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Seattle Washington United States 98122


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Senior Editor, Accountability

Job ID: 9426
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Salary: 90000
Posted: 2023-12-12 13:50:54


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Job Description

Grist is a nonprofit, independent media organization dedicated to highlighting climate solutions and uncovering environmental injustices. Since 1999, we have used the power of journalism to engage the public about the perils of the most existential threat we face. Now that three-quarters of Americans recognize that climate change is happening, we’ve shifted our focus to show that a just and sustainable future is within reach. 

Over the past four years, Grist has scaled from a Seattle based team of 20-25 to a nationally distributed organization of ~60 with a growing budget. Grist’s strategy centers on climate, justice, and solutions, and we implement our mission through two areas of work: Our award-winning Editorial Program and our work to transform talent and representation within environmental storytelling. Grist was recently awarded the National Magazine Award for General Excellence. In addition, Grist was named best small newsroom by the Edward R Murrow Awards in 2022 and the Online Journalism Awards in 2021 (among dozens of other awards and nominations). 


Position Overview

We are seeking an Senior Editor, Accountability to help steer our environmental justice coverage and investigative work. We’re looking for someone with stellar news judgment, a passion for storytelling, and a deep commitment to impactful journalism.

The editor will oversee a team of 2-4 reporters, guiding them from pitch-to-publish on stories at the intersection of the environment, climate, social justice, and accountability. The right person for this job will have great project management, outstanding story editing chops, superb communication and problem-solving skills, expert reporting judgment, and the ability to think creatively about story presentation during the edit process. Prior experience working on or editing investigations and data-heavy projects is a plus, but the most successful person for this role will ensure that our accountability coverage continues to have a human and equity lens. 

What does this role look like in practice? You’ll contribute to the daily and weekly Grist site by editing stories from your reporting team, ranging from roughly 600 words to a few thousand. You will also lead a handful of enterprise, in-depth, or investigative projects per year. Grist is a small, highly collaborative team, so you may be asked to occasionally provide gut checks or top edits on larger projects, oversee other reporters temporarily while colleagues are on vacation, and represent Grist at conferences and workshops. 

The annual base pay for this position is between $90,000 - $130,000, commensurate with experience. Grist is based in Seattle, but the job doesn’t have to be. We have staff around the country. This position is represented by Pacific Northwest Newspaper Guild Local 37082 (“Grist NewsGuild”). 

Job Requirements


  •   Manage a team of reporters as they conceive of, report, write, and produce stories on topics at the intersection of the environment, climate, social justice, policy, and accountability.
  •   Think strategically about Grist’s accountability and environmental justice coverage, and ensure that it continues to have a human and equity lens.
  •   Occasionally help edit Grist’s newsletters, special packages, and other projects, as requested
  •   Help mentor and edit Grist fellows 
  •   Other duties as assigned



  • At least 5 years of editing experience, or 10-plus years of investigative or accountability reporting experience, preferably focused on magazine-style journalism and in-depth coverage.
  • Experience managing a small team of reporters, including assigning deadlines, helping to hone story angles, checking in during the reporting process, sharp editing, and conveying progress of stories to editorial leadership.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience
  • A track record of editing stories of national importance and impact
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, juggling multiple priorities and deadlines
  • Comfort with technology, social media, and digital tools for journalism
  • Proficiency with desktop editing tools and web technologies for publishing
  • Superior organizational skills and obsessive attention to details
  • Experience finding sharp, provocative angles for stories
  • Ability to work independently, demonstrate good personal judgment, and exercise a commitment to ethical conduct toward sources, story subjects, and readers
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and writing and editing skills
  • Demonstrated poise, tact, diplomacy, and the ability to interact with individuals at all levels of the organization
  • Comfort with working at a remote-first organization


And it sure would be nice if you also had:

  •   Professional experience, knowledge, and interest in climate
  •   Experience editing investigative or data-heavy projects.
  •   Excitement about exploring innovative and creative ways to tell stories in a fast-moving environment, specifically for mobile devices
  •   Comfort with data sets or experience with data reporting
  •   A passion for helping Grist attract new, more diverse audiences for environmental stories
  •   The ability to identify stories that will resonate online


  • Medical, dental and vision coverage paid 100% for Employee premiums and 85% for Dependent premiums
  • Employer paid Basic Life, ADD, Travel Assistance, STD/LTD, EAPs
  • Voluntary Insurance include Health, Dependent and Transit FSA, Life/ADD, Critical Illness and Accident Insurance
  • Traditional and Roth 401k with matching (vested immediately)
  • Monthly WiFi Stipend
  • Alternative Transportation Reimbursement
  • Fifteen paid holidays per year (which includes office closure between Dec 25 and Jan 1) plus five floating holidays and 3 summer days
  • Generous paid leave including medical and family leave, parental leave, abortion leave, sabbatical leave and many other paid and unpaid leave programs
  • Annual in-person all-staff retreat (subject to pandemic conditions)
  • 100% Remote work with drop-in offices available in Seattle, WA and Brooklyn, NY

Cultivating an inclusive staff is central to Grist’s focus on advancing equity. We’re interested in hearing from people who can work with diverse colleagues of varied experience. Candidates of all backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Grist is an equal-opportunity employer. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.

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