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Slate Is Hiring! We’re Looking for an Editorial Assistant, a Senior Software Engineer, and More.

Slate Is Hiring! We’re Looking for an Editorial Assistant, a Senior Software Engineer, and More.

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Oct. 16 2017 10:59 AM

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Work For Slate!

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If you love Slate and are incredibly talented, maybe you should work for us. Slate and Panoply just so happen to be hiring.

Open Positions
D.C. Editorial Assistant, Slate

Slate is hiring a full-time editorial assistant in its Washington office.

Key Responsibilities

  • Writing articles
  • Providing editorial, research, and administrative help to colleagues

Requirements

Ideal candidates will be organized, diplomatic, hard-working, and detail-oriented. They will write sparkling copy. They will also demonstrate top-notch editorial judgment and broad cultural interests. One to two years of editorial experience is preferred. Good humor and menschiness are a big plus. This is a 12-month position, with benefits.

To apply, please email the following as a single attachment: your résumé, a cover letter that includes three references, three clips or writing samples, and a 400-word Slatest post on a topic that's in the news that day, as if you've been given that assignment.

You can email your application to dcea@slate.com.

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Senior Software Engineer, Slate

Slate is hiring a senior software engineer to help us build the next iteration of Slate.com. The ideal candidate will have experience with full stack web development as well as experience in content publishing and scaling.

As a senior software engineer, you'll be responsible for leading other software engineers on the team in choosing and implementing technologies that power Slate.com and other micro-sites and -services. This position is one for an individual contributor and does not require managing other developers.

Tech You'll Encounter at Slate

As an engineer at Slate, you'll encounter loads of interesting technologies including Node, ElasticSearch, Express, Vue.js, Python, Django, Redis, RequireJS, Postgres, Gulp, Rabbit, Docker, Grunt, and more.

Desired Qualities of a Senior Software Engineer

MUST

For this position to be a good fit, you MUST

  • have several years of experience building websites (apps are OK, too, but websites are important—you should also know the difference!).
  • have demonstrated expertise in JavaScript. You're able to explain and talk through the changes coming along in ECMAScript but don't mind writing jQuery when you need to fix something.
  • have experience with scaling web content—you know when to use the CDN vs. a cache, where that cache should live, key-value stores, and load balancers.
  • have strong git skills—you know when and where to rebase and understand the value of branching.
  • have experience with continuous integration (Jenkins, TravisCI, etc.).
  • have extensive experience with the command line.
  • have an interest in Slate / the news / publishing content that lots of users see.
  • have empathy (especially for users of websites and software).

SHOULD

For this position to be a good fit, you SHOULD

  • have experience with agile development.
  • have once tried to build your own CMS and understand how complicated of an idea that is.
  • recognize the section headers in this job posting.
  • have knowledge of the current web landscape. Why is React so popular? What's the difference between CommonJS and AMD, and did ECMAScript 6 make it obsolete? Why can't all the things be handled by Babel?

MAY

To apply for this position, you MAY

  • Send your résumé to slate.jobs.tech@slate.com with the subject line "Slate Tech - Senior Software Engineer."
  • Include a brief statement about yourself and why you think Slate would be a good fit for you (commonly known as a cover letter).
  • Include links as you see fit (github? Elsewhere?).

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Senior Editor, Slate

Slate is hiring a senior editor to work on our life and family coverage. This position is based in New York, although exceptional D.C.–based candidates may be considered. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Brainstorming, assigning, and editing coverage of family, friendship, work, and modern manners
  • Working with a wide network of freelancers to bring in features and personal essays
  • Helping to conceptualize and execute bigger editorial projects for the section, like packages and pop-up blogs

Requirements:

  • A sharp, funny mind and pen
  • At least 5 years' experience working as an editor or writer
  • A deep well of story ideas about relationships and family life, with a knack for devising fun and surprising angles on parenting culture—whether we're analyzing the demented world of youth sports or evaluating the latest absurd toy fad
  • An enthusiasm for finding original new voices and bringing them into the Slate fold
  • Top-notch organizational skills
  • Smarts, kindness, humor, and generosity, all of which will help you work well with smart, kind, funny, generous colleagues

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity. We encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply.

To apply, please send a résumé and short cover letter to lifeeditor@slate.com.

Director of Branded Podcasts, Slate Group Studios

Slate Group Studios is looking for a director of branded podcasts to oversee our branded podcast group.

The director of branded podcasts will have a passion for storytelling, a deep understanding of digital media, and an informed interest in the relationship between brands, podcasts, and listeners.

