Print Managing Editor, Skin Deep

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Location: Mostly remote, with some in-person work in London
Salary details: Fee £4000
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We’re looking for an extremely organised project manager to head up operations for our next print magazine. The Managing Editor is the glue that holds everything together, keeping us on time and on budget, facilitating smooth communication between teams and through each phase of the project.

Skin Deep is a London-based arts and culture organisation, working in the service of racial justice. We make digital and physical space for Black creatives and creatives of colour to work towards justice through cultural production. Through our live events, online platform and print magazine, we build capacity for artists and activists in London and globally to centre joy, think beyond crisis and survival, and dream of just futures.

About The Role

To celebrate Skin Deep’s tenth birthday, our next print magazine is a special anthology edition that draws together ten years of learning, creating and collaborating at the intersection of racial justice and culture. Presenting the very best of our previous issues alongside bold new commissions, it doesn’t just look back, but resonates with what matters right now and imagines into the future. As always, the magazine will be beautifully designed and thoughtfully edited. It will speak to a broad audience of new readers, as well as to our beloved core community who have been with us for years.

Print Managing Editor is an operational role. Your job is to make everything run smoothly, from the first brainstorm all the way through editing, design and production to the launch party, distribution and impact. You will run the budget and schedule, ensure good collaboration and communication between different teams and across the different phases of the project, help to solve problems/put out fires when needed, and keep a constant eye on our objectives to make sure that we’re meeting them. You will be CC’d in to everything so you have a birds eye view of what’s going on and can catch balls before they drop. Essentially, you are in charge of the train reaching its final destination in one piece.

You will be ultimately accountable to the Creative Directors of Skin Deep, and will work closely alongside the Editorial Director and the Design Lead / head of Design Studio. You will coordinate the Comms Lead, Distribution Producer, Impact Producer, and Launch Party Producer.

Job Requirements

You have a proven track record of delivering complex multi-stage creative projects. Ideally, at least some of this experience will be on editorial projects.

You can confidently manage a budget with accuracy and transparency. You are meticulous – tracking every penny, chasing down every contract and invoice, keeping clear records, filing every doc in the right place.

You are a clear, confident and kind communicator, equally able to deliver warm words of encouragement and hard-to-hear feedback. You’re adept at helping people find compromise. You can tailor your communication style to meet different needs.

You’re a problem solver. You keep a cool head in a crisis and work collaboratively to find a way through any roadblock.

You understand Skin Deep, our mission and our values. You believe in the role that cultural production has to play in movements for racial justice.

This role will require flexible working and the ability to be responsive to people working on different days of the week.

Job Responsibilities

  • Manage the editorial, design and production schedule, coordinating with writers, editors, photographers, illustrators and designers to ensure deadlines are met and content is delivered on time
  • Manage the print budget, keeping it updated with actuals and ensuring we don’t overspend
  • Take care of all paperwork (contracts, invoices, receipts) and maintain neat and accessible google drive
  • Oversee all internal comms (email and discord) to maintain a bird’s eye view of entire project
  • Organise – and take part in – brainstorms, commissioning meetings, feedback meetings, read-throughs, production meetings and any other gatherings as needed
  • Set objectives at the start of the project and work to ensure that they are being met
  • Manage recruitment process and on-boarding for print team roles
  • Anticipate and solve problems as they arise, particularly around scheduling, capacity, or miscommunication
  • See full job ad (linked) for remaining responsibilities

Print Managing Editor (Anthology Issue)
Contract type: Fixed term freelance
Fee: £4000
Hours: Estimated average 4 days per month, with lower and higher-intensity periods, to be managed by the job holder
Start date: 6/6/24
End date: 13/12/24

How To Apply

Send your CV and a short covering letter to Please put ‘Print Managing Editor (Anthology Issue)’ as the subject line.

Your cover letter can be written (no more than 1 page or 500 words), or a video/voice note (no more than 3 minutes).

Here’s what we want to know:

1. What experience, skills and approaches would you bring to this role?

2. Which part of this role most excites or inspires you?

3. Why do you want to work at Skin Deep?

If you have any questions on the role or the application process, or need any information in an alternative format, please email

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