High Country News is seeking an Acting Indigenous Affairs Editor to oversee the work of our award-winning Indigenous Affairs Desk while our editor is on leave. This individual will lead a team of passionate journalists to produce stories that are important to Indigenous communities and tribal nations across the Western United States.

The Acting Indigenous Affairs Editor oversees and develops coverage of HCN’s Indigenous Affairs desk, often focusing on the intersection of Indigenous people and nations with HCN’s other coverage areas, which include land, water, wildlife, conservation and climate change. Coverage also examines issues unique to Indigenous communities such as tribal sovereignty, the federal government’s unique relationship with, and responsibility to, Native nations.

The Acting Indigenous Affairs Editor works under the general supervision of the News and Investigations Editor and will directly supervise the desk staff, which includes one associate editor and one staff writer.

Duties will include but are not limited to the following:

●       Assigning and editing short-form print and digital stories (800-2,000 words)

●       Leading desk meetings and attending editorial department meetings

●       Assisting with cultural competency reads

●       Mentoring and support of Associate Editor and Staff Writer

●       Commissioning and editing the work of freelance writers

●       Writing, if desired

The position holder will have a deep understanding of Indigenous communities and experience working with Indigenous writers, photographers and illustrators to produce stories that resonate with Indigenous and non-Indigenous audiences.

This position requires a sophisticated understanding of Indigeneity, as well as HCN’s other coverage areas, including the West’s land, water, wildlife, conservation and climate change. The Acting Editor will have the ability to write, assign and edit high volumes of editorial content for both our print magazine and digital platforms, as well as the ability to manage staff and contractors and to maintain a budget.

They will have a strong desire to work in a nonprofit media environment and support the mission of HCN.

High Country News is part of a growing number of newsrooms addressing a historic lack of representation, inclusion and equity in journalism with effective solutions. We welcome applicants from all life experiences and encourage members of traditionally underrepresented backgrounds to apply, including people of color, women, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people, two spirit and non-binary people.

Compensation and General Terms

This is a 15 week independent contract that requires an average of 25-30 hours per week from August 29, 2022 to December 9, 2022. Compensation is circa $1,250 per week, dependent on experience. This is not a full-time position and does not include employee benefits such as healthcare, paid sick leave, vacation or employer contributions to taxes and insurance. Freelance contractors provide their own equipment and insurance as most of the work is expected to be carried out in their own home/studio.

This position is remote and open to freelance workers authorized to conduct business in the United States; proof of independent contractor status is required.

To apply, please send a résumé and 3 recent examples of your work to careers@hcn.org with “Acting Indigenous Affairs Editor” in the subject line. Your resume should include any personal experience or qualifications you may have in working with historically underrepresented communities as they exist in the West.

Closing date for applications is Monday, August 15th, 2022. In your email, please let us know how you heard about the position.

HCN is committed to equal opportunities and prohibits the unlawful discrimination against applicants based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

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About High Country News


High Country News is the nation’s leading independent source of thoughtful, in-depth reporting on the Western United States. Established in 1970, HCN produces an award-winning monthly magazine and a popular website, along with email newsletters, special reports, books and events. From Alaska and the Northern Rockies to the Desert Southwest, from the Great Plains to the West Coast, HCN is a beloved and essential resource for those who care about this region. HCN is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to inform and inspire people to act on behalf of the West’s diverse natural and human communities.