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Slate Is Now Hiring

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Jan. 7 2015 5:00 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. We just so happen to be hiring.

Intern for Slate

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Product Marketing Associate, Panoply
Slate has been a pioneering force in the world of podcasting for more than a decade. In 2015 we’re redoubling our efforts with Panoply, which brings the smartest conversation that podcasting has to offer about news, politics, business, technology, and culture to millions of decision-makers and cultural tastemakers each month.

Now we’re looking for inspired individuals to help our loyal audience connect with content from a growing network of publishers.

We’re a tight-knit group of some of the smartest technologists, audiophiles, producers, and thinkers on the planet. Everybody is pulling in the same direction, and we need creative folks to join us.

Responsibilities

  • Doggedly seek out new listeners for Panoply’s growing slate of stellar podcasts
  • Own audience development by planning and launching marketing campaigns and rolling initiatives in support of quarterly goals
  • Coordinate all outbound communication and marketing efforts around the launch of new podcasts
  • Research the shape, size, and platform preferences of Panoply podcasts’ target audiences and share learnings throughout the organization and with partners
  • Craft the right message to connect with the right audience in the right channels
  • Deeply engage with podcast download metrics on a daily basis to evaluate the success of marketing tactics
  • Document and implement best practices for podcast marketing across a broad network of shows
  • Work with distribution partners to announce new shows, identify single episodes to feature, and experiment with new formats of Panoply content
  • Facilitate cross promotion, guest appearances, and show notes between existing Panoply podcasts

Qualifications

Required

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in business, marketing, communications, or journalism
  • 1–3 years experience working in a related field
  • A deep love of audio and podcasting
  • Impeccable written communication skills
  • An engaging personality and eagerness to work closely with staff, cross-functional teams, and outside partners
  • A firm grasp of the quantitative metrics and principles related to social media or marketing campaigns

Preferred

  • Experience editing or producing audio and knowledge of relevant software
  • A deep understanding of social media and email marketing.

Slate welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Content Strategist/Copywriter, Slate Custom
Slate is a pioneer of digital journalism. Our unique editorial strengths of intelligence and wit, plus our creative use of the medium, attract a new influential audience of 25 million top decision-makers and cultural tastemakers. It’s proof positive that we’ve found the right mix of high-quality journalism, cutting edge technology, and deep integration with social media.

We are looking for an innovative content strategist/copywriter with a deep understanding of brands, a passion for storytelling, and insights into the future of content for Slate Custom, our internal creative agency with a journalistic voice. Slate Custom launched three years ago, well ahead of the herd and before “native” was part of the digital vocabulary. We bring together content strategy, editorial, content creation, design, and video disciplines to create programs for advertisers that disrupt the way people think about branded content. 

The content strategist/copywriter will help set the tone for all custom programs. They will be in charge of aiding in brainstorms for RFPs and executing the final response sent to the client.

This role requires someone excited about branded content that has a willingness to explore various verticals and is ready to push the envelope with innovative, brand-relevant content. Outstanding collaborative skills are a must since you will have a close working relationship with creative, advertising sales and planning, project management, product development, ad ops, and editorial teams.

What You’ll Do:

  • Manage the RFP response process from a creative standpoint: from organizing creative brainstorms to writing the response copy and working with designers on response decks and mocks
  • Synthesize and write descriptions based on ideas of others
  • Find the balance between directly promotional and purely journalistic
  • Use understanding of brands to create thoughtful, personalized, and relevant content strategies
  • Conduct research for proposed content strategies
  • Write descriptions, blurbs, headlines, and other short-form copy for custom content executions
  • Stay up to speed on content programs at competitive publishers

Must Haves:

  • A B.A./B.S. or M.A./M.S. in communications, marketing, advertising, or a related field
  • 2+ years experience at a creative or media agency as a content strategist, copywriter, creative strategist, or brand strategist
  • Deep understanding of brand personality and goals
  • Strong, witty writer of both long-form proposals and short-form descriptions and headlines
  • Encourages others’ ideas; the kind of person you want in a brainstorm
  • Conceptual thinker and research-driven
  • Can strategize content programs across all media (video, infographics, editorial, interactive, live events, etc.)
  • Deadline- and detail-oriented; incredibly proactive
  • Thrives in a fast-paced environment
  • Embraces a startup atmosphere with a willingness to wear multiple hats
  • Strong teamwork/communication skills

Nice to Haves:

  • Experience strategizing branded content programs (as opposed to commercial campaigns)
  • Background working for brands in finance, business, and/or tech verticals
  • Some journalistic writing/editing experience
  • Network of copywriters and/or journalists
Please submit a writing sample (an RFP response is preferable, if possible) in addition to your resume.