Key Responsibilities

  • Responsible for developing smart, stimulating podcast ideas that engage our discerning listeners and offer unique value to our brand partners
  • Manage a team of in-house and freelance producers to write, structure, and produce branded podcasts for a diverse set of advertisers
  • Provide guidance and critical feedback on production tasks including recording, editing, mixing, scoring, and publishing audio
  • Provide leadership and market insight to develop branded podcast and cross-platform offerings
  • Attend key client meetings to better understand challenges for brands in digital advertising
  • Participate in pre-sale brainstorms to develop podcast-specific and cross-platform ideas for advertising partners
  • Provide strategic and consultative advice to clients for all aspects of each campaign
  • Manage production budgets for all Slate Group Studios branded podcast initiatives
  • Closely collaborate and communicate across multiple functional groups, including business, dev, ops, and edit
  • Stay current on content programs being produced by competitive publishers and production companies

Requirements

  • B.A. or B.S. degree required
  • Must have 5+ years of experience in content development and production for podcast, terrestrial, or satellite radio, or other audio medium
  • Must be well-connected to the larger community of independent producers and great at identifying talent
  • Experience in a digital publishing environment is preferred
  • Extremely strong writing, communication, and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work with little to no guidance and think outside the box
  • Experience in juggling and prioritizing competing deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Proven ability to thrive in a dynamic environment and work as a team player
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work across departments to influence and gather resources to support strategy and prioritize workload
  • Demonstrated ability to work face-to-face with client teams
  • Extreme attention to detail
  • Thick skin and a great sense of humor

To apply, please send a résumé and a cover letter to brandedpodcasts@slate.com

The Slate Group is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Commerce Lead, Slate

Slate is hiring a commerce lead to sit on the business team and build a commerce brand and function from the ground up. This pioneer will start testing content and driving commerce revenue growth. After proving initial success, the commerce lead will steadily build a team to grow the revenue stream.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop an affiliate-based commerce brand that appeals to the Slate audience
  • Manage relationship with readers, editorial, executive leadership, and affiliate partners
  • Define core performance metrics, and work with Slate's research team to create actionable dashboards and reports for understanding commerce content performance
  • Strategize with the Slate dev/tech team: think about product development and CMS tools and treatments that will promote the commerce initiatives
  • Ensure that content is consistent with Slate's voice and deepens the relationship with the Slate audience while maintaining separation of editorial and commerce content
  • Run production of the Slate gift guides from soup to nuts
  • Oversee the sharing and socializing of commerce content
  • Curate deals, consumer products and discounts for Slate's audience
  • Pitch video and podcast initiatives and identify other opportunities to leverage Slate's platforms and assets to meet commerce goals
  • Refine a consumer-centric view in your strategic thinking
  • Possess a deep understanding of current laws, requirements, and ethics around transparency and disclosure

Attributes of the Ideal Candidate:

  • At least 3 years' experience and success in a digital commerce role
  • You consume and value Slate's written and/or podcast content
  • Naturally inclined to think in a way that is experimental, adaptive, and innovative
  • Skilled in writing and editing
  • Passionate about discovering and sharing consumer products
  • A desire to build and lead a team

To apply, submit a résumé, a cover letter, and three writing samples to commercejob@slate.com

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Editorial Internships
Production Intern, Slate Live

Slate seeks an event production intern to support our live shows and the work that goes into making them great. We're looking someone with a passion for amazing live experiences, journalism, and podcasts who is highly organized and interested in learning a variety of skills like event planning and marketing, running live shows, and communicating with partners and talent.

Key Responsibilities
Candidates for the event production internship must be a great communicator, have a proven interest in journalism, and be very familiar with Slate. They should have an eye for detail, be highly organized, and able to work with minimal supervision. This is a paid internship.

To Apply
Candidates should submit an original cover letter explaining why they are a great fit for Slate Live and a résumé with references.

Requirements
The position will ideally start in late January or early February. To apply for the 2018 Slate Live event production internship, send the materials mentioned above as a single PDF to liveintern@slate.com with the subject line "Event Production Internship." Only finalists will be contacted.

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Science Intern, Slate

Slate's science section is seeking an intern to work three days a week out of the Brooklyn office. We are looking for someone who is organized, motivated, and an original thinker; is familiar with our science section; and has plenty of story ideas (and opinions). The ideal applicant would be a top-notch reporter with a strong nose for bullshit and a proven track record asking smart questions and finding reliable answers. The intern will help assist with reprints and light research, but the bulk of the time will be devoted to pitching, reporting, and writing. A background in science is a plus.

