Vacancy for Blog and Social Media Editors at Business and Human Rights Journal (BHRJ)


Deadline: 11 may 2020


Now in its fifth yearthe Business and Human Rights Journal (BHRJ), published by Cambridge University Press (CUP), provides an authoritative platform for scholarly debate on all issues concerning the intersection of business and human rights in an open, critical and interdisciplinary manner. It seeks to advance the academic discussion on business and human rights as well as promote concern for human rights in business practice. BHRJ strives for the broadest possible scope, authorship and readership. Its scope encompasses interface of any type of business enterprise with human rights, environmental rights, labour rights and the collective rights of vulnerable groups.  

BHRJ seeks to appoint up to two Blog and Social Media Editors (Blog Editors). A central mission of the blog is to create an audience for and encourage engagement with articles published in the journal.  The blog is also a platform to present the views of under-represented voices and commentary on emerging issues not yet ripe for in-depth articles in the print BHRJ publication, and timely pieces analyzing current events

The Blog Editors will be inheriting an active blog and social media presence with over 2,500 followers on Twitter.  We are looking for motivated individuals who can find creative ways to promote the journal through social media. The Blog Editors will curate blog posts that will build upon, comment about, or extend the debate about articles published in the journal. In addition, they will solicit and publish thought provoking pieces or symposia on topical business and human rights issues.

Applications from anyone with an interest in business and human rights are welcome. The successful candidates do not need to be working in the academic field. The primary considerations are good communication and editorial skills, a demonstrable interest and track-record in business and human rights and/or related areas, an ability to work independently, and enthusiasm for the role. Successful applicants should have general experience and familiarity with social media. However, previous experience in a similar role is not required. We welcome applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds and from all global regions.

The appointment, initially for two years with a possibility of extension, will be made by CUP on the recommendation of BHRJ’s Editors-in-Chief.

General Responsibilities

  1. Curate the BHRJ Blog, including solicitation and editing of blog posts (approximately 4-5 per month), communication with authors, and creating a consistent and vibrant interface between the journal’s content and the Blog;
  2. Maintain BHRJ’s social media account(s) (currently Twitter) with regular postings related to the journal’s scope and of interest to its readership;  
  3. Solicit, edit and publish original blog posts or symposia on topical business and human rights issues;
  4. Liaise with CUP about administration of the BHRJ Blog and posting of content on a timely basis;
  5. Coordinate social media campaigns with CUP; and
  6. Keep in regular contact with BHRJ’s Editors-in-Chief and participate in teleconferences and meetings with them as needed

The position is without any remuneration. The names and affiliations of the Blog Editors will be included on the BHRJ masthead.  CUP will offer a modest book honorarium annually.

How to Apply 

Interested candidates should apply by May 11, 2020 by sending a CV and a short statement (maximum one page) explaining how you would approach the role to If candidates have an active social media presence such as their own blog or twitter feed, please provide details if these are public. BHRJ will contact the shortlisted candidates and schedule an interview with them by June 1, 2020.  BHRJ aims to announce the new Blog Editors by June 15, 2020.