Editorial Director

at George W. Bush Presidential Center (view profile)
Location Dallas, Texas
Date Posted September 29, 2021
Category Editing / Writing
Job Type Full-time



Rooted in the guiding principles of President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush, the George W. Bush Presidential Center engages communities in the United States and around the world by cultivating leaders and advancing policies to solve today’s most pressing challenges. The Bush Center is home to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, which is operated by the National Archives and Records Administration, and the George W. Bush Institute, the non-partisan, public-policy arm of the Bush Center. The Bush Center is located on the campus of SMU in Dallas, Texas, and also includes a 15-acre park, a full-service restaurant, Café 43, and a museum store.

Housed within the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the George W. Bush Institute is an action-oriented, nonpartisan policy organization with the mission of cultivating leaders and advancing policies to solve today’s most pressing challenges. It raises current and thought-provoking issues and builds programs to address the challenges facing our nation and our world. The work of the Bush Institute is inspired by the principles that guided the Bushes in public life: education is the foundation of a successful life; freedom is a universal human desire; free enterprise is the engine of economic prosperity; and every human life is precious.


Roles and Responsibilities

The Editorial Director reports to the Managing Director, Leadership and Programming, and is part of the Bush Institute’s senior leadership. The Editorial Director is accountable for the publication of The Catalyst: A Journal of Thought and other editorial projects in line with the overall editorial strategy overall of the George W. Bush Institute.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Lead the development of an overall publishing strategy for the Bush Institute that sets editorial products apart from other thought journals, enhances the brand, and helps meet organizational goals.
  • Work with other Bush Institute departments to oversee the strategy of related editorial series or longform publications and ensure coordination across organization.
  • Work with internal and external audiences to understand publishing needs.
  • Lead a collaborative process for planning and publishing that includes multiple departments.
  • Develop and own the publishing and project plan that supports a quality publication and that ensures a consistent Institute voice.
  • Support the External Affairs team as they develop a strategic marketing plan that helps The Catalyst reach its intended audience, as well as expands the target audience.
  • Source innovative content and authors.
  • Support training and coaching of internal authors as needed.
  • Stay abreast of leading-edge practices in publishing and help the Bush Institute to produce audience-centric and market appropriate products.
  • Edit all content for The Catalyst, and write, co-write, and ghost-write when necessary.
  • Oversee internal and contracted editorial resources and ensure work meets high standards of quality, satisfies the requirements of the publishing plan, and meets deadlines.
  • Maintain a network of editorial resources, and contract as needed to address volume fluctuation to meet deadlines.
  • In collaboration with the internal Evaluation and Research department, develop and execute a system to evaluate the outcomes of the editorial function.
  • Implement a simple and effective review/approval process.
  • Be a team member on the Bush Institute leadership team, forging partnerships and integration with other areas and contributing to shared goals.


Qualifications and Experience

The Editorial Director should have a minimum of 10 years of experience as a senior editor, editor in chief, or other role with expert writing and editing responsibilities for a policy-related organization or publisher. An undergraduate degree is required and an advanced degree preferred. The ideal candidate would have experience writing and publishing in a wide variety of formats, to a wide variety of audiences. Experience publishing a digital journal is strongly preferred. The position requires experience managing complex publishing projects with diverse stakeholders and a demonstrated track record in getting things done in collaboration with the team.

Ideally the candidate would possess:

  • Entrepreneurial spirit
  • Journalism background is preferred, but not required
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills
  • Creative and innovative approach and flexible style
  • Ability to translate communication needs into effective publishing solutions
  • Existing contacts with editorial resources in the field
  • A make-it-happen commitment to deadlines and a collaborative and inclusive team style
  • Ability to balance demands of multiple priorities
  • Successful track record in strategic marketing of content
  • Experience in multiple editorial positions
  • The highest ethical, professional, and personal standards and values.

The George W. Bush Presidential Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit stationary at a desk and use computer equipment.


Position:           Editorial Director

FLSA Status:    Exempt

Reports to:       Managing Director, Leadership and Programming

Department:     Institute

Division:           Leadership Programs

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