Managing Editor

Vital City is a new policy venture that provides practical solutions to public safety problems. We believe that our social fabric is our safety. Accordingly, we seek to shift the debate about public safety, from one that starts with police as the default response to one that starts with thriving neighborhoods and civic institutions.

Vital City produces a policy journal, original research, short films, public convenings and more. In doing so, Vital City seeks to bring to life the best ideas about how New York and other cities can be healthy, vibrant and safe. We aim to make these solutions—and the facts behind them—understandable for all, as knowledge and debate are the cornerstones of democracy. We seek out contributions from a variety of sources (academics, journalists, community organizations, government practitioners and more) and we are open to thinking across a broad political spectrum.

Vital City is looking for a Managing Editor to shape and support our work. The Managing Editor will be a key part of our founding team, helping to determine the tenor and approach of Vital City. This includes helping us develop a strong network of both contributors and readers who are committed to dispassionate analysis and practical solutions to key urban issues.

We are seeking a curious, open-minded, creative, energetic, organized and strategic leader with the ability to help manage a dynamic, evolving organization. The Managing Editor will work closely with Vital City’s founding editors to develop engaging and influential content and manage strong editorial processes that allow for measured and sophisticated responses to complex public safety problems.


As part of the leadership team, the responsibilities of the Managing Editor include but are not limited to:


Our ideal candidate’s qualifications include:

Vital City is a start-up enterprise and is still developing its internal systems and infrastructure. We are looking for someone who will be comfortable (and good-humored) working in this kind of environment.

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