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Global Voices: We’re hiring!

This is so cool. A year ago, Global Voices was an idea Rebecca, I and some Berkman friends were playing with. We had a meeting at Harvard last December and brought together some of the best bloggers we knew of across the world. What came out of that meeting was a nascent community, a manifesto and a commitment to start featuring world blogs on our website.

A year later, we’ve got a network of editors and contributors who link to more brilliant blogs around the web than I, frankly, can read most days. We’re running a conference this coming Saturday in London – with the help of our new sponsor, Reuters – that’s bringing bloggers, journalists and activists from dozens of nations on five continents to talk about how we can start using Global Voices to break down language barriers and expand the population of people who blog.

And we’re ready to make our first full-time hire. We’re looking for a managing editor – basically, a chief cat herder – who’ll have bottom-line responsibility for the Global Voices website. It’s an intense job – supervising our regional editors, helping recruit contributors, managing what appears on the site. It’s an increasingly tough challenge as the site becomes more prominent – we need to do a better job of finding and featuring all points of view on controversial issues, and being – if not “fair and balanced” – diverse and transparent.

If you’re a blogger, a journalist and a little bit of a diplomat, you might be interested in the job description below:

Global Voices has been growing faster than we dreamed!! So fast, we need to hire a full-time Managing Editor.

Global Voices Online (GlobalVoicesOnline.org), a fast-growing international citizens’ media site, is looking to hire a full-time Managing Editor.

THE JOB: This person will be responsible for coordinating day-to-day content flow on the Global Voices blog, run regular online editorial meetings, manage the work of our rapidly expanding international team of Regional Editors and volunteer contributors, and coordinate daily with editors from our news media collaborators and partners. He or she will also help steer the future of Global Voices into non-text media, other languages, and help to innovate and implement new technologies and tools.

As Global Voices is a virtual organization, the Managing Editor would not be expected to relocate. However, he or she needs regular access to high-speed internet connectivity and will be expected to travel. Salary and other compensation will depend on the candidate’s experience. Start date: as soon as possible in 2006.

THE REQUIREMENTS: Our ideal candidate has solid experience in blogging and online citizens’ media and at least some experience with professional news media. He or she has the ability to work independently and responsibly with only remote supervision. Solid English-language writing and editing skills are a must. Programming/HTML knowledge not required but strong familiarity with the use of online social media tools (blogging platforms, aggregators, use of RSS feeds, and tagging) is important.

He or she must be a diplomatic team player, capable of communicating effectively with bloggers as well as news reporters and editors, who enjoys pioneering uncharted territory. Ideally he/she will have the ability to read and write well in at least one language other than English and working knowledge of other languages.

Preference given to candidates from outside the United States and Western Europe

Interested candidates please send CV and Letter of Interest explaining why you’d be a good candidate for the job to: GVJobs@gmail.com