Deputy Editor

Job description

Foreign Policy (FP) was founded in 1970 with the intention of leading a root-and-branch rethink of how the United States engages with other countries. Today, FP continues to explain Washington to the world and the world to Americans. We showcase the smartest ideas and analysis on global affairs, written by experts and practitioners of international relations. Although FP exists on many platforms—our website, quarterly print edition, award-winning podcasts, live events, and analytics division—we will always be first and foremost a magazine of politics and ideas, covering parts of the world undercovered in other English-language media and bringing a nuanced, global perspective to more familiar stories.

FP is looking for a Deputy Editor to commission and edit intelligent Arguments and timely analyses on international affairs and foreign policy. The FP Argument is our signature article type, longer and more detailed than a newspaper op-ed, typically written by a subject matter expert, and pegged to the news cycle. FP analysis pieces are occasioned by the news cycle but look to connect dots and answer the questions no one else has thought to ask.

The editor will come up with ideas, find and pursue appropriate writers, and then work with those writers at every stage of the editorial process to hone length, structure, and tone while ensuring rigor and factual accuracy. The editor will be committed to FP’s mission and curious about the world. They will balance a sense of urgency with an ability to see the bigger picture. The editor will mostly work independently and so must demonstrate initiative and discipline. At the same time, we’re a small and scrappy team and are looking for someone who works well with others and puts up their hand when needed.

Responsibilities include:

  • Generating ideas for and then commissioning and editing articles;

  • Working with FP designers, copy editors, social media editors, and others to present stories for maximum impact;

  • Developing and cultivating new writers across a variety of fields;

  • Building and maintaining relationships with FP columnists and other regular contributors;

  • Mentoring junior editorial staff; and

  • Offering ideas for FP podcasts, events, and special features.


  • A minimum of 5 years of experience as a commissioning editor

  • A demonstrated interest in global affairs

We are located in Washington, D.C., and while we have a preference for candidates in the D.C. area, we are open to remote applicants. In September, we will return to work at our downtown office with a hybrid plan where most employees will have the option to work from home three days a week. In addition to hybrid work, every FP staff member will be able to take advantage of our “One Month From Anywhere” program and have the chance to work from the location of their choice for one month each year. This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

Foreign Policy is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to an inclusive environment for all employees. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.