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Salesperson, Panoply, Slate’s Podcast Network
With more than a decade of award-winning podcasts and deep knowledge of the medium, Slate built Panoply, the premium podcast network of top publishers, writers, and thinkers. We offer our sophisticated listeners the highest quality audio content, and we offer our marketing partners maximum engagement with extraordinary audiences within a brand-safe environment.

We are looking for a salesperson to get in on the ground floor of this exciting opportunity. This position will operate within the Slate structure but focus on building out Panoply’s podcast business.

For someone who wants to get in at the very beginning of the rapidly growing audio-on-demand business and operate as if they are within a startup but with the support of Slate and Graham Holdings Company, this is an exceptional opportunity.     

The successful applicant will work along side Slate’s exceptional sales and marketing team, supporting and educating them on Slate’s podcasts, our partner podcasts and the audio-on-demand business. He or she will build upon the current base of advertisers and prospects, by targeting the direct-response advertisers and working along side Slate’s team on bringing top brand advertising into the medium.  This position is headquartered in New York City.

Are you this person?

  • Ability and desire to work within a close-knit team
  • Strong strategic and negotiation skills
  • 1–2 years of experience working in a media sales role that includes account management, with a consultative sales approach
  • Ability to help clients develop new integrated marketing opportunities
  • Appreciation of clients’ business needs and resourcefulness in creating solutions to meet their challenges
  • Outstanding communication skills, including the ability to communicate with a wide range of senior client and agency contacts
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Detail oriented and ability to work on own initiative
  • Desire to work within an environment that balances the successful achievement of commercial goals with a fun professional atmosphere
  • Experience with digital or audio sales
  • College degree

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

To apply to the Panoply salesperson role, click here.

Digital Advertising Planner/Marketing Strategist
With more than a decade of award-winning podcasts and deep knowledge of the medium, Slate built the premium podcast network of top publishers and thinkers. We offer our sophisticated listeners the highest quality audio content, and we offer our marketing partners maximum engagement with extraordinary audiences within a brand-safe environment.

We are looking for an advertising sales planner/marketing specialist to get in on the ground floor of this exciting opportunity. This position will operate within the Slate structure with a focus on building out our podcast business.

This is an excellent opportunity for someone who wants to join a close-knit, smart team of a rapidly growing audio-on-demand business, operating as if they are within a startup, but with the support of Slate and Graham Holdings Company.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage the execution, completion, and fulfillment of RFPs including all Excel templates and PPT presentations
  • Work closely with the Slate planning team to educate them on all the new podcast marketing and network offerings
  • Build plans and strategy around podcasts, and in some cases help build podcast advertising into Slate plans
  • Participate in the development and manage the planning of innovative digital solutions for potential and current advertising partners (including pre-sale idea generation, management approvals, and final pitch)
  • Work closely with sales reps, ad operations, research, and ad innovation/custom solutions departments to create and package podcast programs
  • Create new sales materials for both the podcast network and individual podcasts
  • Work with our podcast partners to attain assets, get appropriate approvals
  • Proactively develop advertising prospects lists

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 1–2 years digital and/or radio advertising experience
  • Excellent project management, analytic, and communication skills
  • Creative, with an eye for detail
  • Highly proficient in Excel, PowerPoint, and Word
  • Proficient in Photoshop, SnagIt, Doubleclick/MediaVisor, Prisma, Atlas, comScore, @Plan, Box, and SalesForce
  • Self-starter and an original thinker

Bonus points:

  • Digital ad planning experience
  • Agency or media background
  • Design experience

Slate welcomes candidates from all backgrounds.

