Job Status:

Full-time Exempt


$62,400 - $68,640

Reports to:

Editor, Documentary Magazine

Job Location:

Los Angeles, CA preferred (Currently Remote)


until filled - Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

Job Summary:

The Managing Editor supervises the day-to-day operations of Documentary Magazine and editorial content on Reporting to the Editor, the Managing Editor collaborates in developing both print and online editorial content that furthers IDA’s mission to support the vital work of documentary storytellers and champion a thriving and inclusive documentary culture. They will generate story ideas; plan, assign and edit content, and oversee the operational side of the editorial department, managing the department budget, managing and driving the production schedule of the print magazine, scheduling the publication of online editorial content, and serving as the primary contact person with the printer, distributor and subscriptions agencies. The managing editor will also play a vital role, together with the Editor, in expanding the roster of writers to reflect the different cultures, communities and regions that IDA serves. 

Key Responsibilities:


  • Responsible for supporting the Editor in managing the editorial side of the production of four print issues of Documentary Magazine a year.

  • In collaboration with the Editor, Publisher and Creative Director, develop themes and story ideas, write articles, assign and manage writers, source and clear rights for photographs and artwork, and proofread and fact-check copy.

  • Write articles, blog posts, and interviews to assist the editor in maintaining a steady flow of timely, relevant original editorial content for

  • Serve as a visible and engaged representative for the magazine, and of IDA more broadly, attending festivals and other events and forming and maintaining positive relationships with filmmakers and industry representatives.

  • Develop and maintain expertise on various areas of documentary filmmaking and proactively keep up with trends and major developments within the field.

  • Engage broadly and proactively with the field, serving on juries and moderating panels and Q&A’s for both IDA and at other industry festivals, screenings and events.

  • Assist Editor in evaluating finalized copy for compliance with policies, editorial style guide and publishing standards.

  • Coordinate, manage agenda for and participate in regular editorial meetings.

  • Work with the Editor to provide mentorship and support to Documentary Magazine Editorial Fellows.


  • Manage and maintain the production schedule of the print magazine and serve as the primary contact person with the printer, distributor and subscriptions agencies. 

  • Oversee shipment to various distribution outlets, festivals and markets, promoting the issue on different platforms and assisting with preparing the digital edition.

  • Maintain magazine inventory including receiving, storing and coordinating shipping of issues for events, partnerships and trades.

  • Oversee resolution of missing/damaged/RTS magazine issue notices.

  • Work with Office Manager and Membership Manager to generate membership and subscriber mailing labels for the magazine printer.

  • Work with Office Manager to process Documentary magazine subscription requests for institutions and schools.

  • Maintain rights and clearances bible for all magazine photo and artwork assets.

  • Manage and maintain the online editorial content schedule, giving consideration to other IDA content output.

  • Regularly analyze performance metrics and work with the Editor and Communications team to set and monitor goals for growth and engagement.

  • Work with the Editor to identify opportunities to expand the magazine's reach and circulation.

Program Support and Staff Writing (as needed)

  • Provide occasional as-needed support to programmatic staff across the organization to write, polish and proofread programmatic copy that broadly supports IDA programs and events. 

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director, Advocacy Staff and Board and Advocacy Committees to write letters, statements, policy documents and editorial content in support of advocacy and emergency response campaigns, meeting sometimes urgent turn-around and deadlines.

Competencies and Qualifications:

  • Strong attention to detail 

  • Ability to manage time, prioritize tasks and meet deadlines

  • Takes initiative to think creatively and introduce new and innovative ideas

  • Thrives working with diverse multi-functional teams across multiple departments

  • Is open to professional and personal feedback from managers, colleagues and constituents

  • Has up-to-date knowledge of documentary field-level conversations about equity and racial justice and demonstrates committment to editorial ethos that reflects anti-racist practices and actions, and ability to apply equity and racial justice lens to editorial and other departmental work

  • Experience in building and nurturing trusting, collaborative relationships with filmmakers and others in the documentary industry, including a demonstrated ability to engage diverse stakeholders.

  • 5+ years of professional experience including 3+ years of experience working within the documentary industry is preferred; a passion for and deep knowledge of documentary film is a requirement

  • BA and/or MFA in a relevant subject such as Journalism, Film Studies, English, Communications or similar field of study or comparable relevant job experience

  • Strong professional editorial experience required, experience with Film or Entertainment publication a big plus

  • Excellent writing skills, particularly editorial in nature

  • Experience and knowledge of implementing SEO best practices, such as adapting print article headlines for web, keyword usage, and in-article linking

  • Strong reporting and interviewing skills 

  • Excellent presentation and public speaking skills

  • Working familiarity with The AP Style Book and The Chicago Manual of Style

  • Excellent computer skills including proficiency in all Microsoft Office and Google G Suite applications and ability to quickly learn and master new programs, apps and technical skills

  • Knowledge of the press process and a keen eye for design aesthetic

Compensation and Benefits:

The pay range for this role is $62,400 - $68,640 annually.

Benefits for full time employees include:

  • 100% employer-paid medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • short and long-term disability insurance
  • paid parental and family leave
  • access to contribute to pre-tax commuter benefits
  • flexible spending accounts
  • Cell phone and home office subsidy
  • a 401k retirement savings plan with employer match
  • generous paid time off, including sick days, 15 vacation days in the first year of employment, 14 paid holidays and a paid week off when our office closes from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day
  • a friendly, casual work environment, flexible schedule and work-from-home opportunities


All positions are currently remote. We prefer for this position to be located in Los Angeles; however, we will consider exceptionally qualified candidates based outside of Los Angeles.

How to apply:

Rolling deadline, please fill out this form, upload a letter of interest and a resume or CV, and 3-5 writing samples of previous work. Application without supplemental work will not be reviewed. References will be required. Except for accommodations requests, we will not respond to emails or phone calls about this position.

To request accommodations for completing this employment application please contact or call 213-332-1660 x209.