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Slate Is Hiring! We’re Looking for an Interactives Editor, a Client Services Manager, and More.

Slate Is Hiring! We’re Looking for an Interactives Editor, a Client Services Manager, and More.

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June 11 2018 1:08 PM

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Work For Slate!

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Slate is a multimedia digital publishing company focused on covering culture, technology, politics, current events, and business. Over the past 20 years our smart, witty takes have been recognized with numerous accolades and have won us industry recognition, including the National Magazine Award for General Excellence Online. Our readers are aggressively curious about the world—and so are our employees.

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

Open Positions
Interactives Editor

Slate is hiring an editor to design, build, and collaborate on interactives and data visualizations.

Interactives are vital to Slate's coverage. Our projects take on a variety of topics, from politics to culture to science to sports, and range from charts and maps to games and puzzles to custom-built interactive tools. Some of our most exciting work in recent years, like "The Atlantic Slave Trade in Two Minutes" and "The Year in Push Alerts," has used interactivity and visualization to engage our readers and help them better understand the world. Now we have a great-looking and lightning-fast new website and we want a brilliant, creative journalist-programmer to build great things on it, both alone and in collaboration with our writers and editors. The position is full-time, on staff, with benefits, and can be located in either Slate's New York or Washington offices.

The person we're looking for will have some or all of the following skills:

  • High proficiency in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Experience using front-end JavaScript libraries like VueJS, D3, Angular, or React
  • Experience using back-end web frameworks like Express (or other Node frameworks), Ruby on Rails, or Django
  • Experience using database systems like MySQL, PostGreSQL, or MongoDB
  • Experience crunching and wrangling data using Excel, R, or other statistical software
  • Working knowledge of user experience, accessibility, and responsive design principles
  • Working knowledge of design skills like layout, color, and typography
  • Demonstrated skill at information design and data presentation

We're also looking for:

  • Sharp news judgment
  • Strong writing and editing ability
  • The ability to be self-directed and self-teaching
  • A knack for coming up with smart, surprising ideas

To apply, send the following to interactives@slate.com: a cover letter, a résumé, and links to lots of cool stuff you've worked on (with details of your contribution, if it's not clear).

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

Client Services Manager

Slate is seeking a driven, proactive, and detail-oriented client services manager to join our team in Brooklyn. The client services manager will partner closely with our sales team and will be responsible for all aspects of the campaign life cycle from RFP response to client deck creation, client communication, and campaign management. We're looking for someone with the skill set and passion to drive internal and external partners in crafting, selling, and executing multifaceted media campaigns. Our team is devoted to our customers, and we work together to find the best advertising solutions across display, podcasting, live events, and branded content. The ideal candidate thrives in fast-paced environments and produces high-quality work while meeting tight deadlines.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead client strategy and RFP brainstorms across multiple teams within the organization to ensure that proposals exceed brand/client objectives: sales, Slate Studios, ad ops
  • Drive campaign from strategy to reporting, working with the sales team to develop advertising proposals that meet client objectives and position Slate to win business and gain renewals through exceptional customer service
  • Have detailed knowledge and understanding of Slate's products and how to strategically add these to media plans 

  • Manage client communication; lead campaign kickoff calls and in-person meetings 

  • Manage and track campaign implementation, delivery, and optimization process to ensure we're meeting clients' goals and maximizing revenue recognition.
  • Conceptualize, prepare, and deliver media plans and client decks

  • Assist in monthly billing, reconciliation, and other financial reporting 


Role Requirements:

  • 2+ years in the digital space, preferably in campaign management or sales planning 

  • An energetic self-starter with the ability to collaborate productively and effectively across teams
  • Extremely organized with a fine attention to detail. Possess the ability to understand, explain, and communicate complex topics.
  • A people person who thrives in a fast-paced environment and is solutions-oriented. Strong communication and presentation skills.
  • Prisma, Excel, Apple Keynote, Salesforce, Quantcast/Nielsen/ComScore experience is beneficial
  • A great attitude, self-motivation, and adaptability to and flexibility in new situations 


To apply, please send a cover letter and résumé to talent@slate.com with the subject line "Client Services Manager."