To apply to the digital advertising planner/marketing strategist role, click here.

Slate Custom Web Developer
Slate
is looking for a passionate and flexible front-end Web developer to create the next generation of native advertising experiences for our expanding client list. From standard templates through fully custom executions and microsites, you’ll be working in tandem with talented creative and design teams to provide a compelling experience across platforms.

The ideal candidate must have a strong visual eye along with expertise in the standard Web stack and will be someone who can communicate clearly with people both inside and outside of the company.  The successful candidate will also be cool under pressure and comfortable with the short time horizons associated with commercial work inside of a growing business.

Responsibilities:

  • Implementing and maintaining native advertising templates and promotions inside of the core publishing platform
  • Assisting in the production of custom campaign creative
  • Providing input on how to improve custom products
  • Troubleshooting and solving problems when testing and publishing new products

Qualifications:

  • Experience with HTML5, CSS3, and modern JavaScript
  • Expertise in turning PSDs into Web pages
  • Experience with two or more Web templating systems (e.g. PHP, ASP, JSP)
  • Experience with server-side technologies, such as Java, Python, Node.js, or Ruby
  • Knowledge of ad servers and ad serving technologies
  • Excitement about new technologies and techniques, along with a strong desire to learn and evolve

Bonus Points:

  • Experience with front-end single page app frameworks such as AngularJS
  • Experience in stacks such as Django or Adobe AEM/CQ
  • Experience with display advertising and DFP ad scripting

This position reports to Slate’s director of technology. Salary is commensurate with experience. Relocation assistance may be available. Slate welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Full-Stack Developer
Write software to power the podcasting renaissance! Slate’s podcasting audience has grown dramatically in the past year, and we’re expanding our audio technology and operations teams to accelerate that growth. 

We’re looking for a versatile full-stack developer who can build both a robust API and a stunning UI.  You’re someone who is excited about the opportunity to build from scratch, passionate about user experience, and experienced enough that you can create a backend that will scale to hundreds of thousands of users.

Additionally, you are:

  • A self-starter who can prioritize, plan, and execute in the early stages of new business
  • A good communicator, who can work collaboratively with product managers and other developers, as well as editorial and business stakeholders
  • Someone who is motivated by user growth, not just technical execution

The nuts and bolts:

  • We use Django/Python on the server side, and typically use TastyPie for APIs. At a minimum, you should know your way around modern Web application frameworks, have experience consuming third-party APIs, know some Python, and want to develop in this stack.
  • For single-document applications we, use AngularJS. At a minimum, you should have a strong HTML/CSS/JS background, and experience with some UI framework and build tools.
  • You should have experience in scaling out Web applications, including optimizing SQL and building and utilizing caching layers.
  • You should be passionate about spoken digital audio.

This position reports to Slate’s vice president of engineering & product development. Salary is commensurate with experience. Slate welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

iOS Developer
Write software to power the podcasting renaissance! Slate’s podcasting audience has grown dramatically in the past year, and we’re expanding our audio technology and operations teams to accelerate that growth. 

We’re looking for an iOS developer to lead the development of a new, audio-focused iPhone and iPad application for Slate Audio’s large and growing fanbase.

Additionally, our ideal candidate is:

  • Passionate about great user experience and creating the stickiest possible application
  • A self-starter who can prioritize, plan, and execute in the early stages of new business
  • A good communicator, who can work collaboratively with product managers and other developers, as well as editorial and business stakeholders
  • Someone who is motivated by user growth, not just technical execution

The nuts and bolts:

  • You should be passionate about spoken digital audio and have opinions about UI and UX that support its consumption.
  • You should have experience with both app-based multimedia and offline modes, especially the nuances of fetching and caching over differing speeds and connection types.
  • You should have experience with using gestures and speech to control applications.
  • You’ll be working closely with other developers to define the API and data model; you should have enough knowledge of APIs and OO programming and concepts to make this a fruitful collaboration.

This position reports to Slate’s vice president of engineering & product development. Salary is commensurate with experience. Slate welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

To apply for the iOS developer position, click here.

