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Vacancy Carbon Brief
20 January 2023 16:08

Vacancy: Section Editor (Policy)

Carbon Brief Staff

20.01.2023 | 4:08pm
In FocusVacancy: Section Editor (Policy)

This position is now closed.

Carbon Brief is seeking an experienced candidate for a brand new editorial role. You’ll help us explain and analyse the latest developments in climate and energy policy around the world.

  • Are you a journalist or editor with deep expertise in climate and energy policy?
  • Do you want to contribute to accurate and timely coverage of climate change and energy?
  • Do you have experience managing teams and editorial workflow?

Job description

As Section Editor, you will help steer our coverage of climate and energy policy, providing clarity and the all-important context behind the headlines. You’ll oversee a diverse array of content, ranging from analysing energy and emissions trends to unpicking policy developments.

Reporting to the Senior Policy Editor and overseeing a team of specialist writers, you’ll be responsible for the day-to-day editing and production of all policy content to ensure our coverage is accurate, timely and engaging for our audiences. There will also be space in this role to write articles, newsletters and undertake your own analysis. 

You’ll be comfortable conveying the point of a story while representing the subtleties of a policy development in a clear and engaging way. With a strong grounding in journalism, you’ll be meticulous about accuracy and fact-checking. You’ll be a collaborative and supportive leader who takes pride in operating a smooth and efficient workflow.


  • Oversee the efficient and timely production of all Carbon Brief’s policy content, including interaction across the writing, multimedia and digital marketing teams.
  • Co-commission articles, alongside the Senior Editors.
  • Set timelines, track progress and oversee the workflow for concurrent articles, newsletters and longer-term projects within Carbon Brief’s editorial planner.
  • Edit all policy content, including fact-checking and sourcing appropriate imagery.
  • Scope for emerging themes, topics, people, research and opportunities and contribute to Carbon Brief’s editorial strategy.
  • Write articles and undertake your own analysis, as opportunities arise.
  • Represent Carbon Brief at external conferences, events and meetings and actively build our network of contacts.
  • Coordinate and manage the capacity of a team of journalists. 
  • You may be asked to perform other duties, as required by the Senior Policy Editor or Director.



  • A deep knowledge of climate and energy policies, demonstrated by several years’ experience analysing and writing about these issues.
  • Excellent English-language editing skills.
  • A commitment to journalistic best-practice and a nuanced understanding of the media landscape, especially in the UK.
  • Strong organisational and planning skills with a proven ability to manage editorial workflow smoothly and efficiently, from conceptualising ideas to overseeing deadlines.
  • Meticulous attention to detail and a commitment to accuracy.
  • An effective and inclusive leader, with experience of managing a team successfully.


  • A wider interest in the role of climate change communication.
  • An appreciation for Carbon Brief’s brand, style and tone. 
  • Fluency in languages other than English.

Location: Carbon Brief’s office is in central London. There is flexibility within this role to be based remotely and the successful candidate will be comfortable working across different time zones. You may be expected to undertake some travel as part of your work.

Hours/Duration: This is a full-time permanent position.

Salary: £45,000 a year, dependent on experience. Generous benefits, including pension and group protection insurance.

How to apply

To apply, please send:

  • Your CV
  • A covering letter explaining why you would be a good fit for the role and the organisation.
  • Your ideas for building Carbon Brief’s policy coverage (no more than 500 words).

To: [email protected]

Please state “Policy section editor application – Carbon Brief” in the email subject header.

Applications must be submitted by 8AM GMT Monday 20 Feb 2023. Interviews will be held on Monday 27 Feb and Tuesday 28 Feb 2023 via Zoom.

Carbon Brief is committed to encouraging equality, diversity and inclusion among our workforce. Our aim is to be truly representative of all sections of society and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best. We strongly encourage applications from those who feel underrepresented in climate journalism, including ethnic and social minorities.

About Carbon Brief

Carbon Brief specialises in clear, evidence-based articles and data visualisations to help improve the understanding of climate change, both in terms of the science and the policy response. We publish a wide range of content, including Q&As, in-depth reporting, analysis, interviews, newsletters, interactives and maps. Our audience is global and diverse, but our content particularly serves policymakers, journalists, NGOs and academics. We are proud of the reach and engagement we have with our audiences, who value our rigorous and authoritative brand of ‘explainer journalism’.

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