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


Host, Daily News Podcast

Slate is hiring a host for a new daily news podcast that will be the go-to listen at the end of each news day. This full-time position will be based in Slate's Brooklyn or Washington offices.

The ideal host will be a skilled reporter, analyst, and conversationalist with the drive to put the news in perspective as it happens. The host we're seeking will be: someone who can sort through torrents of information each day and choose the two or three stories that require a closer look. Someone who can confidently determine what matters about news as it unfolds. Someone who can spot the stories people want to talk about and can frame the arguments people should be having as they do. We want a host who knows the rules of professional audio, and knows when those rules need to be tweaked or even scrapped entirely. We're looking for a person who will help create a show they would love to hear every night not that they think some mythical "average listener" might like. We want someone who enjoys experimentation, who's not afraid to fail, and yet who mostly succeeds.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with a small team of producers to create a daily show that skillfully deconstructs that day's biggest stories through conversation and analysis
  • Engage deeply with the news
  • Meet tight deadlines daily
  • Work closely with the producing team to cultivate a recurring roster of guests and segments
  • Report to the executive producer of Slate podcasts

Requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree, or relevant work experience
  • At least eight years of experience in journalism, preferably in a newsroom environment
  • Excellent writing and interviewing skills
  • Demonstrated ability to guide a conversation among three to four people

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

To apply, please send your résumé and cover letter to dailyshow@slate.com. Please include "Host" in your subject line.

Director of Research

Slate is looking for a curious, analytical researcher to lead a small team that turns Slate's mountains of data into actionable insights. In this role you will work closely with stakeholders across the company to ensure that we have the best understanding possible of our content, audience, and the user experience. The ideal candidate must have a strong understanding of standard web analytics, along with a clarifying voice when it comes to assembling reports and maintaining a robust data ecosystem.

Responsibilities:

  • Understanding the different ways that data informs our work across the editorial, sales, and product teams and working to improve the flow of actionable information
  • Managing a small data team and relevant vendors, and working with others with data-focused roles (sales analytics, audience development teams, for instance) to ensure that metrics, goals, and reports are consistent across the company
  • Building and maintaining dashboards, reports, and necessary supporting tools (such as Looker and Redshift)
  • Researching and communicating key media trends and Slate-specific insights to influence the most important decisions faced by company management
  • Leveraging accessible and actionable data to create a transparent, learning culture
  • Advocating for the use of advanced analytics and algorithmic decision-making to keep Slate on the cutting edge of the media industry

Requirements:

  • 3–5 years of experience in the research/data and analytics field, or equivalent academic experience
  • Experience with digital media or other primarily digital business
  • Expert user of spreadsheet programs like Excel and Google Spreadsheets and data visualization tools such as Looker or Tableau
  • Experience collaborating across functions with diverse audiences and stakeholders
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A proactive, strategic approach to pursuing data-driven solutions to the company's strategic challenges

Preferred:

  • Ability to manipulate large data sets via the command line
  • Experience writing SQL queries
  • Experience setting up and maintaining data pipelines
  • Experience with machine learning and model building
  • Experience working in a journalistically driven organization
  • Familiarity with the metrics used in digital advertising
  • Undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline and/or graduate degree in a quantitative discipline
  • A relationship to Slate as a reader and/or listener

This role works closely with the product, engineering, editorial, and advertising teams and reports to the vice president of product and business development. The position will be based in our Washington or Brooklyn offices with a preference for Washington.

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

To apply, please send your résumé and cover letter to talent@slate.com. Please include Director of Research in your subject line.

Legal Assistant
Associate Project Manager, Slate Studios

Associate Project Manager, Slate Studios

The associate project manager has a passion and aptitude for production, creativity, organization, and client service. The APM plays a key role in leading the logistics, communication, and execution of branded content campaigns as well as marketing campaigns. The APM ensures that Slate Studios' execution of branded content campaigns stays on track, provides relevant communication to the team, and assists in the planning and organizing of job activities to ensure deliverables are accurate, timely, and within budget. This role is based in Slate's Brooklyn office.

