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E.g., 09/19/2018

Work at MPI

Work at MPI

Migration Information Source Editor


The Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a nonpartisan, nonprofit think tank dedicated to the study of U.S. and international migration, seeks a highly motivated, exceptionally talented, and deadline-oriented editor and writer to become the editor of the Migration Information Source, MPI’s internationally recognized online journal. The Source is a unique publication that melds the best features of serious migration scholarship and policy/data analysis in ways that are newsy and accessible for readers who are interested in migration but not necessarily specialists. Some of the field’s most respected migration researchers write for the Source, and its audience includes government and NGO officials, journalists, policymakers, and other opinion leaders. The job is based in Washington, DC.

The editor will be responsible for all facets of production of the Source, which publishes articles online and promotes them and related long-form work via a bimonthly e-newsletter. (For more, see www.migrationinformation.org.)

The successful candidate will demonstrate exceptional editing, writing, visual storytelling, and marketing skills, with a strong aptitude to translate policy-focused research into general-audience interest articles. The editor will report to MPI’s Director of Communications. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in social sciences, public policy, or journalism
  • 3-5 years hands-on editing experience in newsroom, academic journal, think tank, or similar environment
  • Proven editing, writing, and rewriting skills. (Finalists will be asked to complete an in-person writing and/or editing exercise). Chicago Manual of Style knowledge highly valued
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple assignments, prioritize, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment; initiative, creativity, and ability to work well independently valued
  • International migration knowledge highly valued, as is broad familiarity with related global issues, including development, human rights, and international organizations
  • Experience with online publishing
  • Visual storytelling experience (data visualization or graphic design expertise a strong plus)
  • Marketing / social media experience
  • Excellent interpersonal skills

Duties and Responsibilities

  • High-quality substantive, organizational, and copy-editing of Source articles, using Chicago Manual of Style
  • Identification of interesting, timely, and important coverage topics and development of an editorial vision and long-term editorial calendar by keeping abreast of international migration research and developments on migration policy and trends in the United States and internationally
  • Recruitment of authors and management of relationships with them from conception of the article through rounds of editing and on to publication
  • Development of a creative marketing plan to promote Source articles to journalists, bloggers, other influencers, and interested publics via social media and other platforms, as well as to grow the Source’s subscriber base.
  • Preparing bimonthly Source e-newsletter for publication and disseminating it, using MPI’s constituent relationship management database. (Basic HTML skills required.)
  • Researching and writing a bimonthly editor’s note for the Source e-newsletter, focusing on current events
  • Repurposing existing research, journal articles, and book chapters into shorter-form Source articles
  • Posting Source articles to the MPI website (familiarity with Drupal or other CMS a plus)
  • Conceiving of, working with MPI program staff, and writing and producing the year-end Source Top 10 edition, as well as occasional special series
  • Communicate with Source readers who write in
  • On occasion, work with MPI’s Communications team on other deliverables

Salary and Benefits

Salary and benefits are competitive with other similar institutions.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, salary history, and short writing sample to hr@migrationpolicy.org. Please reference “Migration Information Source Editor” in the subject line and include a line telling us how you heard about this position.

Hard copies may be sent to:

Human Resources
Migration Policy Institute
1400 16th St NW Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036

Applications are due by close of business on September 10, 2018. Due to the large number of applicants, only those being considered for the position will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

The Migration Policy Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual or gender orientation, religion or physical ability.