Journal Editor

Our Organization

For more than 100 years, NCTE has worked with its members to offer journals, publications, and resources; to further the voice and expertise of educators as advocates for their students at the local and federal levels; and to share lesson ideas, research, and teaching strategies through its Annual Convention and other professional learning events.

NCTE staff currently work in locations across the country. The organization also maintains offices in Urbana, IL, and Washington, DC.

Our Mission

The National Council of Teachers of English is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. This mission statement was adopted in 1990: “The Council promotes the development of literacy, the use of language to construct personal and public worlds and to achieve full participation in society, through the learning and teaching of English and the related arts and sciences of language.”

The Opportunity

The Journal Editor is responsible for accurately and efficiently producing NCTE’s scholarly professional journals for an audience of literacy educators (preK–college). The ideal candidate will be an advocate for educators, experienced in change management, be able to nimbly move from the big picture to the small detail, thrive in a dynamic environment, and foster strong relationships to support the achievement of outcomes.


Essential Functions

  • Create and monitor journal production schedules.
  • Develop and maintain positive and professional working relationships with field editors.
  • Facilitate smooth transition between outgoing and incoming field editors.
  • Read, edit, and proof materials (or supervise freelance copy editor or proofreader) for print and/or online publication.
  • Ensure that content and images follow house style and NCTE policy.
  • Advise field editors on copyright and permission issues and ensure that necessary permissions have been obtained and credit lines properly inserted.
  • Oversee and direct the work of inhouse and freelance designers, typesetters, copy editors, proofreaders, and printers to resolve questions or problems.
  • Update journal webpages as needed.
  • Collaborate with, and support, the transition to increased digital publishing.
  • Report journal production status to Publications Director.

Other Functions

  • Serve on team of inhouse editors to ensure that print and electronic messages sent from NCTE staff are grammatically, technically, and factually correct and are consonant with NCTE house style, policies, and values.

The Journal Editor will encompass the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in English preferred; in a related discipline considered
  • Minimum three years’ experience in scholarly/professional journal editing and production
  • Excellent command of English, including sensitivity to audience and writing style
  • Knowledge of and experience with all phases of online editing and production processes
  • Experience with the Adobe suite of programs, including InDesign, Acrobat, Photoshop
  • Ability to learn and make strategic use of association management software systems, editorial management software, web-authoring/content management systems, and core administrative software programs (HR and work-process related)
  • Ability to organize and prioritize multiple tasks in a deadline-driven environment
  • Strong sense of initiative and the ability to work both independently and as a team member
  • Knowledge of intellectual property, permissions, and copyright legalities
  • Ability to incorporate new technology and procedures to maximize efficiency of production methods


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