Key Responsibilities:

The associate project manager will report to the VP of Slate Studios and will be able to give detailed reports on the status of branded content campaigns and marketing projects. The APM will support the Slate Studios team through the whole presale to production process through the following four pillars that define the role.

  1. Process & Workflow
    Effectively lead the logistical execution and ongoing management of branded content programs including being the main point of contact during production and all related client-facing communications. Efficiently execute job-related materials to ensure that agreed-upon schedules and deliverables are met. Support team adherence with workflow and process management focusing on quality, profitability, efficiency, and productivity. Collaborate and maintain communications with creative, client services, and ad ops teams to stay aware of production variables and changes in timing/deliverables, solicit feedback, and resolve challenges. Oversee the med-legal submission process, obtain client/agency alignment, and efficiently shepherd work throughout Slate Studios to final campaign launch.

  2. Resource & Financial Management
    Manage internal and external resources to ensure timely job progression and completion within approved budget. Work with creative, strategists, and production teams to track approved hours and costs against scope of work. Track and report job budgets and overall financials and ensure the accuracy of monthly billing and out-of-pocket expenses. Maintain consistent communication and alert senior management if additional resources are recommended to meet timeline and deliverables.

  3. Execution of Deliverables
    Manage materials and proactive communication among internal teams to ensure that tasks are accomplished collaboratively, on-schedule, and meet Slate Studios' standards and client expectations. Help to create feasible and realistic campaign timelines based on key client deliverable dates. Maintain campaign documentation, including contracts, client-facing deliverables, client feedback, research, testing, and results as well as broadly communicate status updates to all project constituents and client relationships. Schedule and actively prepare for and engage in Slate Studios' team meetings. Prepare and submit branded content program deliverables to meet submission deadlines to client.

  4. Development
    Work cross-functionally to acquire a deeper knowledge of client brands and client/internal processes. The associate project manager will refine project management skills and master internal/external workflow and processes as well as quality assurance of work delivered to client. The APM will engage in independently owning and ensuring alignment with studio expectations, overall organizational strategy, and improvement in process. The APM will assist with creative resourcing and processing of freelancer paperwork as well as day-to-day studio operations

Requirements:

  • B.A./B.S. degree or relevant work experience
  • 1–4 years' prior work experience, with 1–2 years' experience in project management capacity. Experience in a digital agency or publisher is a plus.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships to gain trust and respect
  • Critical thinker, action-oriented, and full of energy for challenging concepts and new assignments as well as seeing the larger goals of a campaign without losing sight of important details.
  • Ability to build constructive relationships in order to foster collaboration and cross-functional thinking
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Financial/budget-management experience preferred
  • Ability to learn new concepts quickly, easily make connections among previously unrelated ideas, and enjoy the challenge of unfamiliar tasks
  • High level of computer competency and associated software (Microsoft Suite: Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint) required
  • Ability to regularly exercise judgment and discretion in order to manage jobs
  • Ability to be highly organized and prioritize coordination of multiple jobs/assignments

Bonus Qualifications:

  • Experience with CQ Author is a plus!
  • Experience in digital production, design, or video production world is a plus
  • Thick skin and a top-notch sense of humor

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

To apply please send a résumé and cover letter to talent@slate.com. Please include "Associate Project Manager" in your subject line.

