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Rethinking Schools job opening: managing editor


Dear Rethinking Schools friends,

Our longtime managing editor, Jody Sokolower, will be stepping down at the end of the school year. We hope to hire someone by the end of January so that our new managing editor can partner with Jody to produce our spring issue. We would like to have this person based in Portland or Seattle, where we have a number of Rethinking Schools editors, or in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, home of our national office.

Our ideal candidate would have an education background, strong editorial experience, and share our social justice political orientation. Below is a description from our interim executive director, Bob Peterson.

The initial deadline is coming up: December 23rd. A job description is posted at our website:


Bill Bigelow, Curriculum editor, Rethinking Schools

Rethinking Schools is looking for a new managing editor!

Rethinking Schools is looking for a new managing editor. Jody Sokolower is stepping down and we’d love to have someone in place by early spring for a smooth transition. The deadline for application submissions is Friday, December 23. Applicants should submit a resume, letter of introduction including why they would like to work for Rethinking Schools, and three references.

Rethinking Schools is a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization dedicated to sustaining and strengthening public education through social justice teaching and education activism. We publish a quarterly print and digital magazine and one or two books per year. Almost all of the articles are by teacher-writers. The managing editor works with our curriculum editor to review submissions, nurture new writers, and do developmental editing with promising articles. They organize and chair the monthly meetings of the editorial board, which makes final decisions about which articles appear in the magazine.

The managing editor is responsible for all aspects of the production of our quarterly magazine: creating the table of contents, developmental editing and copyediting, working with the art director on design and illustration, proofreading and corrections, etc. In general, making sure that all aspects of production (including getting the magazine up online) are on schedule and on budget.

Rethinking Schools is a small organization with a staff in Milwaukee and Portland, Oregon. So helping out with whatever needs to be done, taking overall responsibility for the health of the organization, and functioning well independently are all important.

We are hoping that the new managing editor will be located either in the Milwaukee, Portland or Seattle area.

If this sounds like something you’d like to do, or you know someone who might, check out the attached job description and let us know. Contact Bob Peterson bob.e.peterson@gmail.com 414-534-8646. For more information about Rethinking Schools go to rethinkingschools.org.

Portland Area Rethinking Schools has a 30+ year history of working to support public education and progressive reform in the schools. We are teachers, parents, students, community activists and teacher educators who believe excellent and equitable public schools are essential for all students to reach their potential and for the creation of a just and democratic society.