Senior Director, Written Content

| Santa Monica

At Edmunds we’re driven to make car buying easier. Ever since we began publishing printed car guides in the 60’s, the company has been in the business of trust, innovating ways to empower and support car shoppers. When Edmunds launched the car industry’s first Internet site in 1994, we established a leadership position online and have never looked back. Now, as one of the most trusted review sites on the Internet, millions of visitors use our research, shopping and buying tools every month to make an easy and informed decision on their next car. For consumers, we bring peace of mind. For dealers, we make tools to help them solve their problems and sell more cars. How do we do it, you ask? The key ingredients are our enthusiastic employees, progressive company culture and cutting-edge technology. Want to join the team? Read on to find out how!

 What You’re Applying For:

The new Director, Written Content will be a key member of Edmunds’ 35-person editorial team. They will report directly to the VP Editorial (Editor-in-Chief) and work alongside the leaders of social media and video to deliver standard-setting automotive content. They will also work cross-functionally within the organization, collaborating closely and at a senior level with other departments, e.g. marketing, PR and Product.

In this pivotal role, the Director, Written Content, will oversee a large team of writers responsiblefor producing review and feature content. They will also write and edit content themselves, aswell as contributing to the team’s video and social output. As a leading figure in the team, theywill play a prominent role in representing Edmunds’ Editorial, both internally and externally, andhelp to recruit and nurture new talent. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of one of thelargest and most forward thinking editorial teams in the automotive world.

What You’ll Do:

  • Work with the VP Editorial to create, execute and evangelize the overall contentstrategy and report on progress and key results
  • Lead the production of written content at Edmunds, overseeing and nurturing writing talent
  • Help develop an environment that fosters creativity, communication and transparency
  • Work with the senior editor, written content and copy chief to optimize the workflow,driving industry-best practice
  • Write and edit key content, also contributing to video and social output
  • Act as a key Edmunds representative at industry events and strengthen our relationships with the OEMs
  • Work with internal partners in Marketing, Corporate Strategy, Sales, Product and PR to maximize content exposure across the Edmunds site, other external platforms from social media to apps, and across automotive industry and consumer outlets
  • Support internal partners (Marketing, PR, Sales) in their ongoing efforts to evaluate partner relationships
  • Collaborate with senior members of the organization to develop and communicatecompany messaging
  • Analyze communication requests from industry and internal partners for events,partnerships and other business development opportunities.

 What You Need:

  • An authentic passion for cars. You're fanatical and deeply knowledgeable about our subject matter, giving you instant credibility both internally and externally
  • Automotive industry knowledge and relationships, specifically with OEMs
  • Top-level editorial skills with an eye towards innovative storytelling across all media
  • Ability to work cross-functionally within the organization
  • Coaching: A deep energy reservoir to cultivate and mentor the creative output of writers, testers, storytellers and operational members to deliver groundbreaking journalism in our industry
  • Personal reliability and integrity. Your colleagues know they can rely on you in every respect; you model this trait in all that you do
  • High comfort level in taking the initiative and managing multiple projects, people and deadlines with an exacting attention to detail
  • Ability to work cross-functionally across the organization
  • Strong understanding of audience development, performance metrics and analytics
  • Experience managing and mentoring junior team members
  • Ability to convey thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in visual, verbal and written format
  • High IQ to match the EQ.

 Working @ Edmunds.com:

Employees think it’s a pretty great place to work and some pretty impressive publications think it is too: we have been recognized as one of the best places to work by the Fortune Magazine and Great Places to Work, LA Business Journal (for the last 6 years!), Computerworld, and Built in LA. We've also been identified as one of the best workplaces specifically in Technology and also for Diversity and Asian Americans. In fact, our CEO, Avi Steinlauf, was rated as one of Glassdoor's Highest Rated CEOs! If you’re interested in learning more and joining our mission, we’d love to hear from you!

Edmunds will consider for employment qualified candidates with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of all applicable laws.

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Location

Conveniently located at the Colorado Center, near the intersection of Cloverfield and Colorado.

An Insider's view of Edmunds

What’s the vibe like in the office?

This is not your average corporate office. Everyone is friendly and welcoming. While we're here to get work done, not everything is all business. People here understand the importance of human relationships. Not only are we co-workers, but many of us are also friends, close ones even. To top it off, our office is fun and encouraging to take breaks!

Denise

Technical Lead

What does your typical day look like?

Each day I start by building the Edmunds story from the ground up. Using our own unique reporting tools and in collaboration with our product, analytics and marketing team, I can speak to the value of Edmunds. Once this information is complied, I head out to meet with our dealer partners to go over program results, listen, assess their needs.

Chantal

Account Executive, Major Accounts

What makes someone successful on your team?

I have grown more here than any other company. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to move between several teams. Each time, it challenged me to pick up new skills. Edmunds has a culture of continuous learning. In my time here, I have participated in study groups to learn: programming language theory, machine learning, and iOS development.

Carlos

Director, Digital Futures Engineering

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

Great ideas are the heartbeat of the Edmunds editorial team and they can come from anywhere. Everyone is encouraged to contribute and we have regular feature meetings where concepts are presented, discussed and evolved. As Editor-in-Chief, I love to be challenged by an idea and it’s hugely rewarding to see them come to fruition.

Alistair Weaver

V.P., Editorial and Editor in Chief

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I joined Edmunds as an IT manager. Now, I manage a team of 100 employees supporting our B2B dealer business. In 18 years, I have grown beyond my own expectations. From the moment I joined the company, each of my professional needs were met. Continued learning, peer support, skills development and opportunities for advancement greet me every day.

Katti

V.P., Dealer Operations

What are Edmunds Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Parking
Fitness Subsidies
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
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