The Middle East Institute (MEI) is seeking to hire an editorial director.  The E.D. will serve as senior editor at the institute as well as direct editorial activities. The E.D. will work with the president and with the VP for research in setting overall strategy and themes. He/she will coordinate with MEI scholars, as well as independent writers and analysts, to commission and edit content, including short-form analysis, op-eds, policy papers and long-form research projects, while supervising an assistant editor. The E.D. will ideally have and maintain a strong network of contacts in the print and broadcast media community, and will help place MEI content in impactful media, as well as help MEI authors/scholars build a strong presence in key media. The E.D. will also be involved in the multimedia aspect of editorial content production; he/she will plan and oversee the editorial content aspects of the production of podcasts and short videos, and will help scholars build up their social media communication. He/she will also be available to host podcasts, moderate panels, speak in videos, etc.

the Editorial Director:

  • Works with the president and with the vice president for policy and research in setting the research and publication strategy and work plan.
  • Communicates with MEI scholars as well as outside scholars and writers to develop ideas for relevant, timely, original content.
  • Commissions authors to produce analysis, op-eds, policy reports and longer research papers.
  • Commissions authors to join podcasts, record videos, and other multimedia activities, as well as to boost their social media output.
  • Edits original content in consultation with authors to ensure well-sourced, well-written content.
  • Liaises with network of print and broadcast media journalists and outlets.
  • Hosts podcasts, videos, panels and other forms of communication.


  • At least 7 years' experience in the field of journalism and editing, with experience both in print and some multimedia.
  • Knowledge of and experience working on Middle East issues.
  • Networks of contacts with MENA specialists who can contribute to MEI’s Web content, as well as with key journalists and outlets.
  • Strong editing and team leading skills, and good all-around communication skills.
  • A self-starter and leader, but one who can also work well in groups.

Founded in 1946, the Middle East Institute is the oldest Washington-based institution dedicated solely to the study of the Middle East. Its founders, scholar George Camp Keiser and former US Secretary of State Christian Herter, laid out a simple mandate: “to increase knowledge of the Middle East among the citizens of the United States and to promote a better understanding between the people of these two areas.”

MEI has earned a reputation as an unbiased source of information and analysis on this critical region of the world, a reputation it has meticulously safeguarded since its creation. Today, MEI remains a respected, non-partisan voice in the field of Middle East studies.

Salary competitive. Excellent benefits. To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, writing samples and salary expectations to Place “Editor” in subject heading.





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