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EDITORIAL INTERNSHIPS

The Gist Internernship
Slate’s daily news show The Gist with Mike Pesca is looking for our second intern ever! This is a paid position, ideally for a current student or one who graduated in the past year. Details below. To apply, email a résumé and very brief statement of interest to thegist@slate.com. Please use the subject line “Slate’s The Gist Internship.”

The Gist seeks an enthusiastic new intern to support our daily show! We’re a small team, and we’ll rely on you quite a bit. Every day is different, but your duties will include pitching ideas, booking guests, recording interviews, pulling clips, and audio editing. Interns are invited to be involved in every aspect of making a daily podcast.

To be considered for this internship, you should have solid writing skills and be able to take direction. A passion for news, radio, and podcasts is essential. Audio editing skills are a plus, especially in ProTools and/or Hindenburg. Candidates must be available to work in Slate’s New York office. This internship is paid. We pay $10/hour and interns are strictly limited to 10 hours of work per week. Ideally we’d love to work with someone two partial days per week. The internship will begin ASAP and last for 90 days from the start of the internship.

To apply, email a résumé and very brief statement of interest to thegist@slate.com. Please use the subject line “Slate’s The Gist Internship.” Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until April 17, 2015.

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Slate hires paid interns for the spring, summer, and fall. We offer internshps in six departments: Culture, Politics, Video, The Slatest, Photo and Art, and DoubleX. More information about each internship is below.

The deadline for all summer internships is March 15. The deadline for all fall internships is July 15. The deadline for all spring internships is Nov. 15.

New York Editorial Internship
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 cover letter that clearly outlines your availability and cultural interests and include a 400-word Brow Beat post. (You can write an installment of a regular series, such as Trailer CriticWhere Do I Start With, or You’re Doing It Wrong, or you can simply write a post about a cultural topic that interests you.) Upload your cover letter and the assignment above as one attachment.

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

D.C. Editorial Internship
Candidates for the fall D.C. editorial internship must be available to work in Slate’s Washington, D.C. office 30 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. To apply, include a résumé; and a cover letter that includes a 300-word critique of any Slate story from the past year; and three clips or writing samples. At least some of the clips should relate to politics, policy, the law, science, or other Washington-related topics. Upload your cover letter and the assignments above as one attachment.

Slate welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Slate Video Internship
Candidates for the Slate Video internship must be highly energetic, organized, detail-oriented, responsible, self-starting individuals looking to pursue a career in digital video production. They must be able to work quickly and efficiently and possess keen problem-solving skills. Candidates must be proficient in Adobe Premiere Pro (After Effects a plus) and have experience shooting on DSLRs. The internship is three days a week, and candidates must be available to work in Slate’s New York office.

Slate welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

The Slatest
Candidates for the Slatest internship must be available to work in Slate’s New York office at least two days per week in the spring and fall, and four full days in the summer. Days and hours are flexible. Candidates must be highly energetic, self-starting individuals who have a nose for news, along with sharp and quick writing skills. Applicants should be tech savvy and have great editorial judgment. Previous reporting experience is a plus, and the ability to write clean, quick, and clear copy is a must. To apply, include a résumé and cover letter with a very brief statement of interest.

Slate welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Photo and Art
Candidates for the photo and art internship must be available to work in Slate’s New York office at least two full days per week in the spring and fall, and four full days in the summer. They should be highly organized visual thinkers who are comfortable working efficiently and without much supervision. Interns will gain hands-on experience editing photos, producing slideshows, and selecting art. This is an editing—not shooting—internship; however, there are ample opportunities for motivated interns to work on special projects and publish their work. To apply, include a cover letter that clearly outlines your availability, and links to visual works online.

Slate welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

DoubleX
Candidates for the DoubleX internship must be available to work in Slate’s Washington, D.C., or New York office at least two days per week, preferably Tuesday and Wednesday to assist with the DoubleX Gabfest and parenting podcast, and other duties. They must be highly organized, have a proven interest in women’s issues, 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 cover letter that clearly outlines your availability and interests, a résumé, a short critique of any DoubleX piece from the last year (no more than 300 words), and three clips or writing samples. Upload your cover letter and the assignments above as one attachment.

Slate welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.