Job Open (Again)

by The Editors

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For the last two years, the Awl, while carrying on much of its original mission and commitment to publishing voices from far and wide, has been largely obsessed with structures, particularly the ones undergirding our weird dumb moment of money and food and cities and apps. We mulled the new logistical apparatus under which we will all toil imminently and forever; screamed about Facebook and grain bowls; and taked our fingers numb. And it’s been fun. (For the gingers anyway, hahaha, sorry!!!) But now it’s time for something new — for the Awl to embody somebody else’s weird obsessions.

So! The Awl’s current editors are departing and it is looking for a new editor(s)-in-chief. [UPDATE: NEVER MIND.] Item is in very good condition, with normal signs of use; it is recently refurbished and ready to provide years of service to its next caretaker. There is truly nothing else like it, and not just because it’s the one of the last truly independent media companies still standing.

The Awl is a nose-to-tail content operation, so we’ll re-use the description from the last time it looked for a new editor.

Applicants need to be seriously entrepreneurial in nature and welcoming of risk. The editor-in-chief will need to be able to execute long-term dream-schemes while responding to the horribly immediate. The job combines the thrill of executing a larger vision with the tyranny of managing a constantly overflowing inbox. This role has a large amount of autonomy, and therefore applicants need to have the attention to detail of a great managing editor, the confidence of an editor-in-chief and the moral compass of a columnist. Most importantly, we are primarily a horizontal and non-hierarchical organization, with an extremely strict no-assholes policy. Behavior is as much prized as talent; genuineness is as valuable as genius.

Candidates should be based in New York City, or at least within commuting distance of the Awl’s office at the foot of several luxury condo buildings in lovely, historic DoBro. Interested parties should email the Awl’s co-founder and editorial director, Alex Balk, with their vision for the next version of the site. (First test: finding his email address.) Discretion is assured!

We’ll be hanging out (and publishing) for a while longer to help things along as appropriate/necessary/desired, and to answer any questions about how the coffee grinder works.

— John and Matt