The International Examiner’s mission is to promote critical thinking, dialogue, and action by providing timely, accurate, and culturally sensitive coverage of relevant Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) matters.

The International Examiner: The International Examiner (IE) is the oldest and largest nonprofit, pan-Asian Pacific American publication in the Northwest. The IE is a nonprofit community newspaper serving Seattle’s Chinatown International District and the diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in the Pacific Northwest since 1974. Coverage includes news, arts, history, culture, and heritage to empower and create solidarity within the API community. The IE produces a twice-monthly newspaper and daily-updated website. The IE also provides learning opportunities for AAPI youth, professionals and community members.

Editor in Chief:  We are seeking an ambitious and team-oriented leader with the ability to execute a strategic vision and lead the organization through its short and long term goals.  The Editor in Chief is the chief executive officer of the International Examiner. The Editor in Chief is both a leader of a news organization and the leader of a community nonprofit.

The Editor in Chief will collaborate closely with IE staff and board to guide the direction of the organization, while ensuring timely and regular publication of the print newspaper and online news website. The Editor in Chief also oversees and leads the business portion of the organization, which includes managing its advertising, development, and finance departments.  The Editor in Chief will strategize and implement ways to grow the overall budget of the organization. This includes working on areas such as circulation, subscriptions, grants, and public programs. The Editor in Chief represents the IE at community functions, activities, and initiatives. The Editor in Chief hires and recruits staff, volunteers, interns, and freelancers. 

60% Nonprofit leadership and development

As CEO of the International Examiner, the Editor in Chief is in charge of the organization’s fundraising and development, which includes cultivating and maintaining revenue-generating and fundraising activities to support existing program operations and expansion. The Editor in Chief will pursue grant opportunities, maintain donor relations, grow our donor database, and oversee special events such as the annual Community Voice Awards Gala. The Editor in Chief reports to the Board of Directors.

The Editor in Chief is also responsible for the financial management & fiscal oversight, operations, and executing the leadership & vision of the nonprofit organization. The Editor in Chief engages staff and board to develop and articulate strategic vision to achieve the mission; creates an annual board-approved budget; actively engages and energizes key stakeholders including board members, partner organizations, and funders; actively develops new partnerships and opportunities.

40% Newspaper Leadership 

The Editor in Chief is a leader in the newsroom and represents the IE out in the community.  The Editor in chief hires, recruits, trains, and manages a team of staff, interns, and freelancers to produce a twice-monthly print newspaper and manage a news website, while upholding the highest journalism ethics and professionalism. The Editor in Chief manages the IE’s news operation, which includes assigning stories to writers; editing, copy editing, and proofreading; graphic design and layout of the print editions; regular updating of the online edition; overseeing newspaper distribution to businesses, kiosks, and mailings; managing online distribution including through social media.


  • At least three years of experience as a manager in a journalism and/or nonprofit setting.
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Journalism, Communications, Sociology, Media Studies, American Ethnic Studies, Asian Studies, Business, or other in a related field. Equivalent professional experience may substitute for educational qualifications. 
  • Excellent communication skills to engage readers, IE staff and board, and the Asian and Pacific Islander community, with an awareness of the need to engage and empower underrepresented communities.


  • Familiarity with Seattle’s Chinatown International District, and/or committed and interested in being engaged with the CID neighborhood and the diverse communities here, South Seattle, and the Greater Seattle area.
  • Ability to maintain the highest standards of journalism ethics and professionalism. 
  • Have an awareness of identity and cultural diversity. Act with humility and empathy in engaging and empowering underrepresented communities. Have had a living/working experience within AAPI and/or BIPOC communities. 

Compensation and Benefits:

$65,000, plus a comprehensive benefit package that includes (but is not limited to):

  • 3 weeks PTO, 2 weeks sick leave, and 10 holidays 
  • Health and Dental plans.
  • Annual Transit Pass

Working Conditions:

Our office is located in the heart of the Chinatown-International District, next to Hing Hay Park at 409 Maynard Ave S #203. The Link Light rail is a 3 minute walk away, with extensive transit and bus connections nearby. 

To apply: Please send your application to [email protected] with “Editor in Chief” and your last name in the subject line. 

A complete application will include: 

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Links or Attachments of at least three writing samples. 
  • The answer to the following prompt:
    • The IE is always looking to improve the quality and relevance of the articles we publish, and we’d love to get a sense of your vision too — what is an example IE article that you’d like to see more of and why?

Priority Consideration will be given to candidates who submit a complete application by 5 pm on November 23, 2022. Applications will be accepted as long as this job post is online.

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