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Managing Editor, NFL (Remote)

The Athletic


Posted over 30 days ago...


Shape the Future of Sports Journalism as The Athletic's Managing Editor for NFL Coverage


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£80000 - £100000

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United States

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100% Remote- North America

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Expires at anytime

Join The Athletic's Dynamic Team

At The Athletic, we're redefining sports journalism for true fans by providing in-depth, engaging content through storytelling and a robust community platform. Since our inception in 2016, we've grown to a global presence with over 600 creators, covering the full spectrum of professional and collegiate sports. We're at the forefront of the sports media industry, offering a unique opportunity for our team members to innovate and excel.

Role Overview

  • Lead a team of talented reporters focused on delivering high-quality NFL news and analysis.
  • Collaborate with the Senior Managing Editor to oversee editorial direction and optimize content performance.
  • Develop strategic plans for the NFL vertical, including story ideation and multimedia expansion.
  • Balance editorial workflows and ensure a consistent, compelling voice across digital media products.
  • Utilize data analytics, SEO, and subscription metrics to enhance content engagement.
  • Oversee the editorial budget and manage financial resources effectively.
  • Edit and publish engaging stories using WordPress and coordinate visual storytelling with the design team.

What We're Looking For

  • At least 8 years of digital sports journalism experience, with a strong management background.
  • Proven ability to drive subscription growth and audience engagement through compelling storytelling.
  • Exceptional editing skills and the ability to mentor writers and editors.
  • In-depth knowledge of the NFL and a passion for sports journalism.
  • Comfortable working remotely from the United States or Canada.

The Athletic is committed to inclusion and offers competitive salaries ($80,000 - $100,000 USD range), comprehensive benefits, and a supportive environment. We celebrate diversity and are looking for candidates from all backgrounds.

Join us in shaping the conversation around sports and apply today!

About Us

The Athletic is a digital sports media company that brings true sports fans closer to the athletes, teams and leagues that captivate their attention. We serve a multi-faceted audience that craves a richer connection and understanding with immersive storytelling and a like-minded community of fans. Founded in 2016 and with major operational hubs in San Francisco, Los Angeles, London and Melbourne, we empower a truly global team of more than 600 creators and cover more than 250 professional sports and collegiate teams across the United States, Canada and the UK. Our newsroom has produced thousands of in-depth reports along with more than 120 podcasts and other forms of premium content. Put simply, The Athletic is at the center of a sports fan’s universe.

About the Role 

The Athletic is seeking a Managing Editor for its NFL vertical. This is the No. 2 role in the department, reporting up to the NFL Senior Managing Editor. The Managing Editor and the Senior Managing Editor share comprehensive editorial oversight of NFL coverage, using data analytics to optimize performance. They also partner with stakeholders across the editorial organization and business teams on a range of initiatives. 

This role will be remote for candidates located in the United States or Canada only.


Manage a staff of reporters with an emphasis on the delivery of news and distinct team analysis. Assist with big-picture, conceptual vision for the vertical, including long-term direction; generating and planning story ideas; editorial platforms; expansion opportunities. Provide process and priorities to balance content assignments ranging from short-form and breaking news to daily coverage to longform projects. Work to bring a distinctive, compelling, and authentic voice to all digital media products. Maintain an understanding and proficiency of subscription and engagement metrics. Maintain proficiency and knowledge for SEO (best practices available). Develop comprehensive multimedia coverage and contacts that include text and audio. Coordinate staffing assignments, editorial resources and process. Maintain an updated and accurate forward-looking editorial budget. Collaborate with staff on story ideas, and with design on best execution for stories with a clear visual element. Edit and publish stories via WordPress. Manage the vertical’s financial budget, including projecting month-to-month expenditures and managing travel.


8+ years of experience in digital sports journalism, with experience at a management level. Advanced ability to generate story ideas that result in solid sub-growth and engagement. Works well with writers on strengthening ideas; strong sense of how to take a single idea and develop it into a broader package. Advanced understanding of the following editing tasks: copy editing, story structure, recognizing problematic sentences, style guidelines. Ability to add context to stories, edit in the writer's voice, ensure fairness, provide story structure. Expert ability to mentor writers and more inexperienced editors. High-end knowledge of the NFL. This is a remote-based position is based in the United States or Canada.

The annual base salary range for this role is $80,000.00 - $100,000.00 USD. The total compensation offered for this position may vary based on factors such as education, experience, skills, and location. It may also include non-cash rewards and benefits. The base salary range is subject to change and may be modified in the future.

The Athletic offers unique perks and benefits to all full-time employees based on their country of residence. Our comprehensive US benefits package includes:

- Highly competitive, employer-contributed medical, dental, vision, basic life and disability insurance plans.

- Savings accounts for medical, wellness, and childcare expenses.

- 401k retirement savings plan and employer match.

- Paid time off including paid sick leave, 12 paid holidays, 15 days of accrued vacation to start, and up to 20 weeks of Paid Parental Leave.

For international candidates: Our global benefits packages offer similar benefits and perks, competitive to the local market.

The Athletic Media Company is an equal opportunity employer and enthusiastically encourages people from all backgrounds and experiences to apply. The Athletic will consider all applicants without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical and/or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected characteristic under applicable law.

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