Recruitment

The Columbia University 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 and we produce and publish two single-theme issues every year. Past issues have featured Nobel Prize laureates, heads of state, leading minds, and innovative thinkers in the fields of international affairs and policy. 

As a member of the Board, you will join an impressive list of former editors who have gone on to found consulting firms, advise political campaigns, work for international organizations such as the UN or World Bank, become diplomats and journalists, work for private-sector companies such as Facebook, and much more.


Application process

Applications for the 2019-2020 Executive Board will open on Tuesday, 2 April, and will close on Wednesday, 17 April at 11:59 PM EST (the deadline has been extended from Monday). Click HERE to apply. 

Members of the current Board will be tabling on Monday, 8 April and Thursday, 11 April to talk about these positions and the application process. 

Follow us on social media for more information. 

Minimum requirements

  • Current student at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (for Executive Board positions)

  • Current student at any Columbia University School (for consultant positions)

  • Dedicate at least five hours to the Journal every week, with longer hours the closer we get to publication

  • Available to attend compulsory Board meetings 


Editing exercise

Application for Board positions require an editing exericse. Please download, edit and upload the exercise at the bottom of this page to your application.


EXECUTIVE BOARD POSITIONS

Editor in Chief

The Editor in Chief (EIC) is responsible for all aspects of the Journal of International Affairs. The EIC leads the editorial board through the end-to-end process from print issue conception to delivery, taking ultimate responsibility for the timely and final production of both print and online articles. The EIC also sets and implements journal strategy in collaboration with the Editorial Board, liaises regularly with the Advisory Board, and acts as chief spokesperson for the Journal. 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.

Managing Editor for Print and Editorial

The Managing Editor for Print and Editorial is in charge of the overall production schedule for the Journal’s print issues. In this role, you will assign production deadlines throughout the publication schedule and work closely with the Editor in Chief, Senior Editors and Editors at Large to solicit ideas on issue topics, and to decide on a final topic. You will work closely with the production director on the design, layout, and structure of each issue. You will also coordinate substantive and stylistic editing rounds for solicited articles and serve as lead editor for at least one article per issue. On the institutional side, you will liaise with Columba and SIPA administration to solicit input and support for editorial letters, keynote contributors, and institutional support. You will work with the Editor in Chief to draft the Letter from the Editors for each print issue

In addition to management of the print run, the Managing Editor will work closely with the Editor in Chief and other Executive Board members on the Journal’s overall strategic direction. You will also assist in the planning and execution of events, hiring, and day-to-day management of Journal facilities and resources. The Managing Editor must be familiar with the Journal’s style guide and the structure and content of previous issues. The Managing Editor for Print and Editorial reports to the Editor in Chief.

We are looking for people with experience in the management and editing of academic publications.  The Managing Editor must be familiar with the Journal’s style guide and the structure and content of previous issues. You must be aware of the challenges and opportunities facing the print industry and be able to demonstrate strategic leadership and vision. Applicants should follow international affairs closely and have ideas about future issues the Journal could focus on.

Senior Editors, Print

You will guide the development of the Journal's next issue from conception, through the editing and publication phases. You will provide input on what theme you think the issue should focus on, and will work closely with the Editor in Chief and Managing Editor for Print to make sure that the quality and profile of solicited articles is appropriate for the issue. Senior editors reports to the Managing Editor for Print.

During the editorial process, you will cultivate and maintain relationships with contributing authors, provide stylistic and grammatical editorial feedback when required, and research and contact potential peer reviewers. Senior Editors must be familiar with the Journal's style guide and the structure of previous issues and be comfortable with academic language. Applicants would ideally have prior writing and/or editing experience.

Production Director

The Production Director oversees all of the production details, particularly the design and layout of twice-yearly print issues, manages Journal branding, and works with all teams to produce promotional content for events as needed. The Production Director is part of the Print Team, reporting to the Managing Editor for Print.

The ideal candidate has experience/familiarity with Adobe InDesign and other production tools, has a flair for creativity, can work well under pressure, and consistently meets deadlines.

Student Content Editor

The Student Content Editor is a new position on the Journal, combining and broadening the roles of the Student Essays Editor and the Book Reviews Editor. The Student Content Editor will serve as the main point of contact between the Journal and SIPA, Columbia, and GPPN student bodies. The editor will work to develop strong relationships to be able to solicit book reviews and essays from students regularly, after working with senior editors to determine appropriate books to review and essay prompts. The Student Content Editor, in coordination with the Managing Editor for Print, is responsible for selecting the winners of the GPPN and Andrew Wellington Cordier student essay contests, in addition to editing them in preparation for print. The Student Content Editor is a member of the Print Team, reporting to the Managing Editor for Print.

The ideal applicant is passionate about engaging regularly with students and has a demonstrated ability to consistently engage with a large number of individuals. Applicants should be able to critically review and provide constructive comments—including typographical and grammatical notes—to student contributors.

Features Editor

The Features Editor leads the content, coordination, and logistics for features and interviews for every issue. Typically, the Features Editor interviews 3-4 high-profile practitioners, politicians, or academics for each issue after liaising with senior editors to determine specific topics. The Features Editor develops a robust list of potential contributors for each issue—in coordination with senior editors and the Managing Editor for Print—and takes point on reaching out, conducting interviews, securing features (short, essay-style pieces), and drafting a publishable interview transcript. The Features Editor also conducts research to ensure interviews are well designed and relevant. The Features Editor is part of the Print Team, reporting to the Managing Editor for Print.

