A good job description should include a company overview and job overview, as well as an explanation of the associated responsibilities, skills & qualifications, and work environment. Below are some general guidelines for writing each of these sections effectively.


Providing an accurate, concise description of your business is a great way to attract the right employees. Think of this section as an advertisement for your company -- why should prospective employees want to join your team?

Some useful things to include here are:

  • Core company values
  • Mission statement
  • Brief history of your organization
  • Anticipated growth
  • Business goals



In a few sentences, describe the purpose, importance, and fundamental qualities of the position being offered. No need to be too specific or comprehensive here -- the idea is to provide a zoomed-out image of the role the applicant would be filling in your company.


This is where you’ll outline the specific day-to-day responsibilities of the job. Bullet-point format is typically the most practical way to present this information.


List in bulleted format the skills & qualifications that are absolutely essential to this position. Consider as many specific conditions of the job as possible in order to create a complete list of qualifications an applicant must have in order to succeed.


List in bulleted format the skills & qualifications that are not essential, but would make an applicant more eligible for the position being offered.


Describe the environment in which the applicant would be spending most of their time. In this description, include information about:

  • Company culture
  • Pace of work
  • Amount of collaborative vs. independent activity
  • Who the employee will report to (or vice versa)

Managing Editor Job Description

Below is our managing editor job description. You can post it as-is to an online job board like ZipRecruiter, or download and customize it to match the unique aspects of your business. Keep in mind that adding a custom company overview and description of the work environment (outlined above) will help you draw in the right applicants.

Managing Editor Job Description

Job Overview:

Our online publication seeks a dynamic, experienced managing editor to oversee our daily publishing operations. You will manage an award-winning team of writers, editors, and other staff, reporting only to the editor in chief. To be successful in this position, you must possess strong leadership skills, ultimately inspiring your team to reach new and innovative heights. The ideal candidate will thrive under deadline pressure and have experience juggling multiple projects at any given time.


  • Prepare press releases and media kits
  • Manage media inquiries
  • Collaborate with the chief marketing officer and marketing department to ensure an effective editorial plan and content marketing strategy that keeps the organization on track to meet business objectives
  • Analyze data and metrics, and then offer recommendations regarding strategic communications decisions
  • Collaborate with the editorial team to develop original, innovative content for publication, and then plan and approve assignments
  • Use connections and networking skills to develop a reliable pool of contributors and content sources
  • Coordinate with the digital marketing manager to develop a digital strategy (e.g., podcasts and webinars)
  • Manage freelance contributors
  • Develop and manage an editorial calendar
  • Manage the editorial schedule and enforce deadlines
  • Oversee editing procedures and proofread copy, when necessary
  • Evaluate finalized copy to ensure compliance with policies, style, and tone
  • Resolve issues swiftly and effectively
  • Attend events and represent the organization

Necessary Skills & Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, English, journalism, or public relations
  • Four or more years of experience in public relations, communications, marketing, or a related field
  • Three or more years of experience in email marketing
  • Proven leadership experience
  • Extensive knowledge of communications best practices, including an understanding of digital behavior and emerging industry innovations as well as experience building an audience and integrating content across multiple platforms
  • Familiarity with A/B testing methodology and email marketing metrics
  • Ability to lead a team, with a willingness to pitch in wherever necessary
  • Unique problem-solving abilities, particularly under deadline pressure
  • Ability to prioritize and delegate, juggling multiple projects with ease
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, fostering mutually beneficial relationships with industry colleagues
  • Ability to develop authentic story ideas and see them through
  • Accomplished editing skills, and experience with story graphics and features
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills, including editing, proofreading, and grammar
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Detail-oriented with excellent organizational and time-management skills

Preferred Skills & Qualifications:

  • Ability to travel for projects
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