To apply, please send a cover letter explaining why you're right for the job, a résumé, and either a clip that shows work that would fit in at Slate or a story idea for the science section. Please send these as one PDF to scienceintern@slate.com.

The fall internship will run roughly from September to December and will accept applications through June 20. The spring internship will run from January to May and will accept applications through Oct. 20. Pay is $12 an hour. The weekly schedule is flexible depending on the needs of the applicant.

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Social Media Intern, Slate

About the Role

Slate seeks a social media intern to help its audience engagement team grow and engage its audience across various platforms. We're looking for a true internet connoisseur with a clear voice for our feeds and a reliable but flexible schedule to help us maintain a strong, consistent social presence.

Key Responsibilities

Candidates for the social media internship must be social-media savvy, have a proven interest in journalism, and be very familiar with Slate. They should have an eye for detail, be highly organized, and able to work independently. This is a paid internship.

Requirements

To apply for the 2017 Slate social media internship, include a brief cover letter and a résumé and a short critique that highlights one Slate tweet and one Slate Facebook post that you think could be improved. In 100 words or less, tell us what you would do to make these posts more shareable and/or clickable. 

Send these materials in single PDF to audiencedevelopment@slate.com with the subject line "Social Media Internship." Only finalists will be contacted. The position is open for an immediate start date, and applications will be considered on a rolling basis. 

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity, which involves attracting talented people from diverse backgrounds and traditions. We encourage everyone to apply.

Video Intern, Slate

Slate's video intern supports our video department. This position is paid, full-time, and based in our Brooklyn office. To apply for the winter internship, roughly January through April, send a résumé, an idea for a timely video Slate should produce, and a brief cover letter to slatevideointern@gmail.com by Nov. 5. Include a link or two to your best work.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Handle video requests, including quick-turn edits based on breaking news
  • Research, asset collection, transcription, and other production support tasks
  • Video management in Brightcove, SnapStream, YouTube, and other platforms
  • Assist on shoots in our studio and in the field
  • Occasional shooting, writing, and editing opportunities

Requirements:

  • Planning to pursue a career in digital video production, with relevant past experience
  • Proficient in Adobe Premiere Pro (After Effects a plus)
  • Experience shooting on DSLR cameras
  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to work independently
  • Enthusiasm for all tasks, whether creative or clerical, and an unfailing positive attitude
  • Strong understanding of Slate's voice and what makes our work unique

Slate is committed to excellence through diversity. We encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply.

D.C. Editorial Intern, Slate

Candidates for the D.C. editorial internship must be available to work in Slate's Washington office 29 hours per week. They must be highly organized, have a proven interest in journalism, and be very familiar with Slate. They must also be able to work quickly, efficiently, and without much supervision. There will be opportunity for writing blog posts and articles. This internship is paid D.C. minimum wage (currently $12.50/hour).

To apply, include a brief cover letter, a résumé, a 200-word critique of any Slate story from the past month, and three clips or writing samples. At least some of the clips should focus on politics, policy, the law, science, or other Washington-related topics. 

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

To apply for the spring (January through April) 2018 D.C. editorial internship, send the materials mentioned above as a single PDF to dcslateinterns@slate.com with the subject line "Spring 2018 internship" by Oct. 1. Only finalists will be contacted.

New York Editorial Intern, Slate

Candidates for the culture internship must be available to work in Slate's New York office 30 hours per week. They must be highly organized, have a proven interest in the arts, and be very familiar with Slate. They must also be able to work quickly, efficiently, and without much supervision. Strong writing and editing skills are required. To apply, include a résumé, a cover letter that clearly outlines your availability and cultural interests, as well as an original 400-word Brow Beat post about a cultural topic that interests you.

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

To apply for the New York fall editorial internship, please send applications to SlateInternNY@gmail.com by July 30.

Editorial and Audio Intern, Slate Plus

Slate hires editorial interns for Slate Plus, our membership program. Candidates must be available to work 29 hours per week in Slate's Brooklyn office. This position is paid hourly and involves writing, editing, fact-checking, and some light audio editing and production. The ideal candidate is an idea-generating machine who works quickly and independently.

To apply, include a résumé, one clip or writing sample, a cover letter that doesn't put us to sleep, and a 300-word critique of Slate's membership program.

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Send the materials mentioned above to plusjobs@slate.com with the subject line "Slate Plus internship." We are no longer accepting applications for summer 2017.