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Founding Editor, Talent Lab

We are seeking an experienced Senior Editor to launch and lead The Atlantic’s newly formed Talent Lab. The Talent Lab will serve as the central force of The Atlantic’s editorial recruiting, hiring, and professional development as we expand our editorial ranks. Together with a team of dedicated editors, the leader of the Talent Lab will play a critical role in furthering the The Atlantic’s journalistic mission.  

Our ideal candidate is:

  • A leader with an acute, well-developed sense of the skills that editing and reporting require.  
  • An insatiable consumer of media (in all forms) who is enthusiastic about knowing intimately The Atlantic and what distinguishes our work.
  • An excellent communicator, capable of distilling what distinguishes The Atlantic to every candidate and every new hire for every one of our platforms—from print to digital to video to podcast to live events.  
  • A skilled collaborator, who can work easily with editors across The Atlantic, listening to their needs and helping match them with strong candidates.  
  • A “process junkie,” able to implement a thorough and efficient hiring process for every editorial opening.
  • An avid networker with a sharp eye for talent and an unyielding focus on cultivating a diverse talent pool.  


If you possess these gifts, this is a unique opportunity to make an immense impact in a thriving and historic media organization, with resources at your disposal and a wealth of generous, creative, ambitious, collaborative, and brilliant colleagues who will treasure your work. You will play a pivotal role in cultivating the very best of The Atlantic. We cannot wait to work with you.


Atlantic Media Values:

Force of Ideas: At the center of Atlantic Media work are the ideas within our writing. We believe that ideas – to the good and not – have consequence. Our highest work is bringing rigor, insight, intellectual honesty, to that ultimate purpose of separating the bad from the good, giving voice, argument, and flight to the latter.

Spirit of Generosity: Atlantic Media seeks in its ranks a spirit of generosity – a natural disposition in each colleague toward service and selfless conduct. Atlantic Media writing should be cut from the same cloth – critical on the merits but informed by charity and forbearance in measuring motive and personal character.


The Atlantic is an EOE of Minorities/Women/Vets/Disability.


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