School of Media Studies

Job Opportunity: Assistant Director of Editorial Initiatives

Assistant Director of Editorial Initiatives

Department: SPE/Dean’s Office


The Vera List Center for Art and Politics (VLC) is a leading research center and open forum for public scholarship on art, culture, and politics. An initiative of The New School’s Schools of Public Engagement, the Center serves a critical mission: to foster vibrant and diverse communities of artists, scholars, and policymakers who take creative, intellectual, and political risks to bring about positive change. A pioneer in the field, the Center was founded in 1992 and now offers a range of activities that encompass public programs, exhibitions, conferences, artist and student fellowships, classes, and books featuring art and research projects invested in the political agency of the arts. In recent years, the publications and the international biennial Jane Lombard Prize for Art and Social Justice have further raised the reach and impact of the VLC. The Center’s website captures much of this programming, with event videos and commissioned writings, and is an important destination for researchers, students, and artists from different parts of the world.

The Assistant Director of Editorial Initiatives will help: develop an integrated editorial and communications profile for the Center’s various platforms – the website with online archive, the newsletter and announcements, print and e-publications, social media and, in the future, podcasts; and consolidate digital and non-digital publishing activities through a comprehensive plan. In support of the Center’s mission and with a special focus on communication strategies, the AD will engage with diverse audiences and communities, both virtual and in New York City, and ensure that the Center’s research and activities are accessible and meaningful to multiple publics. The AD will reinforce the Center’s role in the dynamic space of shared and collaborative learning, and help build out the Center’s distributed learning capacities in support of the VLC’s plans to establish a minor in Art and Social Justice at The New School. The AD will bring to this position extraordinary writing skills matched by a passion for equity, inclusion, and social justice and their own diverse perspective. The AD will be adept at interacting with the VLC’s various constituencies within and beyond the university, including curators, academics, artists, students, administrative staff, and consultants. This is a full time position and reports to the Senior Director/Chief Curator of the Vera List Center.

The position is currently funded for three years and contingent upon external funding.


• Conceptualize, develop, and implement a comprehensive, strategic publishing and communications profile for the Center, integrating its digital and non-digital, immediate and long-term initiatives, and ensuring accessibility to diverse publics in New York and online throughout the world.

• Provide editorial direction and support (including content-, copy-, line-editing and proofreading) to all aspects of the Vera List Center’s publishing initiatives, both those with immediate impact and those that are several years in the making, encompassing its print and online publications, social media, event programs, documentation, archive, and the public VLC Seminar class.

• Supervise publication production, including timelines, design, permissions, submission deadlines, PR, and distribution.

• Draft, write, edit, and proofread texts for different audiences and readers, pertaining to all aspects of the Vera List Center activities, including fundraising and development, in collaboration with VLC staff.

• Provide editorial guidance to and manage all marketing and public relations communications, including email announcements, press releases, and targeted mailings, as well as all social media activities

• Build out the distributed learning capacities of the Center’s programming, with particular focus on the Vera List Center Seminar, modeled with flexibility for both the public and enrolled students; on digital platforms; and on the Center’s publishing initiatives, leading to the establishment of a minor in Art and Social Justice at the VLC.

• Work collaboratively with a small, lively team at the Center, which itself is situated within a large university with various constituencies to which the Center is accountable.

• Perform additional tasks as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: 

• Three to five years of experience working in publishing, editing, education, or a related field.

• Exceptional writing skills, with well-established practice of writing with ease for different purposes and readers, including higher education, marketing, and development work.

• Experience in creative and critical engagement with digital and non-digital media platforms to advance learning and collective experiences.

• Successful track record of conceptualizing organizational goals and developing strategies to achieve them.

• Passion to engage with diverse communities from different kinds of backgrounds and levels of expertise.

• Familiarity with coordinating multifaceted projects with multiple participants/contributors and stakeholders.

• Ability to work well under pressure, meet deadlines, problem-solve, and work both independently and in team-based settings.

• Excel at organizational tasks, detail-oriented, and meticulous.

• Bachelor’s Degree.

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