Editor, Time Out New York

Editor, New York

Location:  New York

Reporting to: Head of Content, North America

INTERNAL: Content & Editorial, Time Out Media

Role Overview

We are seeking an Editor to lead Time Out New York in print and online. The Editor is responsible for ensuring all content across our digital, print and social platforms meets the aims of Time Out’s wider content strategy. This role ensures that the right content is prioritized for production, that it’s presented in the right way and that it is of a quality worthy of Time Out.

This person is responsible for making sure that Time Out New York meets their planned goals and targets and are also responsible for helping to increase awareness of the Time Out brand, both in the real world and in print and online. The successful candidate will be an organized self-starter, and will report into the Head of Content for North America.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead and produce content across all platforms that covers the biggest events, inspires readers to try new things and creates a cultural buzz in New York.

  • Work with the national team to build email and social strategies to reach a wider audience in New York and share Time Out content.

  • Work with the head of content, North America and global content team to maintain global editorial calendar, share best practices, optimize content for SEO and collaborate on global content projects.

  • Work with creative team, editorial team and print production team to produce Time Out New York magazine, a bi-weekly publication.

  • As needed, develop offers/branded content; support the commercial success of Time Out’s offers business.

  • Build and manage a team of freelancers to help in the content creation process across a wide range of topics, including restaurants and bars, arts and culture, theater, etc. and edit this content for print and digital use.

  • Ensure content is delivered on time, to brief, within budget and to the standards laid out by Time Out style guides.

  • Be responsible for overall journalistic integrity, including ensuring that all relevant copyrights have been cleared and that content meets legal guidelines.

  • Create content that meets individual and team goals (e.g., engagement, traffic, conversion, time on page, etc.).

  • Work with the marketing and commercial teams to devise partnerships and events that increase awareness of the Time Out brand in New York.

  • Maintain and develop strong internal and external working relationships across the Time Out Group while being internally and externally recognized as an ambassador for Time Out values.

  • Make recommendations for enhancements to Time Out products where relevant to content and test and approve new products and CMS enhancements.

  • Be an authority on the Time Out brand and competitors.

  • Regularly post content, which may include sponsored or offers content, to social media.

  • Work with video team to create successful video content relevant to your area of expertise.

  • When required, serve as a spokesperson/quotable expert.

  • Embrace Time Out’s digital-first, mobile-first philosophy. A strong background in digital production is absolutely essential.

  • Act as an effective brand ambassador for Time Out Group and an evangelist for our brand in the market.

  • Meet individual monthly content volume targets as agreed with your manager (e.g., new posts, updated posts, new listings, updated listings, etc.).

  • Liaise with the Time Out Markets team on editorial and entertainment projects for the markets.

Personal attributes and essential skills

  • Demonstrated desire to build a great business.

  • A clear understanding of the financial and functional dynamics of a global media business.

  • Clear ability to collaborate across business functions and with external parties.

  • Excellent grasp and understanding of SEO best practice. 

  • Highest standard of accuracy and attention to detail. 

  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to prioritise accordingly.

  • Experience writing tight briefs for external contributors. 

  • The ability to write copy in line with highest editorial standards. 

  • The ability to work quickly to tight deadlines under pressure. 

  • A strong industry reputation.

  • Flexibility and a professional approach at all times. 

  • The ability to self-supervise in order to meet deadlines. 

  • Ability to work in and contribute to a fun and dynamic team-based environment. 

  • Fluent English.

  • Must be educated to degree level or equivalent industry qualification. 

  • Interested in applying but don’t tick all of the boxes on the list? Please apply, we’d still love to hear from you.

What we look for in a candidate

Time Out is a company filled with individuals as diverse as the cities we live in and cover.  At the same time there are common characteristics we all share. To join our team you’ll want to…

  • Be commercially astute

  • Either have experience at or want to dive headfirst into a fast-paced digital-first company

  • Think globally

  • Have excellent communication and relationship building skills

  • Have a high sense of ownership, urgency and drive

  • Be a team player

Culture Fit

At Time Out Group we believe in diversity and equal opportunity for all people.  We do not discriminate against external or internal candidates on the basis of age; disability; gender reassignment; race; religion or belief; sex; sexual orientation; marriage and civil partnership; and pregnancy and maternity. We believe that diversity develops creativity and enables personal and professional growth where we all learn from each other. We believe that diversity develops creativity and enables personal and professional growth so we can all learn from each other. We believe in an open culture where ideas are shared candidly and where there is no fear of failure, but rather an understanding that we must experiment and have the freedom to succeed. We believe that everyone has the right to express themselves as they are as this enriches us all. We believe in an open world and the pursuit of happiness, after all, we are in the happiness business.

About Time Out Group plc

Time Out Group is a global media and entertainment business that inspires and enables people to explore and enjoy the best of the city.

It all started in 1968 in London when Time Out helped people discover the exciting new urban cultures that had started up all over the capital. Since then, this iconic brand has consistently maintained its status as the go-to source of inspiration for both locals and visitors alike.

Time Out Group comprises two highly synergistic business divisions: Time Out Media and Time Out Market. Across both business divisions, the Group’s mission is to help people around the world go out better.

Time Out Media’s digital and physical presence comprises websites, mobile, social media, magazines and Live Events. Across these platforms, Time Out distributes its high-quality content – written and curated by professional journalists – around the best food, drinks, culture, art, music, theatre, travel and entertainment in 315 cities and 58 countries. Time Out is monetising this global reach and its strong traffic from a desirable audience via digital and print advertising as well as e-commerce. Since its launch over 50 years ago, Time Out has become a global brand that advertisers and consumers love and trust.

Time Out Market is a food and cultural market leveraging the Time Out brand to bring the best of the city under one roof: its best chefs, drinks and cultural experiences, based on the editorial curation Time Out has always been known for.  The first Time Out Market opened in 2014 in a historic market hall in Lisbon and quickly turned into a huge success; with 3.9 million visitors in 2018 it is now Portugal’s most popular attraction. This unique format, which is all about making high-quality fine food affordable and accessible for all, is now coming to other great cities around the world. New Time Out Markets are open in Miami, New York, and Boston, with more on the way in Chicago and Montreal in 2019; Dubai in 2020, London-Waterloo in 2021 and Prague in 2022 – all featuring the cities’ best and most celebrated chefs, restaurateurs, drinks and cultural experiences.

In June 2016, Time Out Group was listed on London's AIM stock exchange, raising investment to position the company for the next stage of its growth and development. It’s an exciting time as we’re transforming this iconic brand into a global media and entertainment brand and continue to shape the future of the city experience for both locals and visitors.

Time Out is a dynamic, pioneering brand and so is our team. We want to work with the best and brightest talent because we work for the world’s greatest cities, the people enjoying them and the businesses in them. As a truly global team we get to collaborate with colleagues from New York to Paris, Tokyo and Sydney and beyond. It’s our integrity, passion, curiosity, creativity and openness that make us successful and a unique team.