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Assistant Managing Editor, History & Culture

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Assistant Managing Editor, History & Culture

National Geographic Media – Walt Disney Television

Washington, D.C.

Assistant Managing Editor, History and Culture is skilled at working with a diverse group of contributors to create authentic and inclusive stories about both historical topics and the modern day human condition, reflecting successes as well as global challenges. This editor will be adept at conceiving, assigning, editing and executing content across multiple platforms. The person in this role must be able to motivate editorial team members — both staffers and freelancers — to produce content that is surprising, sensitive and informative on topics from important archaeological discoveries to today’s human rights issues. The editor needs to have broad knowledge of the topic areas at the core of National Geographic, active involvement with sub-editors in the editing and packaging of articles from conception to publication, and strong collaborations with photographers, cartographers and designers at National Geographic and the National Geographic Channel, and with colleagues at the National Geographic Society and The Walt Disney Company at large.


  • Helping to lead the History and Culture desk staff and direct content priorities. Work with writers, photo editors, photographers, video producers and the graphics team to plan coverage and approach. Edit editorial content working closely with the Executive Editors, Managing Editor/Digital, Director of Visual and Immersive Experiences, and Features Editor.
  • Deliver rich content across multiple platforms.
  • Editing Stories - Be knowledgeable about current stories involving history and culture. Evaluate interest, storytelling, logic, style, readability, publishing cadence and editorial strategy. Work with writers to improve articles through revision, execution and promotion. Help recruit new talent to produce groundbreaking content. 
  • Strengthening the delivery of enhanced History and Culture content.
  • Be a leader in outreach on projects with other partners, planning and participating in such programs that address important issues and promote the National Geographic mission. 
  • Conceiving stories and publishing content to drive readership and gain subscribers.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Communication, or other relevant focus.
  • Minimum of 10 years’ journalism experience.
  • Experience leading and building a team.
  • Skilled at communicating and motivating colleagues in a clear and positive way to produce relevant and important content.              

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with applicable law.

About National Geographic:

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between Disney and the National Geographic Society, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 131 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with National Geographic Partners, LLC, which is part of a business segment we call National Geographic.

National Geographic Partners, LLC is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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