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The New York Times

Senior Staff Editor, Opinion Video, Op-Docs (REQ-012517_New_York)

Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media



Full Time


New York, New York, United States

The [Register to View] target="_blank">mission of The New York Times is to seek the truth and help people understand the world. That means independent journalism is at the heart of all we do as a company. It’s why we have a newsroom that’s 1,700 strong and sends journalists to report on the ground from nearly 160 countries. It’s why we focus deeply on how our readers will experience our journalism, from print to audio to a world-class digital and app destination. And it’s why our business strategy centers on making journalism so good that it’s worth paying for.

Note for US based roles: Any offer of employment is contingent on providing proof of Covid-19 vaccination prior to your start date, subject to approved medical and/or religious exemptions, in accordance with applicable law.

Job Description

The Supervising Editor will work with the Op-Docs team to help select, story-edit, and publish compelling short documentaries for The New York Times’ Oscar-winning series. The primary responsibility of the Supervising Editor is to provide notes on rough and fine cuts. Those edits are then made by the filmmaking team. The person in this position will not be responsible for editing films or footage in Premiere, though a sophisticated understanding of editing and a proficiency in editing software is required. The Supervising Editor will also work closely with the Op-Docs team to screen, debate and select films for Op-Docs on an ongoing basis.

The ideal candidate will possess strong story editing and filmmaking knowledge and be comfortable providing feedback, encouragement, and pushback to filmmakers of various skill levels. The candidate should have strong diplomatic and communication skills for working with filmmakers and guiding edits from outside the edit room. The candidate should also have an excellent, obsessive eye for video post-production standards. We are looking for a candidate with a strong documentary editing background and great people skills who is passionate in helping other editors and filmmakers make their work the best it can be — and to further the reputation of Op-Docs as a world class series.

The Supervising Editor will:

• review film submissions and provide feedback on submitted films

• offer filmmakers feedback and notes for changes for them to consider and potentially implement

• talk to filmmakers about their projects and about the Op-Docs series

• occasionally assist with resolving technical problems with filmmaker deliverables/film uploads, and act as another pair of eyes to ensure films are packaged properly (ie, there are no technical issues, spelling errors in captions or credits, etc.)

• assist the team with publishing needs including reviewing article text that accompanies published Op-Docs, brainstorming headlines that will drive traffic, providing feedback on promotional materials (ie clips, key images), and occasionally drafting newsletter text

• represent Op-Docs at festivals, conferences, and in the filmmaker community


• Extensive experience in, enthusiasm for and knowledge of documentary story editing and craft (at least 7 years of experience preferred)

• Familiarity with the documentary landscape and current trends in the industry

• Knowledge of video editing and comfort working in Adobe Premiere

• Excellent editorial judgment that aligns with the ethics of The Times.

• Strong diplomatic skills and enthusiasm for working with filmmakers

• Strong writing and editing skills.

• Ability to juggle multiple projects at once.

• Willingness / ability to make public presentations at industry events, etc.

This is a temporary position.

This is a Guild position.

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.