Content Strategist, Slate Studios

Slate Studios is looking for a content strategist with a passion for storytelling, a love of writing, and an informed interest in the relationship between brands, publishers, and audiences. The content strategist will work collaboratively with sales, production, marketing, and editorial teams to develop and execute smart, stimulating content ideas that engage our discerning audience and offer unique value to our brand partners. This role is based out of Slate's Brooklyn office.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead the ideation and presentation of diverse content programs that speak to a range of business opportunities
  • Organize creative brainstorms, write compelling pitch copy, and collaborate across multiple teams to generate RFP responses and other marketing materials
  • Leverage Slate's entire suite of offerings to make high-level, tactical recommendations for clients
  • Shepherd creative ideas through sales and production phases to ensure final executions are compelling for Slate's audience and valuable for brand partners
  • Communicate effectively with clients throughout the creative process, from pre-sale pitches and concept revisions to production calls and campaign analysis
  • Conduct research to inform proposals and develop innovative content strategies
  • Assist in the creation of brand marketing materials across Slate’s digital, podcast, and event platforms
  • Stay up-to-date on the constantly evolving digital media and branded content landscapes

Requirements

  • B.A., B.S., or relevant work experience
  • 3-plus years of experience in a creative environment (digital publishing or content production is a plus)
  • Impressive writing, communication, and presentation skills
  • Proven ability to think outside the box and come up with smart, creative ideas
  • Desire to work in a collaborative, team-oriented environment
  • Experience communicating and building rapport with client teams
  • Demonstrated ability to juggle competing deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Rigorous attention to detail
  • Thick skin and great sense of humor

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

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to talent@slate.com. Please include "Content Strategist" in the subject line of your email.

Software Engineer

Slate is hiring a 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 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 microsites 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 Software Engineer

MUST

For this position to be a good fit, you MUST:

  • have several years of experience building websites (apps are good, but websites are important). You should also know the difference!
  • consider yourself an expert 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, Travis CI, 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?
  • be located in D.C. or NY (we cannot pay relocation for this position)

MAY

To apply for this position, you MAY:

  • send your résumé to talent@slate.com with the subject line "Software Engineer"
  • include a brief statement about yourself and why you think Slate would be a good fit for you
  • include links as you see fit (github? a thing you've built?)

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

To apply please send a résumé and cover letter to talent@slate.com including "Software Engineer" in your subject line.

Legal Writer and Editor
Section Editor, Business and Technology

Slate is hiring an editor to oversee our business and technology coverage. We are looking for a newsroom leader: a senior, strategic editorial mind with high energy, great ambition, and appropriate skepticism to 1) help shape a growing technology vertical whose brief is to help our readers understand the remarkable social, political, and economic power of the tech industry, and 2) help expand our business coverage and define what it should be. This editor must be collaborative, full of ideas, and hungry to analyze and break news on the people, power struggles, and culture of Silicon Valley; the latest breakthroughs and bad ideas in consumer tech; and the weird stuff people are doing in the corners of the internet that most of us don't know about but probably should. This editor must also be excited about building on our great coverage of economic policy, infrastructure, and cities to create a cohesive and distinctive business section. Though the ideal candidate will have a vision for both our technology and business coverage, we will consider candidates who are stronger in one of those two subject areas. This position is based in New York, although exceptional D.C.– or Bay Area–based candidates will be considered.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Bringing vision and strategic thinking to Slate's business and technology coverage
  • Recruiting talented writers to join our terrific team and help execute this vision
  • Managing and motivating writers, and pointing them toward the beats they, and Slate, are best positioned to own
  • Managing and motivating editors in an environment that prides itself on not being territorial or hierarchical
  • Providing guidance and expertise on reporting projects
  • Working with the editor of Future Tense—Slate's partnership with Arizona State University and New America that covers emerging technologies and policy—to create a cohesive technology vertical
  • Conceptualizing and executing bigger editorial projects, like cover stories, packages, pop-up blogs, and podcasts
  • Helping to guide Slate's new weekly technology podcast, If/Then
  • Collaborating with writers and editors across the magazine on larger sitewide initiatives, and guiding coverage in other verticals when the big news of the day has a tech or business focus

Requirements:

  • A sharp, funny, decisive mind and pen
  • At least seven years' experience working as an editor or writer, preferably with experience running a team
  • A deep well of story ideas and knowledge of the technology and business beats
  • Reporting chops
  • Top-notch organizational and communication skills
  • Smarts, kindness, humor, and generosity, all of which will help you work well with smart, kind, funny, generous colleagues

To apply, please send a résumé and short cover letter to biztecheditor@slate.com with the subject line Section Editor, Business and Technology.

