I have a new opportunity on my team for an editorial manager.  If you're a great editor, and an even better advocate of the editorial role, and a superb people manager, give me a ring...


Job Description – Editorial Manager, MOTO

Come help a talented team of editors produce great content for two of the top Microsoft sites – MSDN and TechNet. The MSDN Online and TechNet Online team is looking for an experienced manager to help drive the editorial quality these two sites demand. As a key member of our management team, you will be responsible for defining the editorial value and philosophy of the team, defining the headlining and content plan for MSDN and TechNet, defining content themes across both sites, and communicating those plans to our key stakeholders. You will own the quality bar for MSDN and TechNet, and will be responsible for maintaining high level of content satisfaction. You will be responsible for working closely with the site management team to analyze the effectiveness of the headline and communication plans. In addition, you will be accountable for driving results - developing concepts that are relevant to, and resonate with, our customers.

As a people manager, you will be responsible for day-to-day management of your team, hiring and training new employees, managing contractors and vendors, and developing the careers of your full time employees. Essential skills in this area are the ability to provide growth opportunities and feedback, train future leaders, and manage performance of reports of varying levels of experience. You will also need to be adept at creating partnerships with people inside and outside your team.

The Editorial Manager must enthusiastically demonstrate a true passion for and knowledge of Microsoft products and technologies - and use that knowledge to effectively influence our external audience. Your talents include excellent editing skills (good writing skills a plus), technical aptitude, and strong planning and coordination skills. You have the ability to use all of these skills to make the appropriate trade-offs and to accomplish great results in a timely manner. You are also comfortable in a fast-paced environment and you can handle multiple assignments or projects simultaneously. You should also have good Web domain knowledge (the more the better), such as experience building, publishing or managing websites.

You could be a good candidate if you have previous experience managing people, excellent project management skills, and outstanding communication and interpersonal skills. You must also have a strong customer focus, an understanding of how online content is crucial to our customer’s success and a passion for helping developers and IT Pros use our technology. You need to be skilled at decision making, strategic thinking, planning for and readily adjusting to change, and dealing with conflict. You must have demonstrated ability to plan deliverables, write specs, schedule and track complex deliverables, monitor content quality, and collaborate effectively with program managers and developers. To qualify, you must be a collaborative, results-driven, motivated individual with 3+ years of web/marketing experience and a degree in Journalism, Advertising, Communications or a related field. Excellent communication, editorial and project management skills are essential. Core competencies for this important position include: Web Content & Editorial Excellence; Media Acumen; Web Thought Leadership; Positioning, Branding & Messaging; Building Customer Relationships and Retention; and, Product Knowledge and Advocacy.