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Slate Is Hiring! We’re Looking for a Senior Editor, a Staff Accountant, and More.

Slate Is Hiring! We’re Looking for a Senior Editor, a Staff Accountant, and More.

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July 9 2018 10:41 AM

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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
Senior Editor

Slate is hiring a senior editor to help run our news, politics, and legal coverage. We are looking for someone with high energy, ambition, a strong sense of what is and isn't important to cover, and a wealth of ideas about the news of the day. This senior editor must be hungry to analyze, clarify, and break news, be able to work with both staff and freelance writers of various levels of experience, and have excellent communication skills to succeed in a fast-paced news environment. It's important that this editor be collaborative and flexible: We need someone who's able to move between teams and stories as the news dictates. A typical day for this editor might involve making assignments and editing copy on several important and ongoing stories—the Supreme Court nomination process, the Mueller investigation, ICE, the midterms—and helping out several section editors at once. While the ideal candidate will have a politics or legal background, the most valuable things you can bring to Slate are sharp editing skills, high interest in current events, and a real understanding of the kinds of arguments we strive to make here. This position is based in New York or Washington.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Editing analytic and reported coverage of breaking news
  • Generating ideas for quick takes, explainers, essays, reported features, and cover stories
  • Motivating writers in a news cycle that never sleeps
  • Supporting and working with our jurisprudence and politics editors
  • Collaborating with writers and editors across the magazine on larger sitewide initiatives

Requirements:

  • A sharp, funny, decisive mind and pen
  • At least 5 years' experience working as an editor or writer, preferably as part of a team
  • A deep well of story ideas and understanding of the political and legal landscapes
  • 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 senioreditor@slate.com.

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

Staff Accountant

Slate is looking for an enthusiastic and talented individual to join our D.C.-based finance/accounting team. The role will focus on facilitating the day-to-day accounts payable function, helping manage day-to-day invoice processing, and maintaining good relationships with business partners and service providers. The role will also provide support to the company's month-end close process.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a resource to Slate staff on vendor payment and expense reimbursement items
  • Work with a third-party service provider to efficiently process accounts payable
  • Initiate internal authorization of invoices
  • Ensure proper documentation is maintained to support vendor payment
  • Research and resolve supplier account discrepancies
  • Journal entry preparation
  • Bank account and balance sheet reconciliations
  • P&L account analysis

Requirements:

  • 1–2 years of relevant accounting/finance experience
  • B.S./B.A. degree in accounting/finance required
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Organized team player
  • Proactive, diligent, and attentive to detail; follows through on queries and issues
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with MS Excel and Google Drive
  • Knowledge of Oracle Cloud and SAP Concur is a plus

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 Staff Accountant in your subject line.

Part-Time Nights and Weekends Social Media Editor

Slate is hiring a nights and weekends social media editor to join its audience development team. Ideal candidates know what inspires readers to click and share stories on social media, but their interest in audience strategy goes beyond driving traffic. They have a journalist's instincts and sensibilities. They know Slate's voice, write strong headlines, and can manage our social feeds with precision and care. They also have interest in experimenting with new platforms. 

This is a part-time position working up to 19 hours per week. Proximity to our Brooklyn or Washington offices is a plus, but remote candidates will be considered.

Key Responsibilities:

The nights and weekends social media editor will report to the director of strategy and audience development and work with Slate's audience team to:

  • Manage the strategy for and scheduling of existing social media accounts on nights and weekends
  • 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
  • Identify trends in the social media world and determine how Slate's plans should adjust to them

Requirements:

You have:

  • At least 1­–2 years working for an online news organization
  • At least 1–2 years of social media experience across multiple platforms
  • Familiarity with Slate's journalism
  • Experience balancing short-term and long-term responsibilities, and working quickly when necessary, including in breaking news situations
  • 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 socialmediaeditor@slate.com.

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

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.

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
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 is hiring a video intern 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.

To apply for fall 2018, roughly September through December, send a résumé, a Slate-y idea for a video we 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
  • Produce your own original projects from the idea stage through production and launch

Requirements:

  • Planning to pursue a career in digital video or documentary 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 fall New York editorial internship, please send applications to SlateInternNY@gmail.com by July 22.