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

Audience Engagement Editor, Slate

Slate is hiring an editor to join its audience development team. Ideal candidates have a journalist's instincts and sensibilities. They can generate story ideas that will interest our audience and chip in and write a post occasionally, too. They are SEO experts able to develop best practices for our newsroom and know what inspires readers to click and share stories on social media, but their interest in audience strategy goes beyond driving traffic.

Slate values surprising ideas and smart analysis in our journalism, and we want the same on our audience team. Editors should want to experiment with new platforms and test their assumptions. They should also be the first to spot digital media trends and discern how promotion of our work needs to evolve. That means ideal candidates will write strong headlines, manage our social feeds with precision, and work collaboratively with the rest of the newsroom throughout the editorial process.

Key Responsibilities:

The audience engagement editor will report to the director of strategy and audience development and work with Slate's audience team to:

  • Be involved in the editorial process from start to finish: attend idea-generation meetings, plan campaigns to support major editorial packages, and execute those ideas to reach our audience
  • Develop best practices for writing search-friendly headlines
  • Manage the strategy and scheduling of existing social media accounts and help define the voice of Slate's feeds
  • Work with editors to write sharp and social-friendly headlines for the work we publish
  • Use data to make decisions on how and where to promote our work
  • Develop Slate's presence on Instagram, Snapchat, and emerging platforms
  • Identify trends in the social media world and determine how Slate's plans should adjust to them

Requirements:

You have:

  • At least 2–4 years working for an online news organization
  • At least 2–4 years of social media experience
  • An understanding of the role and importance of Slate's journalism in the media landscape
  • An interest in working closely with the rest of the newsroom, whether it's framing a cover story for Facebook or pitching ideas at our weekly editors meeting
  • Experience balancing short-term and long-term responsibilities and working quickly when necessary, including in breaking news situations
  • The ability to work across social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter
  • The ability to write clean, clear copy and the proper touch in deploying wit and finesse as needed
  • A desire to work collaboratively on projects and teach others what you know

To apply, please submit your résumé, a cover letter, and a short (300 words or fewer) memo explaining what social media platform should be Slate's top priority in 2018 and why. Email documents to audiencedevelopment@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
Science Intern

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 Nov. 1. Pay is $12 an hour. The weekly schedule is flexible depending on the needs of the applicant. There is currently no summer internship on the science desk.

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 brings on a video intern for winter, summer, and fall terms to support our video department. We are seeking experienced editors with visual wit and a deep knowledge of politics and culture. This position is full-time and based in our Brooklyn office. Pay is $13 an hour.

We are no longer accepting applications for summer 2018. To apply for fall 2018, roughly September through December, send a résumé, an idea for a timely video Slate should produce, and a brief cover letter to slatevideointern@gmail.com by July 22. Include a link or two to your best work.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Handle video requests, including deadline edits based on breaking news
  • Research, asset collection, transcription, and other production support tasks
  • Video management on 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

Candidates for the D.C. editorial internship should be available to work in Slate's Washington office between 20 and 40 hours per week. (We can schedule hours around classes if necessary.) 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.

To apply, include a brief cover letter, a résumé, a 200-word response to any Slate story from the past month (this should be a critique of the author's arguments, not comments on grammar or sentence structure), and three clips or writing samples. At least some of the clips should focus on politics, policy, the law, science, or technology.

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

The summer internship has been filled. To apply for the fall (September through December) D.C. editorial internship, send the materials mentioned above as a single PDF to dcslateinterns@slate.com with the subject line "Fall 2018 internship." The deadline has been extended until July 1. Only finalists will be contacted.

New York Editorial Intern

Candidates for the culture internship must be available to work in Slate's New York office up to 40 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. This is a paid internship.

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

To apply for the summer New York editorial internship, please send applications to SlateInternNY@gmail.com by April 27.