The San Francisco Standard is seeking an experienced, innovative, ambitious and enthusiastic managing editor to oversee daily news coverage, multiple editorial departments and new initiatives that will expand our reach and deepen our connection with our audience in the Bay Area and beyond.

Our startup digital newsroom is at an exciting time of expansion, as our audience is growing rapidly and we have plans to branch out into new mediums and verticals in the coming months, with a focus on features, business news and opinion content.

This managing editor will oversee our daily news report and work closely with section editors and our visuals team, multimedia team, copy desk and other departments. We are looking for a deft, veteran editor who can make sure we shine on the news of the day while coaching section editors to deliver storytelling that drives conversation, delights our audience and results in real-world impact.

You must have impeccable news judgment and a commitment to the highest ethical standards. Our ideal candidate will also have the curiosity and imagination to suggest new approaches, tools or processes to help us make The Standard stand apart from the competition.

We are looking for a well-organized newsroom leader who has proven experience managing teams and using data to drive decisions, understanding how to align the newsroom with the company’s overall strategy and business goals. If you relish the rapid change that comes with a startup environment and are passionate about building something new, we want to hear from you!


  • Plan, coordinate and manage daily news operations in partnership with senior editors
  • Work with the newsroom to set editorial ambitions, define coverage and develop stories
  • Lead large, complex projects that involve reporters, photographers, videographers, data journalists and others
  • Use data to understand our audience and their needs
  • Cultivate positive morale and work with other editors on staff development and coaching efforts; provide regular and constructive feedback to staff
  • Assist with recruiting top editorial talent
  • Help develop new tools for internal use and new products for our audience
  • Coordinate with marketing, events and other departments outside the newsroom as needed
  • Collaborate with product managers working to improve the digital experience of The Standard
  • Represent The Standard on TV and radio and at community events, conferences, seminars and professional meetings


  • A minimum of 7 years of experience in management/editing roles, preferably in daily news publications
  • A demonstrated track record of delivering high-quality journalism including investigative, narrative, explanatory and breaking news
  • Extensive knowledge of editorial processes, fact-checking, and journalism ethics
  • Knowledge of media law and AP Style
  • Leadership and team management abilities, including skills to improve staff performance
  • Excellent news judgment and ability to prioritize stories and make quick decisions
  • Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency with digital content management systems and social media
  • A demonstrated ability to think both creatively and strategically
  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills

This role may require early morning, evening or weekend work. We are an in-person newsroom; this is not a remote role. We offer very competitive salaries and excellent benefits.

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and at least five work samples, including at least three examples of impressive work that you have edited. Provide an explanation of the role you played in guiding these works to publication, the challenges you and your team overcame, and any real-world impact the journalism had.

The pay range for this role is $150,000 to $225,000. Actual compensation packages are based on several factors that are unique to each candidate. We encourage you to apply even if you don’t fit the preferred qualifications of the job.