The ideal candidate has experience engaging with high-level officials and is well-organized to ensure all outreach is conducted professionally and in a timely manner. In addition, the candidate enjoys research to find the most appropriate interviewee or features contributor. The Features Editor will be supported by and coordinate all activities with, including research, drafting, and editing of contributors and interviews, an assistant editor.

Managing Editor for Digital

The Journal of International Affairs Online is JIA’s digital arm, soliciting and publishing quality content on current international affairs and trends. As Managing Editor, you will lead the digital team, oversee the editorial process and take ultimate responsibility for the quality and timeliness of online content. You will work closely with and support the print team on the online rollout of print issues. The Managing Editor for Digital reports to the Editor in Chief.

The Journal’s digital presence is still evolving and we are looking for someone with the vision and tenacity to lead the team. You must have prior experience editing, be motivated and organized, and have prior demonstrated experience managing multiple projects simultaneously.

Senior Editor, Digital

JIA Online produces quality and relevant content for our viewers by staying ahead of international and policy trends and events. Reporting to and working with the Managing Editor for Digital, you will develop a strategy and calendar for soliciting online content and serve as lead editor.

We are looking for a candidate who can think both strategically and creatively about diversifying our online content. You must have prior experience editing and be organized and responsive.

Managing Editor for Business and Marketing

The Managing Editor for Business and Marketing is in charge of the overall operations and finances for the Journal. In this role, you will assign deadlines, develop strategy, recruit for your team, and manage the operations and finances for the journal working closely with the Editor in Chief and Managing Editors of Print and Digital. You will also manage a team of business associates and recruit for ad hoc members as you see fit. You will bolster the work of print and digital with vendor relationships, finances, external and internal stakeholders, budgeting and technology utilized. On the institutional side, you will liaise with journals and publishing stakeholders within Columbia and SIPA and across the city to solicit input, strategic insight, and subscriptions. The Managing Editor for Business and Marketing reports to the Editor in Chief.

We are looking for a self motivated leader who has experience either running a budget for a student organization and has the ability to work both on the operational and logistical level and develop strategic plans.

Director of Operations

The Director of Operations works closely with the Managing Editor for Business and Marketing to execute on overall operations, finances, and strategy for the business team. The Director will plan, schedule, and organize meetings and meeting agendas, maintain and document relationships with internal and external stakeholders, and delegate to the team and recruit additional assistance when needed. Director of Operations is responsible for consolidating all JIA products in one place and institutionalizing processes. You will bolster the work of print and digital by getting vouchers, booking rooms, when needed, and are a flexible individual ready to think big but contribute where needed. The Director of Operations reports to the Managing Editor for Business and Marketing. 

We are looking for a self motivated leader who has experience either running a budget for a student organization and has the ability to work both on the operational and logistical level and develop strategic plans. Experience turning strategy into actionable tasks and tactics is also a plus.

Director of Events

The Director of Events works closely with the Editor In Chief, the Managing Editor for Business and Marketing, and Director of Operations to conceptualize, plan, and execute events. The director of events will be responsible for all event planning and logistics (i.e. room bookings, ordering food and drinks, and managing the guest list and the staffing plan). Events will include team retreats, issue launch parties and panels, and the possibility of a Journal gala and team building events. This role also serves to bolsters and coordinate across teams to support the various work of the Journal while finding opportunities to showcase the Journal’s work to both internal and external audiences. The Director of Events reports to the Managing Editor for Business and Marketing.

We are looking for a self-motivated leader who has experience with event planning, budgeting  and logistics, managing competing stakeholders, and experience liaising with high profile guests. You should have the ability to work both on the operational and logistical level and develop strategic plans.


CONSULTANT POSITIONS

Digital Consultant

JIA Online seeks a Digital Consultant to oversee our website’s ongoing operation, from posting content to refreshing the website’s design and troubleshooting problems in a timely manner. As Digital Consultant, you will work with the Journal’s Manager Editor for Digital and act as liaison between the Journal and SIPA IT.

To be considered for the role, you will need, at a minimum, prior experience working with a content management system (the Journal uses Drupal), as well as proficiency in Google Analytics. Experience with HTML/CSS is a plus.

Marketing Consultant

The Journal, both our print and online publications, operate in a complex, fast-moving and competitive space. We seek a Marketing Consultant to help us identify our competitive edge and articulate a plan to realize it.

Day-to-day you will be involved with publicizing print milestones (call for papers, launch events, student contests) and online content, at the direction of the Managing Editors for Print and Digital. You will also be responsible for operating and optimizing the Journal’s social media presence (Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn). Longer-term, you will work closely with the Editor-in-Chief to analyze our potential customer base (print and digital) and how effective we are at reaching it, and make recommendations for the future.

To be considered for the role, you will need prior, demonstrated experience in social media marketing, and image and brand awareness.


The Assistant Editor and Business and Marketing Associate positions will be recruited for in Fall 2019. Follow us on social media for information about the application process and recruitment timeline. 

Assistant Editors for Print

You will work with the Journal’s senior editors to solicit articles from distinguished scholars, academics and policy practitioners, guide them through the peer-review process, and edit and proofread submissions. You will work on either the Fall/Winter or the Spring/Summer issue. 

Assistant Editors for Digital & Online

JIA Online is looking to develop its social media presence and reputation. In addition to evaluating and editing submissions to JIA Online, you will solicit features and arguments from distinguished scholars, academics and policy practitioners. This is a faster paced position and online submissions need a quick turnaround. 

Business & Marketing Associates

You will assist the Journal's Business and Marketing team to engage and expand our subscriber base, manage the Journal's finances, and plan and execute social and business-related events. Assistant editor will help manage vendor relationships and work as a liaison with our distribution and publishing vendors, in addition to working on budget and revenue.