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Job Opportunities at EdSource

Managing Editor

EdSource, a California nonprofit organization with the state’s largest team of education reporters, is seeking a managing editor with a keen eye for seeing the big picture on issues, including those involving early education, K-12 and higher education. With a mix of longform pieces, short news updates, as well as in-depth enterprise, the managing editor will oversee EdSource’s daily news operation and help steer the strategic editorial vision as a key member of the senior leadership team.

A successful candidate will have a proven track record of managing a team of journalists, with the ability to elevate content by helping to conceive relevant, engaging and data-driven stories. We’re looking for a creative and experienced editor with a knack for distilling complex topics and education jargon into clear, compelling storytelling that sheds new light on issues and trends in education.

The managing editor must have excellent news judgment and encourage a strong watchdog focus for the organization.

Founded in 1977, EdSource is a highly respected independent, nonprofit organization with a long track record of reporting on important education issues. While its primary focus is on California, EdSource covers issues within a national context.

The managing editor will join an influential and growing organization recognized as one of the most authoritative sources of education reporting in a state with the nation’s largest system of public education. Articles are published online, in daily email newsletters, as well as through partnerships with other news organizations.

While EdSource is headquartered in Oakland and its Los Angeles bureau, this role’s location is flexible based anywhere in California.


  • At least 8 years of professional editing experience, preferably working with a daily journalism publication;
  • Ability to set, lead and execute a strategic vision for a wide range of coverage, along with the ability to distill complex education topics;
  • Enthusiastic leader with team-building skills that encourage collaboration and innovation;
  • Proven supervisory skills, working collaboratively with other editors, as well as reporters;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, with the ability to place issues within a larger context;
  • Experience working with freelancers and outside contributors;
  • Ability to oversee, solicit and greenlight commentary contributions;
  • Ability to work independently under tight deadlines;
  • Creative self-starter who is eager to explore new ways of covering education issues and create high-impact multimedia storytelling;
  • Experience in education journalism preferred but not required.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Edit stories with impact in a variety of styles and formats;
  • Supervise a team of journalists, providing regular feedback and coaching;
  • Serve as a partner to the executive director in setting the strategic editorial vision;
  • Work with other team members to develop new ways to grow audience;
  • Oversight of commentary operation, with an eye on exploring ways to refine process and expand reach;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Along with the opportunity to do meaningful work with a team of experienced journalists, EdSource offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a range of medical plans, a retirement savings plan, generous vacation leave and paid holidays, as well as professional development opportunities.

To Apply:

Send a cover letter, resume and provide contact information for three references, as well as links to your social media accounts and links to, or attachments of, three to six examples of work you have edited to jobs@edsource.org. Please include the job title in subject line.

EdSource is an equal opportunity employer and an organization that values diversity. People from all diverse backgrounds, all races, colors, origins, ancestries, creeds, religions, genders, ages, disabilities, veteran statuses, sexual orientations, and marital statuses are strongly encouraged to apply.

Journalism Resident (Two positions)

EdSource, a California nonprofit organization with the state’s largest team of education reporters, is seeking Journalism Residents to contribute to the news organization’s education coverage. The two positions would be based in California, one in the Central Valley and the other in Los Angeles.

The successful program, now in its second year, is designed to help education reporters, or aspiring ones, hone their writing and reporting skills alongside an award-winning team of education journalists in California.

EdSource is looking for passionate and resourceful reporters who understand how to write with impact and can place local education challenges within a state and national context. As part of their ongoing professional work, Journalism Residents will have the opportunity to engage and collaborate with other EdSource journalists through daily editorial meetings and on stories and projects.

Applicants should have excellent news judgment and a willingness to learn. The positions are full-time. The term of the fellowship would be a minimum of nine months – or as long as a year – depending on the candidate’s availability. There also could be opportunities to extend employment beyond the initial term.

EdSource is the leading reporting organization covering all aspects of education in California. Stories are published online, in daily email newsletters, and through partnerships with other news organizations.

EdSource has its headquarters in Oakland, California, with a bureau in Los Angeles and reporters situated around the state.


  • Interest in education
  • Some reporting experience; knowledge of education issues a plus but not required
  • Knowledge of the Central Valley or Los Angeles metropolitan area preferred
  • Audio or video reporting skills a plus

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Write lively stories, including enterprise and breaking news
  • Maintain an active online presence, as well as develop new ways to build an audience

To Apply:
Send a cover letter, resume with contact information for three references, links to your social media accounts and links to or samples of your written/digital work to jobs@edsource.org. Please include job title in subject line.