Opinion Editor – Portland Press Herald

The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram seeks an outstanding, accomplished journalist to serve as its opinion editor. We are an ambitious news organization with high standards, and we need a superb journalist for this critically important role.

The opinion editor will be charged with overseeing, executing and rethinking an ambitious and important part of our work.

This editor shapes the Press Herald’s positions and messages; produces a provocative and timely Sunday perspectives section; writes editorials as well as a weekly column; recruits and works with freelance columnists; oversees the selection and publication of letters to the editor; chooses syndicated and wire opinion pieces for publication; engages with readers and the community, both online and in person; organizes events for subscribers; and runs editorial board meetings, sometimes with community leaders, politicians and others. The opinion editor provides space in our newspaper and website for a plethora of perspectives and viewpoints, and ensures that a variety of voices are represented in our report, with a particular eye toward diversity, equity and inclusion. The opinion editor supervises an assistant editorial page editor as well as the work of a news assistant.

Successful candidates will have several years of experience in journalism, though not necessarily as an editorial page or opinion editor. Candidates must be fluent in American politics and world/national news, and must pay extremely close attention to Maine news and events. The opinion editor also must be able a sharp writer and line editor who can work fast and juggle a lot while maintaining accuracy and adhering to style.

Top candidates will be able to speak knowledgeably about the Press Herald’s opinion journalism and offer creative ideas for improving it, enhancing it digitally and engaging readers.

If you are the best at what you do and share our passion for ambitious journalism, this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. You will be part of Maine’s finest and largest newsgathering operation, and you’ll live in a region with an extraordinarily high quality of life. Send your resume and examples of your work to Executive Editor Steve Greenlee at sgreenlee@pressherald.com.

We offer:

  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Short/Long Term Disability & Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 401k with company match

We are an EEO employer.