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The New York Times

Editorial Director, Games

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The New York Times
πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ New York City, NY

Job Description

This is a vital moment in the life of The New York Times. We have declared ourselves a subscription-first company staking our future on producing journalism and engaging experiences worth paying for. Games have been at the forefront of identifying new ways to reach new and broader audiences as part of the Standalone Products Group.

The New York Times is seeking an Editorial Director, Games to support its fast growing and expanding games subscription business. This position reports in the interim to the Head of Standalone Products and ultimately to the General Manager, Games. The role sits within the newsroom and acts as the head of a small newsroom desk.

As the Editorial Director, you will oversee the editorial team responsible for creating all Games offered by The New York Times, from our Crosswords to our newer games like Spelling Bee, to those that we continue to develop and create. You will manage and lead the team that edits our puzzles. Working with editors on the team, you will help produce content that is more accessible for beginners, younger players, and diverse audiences. You will ensure that our editing process, puzzle-making community and team includes and cultivates diverse voices. In collaboration when necessary with our Standards department, you will be responsible for ensuring that our puzzles meet our rigorous editorial and fairness standards.

Why should you apply?

This is an opportunity to oversee the creation of a product that people love: The New York Times Crossword is a unique brand, with a 76-year history and regarded as one of the pre-eminent puzzles on the planet. In the last years, we have expanded our puzzle offering into new games, building on our legacy of creating smart puzzles.

In this position, you’ll get the chance to work on the country’s most popular puzzle, solved by millions of people every day. You’ll be part of a fast-growing team at The New York Times, which has more than tripled its subscriber base in the past five years. And you’ll have the chance to shape the long-term strategy for this iconic product, with an eye toward broadening its appeal to a whole new generation of solvers.

Responsibilities

  • Manage and lead all editors of New York Times Games.
  • Oversee the editorial processes for the creation of all new and existing games.
  • Ensure that our games each meet our high editorial standards for quality, fairness and inclusion.
  • Oversee the process that produces content that is more accessible for beginners, younger players, and diverse audiences.
  • Serve as a member of the leadership team for Crosswords (which includes Marketing, Product, Design, Engineering, and Editorial) in setting Crossword’s strategy and priorities, including collaborating closely on OKRs.
  • Formulate an editorial strategy for broadening our audience of solvers.
  • Act as a primary advocate for editorial considerations in all cross-functional discussions, making recommendations and influencing partners in Product, Design, etc.
  • Act as a desk head in the newsroom, advocating when necessary for Games within the newsroom structure and ensuring that the desk meets all newsroom standards and expectations.

Requirements

  • You have a proven track record of creating excellent editorial processes and of effectively leading and managing teams.
  • Strong written communication skills
  • 10+ years of editorial experience, including in management
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a team
  • Knowledge of the New York Times games portfolio and its place in the wider games/puzzles landscape
  • Ability to problem-solve across multiple teams and stakeholders
  • High emotional intelligence
  • Have a bias toward action, able to be thoughtful and think strategically, but with a focus on translating ideas into action and execution
  • Active listener and synthesizer, able to listen to many stakeholders, play back what you’ve heard and then synthesize information and translate that into a set of priorities
  • Deep passion for puzzles and the Crossword
  • Passion for the New York Times’s mission and commitment to be a part of our innovation and growth

The New York Times is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects the varied global community we serve. Our journalism and the products we build in the service of that journalism greatly benefit from a range of perspectives, which can only come from diversity of all types, across our ranks, at all levels of the organization. Achieving true diversity and inclusion is the right thing to do. It is also the smart thing for our business. So we strongly encourage women, veterans, people with disabilities, people of color and gender nonconforming candidates to apply.

The New York Times Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, age, race, color, creed, national origin, alienage, religion, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or affectional preference, gender identity and expression, disability, genetic trait or predisposition, carrier status, citizenship, veteran or military status and other personal characteristics protected by law. All applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to legally protected characteristics. The New York Times Company will consider qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local "Fair Chance" laws.