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1921 Editor, Journal of Democracy

Washington, District of Columbia 20004
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), a federally funded, private, nonprofit grant making organization that works to support freedom around the world, seeks a highly regarded, internationally recognized Editor for the Journal of Democracy (JoD), the world’s preeminent quarterly publication for analyzing the problems and prospects of democracy around the globe. This position is based in Washington, D.C. The DC-based founding co-editor will be stepping down from this position in January 2020.


Position Summary:


The Editor will provide overall editorial and managerial direction for the Journal of Democracy (JoD), in close coordination with the academic co-editor.




In close coordination with the academic co-editor, the Editor will:

  • Oversee the full editorial process as well as business-related aspects of the JoD;
  • Play the lead role in deciding which topics will be addressed and which articles will be published;
  • Make sure that the JoD publication schedule is adhered to;
  • Review and improve edited manuscripts before they are sent to the authors;
  • Oversee the writing of editors’ introductions and the cover, table of contents, and back-of-the-book sections of the JoD;
  • Lead and professionally develop the JoD editorial staff;
  • Engage with, and facilitate the participation of, the JoD Editorial Board and the International Advisory Committee;
  • Seek opportunities to promote the JoD, and contribute to other activities of the International Forum for Democratic Studies and NED upon request.

More about Journal of Democracy


Our team is committed to publishing the best writing about democracy from all countries, and to meeting the highest editorial standards. Widely cited in the media, including the Washington PostThe New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, the Journal of Democracy provides an influential international forum for scholarly analysis and competing democratic viewpoints. Its articles have been widely reprinted in many languages. The Journal monitors and analyzes democratic regimes and movements around the world. Each issue features a unique blend of scholarly analysis, reports from democratic activists, updates on news and elections, and reviews of important recent books.






  • Knowledge/Experience:


    Ph.D. in International Affairs, Political Science, History, or a related discipline is preferred;

    5 + years of editing experience is required.


  • Other Qualifications:


    Superior level of knowledge about issues related to democracy;

    Deep knowledge of scholarly literature on democracy and democratization;

    Thorough familiarity with contemporary debates and issues related to democracy around the world;

    Sound understanding of democracy promotion and of NED as an institution;

    Record of significant achievement and impeccable credentials;

    Authorized to work in the United States.


  • Competencies:


    Outstanding editing and writing skills;

    Demonstrated managerial experience;

    Excellent political judgment;

    Adept at soliciting submissions from leading authors.




To Apply:

Applications must include a cover letter, resume, salary history and requirements, contact information for three professional references, and a completed NED Employment ApplicationPlease send an email to careers@ned.orgwith 1921 – Editor, JOD – YOUR NAME in the subject line. The NED is an Equal Opportunity Employer. For more information, please visit our NED Careers page at   http://www.ned.org/careers. Please, no phone calls.


Posted: 2019-06-17 Expires: 2019-07-17


The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is a private, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the growth and strengthening of democratic institutions around the world. Each year, NED makes more than 1,400 grants to support the projects of non-governmental groups abroad who are working for democratic goals in more than 90 countries. 

Since its founding in 1983, the Endowment has remained on the leading edge of democratic struggles everywhere, while evolving into a multifaceted institution that is a hub of activity, resources and intellectual exchange for activists, practitioners and scholars of democracy the world over.

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