Assistant Editor

Title: Assistant Editor

Department: Horse & Rider, editorial

Department head: Chelsea Shaffer

Primary Objective of Position:

Horse&Rider Magazine is looking to add a content-driven, skilled writer and creator to the brand’s award-winning staff. With the changing media landscape’s continued shift toward the digital realm, the ideal candidate will have a solid foundation of traditional journalistic and literary skills and a deep grasp of the horse industry, while at the same time possess a passion for innovation and a firm grasp of the fast-paced demands of the digital landscape. The position will work with editors on H&R to develop and execute a cross-platform content plan, including print, digital and video. A successful applicant will have a background in the horse industry with a passion for the Western way of life and helping readers have a more knowledgeable, safer experience through their horse life. This full-time position is based in our Boulder, Colorado, office, and benefits include medical, dental vision, 401(k), as well as access to some of the best riding and outdoor life available anywhere in the world.

Professional Responsibilities:

The assistant editor will write and assign daily stories for, while writing copy for departments in the magazine. A successful candidate will be highly organized and able to maintain the magazine’s monthly editorial budget and manage freelancer contracts and invoices. Assistant editor will be expected to maintain a flexible travel schedule to attend horse shows and photo shoots, and will be expected to build and maintain strong relationships throughout the Western industry. The assistant editor will also be expected to help maintain social and digital channels for both brands.

Professional Qualifications:

Professional demeanor is a must for all positions at Active Interest Media. In addition to courteous, friendly, businesslike behavior, the following qualifications are fundamental to this position:

  • Must be a self-starter who is able take initiative on projects and to plan and organize their time.
  • Proven ability and skill in writing and editing.
  • Proven ability to work with others in a cooperative team effort.
  • Proven computer skills in MS Office, PowerPoint, Adobe InDesign and Adobe PhotoShop.
  • Proven ability to efficiently manage and organize own time.
  • Planning experience in a publishing environment desirable.
  • Proficiency in using Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, Pinterest, and developing social channels for a brand.


  • 1-3 years’ experience in a media environment
  • Bachelor’s degree in communication or related field

Working Conditions: The Assistant Editor must be comfortable working on a computer for a standard 8-hour workday, with night- and weekend work periodically required.

ADA: These are essential functions of the position, and must be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status. Any offer of employment is contingent upon the results of a pre-employment reference check.

To apply:

Send a cover letter, resume, and three published clips (or links to them) to

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