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Managing Editor, The Interpreter

Do you want to work for Australia’s leading think tank, the venue of choice for international leaders and speakers, and the home of Australia’s best digital magazine on international affairs?

We are seeking a managing editor for The Interpreter, the Lowy Institute’s commentary and analysis website. The managing editor must have an appreciation for the rigour of think-tank research, a keen journalistic sense of a good story with strong public interest, and an understanding of the online publishing environment.

This is a wide ranging role with many possibilities, but the primary responsibilities will be:

  • Sub-edit and proof-read all Interpreter content.
  • Commission content for The Interpreter.
  • Manage, and grow, a network of contributors.
  • Play a role in setting the editorial tone, direction and priorities of The Interpreter.
  • Write headlines and photo-edit the site.
  • Create content for The Interpreter, both written and audio-visual.
  • Manage a commissioning budget.

To be successful in this role, you will demonstrate the following skills and experience:


  • An interest and background in international relations.
  • At least three years of editing experience.
  • Outstanding attention to detail on all facets of English expression.
  • Experience with online publishing platforms such as Drupal or WordPress.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a daily publication schedule that responds quickly to breaking news.

Highly desirable

  • Knowledge of search-engine optimisation and social-media strategy.
  • Experience managing a commissioning budget.
  • An established record of publications with newspapers or magazines.
  • A background in journalism.

The is a Sydney-based position. The salary is $130,000, inclusive of compulsory superannuation contributions. The Lowy Institute offers a range of other benefits to employees.

To apply for this role please email a two-page cover letter along with your CV to Sam Roggeveen, Director of Digital at sroggeveen@lowyinstitute.orgby Friday 22 September.


General internships

Our internship program aims to connect talented international policy students and professionals with our research staff and programs. You should be interested in contributing to Australian international policy, have excellent time management and administrative skills, think critically, write clearly, and capably manage independent research tasks. Typically you will be enrolled in, or have completed, the final year of undergraduate studies, honours or postgraduate studies. The availability of intern positions depends on the needs of our staff.

The internship program attracts a large number of outstanding candidates and is highly competitive. Our intern alumni include Rhodes scholars, diplomats, soldiers, journalists, and academics. If your application is successful you will work at Level 3, 1 Bligh St on a voluntary basis.

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