Editor-in-Chief, Adventure Cyclist magazine

Adventure Cycling Association seeks an experienced, energetic, detail-oriented professional to direct the organization’s award-winning magazine, Adventure Cyclist, one of the most popular and widely distributed cycling magazines in North America. Adventure Cyclist inspires a growing community of bike travel enthusiasts and is the preeminent inspiration for our 55,000-member base. The successful candidate will be a team builder and leader with keen editorial judgment and storytelling prowess who relishes an opportunity to shape the future of bicycling and human-powered travel in North America.

General Summary

Directs the planning, production, and administration surrounding Adventure Cyclist magazine, which includes working with an established corps of 40+ freelance contributors, pioneering new contributors, and working closely with other programs/departments to promote internal business units that are critical to the success of the organization.

Position Summary

Works with the Deputy Editor and Lead Magazine Designer to produce each issue of Adventure Cyclist. This includes long- and short-range planning, initiating and maintaining contact with freelance and staff writers, photographers, and illustrators to arrange for the on-time delivery of all necessary materials in order to meet the publication schedule and submit on-time to the printer.

  • Manage and develop relationships with a diverse group of contributors located around the world, including contract negotiation, story/photo/illustration development, and delivery and payment. Supervise submission materials and make final accept/decline decisions.
  • Manage Adventure Cyclist staff and interns, including the Deputy Editor and Lead Magazine Designer, with leadership that inspires staff and contributors to produce a first-rate magazine every single issue, and evaluated by maintaining (and increasing) our industry-leading member renewal rate.
  • Reviews, revises, fact checks, and corrects manuscripts to be published in Adventure Cyclist magazine. This includes proofing in the pre-press process, color-proof, and post color-proof stages.
  • Contributes occasional work for publication, including a column in each issue, gear reviews, images, features, and other material as needed.
  • Maintains continual supervision of submitted materials through Adventure Cyclist’s Submittable portal and the process of accepting and/or declining materials.
  • Travels to industry trade shows, conferences, and events to represent Adventure Cyclist and Adventure Cycling and pursue editorial opportunities.
  • Creates and manages budget for Adventure Cyclist with the Chief Marketing Officer, and with assistance from the Chief Operations Officer.
  • Collaborates with other department and program directors at Adventure Cycling on content development for the magazine and support for other communication channels.
  • Plays a key role in external B2B relationships and customer service with members via email, phone, and in-person communication with a broad cross-section of organizational stakeholders.


  • Nine issues of Adventure Cyclist magazine and accompanying digital assets (owner)
  • Bike Bits newsletter (owner)
  • Cyclosource copywriting/editing 2x/year (facilitator)
  • Tours rollout copywriting/editing (facilitator)

Knowledge, skills, and abilities

  • Must be experienced at using Apple computers, Mac OS X, Adobe Creative Cloud Suite (Especially InDesign, Photoshop, and Acrobat Pro), Microsoft Office for Mac, Google apps, and other basic software skills.
  • Must possess strong time management and organizational skills.
  • Must have strong writing and editing skills. Would also be helpful to have experience in magazine and publication layout and graphic design.
  • Must have outstanding interpersonal skills — a real go-to person who generates confidence and enthusiasm in staff and contractors. Background in photography, video, and social media channels a bonus.
  • Excellent team player who enjoys working with others for great outcomes. Good grasp of the web and all its potential. Enthusiastic about the outdoors, recreation, especially bicycling.
  • Commitment to storytelling of diverse audiences to make bicycle travel more accessible. This includes seeking, supporting, and hiring BIPOC writers, photographers, and collaborators.
  • Depending on skills and experience, this position may also serve as the primary point of contact and relationship owner for contract advertising sales staff, and also act as the primary press contact for Adventure Cycling Association and our outside public relations firm.

Education and experience

Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university, ideally with emphasis on journalism, communications, publishing, and/or media. At least five years of professional experience in publishing, communications, and/or media or equivalent. Specific experience in editing and writing specialty magazines will be considered favorably. Bicycling and bicycle touring experience preferred.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Adventure Cycling Association is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, Indigenous people, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. All qualified applicants who share this vision and who have a desire to contribute to our mission are encouraged to apply.

Compensation and Workplace

We prefer that this position is located at Adventure Cycling’s headquarters in beautiful and bike-friendly Missoula, Montana, and will consider a remote work location for the right candidate. Anchored by the University of Montana and nestled in a gorgeous mountain valley along the Clark Fork River, Missoula has been featured on many “best places to live” lists and has a vibrant community life driven by creative people who love to eat, play, live, and work in one of the premier towns of the American West.  This leadership position will be competitively compensated in the Northern Rockies region. Excellent benefits include paid time off, holidays, an additional fully paid one-week bike vacation (a.k.a. “bike respite”), medical, dental, and vision coverage, life insurance, and retirement plan. We have a wonderful office in downtown Missoula, with a friendly and committed staff. Adventure Cycling Association is an equal opportunity employer.

Salary range: $65,000–75,000


Please submit application materials to Adventure Cycling Association Editor in Chief here: https://adventurecyclist.submittable.com/submit/186237/editor-in-chief-adventure-cyclist-magazine. We may also ask candidates who will be interviewed to provide a portfolio of their relevant storytelling and communications work.

Application deadline: The position is open until filled. We will start reviewing applications February 15, and plan to initiate phone screenings starting March 1. Please submit application materials as soon as possible.

Our Story

Adventure Cycling serves through its members. Our cycling community encourages and supports countless cyclists each year as they explore the beauty and history of America while tending to their mental and physical well-being. For nearly half a century, Adventure Cycling has created life-changing experiences that deepen appreciation for our country’s diverse cultures, communities, landscapes, and people. As the largest nonprofit cycling organization in the country, we have an impactful voice in policies and programs that advance the safety and accessibility of cycling.

The Adventure Cycling Route Network is the gold standard in cycling networks, incorporating 50,000 miles of meticulously documented bike routes to the most iconic and hidden destinations across the country. We led the effort to create the first official national cycling network: the U.S. Bicycle Route System. Once complete, it will be the largest official cycling route network on earth. And our preeminent bike tour magazine, Adventure Cyclist, supported by more than 50,000 members, is the leading resource for bike travel in America.

For more information, go to www.adventurecycling.org.

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