York City.
The ideal Director will possess the following attributes:

10+ years of experience in public policy/journalism
Academic background in economics or a work record that indicates a serious conversancy in the topic
Solid interpersonal skills
Management experience
Ability to work quickly and meet deadlines
Philosophical alignment with Manhattan Institute’s mission; desire to advance free enterprise, fiscal discipline, economic growth, and the rule of law

The ideal candidate will have a skill set that lies at the intersection of public policy and journalism – conversant enough in the former to seriously scrutinize content and experienced enough in the latter to present arguments as clearly and concisely as possible. The position also requires the interpersonal skills to work successfully with staff, contributors, and policymakers.

A strong candidate will possess the ability to move content quickly, a journalist’s instinct for which topics are driving conversation, and a dedication to producing thoughtful, nuanced content free of hyperbole. For a candidate of sufficient distinction in economics, the position may also carry the title of Senior Fellow.
Application Instructions 
Qualified candidates should submit the following in one PDF file with your full name in the file name:
Cover letter detailing your interest in the position and salary requirements
2-3 brief writing samples (preferably on topics related to e21’s work)

Please include “Director, e21–[Your Name]” in the subject line of your email.

Materials should be emailed in one PDF document to Claire Kittle Dixon, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search:

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls please.

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