A few dozen people gather at Westlake Park for The Urbanist's Center City walking tour.
In addition to meetups and speaker events, walking tours are one of the educational programs that The Urbanist offers periodically. (Doug Trumm)

We are excited to announce that The Urbanist is hiring a Managing Editor to lead our publication. The Managing Editor will guide our coverage and editorial voice and uphold our standards for journalism. The Urbanist is an influential publication popular with policymakers and advocates, and this is a unique opportunity to influence the policy debate in Seattle, with victories often rippling around the region and the nation.

The Managing Editor would report to The Urbanist’s executive director and work with our talented team of volunteers. Experience mobilizing volunteer contributors would be a nice plus. It’s a part-time position at 20 hours per week, but we hope to add hours as funding allows.

The Managing Editor’s primary responsibility will be to edit articles before they are published on our site and help identify and develop stories for our team of writers to cover. As time allows, the managing editor would also pursue their own writing and reporting for our publication.

The Urbanist’s ability to make this hiring is thanks to the incredible support from our subscribers and donors. Our Spring 2021 Subscriber was a record-breaking success thanks to their inspiring generosity. Thank you so much to our community of supporters and readers. If you’d like to build on this momentum, please consider subscribing or making a donation today.

Those interested in the position should apply by July 12th with a resume, cover letter, and a portfolio of relevant work (can be brief) emailed to jobs [at] theurbanist.org. Applicants must be committed to The Urbanist’s mission and our racial equity and social justice principles. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply.

Check out the Managing Editor job listing for more details. And feel free to reach out with questions.

Managing Editor of The Urbanist

20 hours per week ($25/hour)

The Urbanist is seeking an experienced journalist to lead our publication as Managing Editor. Qualified candidates must be able to edit articles for grammar and style and identify stories relevant to our urbanism-focused audience. Our team is based in Seattle, but this is currently a work-from-home position.


  • Edit articles before publication to maintain our style and quality.
  • Identify important stories to cover to meet our mission and goals.
  • Recruit and mobilize volunteer contributors.
  • Coach writers in our adaptation of AP Style and journalism basics.
  • Write stories as time allows and need arises.
  • Lead our PDR request program.
  • Represent the publication at relevant press conferences and media events.
  • Aid in occasional fundraising activities in partnership with the executive director.


  • Strong writing and editing skills.
  • Skilled communicator and volunteer manager.
  • Familiarity with urbanism and our core coverage areas of transportation and housing policy, particularly in Seattle’s context.
  • Commitment to our racial equity and social justice goals.


  • Transit rider. (No need to own a car for this job.)
  • Good at working on a deadline.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently.

To apply

Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume and a portfolio or writing sample to jobs [at] theurbanist.org. We’re accepting applications through July 12th.

The Urbanist is committed to hiring and advancing personnel from traditionally underrepresented communities with an explicit regard to Black people, Indigenous people, people of color, immigrants, LGBTQIA people, and disabled people.

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Doug Trumm is publisher of The Urbanist. An Urbanist writer since 2015, he dreams of pedestrianizing streets, blanketing the city in bus lanes, and unleashing a mass timber building spree to end the affordable housing shortage and avert our coming climate catastrophe. He graduated from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington in 2019. He lives in East Fremont and loves to explore the city on his bike.