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Columbia University's Journal of International Affairs, established in 1947, is the School of International and Public Affairs' flagship academic publication. Our editorial board is entirely student run. We produce and publish single-theme print issues containing peer-reviewed academic essays and detailed analysis, as well as a digital edition with articles covering a wide spectrum of topics, podcast episodes, and periodic newsletters. Past print issues have featured Nobel laureates, heads of state, and leading scholars and practitioners in the fields of international affairs and public policy. In 2022, the Journal is celebrating its 75th anniversary year with its print edition, a suite of articles on the digital edition, and special programming.


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The Journal is currently looking to fill executive level positions for 2023. Applications for open positions are considered on a rolling basis. The Journal is looking to fill these positions as soon as possible. Applications must be submitted no later than November 21 at 5pm

Minimum Requirements
  • Current student at Columbia University (any school, but for executive positions, SIPA is preferred)

  • 5 hours of availability per week (non-executive positions); 10 hours of availability per week (executive position

Should the Google Form not function correctly, a suitable statement of interest along with a resumé sent to [email protected] with the subject line "JIA [Position Title] Application 2023" constitutes a valid application. Feel free to email any questions at [email protected]. All positions are open to students of any year and background, with preferred qualifications stated in individual position descriptions. All staff currently serve on a volunteer basis.
 


OPEN POSITIONS

Positions

  • Editor in Chief
  • Business Director
  • Managing Editor, Digital
  • Webmaster

Editor in Chief

The editor in chief sets and implements journal strategy in collaboration with the Editorial Board and with direct oversight of business and editorial team leads. The editor in chief acts as the lead spokesperson for the Journal. S/he guides the leadership team to set goals, plans, and timelines for product completion and development. The editor in chief guides the overall voice and vision of the journal, and is accountable to the advisory board and broader Journal stakeholder groups. Finally, the EIC works closely with the business and marketing team to manage the budget and ensure the journal's long-term financial health

To be considered for the role of EIC, applicants should have proven leadership experience and a clear understanding of the Journal’s operational and strategic goals. Applicants should be able to demonstrate an ability to achieve short-term objectives and make progress toward long-term goals. Furthermore, applicants should be well versed in international affairs and be able to review academic and short-form articles on any topic with a critical eye for content, style, and grammar. All applicants should be able to manage well under stress and maintain a positive, professional demeanor.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proven leadership experience and a clear understanding of the Journal's operational and strategic goals
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve short-term objectives and make progress toward long-term goals
  • Versed in international affairs with ability to review academic and short-form articles on any topic with a critical eye for content, style, and grammar
  • Prior editing and/or writing experience
  • Student of Columbia University

Availability: Candidates should be available to start on/around November 28. Executive positions are expected to be a 10 hour per week commitment and include a weekly meeting with the leadership team and ad hoc meetings with members of the Board of Advisors.

Business Director

The Business Director, an executive position, manages the Journal’s business operations. They are expected to work with the SIPA Business Office in understanding and maintaining the Journal’s income and expenses and translate this for the rest of the team to guide production of the Journal's strategy. They would ideally assess the Journal's current operational model and suggest opportunities for restructuring and new capital projects. They, along with the team they lead, are responsible for inventory checks and stock controls of the Journal’s print issues. The ideal candidate should have experience with accounting, business management and/or inventory management. The Business Director is closely involved in the executive function of the Journal, in consultation with the editor-in-chief, managing editors, and advisors, and leads the Business team, including officers working on development and communications. 

The Business Director works with JIA colleagues across Editorial, Podcast, Marketing, and Business Development Teams to collaborate on vision, strategy, and goals through weekly meetings.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Skilled in team leadership and management with experience in goal/benchmark setting
  • Skilled in marketing and processes for audience growth
  • Experience managing budgets with knowledge of tracking/analyzing revenue flows
  • Experience in developing/implementing communications and marketing strategies (i.e., twitter, mailing lists, LinkedIn; academic twitter preferred)
  • Comfort with directing cross-team coordination
  • Strong communication skills to convey business team services and needs to the rest of JIA
  • Passion and interest in international affairs
  • Student of Columbia University

Availability: Candidates should be available to start on/around November 28. Executive positions are expected to be a 5-10 hour per week commitment and include twice per week meetings (with executive leadership and with the business team).

Managing Editor, Digital

The Managing Editor, Digital is in charge of the overall production schedule for the Journal’s digital presence. The Managing Editor, Digital will assign production deadlines throughout the publication schedule and work closely with the Editor in Chief and Digital team to solicit ideas on issue topics, and to decide on a final topic. S/he will work closely with the Business Director and team to ensure appropriate distribution and promotion of articles and authors. The Managing Editor will also coordinate substantive and stylistic editing rounds for solicited articles and serve as lead editor for at least one article per issue. The Managing Editro will work with the Editor in Chief to draft an annual letter from the editor for the Journal's Digital Presence.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Skilled in team leadership and management with experience in goal/benchmark setting
  • Comfort with academic language and argumentation
  • Prior editing and/or writing experience
  • Comfort with directing cross-team coordination
  • Strong communication skills to convey editorial needs to broader editorial board
  • Passion and interest in international affairs
  • Student of Columbia University

Availability: Candidates should be available to start on/around November 28. Executive positions are expected to be a 10 hour per week commitment and include twice per week meetings (with executive leadership and with the editorial team).

Webmaster

The Journal's webmaster assists the editorial board in managing and maintaining the Journal's website, and completing the Journal's transition to its new site. The webmaster is expected to be the expert in the new Drupal platform and to support the editorial board in troubleshooting the site's tools. The webmaster is expected to advise the editorial team on tips and tricks to maintain consistency and quality in posting content.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Skilled in Drupal site management
  • Experience in working with organizations or teams on their web presence
  • Passion and interest in international affairs
  • Experience in undergraduate or other school journal/masthead preferred

Availability: Candidates should be available for up to five hours per week. Candidates should be available starting on/around as soon as possible.